2nd Lieutenant Christopher Joseph Quintin Brand received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 2685 on a Caudron biplane at Beatty School, Hendon on 30 March 1916. He attained the rank of Air Vice Marshal in the Royal Air Force. He and Pierre van Ryneveld were knighted for completing the first flight from England to South Africa. Enroute to Cape Town, they crashed their Vickers Vimy along the Nile, returned to Cairo for another Vimy and crashed again near Bulawayo. They finished the flight in a D.H.9, arriving in Cape Town on 20 March 1920. Brand was married on 9 June 1920 at Ilford Roman Catholic Church to Miss Maria Vaughan, of Goodmayes, Essex.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Capt. (A./Maj.) Christopher Joseph Quintin Brand, D.S.O., M.C. (FRANCE)
On the night of 15/16th September this officer attacked an enemy aeroplane at 8,000 feet. In the combat that ensued his tracers burst the sump of one of the aeroplane's engines and the oil from it covered his machine in a black spray. Almost blinded by this he still continued the engagement and eventually drove the enemy machine down to 200 ft., when, owing to intense hostile machine-gun fire from the ground, he was compelled to break off the combat. There is every reason to believe that this machine crashed. The foregoing is only one of many gallant deeds performed by this officer, who by his indomitable spirit and example has raised the efficiency of his squadron to a very high level.
(D.S.O. gazetted 31st May, 1918.)
(M.C. gazetted 26th April, 1917.)