Nugent, Anthony

Son of John Nugent, of the Indian Civil Service and Amy Nugent, his father’s second wife. The family lived in Hove. He came to Winchester from Cordwalles School and on leaving Winchester in July 1917 joined the Royal Flying Corps and trained to be an observer.

Towards the end of May 1918 he joined 52 Squadron in France. They were flying RE8 reconnaissance aeroplanes from Trecon, and Nugent was killed in action on 1st June 1918 while on artillery patrol over the front line. His plane (B7738) was attacked by three enemy fighters, and fell within a wood behind the Allied lines at Damery-sur-Marne. Both crewmen were found dead in the machine. Their attacker’s identity is uncertain, but Offizierstellvertreter Gustav Dörr of Jasta 45 claimed an RE8 that day over La Ferte Milon. If confirmed, B7738 would have been his fourth victim. He was credited with thirty-five victories by the end of the war.

Nugent was posthumously awarded the Croix de Guerre. His pilot, Lieutenant George Bellair Ross, lies in grave XVI.D.27 at Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Nugent
  • Forenames or initials: Anthony
  • House: K
  • Years in School: 1912-1917
  • Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Royal Flying Corp
  • Date of Birth: 11th August 1899
  • Date of Death: 1st June 1918
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer G4
  • Decoration: Croix de Guerre