Everard Stanley Bestwick


About Everard Stanley

  • Name
    Everard Stanley
  • Initials
  • Surname
  • Date of Birth
    20 June 1892
  • Birth town
    Long Eaton, Nottingham
  • Resided town
  • Commemorated
  • Nationality
  • Place of death
  • Date of death
    10 April 1982
  • Married
  • Occupation

Service Information

  • Royal Navy

  • Service Number
  • Rank
  • Ship
    Royal Navy Air Squadron


Everard Stanley Bestwick was born on 20 June 1892, in Long Eaton, Derbyshire. His parents were Samuel, a lacemaker and Mary A Bestwick. On the 1911 Census, the family were living at Duck Lane, Beeston, Nottingham. Most of the family were involved in the clothing industry, and were United Methodists. There were originally five children but one had died by 1911. The remaining children were Arthur (lacemaker), Blanche Maude (dressmaker) and Evelyn. Everard was also a lacemaker.

Everard Bestwick, enlisted in to the Royal Navy on 23 February 1916,  as an Ordinary Seaman (Class A) and was mobilised for immediate service on 27 March 1916. His records describe him as having a dark complexion with black hair and blue eyes. He was 5 ft 9 3/4in tall. On 12 May 1916, Everard was transferred to the Royal Naval Air Service, and served on HMS President II. He was promoted from Aircraftsman Second Class (May 1916 until 30 April 1917),  to Aircraftsman, First Class (until 15 January 1918).  Everard passed through Peterborough East Station and signed the visitors’ book on 14 October 1916. From 7 February 1918, Everard was stationed at Stonehenge before transferring to the Royal Air Force at its inception, on the 21 March 1918. (The Royal Air Force was officially inaugurated on 1 April 1918).  His character and ability are described as both ‘very good’ and ‘super’ in his service records. At some point during his service, Everard is also described as an ‘aerial gunner’.

Everard was stationed at the Cadet Air Depot and completed pilot training on 14 May 1918; Cadet Everard Bestwick was passed ‘fit as a pilot’. His last service date was listed as 31 May 1918. He was transferred to the Royal Air Force Reserves on 8 April 1919, and discharged on 30 April 1920. The London Gazette cited his promotion to ‘honorary 2lt’ on 10 May 1919.  Everard was awarded the British War and Allied Victory Medals.

Everard married Hilda Emily Aslin in Basford in 1937. In the 1939 Register, the couple were living at 7 Woodlands Grove, Chilwell, in the Beeston and Stapleford district of Nottinghamshire. Everard was employed as a ‘dyehouse superintendent’. Their son, Ian S Bestwick was born in Basford in 1939. Hilda passed away in Nottingham, during 1974.

Everard was 90 years of age when he died on 10 April 1982, at 7 Woodlands Grove, Chilwell.  Do you recognise this story? Are you related to Everard? Please get in touch if you can tell us more.


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