Douglas, Brian Charles O’Driscoll


He was the only son of James and Eva Douglas of 96 Inverness Terrace, Hyde Park and entered Chernocke House from Copthorne School. On leaving Winchester he spent some time in Hanover studying German, and returning to England in 1913 went to Sandhurst with the intention of entering the Indian Army.

On the outbreak of war however he applied for a commission in the Connaught Rangers, and was gazetted to that regiment on September 30th 1914. Later he applied to be transferred to the Royal Flying Corps (as it then was) and was given his wings in April 1917. As a corps pilot in France and Belgium he showed exceptional skill and daring, bringing down two enemy aeroplanes in his third week of service. He was transferred at his own request to fly Scouts (fighter planes) and at the time of his death was under orders to leave for France with a squadron of Sopwith Salamanders, a new type of plane for ground attack work. It is probable that he was attached to either 96 Squadron or 157 Squadron at Wyton, both of which were equipping with Salamanders. He was accidentally killed while looping the loop for the third time at Hounslow on October 21st 1918.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Douglas
  • Forenames or initials: Brian Charles O'Driscoll
  • House: A
  • Years in School: 1908-1912
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Royal Air Force
  • Date of Birth: 6th September 1894
  • Date of Death: 21st October 1918
  • How Died: Killed in flying accident
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer E4
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: NEW EXTENSION, ST LEONARD'S CHURCHYARD, HESTON: Grave 23 and 24F