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First World War (1914-1918)
Canadians in the Royal Naval Air Service

Among the Canadians serving with the Royal Navy were those in its aviation branch, the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS). They included aces and future leaders of the Royal Canadian Air Force. The dangers they faced included the enemy, the elements, and their own unreliable aircraft.

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Memorial Plaque, Flight Lieutenant Harry Wambolt
Memorial Plaque, Flight Lieutenant Harry Wambolt

This is the official memorial plaque sent to Harry Wambolt's family after his death in aerial combat.

Wambolt, owner of a movie theatre in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, took private flying lessons before joining the Royal Naval Air Service. After reaching the Western Front in June 1916, he flew a variety of missions before being killed on 4 March 1917 while fighting enemy airplanes. Wambolt's family, like other next of kin of service personnel from the British Empire who died during the war, received this memorial plaque and an accompanying commemorative scroll.

Memorial Plaque, Flight Lieutenant Harry Wambolt
Tilston Memorial Collection of Canadian Military Medals
CWM 19720147-014





Service Dress Cap, Royal Naval Air Service
Service Dress Jacket, Royal Naval Air Service
Flying Helmet, Royal Naval Air Service
Medal Set, Air Vice Marshal Raymond Collishaw
Wristwatch, Flight Lieutenant Henry Botterell
Medal Set, Captain Arthur Brown
Propeller Fragments, Flight Lieutenant Harry Wambolt
Memorial Plaque, Flight Lieutenant Harry Wambolt
Model, Felixstowe F2A
Flight Commander Wilfred Austin Curtis
Telegram Confirming Flight Lieutenant Harry Wambolt's Death
Letter to Flight Lieutenant Harry Wambolt's Parents
    Date created: October 29, 2010