Sir Ross Smith Commemoration Service

As part of the Centenary of Anzac and in the lead up to the Centenary of the Epic Flight (2019), the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and the RAAF Association will be hosting a commemoration service at 11am in recognition of the 96th Anniversary of the burial of Sir Ross Macpherson Smith at North Road Cemetery, Nailsworth, South Australia on 15 June 2018. 
 
Sir Ross Smith, a South Australian born at Semaphore in 1892, was one of the most highly decorated airmen of the Australian Flying Corps, earning a Military Cross twice, the Distinguished Flying Cross three times and the Air Force Cross. He was one of Australia’s leading air aces of World War I, attributed with 11 kills while serving with 1 Squadron in the Middle East from 1917-1918.
 
Sir Ross Macpherson Smith and his brother, Sir Keith Macpherson Smith, were knighted for their epic endurance flight in a Vickers Vimy aircraft from Britain to Australia in 1919; one of the most incredible feats achieved in the history of aviation. On 14 April 1922, Sir Ross Smith was tragically killed in England in front of his brother while testing an aircraft for an around-the-world endurance flight. His body was returned to Adelaide where it lay in state at St Peters Cathedral, Adelaide, and was later buried at North Road Cemetery on 15 June 1922 with full military honours.    
 
In 2019, South Australia will celebrate the Centenary of the Epic Flight undertaken by Sir Ross and Sir Keith Smith. Under the auspice of the History Trust of South Australia, and in collaboration with various Government, Defence, business and community stakeholders, a program of events will be held throughout 2019, celebrating the extraordinary achievement and inspiring South Australians to strive for new horizons.

His Excellency, The Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, Governor SA and Honorary Air Commodore, and Air Commodore Joe Iervasi, Commander Air Warfare Centre (RAAF Base Edinburgh) and Senior Air Force Representative SA, will lay a wreath at the grave of Sir Ross Smith during the commemoration service. The Diocese of Adelaide, South Australian Government and Defence dignitaries, Australian Defence Force members and other official guests will attend the service.