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Samuel Franklin Leslie Cody

Second Lieutenant 41st Squadron, Royal Flying Corps and General List P17479
Killed in action 23 January 1917 aged 21
Remembered on Ash War Memorial
Buried in Perth Cemetery, Ieper, Belgium
Remembered on the Memorial to the Men of Ash Vale in St Maryís Church
Remembered on his parents' grave in Aldershot Military Cemetery "The dearly beloved youngest son of Samuel Franklin and Lela Marie Cody." and "Fell in action fighting four enemy machines"

Samuel Cody's death was reported in the newspaper, "Lieut. Frank Codyís death while flying is the first case, so far as I know, of father and son both dying in this way. He was the youngest son of the late Col S.F. Cody, one of the most persistent pioneers of flying in this country, who finally met with a fatal flying accident in the air a few years ago. Lieut. Frank Cody, who was only 21, fought five German machines on the western front a few weeks ago, and was brought down. His fate was in doubt until, in response to a note of inquiry dropped over enemy lines, a reply came in the same way that young Cody had been killed in action. It is odd that the air appears to be the only element in which the Germans seek to maintain any sort of reputation for chivalry."

Samuel was issued with a Pilotís licence (1797) by the Royal Aero Club on 28 September 1915. The index card records that he was born 7 September 1895 in Basle Switzerland, and that his certificate was taken on a Maurice Farman Biplane at the British Flying School, Le Crotoy, France.

Samuelís wife, Maude Heliere Cody, lived at Notre Dame, Church Road, Aldershot. She is buried in Ash Cemetery with members of her family including her parents James and Elizabeth Carroll (Section I).

His mother Lela M Cody lived at Vale Croft in Frimley Road. Both his parents are buried in the Aldershot Military Cemetery.

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