HC Deb 17 July 1913 vol 55 c1435

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War a question of which I have given him private notice: Whether he can give the House any information as to a regrettable accident which, it is reported in to-day's papers, has occurred to an officer of the Royal Flying Corps?

The SECRETARY of STATE for WAR (Colonel Seely)

The accident at Larkhill this morning took place on a privately owned machine, not on an Army machine. The officer killed, Major Hewetson, was a Royal Field Artillery officer on leave from India, and was learning to fly at the Bristol Flying School. He was not a member of the Royal Flying Corps, and the accident was in no way connected with the Royal Flying Corps or the Flying School. I am sure that I may be permitted to add that the House deeply deplores the loss of this very gallant officer.