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Begg Peter Gall
5th/6th Bn. Royal Scots
27 august 1899 , Aberdeen
24 august 1917, died of wounds
Son of Mr. Henry Davidson Begg, of 8, Princes Street, Aberdeen.
Carter in the employ of Messrs. Wordie & Co. , Contractors
Adinkerke Military Cemetery
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Attended Curtiss School in Toronto but did not complete the course possibly because flying was suspended by winter weather
Chadwick joined the Royal Naval Air Service in Ottawa and was commissioned as a temporary Flight Sub-Lieutenant
At Eastchurch , England
At Chingford , England
At White City , England
At Chingford , England
At Eastchurch , England
At Dover , England
He originally served in 5 Naval Wing after being trained.
He participated in the raid on the Zeppelin hangars in Brussels .
The hangars were struck, but the Germans opened fire on the allied aviators.
Shells bursting around shook Chadwick's machine and his engine began to slow down.
It was a very misty night and with his machine in the lead, he finally lost sight of his comrades.
The engine faltered and at last petered out altogether, and the he alighted in a clear open field.
He was hurled from the seat and the machine was smashed to pieces.
German soldiers , who were in the vicinity, discovered the wrecked machine, but not the former occupant had made good his escape.
He had two alternatives.
He could eitehr surrender and be interned, or disguise himself in civilian clothes and run the risk being shot as a spy if captured.
The place where the machine came down was in Belgium, halfway between France and Holland.
French was the language spoken by the Belgians in the district, and speaking French, he disguised as a peasant, made his way towards the frontier of Holland.
Hiding , sometimes at night in a barn, at other times walking boldly through large towns, he was ever aware that the Germans were on his trail.
They offered 1000 marks for his capture and scoured the district, enquiring of every peasant as to his whereabouts. He was forced to assume various disguises.
Sometimes he used the railway.
Finally, practically a month from the day his machine landed behind German lines, and after escaping from the German clutchesby a miracle on numerous occasions, he crossed the frontier of Holland.
He proceeded immediately to The Hague and sailed for England.
On his arrival there , he was offered a position in connection with the coast guard branch of the air services, but declares that he is going back to his old place in 5th Wing.
On leave in Canada
Back to Dover , England
Once repatriated, Chadwick was assigned to 4 Naval Squadron in Bloody April
Using a Sopwith Pup dubbed DO-DO, he scored his first aerial victory , driving down a German Albatros fighter plane out of control.
Chadwick destroyed an Albatros reconnaissance two-seater in the vicinity of Bray Dunes in the early morning.
That same evening, he teamed with Langley Frank Willard Smith and two other British pilots to attack and destroy a German Gotha G multi-engine bomber north of Westende
The following day, he shared in a victory southwest of Veurne, when he and Albert Enstone destroyed a German recon machine.
He crashed an Albatros D.V. to become an ace on Sopwith Pups.
Naval 4 then upgraded to Sopwith Camels.
Chadwick would first score with one of them , when he flambeed an Albatros recon two-seater over Roeselare.
Drove down a German recon machine over Gistel.
Three days later, he would share in the destruction of an Albatros two-seater in the same area.
During an evening patrol, he drove down an Albatros D.V, then aided Ronald Keirstead to drive down a second one. Chadwick was now a Camel ace.
Chadwick, Enstone, and Keirstead joined to destroy a German seaplane northward of Oostende.
It was Chadwick's final victory.
Three days later, he singlehandedly assaulted a formation of nine German airplanes.
Losing the battle, he was forced to ditch in the English Channel off the coastal town of De Panne.
His drowned corpse would wash ashore near Dunkerque on 17 August 1917.
Chadwick was awarded the Distinguished Service Order in an unusual joint citation.
He, Albert Enstone, Langley Frank Willard Smith, and Alexander MacDonald Shook were cited for: ...exceptional gallantry and remarkable skill and courage whilst serving with the R.N.A.S. at Dunkirk during May and June, 1917, in repeatedly attacking and destroying hostile aircraft.
In the spring of 1919 Arnold's mother and in the autumn his father joined their son in death.
The casualties of the War were not limited to the battlefields or the high seas ; they extended to the homes as well.
Parkdale Collegiate Institute , Toronto