Capt. Henry Taylor Horsfield
Captain Henry Taylor Horsfield, was born on the 30th October 1889.
He was appointed a Temporary 2nd Lieutenant on the General List in December 1914, and sometime thereafter posted to the 13th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment. He did not, however, see any active service until his transferral to the Royal Flying Corps in 1916, when, on gaining his “Wings” (27th April 1916), he was posted to No. 34 Squadron, an Army co-operation unit, based in France, on the 10th July 1916.
He witnessed at first hand air-to-air combat over the coming months, a case in point being a dogfight with an enemy aircraft over Walencourt in the early afternoon of 16th October 1916, when his BE2e aircraft was damaged and his Observer, Lieutenant C. K. M. Douglas, wounded.
On the 17th January 1917, Captain Horsfield was appointed as a Flight Commander, but on the 12th June of the same year he was posted back to the U.K. to No. 9 Squadron for employment as an ‘Instructor in artillery or contact patrol work’, in which capacity he appears to have served for the remainder of the War, valuable training work that undoubtedly resulted in the award of his A.F.C.
Horsfield was transferred to the Unemployed List in 9th October 1919.
Captain Henry Taylor Horsfield died in Buckinghamshire in 1980 (age 90).
His medals were sold at aution in June 2005 for £1900.