The first in our planned series Local Wartime Heroes, tells of the heroic actions of Thomas Brierley Dodwell DSO DFC and can be viewed in our Local History Centre upstairs in Knowle Library until the end of June.
Thomas was born at Grove Farm, Grove Lane, Knowle on 2nd January 1897, son of Henry Dodwell, farmer and eminent County Councillor and Elizabeth Brierley daughter of Charles and Elizabeth Kimbell. He joined the RAF on 19th April 1918 and in the period before he was shot down on 16th August 1918, he had completed 64 missions over the lines, survived four crashes and several forced landings. His flying career ended when his plane was shot down and had to be ditched in a mined area of the Weilingen off the coast of Holland. Thomas was so badly wounded that his arm had to be amputated and he was then interned in Holland.
Come and see our exhibition and find out more about Thomas’s exploits and the amazing act of bravery he committed which led to him being; mentioned in dispatches, receiving the DSO and being the only member of the RAF to receive the American DFC in the 1st World War.