Second Lieutenant Louis Chaloner Rattle

100 Squadron, Royal Air Force

Killed in action on Thursday, 10th October 1918, aged 19

 Louis Chaloner Rattle
Louis Chaloner Rattle

Personal Information:
Louis Chaloner Rattle was born 7 August 1899 at Preston in Lancashire, the youngest son of William Rattle (1863-1968) and Agnes Chaloner (1869-1947). He had two brothers; Alfred Charles (1888-1966) and Denis (1897-1920) and two sisters; Winifred Agnes (1891-1966) and Gertrude Annie (1893-1983).
There was a military strand in this branch of the family. His brother Denis enlisted into the King’s Liverpool Regiment in November 1914 and was discharged in January 1919. He had contracted Malaria during his service in Salonika, and unfortunately died the following year. His cousin Edgar Albert Rattle (1895-1918) had enlisted in the Somerset Light Infantry, but died of pneumonia in the Bournemouth Military Hospital.
At the time of his enlistment, Louis was a clerk at Wood Milne Limited of Albion Street Manchester and lived at Riverside Villas Preston Lancashire.

Historical Information:
Louis Chaloner Rattle joined the Royal Flying Corps on 18 September 1917 and was promoted to Second Lieutenant on 7 March 1918. He joined 4 Wing four months later and by September he was flying Hadley Page bombers with 100 Squadron.

From ‘The Annuals of 100 Squadron’
Date: 5/6 October 1918
Objective: Burbach Works & Mezieres Junction
Taking part:
Pilots                            Observers
2nd Lieutenant Hall          2nd Lieutenants Segner & Wood
2nd Lieutenant Rattle       2nd Lieutenants Jamieson & Rennie
Captain Coombs             2nd Lieutenants Wilkins & Lister
Lieutenant Gover            Lieutenants Ross & 2nd Lieutenant Greaves

Bombs dropped: 2 x 550lb & 48 x 112lb

Still aged only 19, he was killed in an airplane accident in Xaffévillers, France. Also involved were Second Lieutenant J M Rennie and Sergeant Mech J H O’Donoghue, who were wounded. It is probable that the photograph of him above was taken at Stonehenge. It is said that he was buried initially by the Church of England chaplain, but then had the full Catholic funeral service read over him and his grave blessed again by the Catholic chaplain.

The photograph of Louis Chaloner Rattle is taken from ‘The Annals of 100 Squadron’ by kind courtesy of Patrick Wilson. The photograph of Louis’s scroll is by kind courtesy of Tim Bryars.

Grave I C 15 Charmes Military Cemetery, Essegney, Vosges, France.

Charmes is a small town south of Nancy. It’s Military Cemetery was originally made for the Independent Force and also used by the 8th Canadian and 42nd Stationary Hospitals. It was enlarged after the Armistice by the concentration of graves from other nearby cemeteries.

Total Burials: 218
World War One Identified Casualties: United Kingdom 147 India 41 Canada 11 Germany 2 Russia 1 Total 202
World War One Unidentified Casualties: India 3
World War Two Identified Casualties: United Kingdom 11 Canada 1 India 1 Total 13