The son of Charles V. and Kate A. Daly, Flight Sub-Lieutenant Rowan Heywood Daly received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 4450 on a Maurice Farman biplane at Royal Naval Air Station, Chingford on 8 February 1917. From Home Defence duties, Rowan he was posted to 10 Naval Squadron in France. He was wounded in action on 26 September 1917 whilst scoring his third victory. His Sopwith Camel (N6359) was marked "Wonga Bonga."
Living in Ilma, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex when he enlisted; regimental number was 2288.
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Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
Flt. Sub-Lieut. Rowan Heywood Daly, R.N.A.S.
For skill and gallantry in attacking enemy aircraft returning from a raid on England. After a long chase he engaged and brought down one machine in flames. Afterwards he engaged a second machine, but his gun jambed, and though he continued the pursuit to the enemy coast, he failed to clear the jamb, and was obliged to return to his aerodrome.
Supplement to the London Gazette, 11 August 1917, (30227/8207)