R Aslin

Royal Navy Reserve

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ASLIN Initials: R

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Lieutenant

Regiment/Service: Royal Naval Reserve

Unit Text: H.M.S. "Hyacinth." SS Alnwick Castle

Date of Death: 06/12/1915

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: B. 3.

Cemetery: ENTEBBE EUROPEAN CEMETERY

N.B. Union-Castle and the war, 1914-1919 Roll of Honour gives Lt. Aslin on H.M.S. "Pegasus" however I am sure this is an error as Pegasus built in 1897 was scrapped in 1914 and the seaplane tender Pegasus was launched in 1917.   The cemetery where Mr Aslin is buried also agrees with the area of operations of H.M.S. "Hyacinth".

Having said this the location of Mr. Aslin's grave is curious.   Lake Victoria was much later used as a seaplane base:

"In the golden age of the seaplane in the 1930s and 1940s, the "Empire Boats" of Imperial Airways would fly, complete with library, cocktail bar and smoking lounge, from Southampton to South Africa, with stops that included -Athens, Alexandria, Khartoum and Lake Victoria."

ENTEBBE EUROPEAN CEMETERY Country: Uganda Locality: unspecified Location Information: The town of Entebbe is about 35 kilometres south of Kampala on the shore of Lake Victoria, and is the location of the International Airport. The cemetery is on the southern side of the town on the way to the airport, some 900 metres past the Lake Victoria Hotel. It will be found to the east of the airport road behind a low wall. A road direction sign has been provided as it is easy to miss the cemetery which is set somewhat lower than the road.

Historical Information: Entebbe European Cemetery contains four Commonwealth burials of the First World War.


 

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