Apsley, Allen Algernon

Personal Information

Rank Maj
Forename(s) Allen Algernon
Surname Apsley
Gender M
Age 47
Decorations Lord, Seventh Earl Bathurst, DSO, MC, TD
Date of Death 17-12-1942
Next of Kin Lord Apsley. Son of Colonel Seymour Henry Bathurst, C.M.G., T.D., J.P., D.L., 7th Earl Bathurst, and of the Countess Bathurst (nee Borthwick), of Cirencester, Gloucestershire. husband of Lady Apsley, C.B.E (nee Meeking), of Cirencester. Colonel, The Arab Legion. M.A (Oxon). J.P.. Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Gloucestershire. Member of Parliament for Southampton, 1922-1929, and Bristol, 1931-1942. President, United Kingdom Pilots' Association. He also served in the First World War 1915-1919.

Aircraft Information

Aircraft Handley Page Halifax II
Serial Number DT542
Markings NF-Q

Memorial Information

Burial/Memorial Country Malta
Burial/Memorial Place Malta (Capuccini) Naval Cemetery
Grave Reference Prot. Sec. (Officers). Plot E. Coll Grave 4.

IBCC Memorial Information

Phase 2
Panel Number 123

Enlistment Information

Service Number 12995
Service Royal Armoured Corps
Group 38
Squadron 138
Trade Passenger
Country of Origin United Kingdom

Miscellaneous Information

1st Royal Gloucestershire Hussar Regiment
During World War I, he served overseas with the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars. He was promoted to temporary lieutenant in April 1916, acting captain in June 1917, receiving a substantive promotion to lieutenant from the same date and to substantive captain in 1918. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) for his actions in Egypt. He was elected as MP for Southampton in 1922 and for Bristol Central in 1931, seats he held until 1929 and 1942 respectively. In 1923 he was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Gloucester, and of the City and County of the City of Gloucester, and the City and County of the City of Bristol. During World War II, he served overseas again and died whilst commanding the Arab Legion.

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Last Operation Information

Start Date 17-12-1942
End Date 17-12-1942
Takeoff Station Luqa
Day/Night Raid Day
Operation Transit from Cairo, via Malta
Reason for Loss Crashed just beyond the runway at Zeitun claiming the lives of all 17 crew and passengers on board

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