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Name: Hervey Rhodes
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) and Bar Hervey Rhodes
Country: England
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Unit: 12
Victories: 11
Born: 12 August 1895
Place of Birth: Saddleworth, Yorkshire, England
Died: 11 September 1987
Place of Death: Oldham, Lancashire, England
Cemetery: Saint Chad, Saddleworth, Yorkshire, England
An industrialist, politician and statesman, Lord Hervey Rhodes was the son of John Eastwood and Eliza Ann (Wood) Rhodes. He was educated at Saint Mary's School, Greenfield and Huddersfield Technical College. After serving on the Western Front with the King's Own Royal Lancashire Regiment, he transferred to the Royal Flying Corps in 1918. Posted to France with 12 Squadron, Rhodes scored 11 victories as an R.E.8 observer. Promoted to Lieutenant on 30 November 1918. Due to ill health from wounds received in the war, Lord Rhodes relinquished his commission on 21 April 1920 and was permitted to retain his rank.
  • The British Library
    George Ewart Evans interviews Lord Hervey Rhodes at the House of Lords in 1975.
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) Bar
"Lieut. Croye Rothes Pithey, D.F.C. (FRANCE)
2nd Lieut. (A./Lieut.) Hervey Rhodes, D.F.C. (York. R.). (FRANCE)
   Lieut. Pithey and his observer, Lieut. Rhodes, have crashed five enemy aeroplanes and driven down five out of control; in addition, they have shot down two balloons in flames, displaying conspicuous courage and skill on all occasions. On 1st September they attacked an enemy two-seater on contact patrol; this machine at first retired east but returned, accompanied by six scouts, to the attack; after a short engagement they were driven off, and Lieut. Pithey, although his machine was badly shot about, continued his patrol and brought back a most valuable and accurate report."
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 07 May 1918 12 R.E.8 Balloon (DES) 1  
2 08 May 1918 12 R.E.8 EA (OOC) 2  
3 04 Jun 1918 0920 12 R.E.8 (B7715) Balloon (DES) 1 57C B8
4 07 Jun 1918 0920 12 R.E.8 (B7715) Pfalz D.III (DES) 1 57C B8
5 07 Jun 1918 0920 12 R.E.8 (B7715) Pfalz D.III (OOC) 1 57C B8
6 07 Jun 1918 0920 12 R.E.8 (B7715) Pfalz D.III (OOC) 1 57C B8
7 21 Aug 1918 1130 12 R.E.8 (E47) Fokker D.VII (OOC) 1 Behaignies
8 23 Aug 1918 1740 12 R.E.8 LVG C (DESF) 1 Boyelles
9 28 Aug 1918 0945 12 R.E.8 (F6097) DFW C (DES) 1 E of St. Leger
10 30 Aug 1918 0650 12 R.E.8 (F6097) Fokker D.VII (DESF) 1 Bullecourt
11 03 Sep 1918 1715 12 R.E.8 (F6097) LVG C (DES) 1 Lagnicourt

1 Pilot Lt Croye Pithey
2 Pilot 2Lt N Garland
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