Arthur Penrose Selwyn

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Arthur Penrose Selwyn

Birthplace: Ambleside, UK
Death: May 18, 1916 (26)
Fort Grange, Gosport,, Hampshire, England (United Kingdom) (plane crashed on training flight, Gosport)
Place of Burial: Hampshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Edward Carus Selwyn and Lucy Ada Selwyn
Husband of Eileen Mary McSwiney
Father of Arthur Wakefield Selwyn
Brother of Edward 'Gordon' Selwyn, Dean of Winchester; Mary Arnold Selwyn; Geoffrey Selwyn; Christopher Wakefield Selwyn; John Selwyn and 1 other
Half brother of George V.C.

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About Arthur Penrose Selwyn

Twin of Christopher Wakefield Selwyn.

1891 English Census

  • Name: Arthur P Selwyn
  • Age: 1 , Estimated Birth Year: abt 1890
  • Relation: Son
  • Father's Name: Edward Carus
  • Mother's Name: Lucy Ada
  • Gender: Male
  • Where born: Ambleside, Westmorland, England
  • Civil parish: Uppingham
  • Ecclesiastical parish: Uppingham
  • Town: Uppingham
  • County/Island: Rutland
  • Country: England
  • Registration district: Uppingham
  • Sub-registration district: Uppingham
  • ED, institution, or vessel: 1


  • Edward C Selwyn 37 Clerk in Holy Orders and schoolmaster (headmaster of Uppingham)
  • Lucy Ada Selwyn 32
  • Edward G Selwyn 5 ) twins?
  • Mary A Selwyn 5 )
  • Geoffrey Selwyn 3
  • Arthur P Selwyn 1 ) twins?
  • Christopher W Selwyn 1)

1915 , Nov 4 Marriage - St. Barnabas Church, Kensington, London,

  • between Lieutenant Arthur Penrose Selwyn, D.A.R. aged 26, bachelor of 4 Cheyne Gardens, Chelsea
  • - son of Edward Carus Selwyn, D.D., Clerk in Holy Orders
  • and Eileen Mary Grabham, aged 20, spinster of 52 Holland Road, London
  • - daughter of George Edward Grabham, General Manager. Belize Estate & B...? & Co., British Honduras
  • Witnesses: George Edward Grabham, Mary Augusta Ward and John Selwyn

They were living at 3/209, High St., Kensington, London when Arthur died during a training flight.

1916, May 18

Anns Hill Cemetery, War Graves 7, Gosport, Hampshire (near Portsmouth) A CWG headstone commemorates Lt. Selwyn, Plot 52 Space 57. [Grave/Memorial Reference: 52.22914 GOSPORT (ANN'S HILL) CEMETERY]

"Lieutenant ARTHUR PENROSE SELWYN, R.F.C. 2nd Lt. 11th King Edward’s Own Lancers (Probyn Horse, Indian Army), attached to the Royal Flying Corps. Age 26 Son of the late Canon E.C. Selwyn D.D., and husband of Eileen Mary, of 3/209, High Street, Kensington, London.

"At 11.30am on the morning of Thursday the 18th of May 1916, two officers, Lieutenant’s ARTHUR PENROSE SELWYN and GEORGE SIMPSONBATEMAN, made an ascent in an aeroplane. The flight under the direction of a Lt. Norman B. Paterson, who in evidence at the inquest, stated that ‘both men were very good airman’, Lt. Selwyn was flying the machine, and was the more experienced of the two, Lt. Bateman was in the observers seat."

"During a turn to the right, the machine was seen from the ground, to nose-dive and plummet into the ground at Holbrook.* "A verdict of accidental death was returned. Both airmen were buried with service honours, four days later.

"in 1916 the town experienced its first aerial .... route between the Holbrook area of Gosport and the town of Fareham."

From the War Memorial of St. Stephen's, Shottermill...

"Lieutenant, 11th King Edward's Own Lancers (Probyn's Horse) and Royal Flying Corps, Died 18/05/1916 aged 26. Son of the Rev. Edward Carus Selwyn, D.D., and Lucy Ada Selwyn. Husband of Eileen Mary Selwyn, of 3/209, High St., Kensington, London."

1939 Register (UK)===

McSwiney Household (3 People), Hatherley Hall Hatherley Road , Cheltenham M.B., Gloucestershire, England

  • Eileen M McSwiney 25 Sep 1895 Unpaid Dom Duties
  • John M McSwiney 19 Aug 1920 Hm Forces Ra Officer Cadet Awaiting Commission
  • Arthur W Selwyn 30 Aug 1916 Schoolmaster
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Arthur Penrose Selwyn's Timeline

August 1889
Ambleside, UK


May 1904
- 1907
Age 14
Rutland, England
May 18, 1916
Age 26
Hampshire, England

Thursday, 18th May, 1916. Fort Grange (Royal Flying Corps) Gosport, Hampshire. Aeroplane crashed on a test flight a week before Arthur was due to go to France.

May 20, 1916
Age 26
Hampshire, England

20th May, 1916; Ann's Hill Cemetery, Gosport.

August 30, 1916
Hindhead, Surrey, United Kingdom

Born posthumously on August 30 1916 to Eileen and the late Arthur Penrose Selwyn