Henry George Corsan


The British Army seems to render his name either of "George Henry" or Henry George", but " Henry George " appears to be correct

1898 Jan 7. Born Henry George Corsan (a discrepancy between RAF record and Ontario Birth Record - both Jan 7. I suspect he lied to get into army. ) In York Ontario, son of George Hebden Corsan , a fruit peddler and Nora Warren

1901 census in Ontario with family

1917 Apr 17 Posted to 2 SMA. RFC record exists . He was a 3rd Class Air Mechanic in RFC when selected for a commission. When his address is 15 Rusholme Park Cres, Toronto, Canada, with his mother listed as next of kin.

1917 May 28. Posted to Central Flying School, Hendon

1917 Jun 20. Prob 2nd Lt.

1917 Sep 24. Temp. 2nd Lts. (on prob.) Gen. List, and to be confirmed in their rank: G. H. Corsan.

1917 Sep 24 Posted to 64 TS

1917 Oct 4 Posted to W Obs School

1917 Oct 17 Posted to 15 Squadron in France. Capt H. G. Corsan Capt. A. Flight, 15th Squadron, R. F. C. R.E. 8 Etricourt France 1916 - 1917

1917 Oct 27. Promoted Flying Officer.

1918 Jan 14 In hospital and struck off strength of the squadron

1918 Feb 28 Posted unfit for General Service for 4 months.

1918 Apr 1. "A & S"

1918 Apr 15 Arrives New York from UK. He is an army officer, in transit for Ontario, Canada

1918 Sep 10. Posted to Canada

1918 Dec 11 Posted to 43 wing RAF

1919 Apr 19 Transferred to Unemployed List

I suspect he was intelligence rather than ADRIC as there is no ADRIC number, but the IRA knew who he was. In addition he is in a newspaper report of Nov 1921 as playing at goalkeeper for F Coy

He appears to have gone into the 110th Irish Regt of Canada.

He married to Ruth Towers, the marathon swimmer, whom his father George had trained. By 1956 he was married to Marjorie Worthington.

The Corsan family were influential in Edmonton; in 1925 George H. Corsan, the father, returned to the city to instruct swimming to “boys and girls, men and women”, this time around. This being the roaring twenties, just instruction was hardly sufficient. Corsan, also a famous “stunt swimmer”, engaged audiences of the day by towing three boat loads of people with his teeth, “from a dead start”, while his hands and feet were tied. Corsan’s proficiency in the “torpedo”, the “dolphin” and the “submarine” also were apparently well known.

1954 Dec 20 Enters USA at Niagara

1965 Sep 3. Becomes a naturalised US citizen.

1980 Aug 3 Died Polk, Florida aged 82