N.G. Atherstone, A.F.C., R.lr. (Retd. ),
First Officer R.101 was born in 1894 at St. Petersburg; Russia,
and was educated at Larchfield, Helensburgh, Winton House, Winchester,
joined the Royal Navy as a Cadet in 1913 and was appointed to
H.M.S. "Highflyer" for training. On the outbreak of War he was
appointed to H.M.S. "Gibraltar" and served with the 10th Cruiser
Squadron, Grand Fleet and Destroyers until 1917 when he transferred
to Airships, becoming Pilot of Non-Rigids SS. Zero, and N.S. types.
In 1918 he was appointed 1st Officer of R.29 and was awarded the
A.F.C. He returned to the Royal Navy in 1919 and retired in 1920
becoming resident in Australia.
was promoted Lieutenant-Commander R.N.(Retd. ) in 1926 and he
returned to England in 1927 on being appointed to the Royal Airship
Works, Cardington, for Airship duties. He was appointed First
Officer R.101 in 1929.