The Leicestershire Kirkmans - 1650 to 2000:Information about Robert Kirby Kirkman
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Robert Kirby Kirkman (b. June 25, 1891, d. May 9, 1938)Robert Kirby Kirkman (son of John William Kirkman and Annie Elizabeth Parry)1081 was born June 25, 1891 in Cosby, Leicestershire, England1082, and died May 9, 1938 in London, England1083.He married Dorothy King.
Notes for Robert Kirby Kirkman:
The following is an extract from Chris/Don Kirkman's web page, using material which I supplied
"Captain Robert Kirby Kirkman of Great Britain's Royal Flying Corps was an eight-victory World War I ace who was shot down in early 1918, survived a crash landing and became a German prisoner of war.
Like many British fliers, Robert first served in Western Front trenches during the war's early years -- in his case with the Leicester infantry regiment. He transferred to the RFC in the summer of 1917, was posted to the 20th Squadron and piloted two-seater Bristol fighters, an aircraft equipped with machine guns that fired fore and aft. During the last half of 1917, Robert and his rear-seat gunners shot down four Germans, then two more in January 1918 and two on March 23, 1918. After his seventh and eighth victories Robert was awarded the Military Cross and promoted to Captain and Flight Commander.
On March 27, 1918 Robert and his rear-seat gunner, Capt. J.H. Hedley, ran into Rittmeister Manfred von Richtofen's gaudily painted Flying Circle over Foucaucourt, France, and Robert's plane was riddled by German ace Karl Gallwitz. The Brisfit crashed behind Germans lines and Robert and Hedley were captured, uninjured, by German infantrymen.
Several von Richtofen biographies allege Kirkman and Hedley were the Red Baron's 72nd victory, but the British World War Association reports they were gunned down by Gallwitz, a 10-victory member of the Baron's Jagdgeschwader (combat group).
Family lore holds Robert and Hedley met von Richtofen at his airdrome before they were shipped to a P.O.W. camp. Robert and his gunner were repatriated to England on Dec. 17, 1918.
Robert was the son of William Kirkman of Swepstone, Leicestershire. Two of his medals are family treasures held by his cousin Tony Kirkman of Solihull, West Midlands. Robert's pictured decorations are (from left) the Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, and Victory Medal."
More About Robert Kirby Kirkman:
Lived: 1920, Back in England in 1920 - went to sale of Ivy House Farm with Edward ..1084
Military service: Bet. 1914 - 1917, See Notes. Captain in 20th squadron RAF.
Occupation: Articled as Chartered Accountant (along with Edward Kirkman).1084
Occupation2: Worked for 20 years with Burma oil.1084