11 november 1915
30 september 1916
15 april 1918
22 july 1918
Harold Mellings was a remarkable young man, he became an Ace scoring fifteen enemy aircraft downed before his untimely death in 1918.
He was born on 5th August 1899 and must have lied about his age to enlist into the RNAS.
He learnt to fly at the Beatty School, Hendon gaining his Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate (Cert.No.2028)
Joined the Royal Naval Air Service .
After completing his training he was posted to fly with No.2 Wing in the Mediterranean and scored his first victory over Smyrna, Greece.
He was posted to 10 Naval Squadron in France and scored his what was then his sixth victory on 28th February 1918 near Ypres.
He was wounded in action
10 Naval Squadron RNAS became 210 Squadron RAF when the RAF was formed and Captain Harold Mellings transferred with the unit to the RAF, then at Teteghem 5near Dunkerque) France
During th emorning he shot down two enemy aircraft flying a Sopwith Camel but later in the day was himself shot down over Oostende by Ludwig Beckmann and killed.
He was still only eighteen years old.
His DSC was Gazetted on 22nd June 1917, the citation reads
"In recognition of his services on the 19th March 1917, when he attacked a hostile aeroplane with great gallantry at heights varying from 12,000 to 2,000 feet."
His Bar to the DSC was Gazetted on 19th December 1917, the citation reads..
"For the great skill, judgment and dash displayed by him off Mudros on the 30th September 1917, in a successful attack on three enemy seaplanes, two of which were brought down in the sea."
His DFC was Gazetted on 21st September 1918 to Lieut (Honary Captain) Mellings, the citation reads..
"A very gallant officer who, on a recent patrol, attacked and caused to crash an enemy two-seater. Later, on the same patrol, he was attacked by four Fokkers, one of which he shot down at a range of ten yards; this machine was seen to crash. A second was driven down smoking.
Since he was awarded a Bar to the Distinguished Service Cross Captain Mellings has, in addition to the above, accounted for eleven enemy machines—seven destroyed, and four driven down out of control."
Date of Death:
Marital status :
16th Bn. Northumberland Fusiliers
8 august 1917
Husband of F. M. Eastup (formerly Mirley), of 4, Haddock Rd., Bilston, Staffs
Ramscapelle Road Military Cemetery
Plot I , Row B , Stone 20