- Category : 1879-births
- Type : ME
- Profile : 6/2 - Role Model / Hermit
- Definition : Split - Small (17,43)
- Incarnation Cross : LAX Migration 2
British aviator and the first Royal Flying Corps officer to be killed in an aircraft crash. The site of the crash at Greenlands Bottom is now known as 'Airman's Cross'. A stone cross memorial was placed in the middle of the grass island at the junction.
Eustace Loraine was the first child of Rear-Admiral Sir Lambton Loraine, 11th Baronet and his wife Frederica Mary Horatia (née Broke). His younger brother Percy was born in 1880. He was the great grandson of Rear Admiral Sir Philip Broke a distinguished naval officer.
On 5 July 1912, exactly 13 years since he joined the Army, Loraine and his passenger Staff Sergeant R H V Wilson were flying a Nieuport Monoplane out of Larkhill on a routine morning practice sortie. They were executing a tight turn when the aircraft fell towards the ground and crashed. Wilson was killed outright and although Loraine was speedily transported to Bulford Hospital in a horse-drawn ambulance, he succumbed to his wounds only a few minutes after arriving at the hospital. He was 32.