Monica Madeline Daventry
British Women's Air Force Auxillary
was in service with the Allied General Staff in Washington, D.C. during
World War II when she was killed (along with fellow BWAAF Member Ruth
P. Watson) in an auto accident in that city on November 16, 1943.
She was taken to the Georgetown Emergency Hospital, where she died of her
injuries on 16 November 1943. She was buried in Section 15 of Arlington
National Cemetery on November 19, 1943.
WAAFS BURIED AT CAPITAL
Two Victims of Auto Accident Are Interred at Arlington
WASHINGTON, November 19, 1943 – Two members of the British Women’s Auxiliary Air Force, killed in an automobile accident, were buried today in Arlington National Cemetery, the first foreign service women to be interred at the national shrine.
Section Officer Monica M. Daventry of Worcester, England, and Section Officer Ruth P. Watson of Hampstead, England, were en route home from duty last Tuesday night when fatally injured.
Their coffins, draped with the Union Jack and banked with flowers, were carried into the Fort Myer Chapel, where United States chaplains conducted the services.
A detail of American soldiers served as pallbearers,
with twelve members of the Waves as honorary pallbearers.
In the perpetual care of the
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
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