Y Farm Military Cemetery, Bois-Grenier, Nord, France
A civil engineer from Edmonton, Alberta, John Gerald Manuel was the son of George M. and Edith Manual. Having served in the militia—19th Alberta Dragoons—he enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force (No. 687203) on 27 November 1914. As Gunner with the Canadian Field Artillery in France, he was wounded on 5 October 1916. On 4 March 1917 he joined the Royal Naval Air Service as a Flight Sub-Lieutenant (on probation). Posted to 10 Naval Squadron on 12 August 1917, he was wounded again on 8 May 1918 when he fired a Very pistol and it exploded in his hand. Upon recovering he was discharged to duty on 29 May 1918. He downed 3 more enemy aircraft and increased his total to 13 on 9 June 1918 but was killed the following day in a collision with another Sopwith Camel.
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
Flt. Sub-Lieut. John Gerald Manuel, R.N.A.S.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in air fights and bombing raids, particularly on the 26th September, 1917, when he attacked alone the Abeele Aerodrome, dropping his bombs from about 1,500 feet with good results. A machine gun then opened fire on him, but he dived down low and silenced it by firing fifty rounds from his machine gun.
Supplement to the London Gazette, 19 December 1917 (30437/13318)