Collection of Catherine Evans, 7-21-06
I have just noticed you are also looking for a photograph of Graham Gilmour. This is the one I have of him.
I do not know much about Graham Gilmour except the 1911 Boat Race incident (held on 1st April coincidentally) and which others were also involved in - namely, Claude Grahame-White, C. C. Paterson, P. Prier, Clement Greswell, Gustav Hamel and Mr. Hubert (who all thought it would be great fun to watch the Boat Race from the air) though none of these were so severely reprimanded as Mr. Gilmour who decided to entertain the crowds by flying low of the Oxford-Cambridge crews, annoying officials no end in the process.
Graham Gilmour was killed on 17th February 1912.
It is entitled "Mr Graham Gilmour and his Bristol biplane". It hasn't been posted, but someone has written on the back "August Bank Holiday 1911. Splendid flights in the Old Castle Grounds. Killed at Richmond Feb 17th 1912"
Contributed by Peggy Semler, 2-23-11
via email from John Graham Gilmour,
Grandson of Stanley Graham Gilmour
Sydney, Australia, 1-19-05
Not sure why you are so interested in this man but I might be able to help you with some limited information on him.
I have been for years meaning to see what if any information there was on the web and only today finally decided to try my hand and see if Douglas's name would come up in the Internet and was very surprised when at first go it popped up after my first search.
Douglas Graham Gilmour is the son of David Graham Gilmour a man who at the turn of the 20th century embarked on legal action to claim the title of Duke of Montrose back from the then current holder. Apparently a Miss Gilmour (and here I am not sure of the veracity of the statement since this has been handed down to me by my grandfather and his sons my father and uncle) "married" the then Duke of Montrose in Scotland some 300 (probably 400 now) years back and Douglas is after many generations one of the issue of that line.
Not sure how much other information I can dredge up from the depths of my memory but I do have somewhere in the house a photocopy of very old article from a paper in Britain written about Douglas at the time he died. If I can find it and if you are interested in it I can scan it in and email it to you.
Hope this helps.
John Graham Gilmour
via email from David Barnes, 1-20-05
Webmaster of Royal Flying Corps, Royal Naval Air Service,
Royal Air Force Register 1914 - 1919 Web Site
Lieutenant S G Gilmour, RFC
Granted Royal Aero Club Aviators Certificate No.997 15 December 1914 Flew with 5 Squadron
Captain S G Gilmour, 97 Sqn, Independant Force, RAF
Temp C.O. of Squadron January 1918 - 31 March 1918
Taken Prisoner 22 August 1918 with 2nd Lieut. G E Rochester & Sergt J W
Chalmers when Handley Page 0/400 D8304 on a Night Bombing Operation on
Volpersweiler Aerodrome and Railway at Herzing, was forced to land East of
Lines at Pechelbronn, Alsace
He was repatriated to England December 13, 1918
Douglas Graham Gilmour
Granted French Aero Club Aviators Certificate No.Fr.75 19 April 1910
I would certainly be interested in any further information.
David J Barnes
148 Parkinson Street
While testing a new monoplane in a flight from Brooklands to Richmond, Mr. Graham Gilmour, the well-known aviator, was killed on
Saturday, owing to the machine suddenly collapsing. We give above two views of the wrecked aeroplane and on inset the ill-fated
Courtesy of Anthony Young, 10-22-07
Courtesy of Anthony Young, 10-23-07
Hon. C.S Rolls (ref: Rolls Royce), killed at Bournemouth, July 12, 1910
Mr Cecil Grace, lost in the British Channel, December 23, 1910
Mr B.G. Benson, killed at Hendon, May 25, 1911
Mr V. Smith, killed at St. Petersburg, May 27, 1911
Mrs. Denise Moore, killed at Etaples, France, July 22, 1911
Mr George Napier, killed at Brooklands, August 1, 1911
Lieutenant T. Ridge, killed at Aldershot, August 18, 1911
Lieutenant Cammell, killed at Hendon, September 13, 1911
Mr Hubert Oxley and a passenger, Mr Robert Weiss, killed at Filey, December 6, 1911
Mr Douglas Graham Gilmour, killed at Richmond, February 17, 1912