She 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 Memory of Section Officer MONICA MADELEINE DAVENTRY
Women's Aux. Air Force
Who died aged 31 on Tuesday, 16th November 1943
Section Officer DAVENTRY was the daughter of Doris Mary Alice Fry and stepdaughter of Arthur Fry, of Bewdley, Worcestershire, England
Remembered with honour at ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, Virginia, United States of America
In the perpetual care of the
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
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