A special lecture by the local MP, Dr Julian Lewis, OBE was arranged by WIT in collaboration with the CTC Aeronautical School to commemorate the life and achievements of Samuel ‘Kink’ Kinkead, an early aviator, who died and was buried in the New Forest.
Julian Lewis has recently written a book entitled “Racing Ace” describing Samuel Kinkead’s life. Julian has been Deputy Director of the Conservative Party Research Department, currently is member of the Intelligence and Security Committee and has previously been Shadow Armed Forces Minister and Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office. He read Philosophy and Politics at Oxford, specialising in Strategic Studies followed by a PhD on the UK Military Strategy for the post-war period which gave rise to his first book “Changing Directions” published in 2003. He is currently a Visiting Senior Research Fellow of the Centre for Defence Studies at Kings College, London. He has been Member of Parliament for New Forest East since 1997. In 2010 David Cameron stated “Julian Lewis has a formidable reputation in the field of defence and disarmament”.
Julian’s book on Kinkead is based on original dispatches, war diaries and war reports. Samuel Kinkead won six decorations for gallantry as a fighter ace in the Western Front and in the Russian Civil War. Kink fought in the Aegian in 1916 and in Iraq in the early 1920s. He took part in the RAF expedition from Cairo to Cape in 1926 and joined the High Speed Flight which won the Schneider Trophy in 1927. In March 1928 he was killed in the Solent in a forerunner of the Spitfire while trying to break the 300mph barrier. Kink was 31 years old when he died.
Julian’s lecture, which had to be moved from the Wessex Institute to the CTC School premises because of the large audience it attracted, was keenly followed by the audience.
The book “Racing Ace” has been published by Pen and Sword Books Ltd, UK (ISBN 184 884 216-3) and contains 65 photographs – most of them previously unpublished – drawn by the Author from collections and private sources.