‘Egypt’ The Interwar Years: The Funeral of Richard Gurney Peckover


For most of its operational life R.A.F Abu Sueir near Port Said in Egypt was associated with training. Opening in September 1917 the station hosted the No 4 Flying Training School from 1 April 1921 which remained at Abu Sueir until 2 September 1939 when it moved to RAF Habbaniya in Iraq.

The images I received this week are from the funeral of Pilot Officer Richard Gurney Peckover who died in a flying accident near Abu Sueir on the 17th October 1924, age 25. His Airco DH.9A F2807 fell quickly from 800ft and burst into flames 2km north west of the station. Pilot Officer Peckover was laid to rest in the Ismailia War Memorial Cemetery, plot M9 Row A Grave 7.

There are 372 Commonwealth casualties of the First World War and 291 Second World War burials buried or commemorated within the cemetery at Ismailia. The cemetery also contains 297 non war graves, chiefly of servicemen of R.A.F Abu Sueir and their dependents, mostly dating from the inter war years.

I’ll be doing further research in an effort to uncover more of Richard Peckovers story, till then Sir ‘Blue Skies’ #PerArduaAdAstra



Acknowledgements: With grateful thanks to the War Graves Photographic project for the pictures from Ismailia of P.O Peckovers headstone.

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