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Memorial Cross for 2nd Lieutenant Roland Albert Sadler

St Mary’s churchyard and the memorial of RAF pilot 2nd Lt Roland Albert Sadler of 78 Squadron, RAF Hornchurch. He died on 23rd September 1918.

Son of James and Louisa Sadler, he was listed as living at The Old Factory, Redenhall Road, Harleston

Whilst flying his Sopwith Camel plane without sufficient flying speed this caused the plane to stall and spin.

His engine was missing at the time of the spin. A military court of enquiry came to the conclusion that this was due to faulty plugs. These plugs have caused incessant trouble through short circuiting.


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