CAPT. DENZIL ROBERT THURSTAN
AIR FORCE CROSS
WW1 Casualty - Died 29 February 1919
The original parchment Death scroll.
(It appears he succumbed to the 1918 "Spanish Flu" pandemic)
Please note there are two variations in the spelling of his surname.
Thurston & Thurstan.
(Thurstan appears in the London Gazette - Page 1034 - Air Force Cross
and also on his parchment "Death scroll")
It seems that Thurstan was Australian
From Perth, Western Australia.
(Or perhaps originally from New Zealand)
He was linguistically versatile:
English, French, Spanish, Russian & German.
Serving as an Interpreter.
LONDON 27th February:
Many friends in New Zealand will regret to hear of the death of Captain Denzil R. Thurstan, R.A.F., which occurred as a result of pneumonia and influenza, at Cranwell Air Station, Lincolnshire. Captain Thurstan was in H.M.S. New Zealand on her Empire cruise as Assistant-Paymaster. He made a hobby of aviation before the war, and shortly after the outbreak, transferred to the R.N.A.S. he was later attached to the Armoured Car Squadron in Russia and on his return entered upon the regular work of the R.A.F.
Thurstan was an Old Haileyburian and is listed in their Roll of Honour.