"Quam celerime ad astra" - With all speed to the stars

Captain, Felix WYATT
Aged 28

27 Squadron Royal Flying Corps
and 5th Battalion Suffolk Regiment
Killed in Action on Monday, 2nd July 1917

Felix Mahomed was born at 594 Lewisham Road, St Pancras in 1888 ( Pancras Q3-1888 1B:154) son of Rev James Dean Keriman and Emma Louisa MAHOMED (née BLACK). He later took as his surname, that of his grandmother, WYATT.

1891 census...Aged 2, Felix Mahomed was at London Hospital, White Chapel Road (an institution for the relief of sick and wounded seaman, Arisans etc) with his father James Dean Kerriman MAHOMED [37] chaplain, born Brighton; his mother Emma Louisa [33] born Brighton and sister Lucy [6 months] born Whitechapel.

1901 census...As Felix Mahomed, aged 12, he was at school in Berkhamstead. His parents and sister Lucy were at The Rectory, Ingham

1911 census...Felix Mahomed, aged 22, a land agent, he was at The Rectory, Ingham with his parents and sister Lucy.

He later became an Associate of the Surveyors Institute.

It is not know when he changed his name, perhaps a visit to TNA at Kew will provide that answer. The 27 Squadron badge did not exist at the time, that came in 1936, but the elephant was used as that was the RFC nickname for their aircraft, the Martinsyde G102. Designed as a fighter it was too heavy and un-manoeuvrable and was used as a bomber, actually dropping the first bombs on 1st July 1916, the 1st day of the Somme.

Felix was flying Martinsyde G102, ser.no. A1575 when he was shot down ( picture below "doctored")

Originally buried in Fins Churchyard Extension, he was exhumed and reinterred in Fins New British Cemetery in 1924. FINS CHURCHYARD EXTENSION, was on the North side of the churchyard, within the enclosure of a house. It contained the graves of 121 soldiers from the United Kingdom and one from Canada, who fell in April July 1917, and one German soldier who fell in March 1918. The church was rebuilt but not until 1932.

photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Felix Wyatt is buried in Fins New British cemetery, Sorel-le-Grand, grave 8:K:11

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