Alcock Monument, Barlow Moor Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester

Alcock Monument, Barlow Moor Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester
Photograph taken 30 June 2001 © Mr Charles Madders. Source Historic England Archive ref: 387917

This monument to Flight Commander Sir John W. Alcock was put up in c1920. He was the pilot of the first aircraft to make a non stop transatlantic flight. It was in a Vickers Vimy biplane from St Johns, Newfoundland to Clifden, Ireland on the 14th-15th June 1919 (1890 miles in 15 hours 57 minutes). He was knighted on the 21st June 1919 by H.M. King George V. He died in an accident, while flying a Viking flying boat from Weybridge to the Paris Aircraft Exhibition on December the 18th 1919. He was born in Manchester in 1892.