WWI Victoria Cross RNAS Pilot R Warneford Personal Possessions


A rare set of personal possessions belonging to WWI Victoria Cross Holder Reginald Alexander John Warneford, a Royal Naval Air Service Pilot.

The items comprise of a Kodak Vest Pocket small bellows camera, with a serial number that dates it to 1914; a 9 carat (375) rose gold pen which is Birmingham hallmarked and with a date mark for 1909; and 3 spare RNAS tunic buttons. There is also a small wartime cut-out piece of newspaper, with a photo of him, informing his death. The items have been bought from a family descendant on his mother’s side (great-nephew) and are guaranteed original. The items are all in good condition. The Victoria Cross, other medals and paperwork were sold by the vendor’s grandfather several decades ago.

Sub-Lieutenant Reginald ‘Rex’ Warneford (1891-1915) is famous for being the first pilot to destroy a German Zeppelin, by doggedly following it back to its base and bombing it a low altitude (the flight ceiling of the Zeppelin was far higher that the Allied planes). He barely survived the attack, landing his damaged plane and managed to evade capture by repairing the engine. Sadly, he was killed in action a few days later.

Size folded camera: 12 x 6.5 x 2.5 cm (4 ¾ x 2 ½ x 1 inches)
Weight: 293 g