The only son of Robert Samuel and Susannah Beatrice (March) Banbury, Fred Everest Banbury attended high school in Wolseley and then went to Victoria College (1911-1912) and University College (1912-1914). He enrolled in the Atlantic Coast Aeronautic School at Newport News, Virginia in March 1916 and received pilot's certificate Am. 507 on a Curtiss biplane. In July 1916, he arrived in England and enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service. After additional training he was posted to France with Naval 9 in March 1917. He scored his first two victories flying the Sopwith Pup and scored nine more flying the Sopwith Camel. Killed in a flying accident on 1 April 1918, Banbury was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950