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Collet, C H

Lancashire Landing Cemetery, Turkey

Lancashire Landing Cemetery, Turkey

Charles Herbert Colle

Flight Commander (Capt) Charles Herbert Collet, D.S.O. Twice Mentioned in Despatches
Royal Naval Air Service and (Royal Marine Artillery)

Son of James Francis Herbert and Teresa Collet (nee Pilley), of "Woodleigh," Westend, Southampton. Brother of Francis James.

Killed in a flying accident, aged 27 years.


He is buried at Lancashire Landing Cemetery in Turkey, his body having been brought in from the island of Imbros after the Armistice.

Charles Collet, an Old Elizabethan, was born in Calcutta, India in around 1888. On 22 September 1914, Fl. Lt Collet flew two hundred miles to Düsseldorf and bombed the Zeppelin shed there. Despite being hit, he returned safely. For this act he received the D.S.O. This was the first ever long distance air raid. Collet was killed in a flying accident at Imbros on 19 August 1915 whilst taking part in the Dardanelles campaign.

Royal Aero Club Aviators Certificate no. 666. Passed in an Avro biplane at the Central Flying School, Upavon, Wilts. on 21st October 1913.

Elizabeth College, Guernsey. Roll no. 2872


Commonwealth War Graves Commission Record