Lt Valdemar Richard Rendle

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 b. 12 Nov 1897, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

m. Alice Rose McLelland on 23 Sep 1919, in London, then flew to Australia:

"The Blackburn Kangaroo aeroplane, now en route to Australia (Captain Wilkins in command) is being piloted by Lieutenant Valdemar Rendle, the only son of the late Dr. Richard Rendle, of Brisbane, and Mrs. Rendle, Swan Road, Taringa. He was born at Taringa 22 years ago, and attended the Taringa State School, and afterwards the Brisbane Boys' Grammar School.

"Val," as he was known to his friends, was always keen on flying, and at an early age became a member of the Glider School and the Aeroplane Club.

At the time he made application for the Australian Flying Corps. Queenslanders were not being accepted by the authorities, so he decided to offer his services to the Royal Air Force, and, with Major T. M'Leod and seven other Queensland boys, he travelled to England, joining the R.F.C., and working his way through the corps from air mechanic to superior wing sergeant and pilot. After gaining his wings, he became an instructor, and for some time was acting flight-commander. In 1917 he gained his commission as lieutenant.

For more than a year he has been contemplating the flight to Australia, upon which he is now engaged, and is quite confident of the success of his party. " - The Daily Mail, Brisbane, 5 Dec 1919

d. 8 Nov 1962 (Age 64)

 

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