Major Henry Francis Chads MC

1890 Oct 30. Born Curragh, Co Kildare, Ireland Son of Major Harry Campbell Chads

1900 At Eltham College, Kent

1901 census at school as a boarder at the Royal Naval School, Mottingham Kent

1906 Moves to Cheltenham College.

1909 Enters RMA, Sandhurst. Living at The Gables, Strawberry Hill, Twickenham.

1910 Mar 9. Commissioned 2nd Lt in Borderers

1910 Apr 18. Posted 2nd Battalion Borders at Strensall

1911 census at Martinigue Barracks in Hampshire with Border Regiment 2nd Batt, 2nd Lt

1914 Aug 9. The undermentioned Second Lieutenants to be Lieutenants: Harry F. Chads.

1914 Sep 2. The Border Regiment, Second Lieutenant Harry F. Chads is seconded for employment with the Army Signal Service.

1914 Oct 5 Sails for Belgium with Army Signals

1915 May 1. Promoted to be Captain.

1915 Jun 7. To be Staff Captain. Captain Harry F. Chads, The Border Regiment, vice Captain J. R. M. Minshull Ford, The Royal Welsh Fusiliers.

1915 Jun 22. MID

1915 Jun 23. MC Gazetted.

1915 Aug 25. An order to the commanding officer of 2nd Bedfordshire Regt is signed by H.F. Chads, Captain, Staff Captain, 21st Infantry Brigade
25th August 1915

1915 Oct 21. Appointed Brigade Major of 22 Brigade. Captain Henry F. Chads, The Border Regiment, vice Major F. G. L. Thurlow, D.S.O., Prince Albert's (Somerset Light In fantry).

1916 Jan 1. MID Gazetted

1917 Jan 4, MID Gazetted. Chads; Capt. H. F., M.C., Bord. R

1917 Apr 2. GSO 2nd Grade. Capt. H. F. Chads, M.C., Bord. R.

1917 May 15. MID

1917 Jun 14. Brevet Major

1917 Dec 8. GSO 2nd Grade. Bt. Maj. H. P. Chads, M.C., Bord. R. 19th Army

1918 Oct 17. GSO 2nd Grade. Bt. Maj. H. P. Chads, M.C., Bord. R. 5th Army

1919 Jun 21. GSO 3td Grade. Bt. Maj. H. P. Chads, M.C., Bord. R. British Army of Rhine

1919 Aug 28, Bord. R. Capt. & Bt. Maj. H. F. Chads, M.C., to be Adjt.

1919 Aug 27 Chads is sent to Dublin to discuss a possible legal case against the Freemans Journal. He wanted to return the same day, but was not able to.

1920 Aug 28. He is killed in a flying accident at Castlebar. The plane was piloted by Norman Herford Dimmock AFC.  He was a pilot in the RFC and stayed with the RAF after the war.  His WW1 MIC gives an address of 27 West Hill Highgate, which ties in with the newspaper reports. 

The resident squadron at Castlebar seems to have been from Joly 1920 to Jan 1921 - 2 Sqn RAF Detatched Flight from Baldonnel of Bristol F.2b Fighter's

Bristol 2B

Castlebar was a R.F.C. / R.A.F. grass strip with wooden huts and canvas hangers, located parallel to the road and railway line in the area, where now the "Baxter Factory" is situated, on the old Breaffy Road. The Officers were billeted in nearby "Maryland House", which was rented from the owner.
There were at least 5 aircraft from the Aerodrome lost (mainly to mechanical failure) at the strip or in the area, with at least 3 fatalities, and a member of the Aerodrome guard tragically shot another member of the guard who jumped out in the dark as a prank

The pilot told the inquiry that he was approaching too fast and thought that he needed to abort the landing and go round again. He put on speed, but hit a tripod at the perimeter fence, and this caused the plane to crash

1920 Jul/Sep Death registered in Castlebar, Mayo.

1920 Sept 4. His father is not happy with the newspaper report of his son's death.

A memorial in Castlebar Churchyard reads

In loving memory of
Major Harry Francis Chads M.C.
the Border Regiment
who was accidentally killed at Castlebar
on 28th August 1920
whilst flying on duty
Erected by the officers, non commissioned officers
and men of the 2nd Battalion

N.H.Dimmock AFC/RFC survived with two badly broken legs. Major Chads gravestone, in the Church of Ireland graveyard located next to the Traveler's Friend Hotel, near the hospital, details on the other side of the stone are in reference to his brother killed in action in France.

1920 Dec 24. Probate to his father.


British Soldiers Killed in Ireland