Military Cross (GV) B.W.M. Victory Medals (Lieut. R.A.F. ), Memorial Plaque (Herbert Whiteley Sellars).M.C. L.G. 22/6/1918:
“Whilst on offensive patrol, he attacked a hostile two-seater machine, which dived vertically and eventually crashed. Having attacked another two-seater machine, which dived down on the enemy lines, he engaged three hostile scouts, at the nearest of which his observer fired two bursts at seventy-five yards range, causing the enemy machine to crash down in flames. His skill and gallantry have been most marked.”
Sellars was born 1896, Toxteth Park, Liverpool. Educated at the Leas, Hoylake, and Loretto School, Musselburgh. Intended for Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.
He was commissioned 2nd Lieut. (on probation), after winning his wings, in the Royal Flying Corps, June 3, 1916. L.G. June 14, 1916 page 5910 and served with 11 Sqdn.
His victory list consisted of
- 12 Mar ch 1918 LVG C.VI (DES Flames) Doignes
- 13 March 1918 Albatros D.V (OOC) Oisy
- 15 March.1918. Albatros D.V (OOC) Rumilly
- 18 March 1918. Albatros D.V (OOC) N of St. Quentin
- 21 March 1918 Albatros C (DES) Morchies
- 21 March 1918 Albatros D.V (DES Flames) Morchies
- 02 April 1918 Fokker DR.I (OOC) SE of Albert (later seen in flames)
- 15 May 1918 Fokker DR.I (OOC) Mametz
6 fell to Sellars front guns and 2 to his observer (Robson)
Sellars was killed in Action on May 15, 1918, age 22, after having originally been reported as missing. His observer (Robson) was wounded sand prisoner. Captain Chick leading a patrol of 6 Bristol fighters later recorded they became engaged in a ‘terrible dogfight’. with 30 Pfaltz and Triplanes.
He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Flying Services Memorial and the Royal Liverpool Golf Club WW1 (WMR 2472) Hoylake Merseyside. His brother, Captain Eric Francis Sellars, M.C. Cheshire Regt. was killed in action three days later, 18/9/1918.