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Lieutenant-Commander N.G. Atherstone, A.F.C., (Retd. )

Lieutenant-Commander N.G. Atherstone, A.F.C., (Retd. ),

First Officer R.101 was born in 1894 at St. Petersburg; Russia, and was educated at Larchfield, Helensburgh, Winton House, Winchester, and Charterhouse.

He joined the Royal Navy as a Cadet in 1913 and was appointed to H.M.S. "Highflyer" for training. On the outbreak of War he was appointed to H.M.S. "Gibraltar" and served with the 10th Cruiser Squadron, Grand Fleet and Destroyers until 1917 when he transferred to Airships, becoming Pilot of Non-Rigids SS. Zero, and N.S. types. In 1918 he was appointed 1st Officer of R.29 and was awarded the A.F.C. He returned to the Royal Navy in 1919 and retired in 1920 becoming resident in Australia.

He was promoted Lieutenant-Commander R.N.(Retd. ) in 1926 and he returned to England in 1927 on being appointed to the Royal Airship Works, Cardington, for Airship duties. He was appointed First Officer R.101 in 1929.

He was thirty six years old and lived at 4 The Crescent, Shortstown.

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