Flight Sub-Lieutenant Ian Neil Carmichael

Biography of Flight Sub-Lieutenant Ian Neil Carmichael

Ian Neil Carmichael was born in Hong Kong on 29th October 1894, and was the son of Hugh Fletcher Carmichael, a consulting engineer and respected member of the community in Hong Kong.

Ian enrolled at the University of Glasgow between 1911 and 1914, and in that time studied Mathematics, Natural Philosophy and Chemistry. He withdrew from his final exams in the Department of Naval Architecture, joining the Royal Naval Air Service at the outbreak of the First World War. Flight Sub-Lieutenant Carmichael was serving at Calshot (Seaplane) Naval Air Station, Southampton, when he was killed as the result of a seaplane accident on the 20th July 1916. The aircraft was a 'Short Admiralty Type 827', a reconnaissance biplane fitted with floats. Ian was flying the plane low and hit the mast of a transport ship, crashing on to the ship's deck. The observer on board, Flight Sub-Lieutenant Wallace, died the next day. Ian was awarded the British War Medal, and is buried in Oban (Pennyfuir) Cemetery, his stone bears an image of a plane.

Following his son's death, Hugh Fletcher Carmichael went through a complex insurance claim as the company would not pay the money owed to him, a factor in this was the young age that Ian Neil Carmichael died. This case was resolved in favour of Hugh Fletcher Carmichael by the House of Lords in 1920.

Summary

Flight Sub-Lieutenant Ian Neil Carmichael
Rank: Flight Sub-Lieutenant
Regiment: Royal Naval Air Service
Degree: Student
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action, 20 July 1916.
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/669, 685
Photo ID: Ch 4/4/2/2/40

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