Killed by Crashing Plane

watch Air Mechanic II Lees Hyde of No. 8 Training Depot, Royal Flying Corps died in Fargo Military Hospital, Salisbury Plain. He is buried at Droylsden Cemetery, Greater Manchester.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission register of graves reveals that he died of accidental injuries and a website recording fatal air accidents in Britain 1917 reports the following:

On November 26, 1917, an aircraft struck a tent and then a building after suffering engine failure at Lake Down.26.11.17 AM 2 Lees Hyde (30) was injured and taken to hospital but later died December 8, 1917. Spr Edward Ernest Siddy, Royal Engineers (36) was killed instantly and another two personnel were injured. The Pilot 2nd Lt Gray was uninjured.

Lees Hyde was the son of Lees and Ann Hyde of Ashton-under-Lyne. He was married to Helen Hyde of 10 Broadway, Fairfield, Manchester. She lived on to the age of 93, dying in 1983.

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