62617 Third Air Mechanic Harold Flower

Royal Flying Corps

Harold flower was born in Ston Easton near Shepton Mallet in 1899. His parents were Ernest Charles and Fanny Langfield (née Gare). His mother was born in Sydney, Australia.

From census records it appears that Harold spent much of his childhood away from his family. In 1901, when he was only two years old, he and his elder brothers, Norris and Ernest, were living with their grandparents in Shepton Mallet. His grandfather was a grocer and shopkeeper who also employed a domestic servant. In 1911 Harold’s parents and brothers, and his three sisters, Phyllis, Daphne and Ivy, were all living in Corsham at Easton Farm, but Harold, aged 12, was at boarding school at the College in Clevedon.

Harold’s grandfather died in 1913, before Harold and his brothers enlisted for service in the war. Ernest and Norris joined the Wiltshire Regiment, but Harold joined the Royal Flying Corps.

Harold enlisted on 5th March 1917 and tragically died in hospital in Aylesbury only three weeks later, on 28th March 1917. He was only 18 years old. His body was brought home to Corsham to be buried in Corsham Cemetery. His sister Daphne died in the same year aged just 13 and is buried with her brother.

Harold’s brothers both survived the war. Norris was a Captain in the Wiltshire Regiment and was a prisoner of war in Russia, Ernest was a Captain who served with the Wiltshire Yeomanry and the Wiltshire Regiment.

Harold’s parents continued to live at Easton Farm in Corsham; his mother Fanny died in 1927 and his father Ernest in 1943.



Corsham (St Batholomew) Church Burial Ground War Graves

This burial ground is the resting place for 22 servicemen who gave their lives on the First & Second World Wars. A number were men who had lived in the town or had family connections to the area. Others were serving in local units or were receiving treatment in Corsham’s military hospital when they died. Find out more about them using the QR code located at each individual grave. These commemorations will be maintained in perpetuity by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC). 

CWGC Map Corsham

World War One

1. Pte Robert Brown ASC

2. Pte Hamilton T Kerr A&SH

3. Pte William HJ Robbins RDC

4. Pte William Evans RDC

5. Dvr Egbert Slade ASC

6. 3rd AM Harold Flower RFC

7. AB William F Hemmings RN

8. Pte Herbert A Rumming RASC 

9. Pte George F Merrett RASC 

10. Sgt William Farmer Innis Fus

11. Pte Sidney A Archer

World War Two

12. Spr Charles J Bond RE

13. Pte John Jones P Corps

14. Pte Harry Sivyer RAMC

15. Pte Thomas H Gill P Corps

16. Pte Wilfred NK Huskinson RAOC

17. Tpr William McCaldron RAC

18. Sgt John WM Bailey MM RA

19. Pte William G Elms P Corps

20. Pte William H Thompson Som LI

21. Gnr Eric Burford RA

22. Capt William H Jackson RE