Captain Howard Redmayne Harker M.C.
Howard Redmayne Harker
(1891-1919), was born in Prestwich, Manchester, the son of Lancashire architect
John Dent Harker. He was educated at Lawrence House
School, St.Annes-on-Sea, Rossall School, Fleetwood and Manchester University.
He joined the Royal Flying Corps and passed his Royal Aero Club
Aviators’ Certificate at Birmingham in May 1916. He went on to become a First World
War flying ace credited with five aerial victories and was awarded the Military
Supplement to the London
Gazette, 9 January 1918
2nd Lt. (T./Capt.) Howard Redmayne Harker, R.F.C.,
For conspicuous gallantry and
devotion to duty. For nearly, a year he has carried out extremely valuable work in
taking aeroplane photographs and leading bombing raids far behind the enemy lines,
often in the face of great opposition and trying weather conditions.
On a recent occasion while
returning from a successful bombing raid his formation was attacked by more than
twice its number, but by his fine offensive spirit and skilful leadership, the
enemy were dispersed. He has consistently set a splendid example to his brother
Edinburgh Gazette, 10th January
He died of influenza at Tidworth Barracks Hospital in February 1919. The
influenza pandemic of 1918-1919 killed more people than all the fighting in World War
Grave of Howard Redmayne Harker,