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Major T A E Cairnes DSO

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Does anyone have his gentleman's full name and any bio information on him?

 

Thanks, Adam

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Adam

 

His full name was Thomas Algar Elliott Cairnes; in addition to the DSO he was Mentioned in Despatches at least three times.  His DSO was awarded in the 1917 New Year's Honours List, so there was no citation other than the general heading "His Majesty the KING has been graciously pleased to approve of the undermentioned rewards for distinguished service in the field, dated 1st January 1917."

 

Unfortunately I do not have any biographical details.

 

Graeme

 

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 Hi

He was born 7th June, 1888, Drogheda.died 5th November, 1960., do you have his photo.? (Not sure if we are allowed to copy it to here?) One is available Royal Aero Club Aviators' certificates.2nd October, 1915 taken on a Maurice Farman Biplane. 1911 in India with 7th DG.  Plenty of info. on Ancestry public trees.

Regards Barry

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Very helpful thanks

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Just spotted this now - have been off-forum for the past month or two. This chap was the brother of the Irish ace William Jameson Cairnes.

 

However, although Tom was one-eyed from a polo injury he'd appear to have flown well enough: he is credited with at least two aerial victories with 27 Sqdn, and was to command 32 Sqdn.

 

Here's a useful obituary, but you'd need to follow his service with the 7th Dragoon Guards too.

 

http://www.independent.ie/regionals/droghedaindependent/lifestyle/town-has-lost-a-distinguished-son-27161977.html

 

I haven't the book to hand but, from what I recall, Tom gets a mention in Gwylim Lewis' "Wings over the Somme" on account of Lewis' brother serving under Cairnes. 

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Hi Airshipped, Thanks for, all adds to the picture. Adam

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