Lieutenant Clarence Donovan Kirkbride




Clarence Kirkbride was born at Penrith, Cumberland, on 2 November 1892.  On 5 April 1915 he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant and posted to the 4th Reserve Cavalry Regiment. 

In 1916 he was posted to the 6th Inniskilling Dragoons. He joined the 2nd North Irish Horse Regiment at Flesselles, France, on 13 August 1916, where he was assigned to A Squadron (the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons Service Squadron). In October 1916 the regiment moved north to the Ypres front, based at Boeschepe. The regimental diary reported that on 7 and 16 December 2nd Lieutenant Kirkbride was in charge of a digging party in the trenches.

In June 1917 he returned to England and transferred to the Royal Flying Corps. After a period of training he was appointed Flying Officer (2nd Lieutenant) on 30 November 1917, and the following February was made temporary Lieutenant (backdated to 1 July 1917). His lieutenancy was confirmed on 1 November 1918.

It appears that he spent the remainder of the war in the UK. The planes he flew included the DH6, Curtiss, BE2e and RE8. His aerial gunnery was described as 'fair'.

Kirkbride was transferred to the Unemployed List on 11 June 1919.

He died at Poole, Dorset, on 3 July 1960.



Images above kindly provided by Lenita. Thanks to Ian Bowes.