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Percy Charles Moynihan

Served at South Shields Seaplane Base

From his Royal Aero Club photograph, Percy was a dashing young man. He qualified with the club using a London and Provincial Biplane in September 1915. He then appears in the Navy Lists for November of that year as a temporary Flight Sub-Lieutenant. Unfortunately, the posting to South Shields would be Moynihan’s last. Dr Taylor diagnosed that he was suffering from primary and secondary syphilis. Moynihan’s commission was terminated in March 1917 as medical unfit for duty. The Probate Calendars then record that he died in May 1918 in Solihull, leaving an estate of just £77 10s 3d.

Civil Parish: South Shields

Birth date: 1891

Death date: 1918

Armed force/civilian: Navy

Residence: 54 Brownswood Road, Stoke Newington, London (1901 census);
62 Gloucester Road, Finsbury Park, London (1911 census);
86 Leighton Avenue, Leigh on Sea, Essex (home with wife? ADM/273/8/10)

Organisation membership: Royal London Aero Club, membership number 1697 (

Employment: Tailor’s cutter (1911 census)

Family: Father: George Moynihan;
Mother: Lydia Moynihan;
Siblings: Lydia Moynihan, George Moynihan, Herbert Moynihan, Adelaide Moynihan, William Moynihan, Vera Moynihan (1911 census)
Wife: ?

Gender: Male

Contributed by Durham County Record Office