Pinsent, Philip Ryland

He was the fifth and youngest son of Sir Richard Alfred Pinsent CBE., DSO, Legion of Honour and President of the Law Society and Laura Pinsent, nee Ryland. The family lived at Selly Wick, near Birmingham, and also at Priors Barton, Kingsgate Road, Winchester. He was one of three Wykehamist brothers, another of whom, Lieutenant Laurance Alfred Pinsent (Coll., 1908-1913), North Staffordshire Regiment, fell in August 1915 (see individual entry). He came to Winchester from Horris Hill, and on leaving school went to the Daimler Works in Coventry, to take a three months’ course in aeronautic engineering, to qualify himself for the Royal Flying Corps.

He obtained a commission in March 1916 and in the following July flew to France to join 34th Squadron, where he made a reputation as a skilful pilot and director of artillery fire. He was mortally wounded while flying on September 23rd 1916: his machine was suddenly attacked by an enemy aeroplane, which dived at it silently with the engine shut off. He died of his wounds at Allonville the next day – the eve of his nineteenth birthday – and is buried in the cemetery there.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Pinsent
  • Forenames or initials: Philip Ryland
  • House: E
  • Years in School: 1911-15
  • Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Royal Flying Corps
  • Date of Birth: 25th September 1897
  • Date of Death: 24th September 1916
  • How Died: Died of Wounds
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer G2
  • Decoration: NA