From St. Kew in Cornwall, Richard Michael Trevethan, the son of Michael and Clara (Pearce) Trevethan, was born in Utah in the United States but gave his nationality as English. He attended Falmouth Grammar School, Portsmouth Grammar School, and the Imperial College of Science, London. He enlisted in 1914 and was commissioned a temporary second lieutenant on 22 September. In 1917 he transferred to the Royal Flying Corps. As an F.E.2d pilot, he scored twelve victories before being wounded in action on 18 September 1917. He was granted a permanent commission in the rank of Flying Officer on 1 August 1919.
Listed in 1901 census as living in Kew, Cornwall.
Courtesy of Dominic Gribbin
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators’ Certificates, 1910-1950
British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920
Military Cross (MC)
T./2nd Lt. Richard Michael Trevethan, Gen. List and R.F.C.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when on offensive patrols. He has continuously displayed the greatest dash and determination in attacking enemy formations, regardless of their superiority in numbers, and has shot down at least four, driving others down out of control.