Friday 11 May 1917 – We Lost 760
A naval bombardment is scheduled for Zeebrugge this night. A Sopwith Strutter of 2 Royal Naval Air Service, crewed by Flight Sub Lieutenant H V Tapscott and Gun-layer G A Richardson arrives off the coast to perform standby wireless ranging duty for the attack. This operation is planned to seal the German shipping in Zeebrugge by shelling the entrance, but to do so requires extremely accurate firing. It has been calculated that the firing will need to be sustained for almost ninety minutes. As there is a delay in bringing up one of the ships for the bombardment the crew of this aircraft delays their return flight home and when their engine fails they force land at Cadzand and are interned in Holland. 10th Royal Naval Air Service squadron also assists in the bombardment of Zeebrugge on this night one Sopwith Triplane being hit by anti aircraft fire and it goes down eight miles off shore, the pilot
- Flight Lieutenant Maurice William Wallace Eppstein being killed at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend William Charles Eppstein DD Rector of Lambourne Essex.
Today’s losses include:
- An Australian Rules footballer and Sydney AFL Hall of Fame inaugural member
- A Rosslyn Park footballer and published author
- A man whose father and a brother died of typhoid fever in the South African War, two brothers will be killed in the Great War and a fifth brother will be killed fighting the Japanese in 1942
- The son of a Member of Parliament
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- A battalion commander
- Multiple families that will lose two, three and four sons in the Great War
- Multiple sons of Generals
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Colonel Archibald Tyrrell Robinson DSO (East Surrey Regiment commanding 7th Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry) dies of wounds received in action at age 44. His older brother was killed in May of last year and they are sons of Major General Daniel George Robinson.
- Lieutenant Humphrey Herbert Orlando Bridgeman (Royal Horse Guards) is killed in action at age 25. He is the son of the late General ‘the Honorable’ Francis Charls Bridgeman MP.
- Lieutenant Henry Alexander Robertson (New Brunswick Regiment) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed in May 1915.
- Flight Lieutenant Lewis Morgan (Royal Naval Air Service) is accidentally killed at home at age 24. His two brothers were killed in 1915 on Gallipoli.
- Second Lieutenant Anthony Basil Enright (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds received last March at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend John Anthony Enright and his brother will be killed in November 1918.
- Second Lieutenant Herbert Edward Hawkins (London Regiment) is killed at age 30. He is the son of the Reverend Canon Edward Hugh Hawkins Vicar of Holy Trinity Stroud.
- Second Lieutenant Herbert Cecil Duxbury (General List attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed while on an offensive patrol near Hagnecourt at age 18. He is the son of the Reverend Aryon Herbert Duxbury Vicar of St Mary Magdalene Southwark.
- Second Lieutenant Ralph Robertson (Hampshire Regiment attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed at 35 in a crash into another in Egypt. He is an Australian Rules Footballer who played 14 games scoring 1 goal for St Kilda. He also played Rugby Union for one year in 1902. In 2003 he will become one of the inaugural members of the ‘Sydney AFL Hall of Fame’.
- Captain Arthur Tulloch Cull (Seaforth Highlanders attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 32. He is a Rosslyn Park Rugby footballer and in 1913 he published a volume of “Poems to Pavlova” in praise of the Russian ballerina, a copy of which was in Rudolph Valentino’s library.
- CQMS Charles McKay (Cheshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 29. His two brothers have already lost their lives in the Great War. Their father and another brother died of typhoid fever during the South African War and a fifth brother will be killed fighting the Japanese in 1942.
- Lance Corporal Thomas Reginald Arnold (Machine Gun Corps) is killed in action in the St Catherine’s area near Arras. His brother was killed in July 1916.
- Private Irwin Bunyan (Australian Infantry) dies of wounds received in action at age 27. His brother will be killed in October of this year.
- Private Frederick William Shephard (Dorsetshire Regiment) is killed at age 28. His brother Ernest was killed last January.
- Private Herbert George Cook (Royal Army Medical Corps) is killed at age 18. He is the last of four brothers who are killed in the Great War.
- Acting Bombardier Philip Brown (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds at age 22. His brother was killed in March.
- Able Seaman Percy Barrow Moss (Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) dies of wounds at age 23. His brother drowned in the sinking of S S Lusitania in May 1915.