Second Lieutenant William McLaren

Second Lieutenant William Somerville McLaren, Royal Flying Corps. He was killed on flying Operations with 44 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps on 19th November 1917, aged 19. He was the son of Duncan McLaren of Fairnington, Roxburgh, Kelso and is buried in Zuydcoote Military Cemetery, Nord, France. Whilst 44 Squadron was solely a Home Defence Squadron and flew the Sopwith Camel it is possible that aerial combat may well have taken place on the other side of the channel. The second photo shows Camel Ace Billy Barker V.C. standing beside his machine in 1918.

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