Canadian Virtual War Memorial

William Charles Sterling

In memory of:

Lieutenant William Charles Sterling

October 3, 1918

Military Service


Age:

22

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Air Force

Division:

24th Squadron

Additional Information


Son of William and Martha Sterling, of Maitland, Hants County, Nova Scotia.

Commemorated on Page 594 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

ARRAS MEMORIAL ; Pas de Calais, France

Grave Reference:

N/A

Location:

The ARRAS MEMORIAL is in the Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery, which is in the Boulevard du General de Gaulle in the western part of the town of Arras, near the Citadel and approximately 2 kilometres due west of the railway station. The ARRAS MEMORIAL commemorates over 35,000 casualties of the British, New Zealand and South African Forces who died between Spring 1916 and 7 August 1918, excluding casualties of the Battle of Cambrai in 1917, and who have no known grave. The design, by Sir Edward Lutyens, consists of a cloister built upon Doric columns and faces west. In the broader part of the site the colonnade returns to form a recessed and open court, terminated by an apse in front of which is the memorial to the Flying Services. The names of the casualties are carved on stone panels which are fixed to the Flying Services Memorial or to the cloister walls. The British Air Services originated in the use of balloons for purposes of reconnaissance. The balloon gave way to power-driven air machines and in 1911 an Air Battalion of the Royal Engineers was formed. In 1912 the Air Battalion was absorbed into the Royal Flying Corps which consisted of a Naval Wing and a Military Wing and a Central Flying School. These two wings developed during the course of the war, both sections expanding greatly until they combined and the Royal Air Force came into being on the 1 April 1918. The Flying Services Memorial commemorates over 1,000 men of the Royal Naval Air Service, the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Air Force, who have no known grave.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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