Roll of Honour

Roll of Honour

Bisset, Edgar George William

Rank: 2nd Lieutenant

Regiment: Royal Flying Corps

Biography: Son of James D. Bisset, bank agent ; born Inverurie, 30 July 1896 ; educated Peterhead Academy ; matriculated Aberdeen University 1914, student in Medicine, 1914-15. He joined the Boy Scouts in 1909, and in the first months of the war he did good service in charge of a troop assisting the Coastguard at Cruden Bay. At the University he joined the Officers Training Corps, and when it was decided that all first and second year medical students should join up he obtained a commission in the 5th Gordon Highlanders, December 1915. After training at various camps in England he was sent to France on 1 July 1916, and went through the first Battle of the Somme. In October of that year he joined the Royal Flying Corps as an observer, and was just up for his last flight to obtain his ''wings'' when a bullet from an enemy aeroplane rendered him unconscious, and he died in hospital soon after, 7 January 1917. A fellow-officer writes : ''a life like his was so transparently beautiful and sincere that it needs no eulogies . . . he died as he lived—a British gentleman''.

Date of Death: 07 January 1917

Burial Details: Buried at Mendinghem Military Cemetery, Proven, Plot 1, Row C, Grave 1.

Publication: Roll of Service, edited by Mabel Desborough Allardyce. Published 1921.

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