A Perfect and Gentle Knight

Anthony Moor recounts the flying career of Lieutenant Noel Perris, one of many Great War pilots to serve in both the British Army and the Royal Flying Corps

WORLD WAR ONE

DEFENDING LONDON

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BE.2cs being prepared for flight from Throwley, near Faversham, Kent. Note the skull and crossbones motif painted on the fuselage.
ALL VIA FELIX MOORE UNLESS NOTED

Noel Felix Perris was born in Chiswick, London, on Christmas Day in 1894, the only son of Mary and George Perris. His first name was inspired by the day of his birth, and his second – Felix – was given to him in honour of one of his father’s friends, the Russian political exile Feliks Volkhovsky.

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