The son of William and Mary Longton, Walter Hunt Longton fought at Gallipoli with the Queen’s Own Worcestershire Hussars before he transferred to the Royal Flying Corps in 1916. He received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 2647 on a Hall biplane at Hall school, Hendon on 31 March 1916. He was promoted to temporary 2nd Lieutenant for duty with the R.F.C. on 29. April 1916. Longton scored eleven victories flying the S.E.5a in 1918. He was killed in a flying accident near Bournemouth on 6 June 1927. A plaque honoring his memory can be viewed on the wall of St. Mary's Church in Upavon.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lt. Walter Hunt Longton, A.F.C.
On the 22nd August this officer led his formation of six machines to attack an equal number of enemy scouts. All the latter ware accounted for, four being crashed and the remaining two driven down out of control. A brilliant performance, reflecting the greatest credit on this officer as leader, and all who took part in this
engagement. During the last seven weeks
Lieutenant Longton has destroyed seven
Lieut. (A./Capt.) Walter Hunt Longton, D.F.C., A.F.C. (FRANCE)
Between 29th September and 9th October this officer carried out twelve tactical reconnaissances, bringing back most valuable information; he also displayed great gallantry in attacking enemy troops on the ground. On 9th October, when on a low patrol, he observed a machine-gun nest which appeared to be the sole obstacle to our cavalry advance. Having informed the cavalry and field artillery of the situation, he co-operated with the former in their attack, and, after the enemy had been driven out, pursued them with machine-gun fire as they retreated.