Thursday 25 April 1918 We Lost 2,107
Captain John Robinson with Lieutenant Russell carries out a photo recon of Bruges and Zeebrugge. The photos expose eleven plates over Bruges dock and five plates over Zeebrugge Harbor and the Mole. Three enemy aircraft are observed off Ostend, which make towards the flight but they turn away when the British machines turn to attack. Heavy and accurate anti-aircraft fire is experienced over Bruges, the machine being hit in several places, the main spar of the lower starboard plane being badly shattered and also the rear flying wire. A piece of shrapnel enters the pilots view finder, smashing the watch on the dashboard and scratching the pilot’s face, nevertheless the crew carry on and take their photographs of Zeebrugge
Four small British war vessels are lost. The sloop Cowslip is torpedoed and lost, losing five officers and one man. Meanwhile, Torpedo boat #90 founders during heavy weather with the loss of one officer and twelve men. Also lost is the St Seiriol taking 12 of her crew down with her. The special service ship Willow Branch, also known as Bombala is also lost .
Today’s losses include:
- Multiple families that will lose two, three and four sons in the Great War
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- A 25-victory ace
- The son of Albert Whelan a famous Australian entertainer of the era
- The Assistant Scout Master of the 1st Chadwell Heath Boy Scouts
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain Henry Ellis Robinson (Royal Army Medical Corps attached West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 32. His brother was killed in August 1916 and they are sons of the Reverend Edward Cecil Robinson.
- Captain Stanley Wallace Rosevear DSC (Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed at age 23. He is a 25-victory ace.
- Captain James Beverley Metcalfe DSO MC (Australian Army Medical Corps) dies of wounds. His brother died of wounds last October.
- Lieutenant Cyril Whelan (Royal Air Force) is killed as the result of a mid-air collision at 19 in England. He is the son of Albert Whelan a famous Australian entertainer of the 1900’s.
- Second Lieutenant Clifford Robinson Hames (Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed while landing at Dover at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend Arthur Benjamin Hames.
- Second Lieutenant Joseph Holt Royley (West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 27. His brother was killed in September 1916.
- Second Lieutenant Aubrey Herbert Bower Webster (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed at age 27. He is the son of the Reverend John Webster Vicar of Ombersley.
- Sergeant Daniel Thomas Whetton (Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother was killed last October.
- Lance Corporal Thomas Augustus Paris (London Regiment) is killed in action at age 21. He is the Assistant Scout Master 1st Chadwell Heath Boy Scouts.
- Lance Corporal Douglas S Hamilton (Royal Scots) is killed at age 18. He enlisted when he was 16 years old and was released when discovered to be under age and rejoined one month before his 18th
- Lance Corporal Arthur William Souls MM (Cheshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 31, five days after his twin brother was killed. Three other brothers will also be killed in the Great War.
- Gunner Leonard Twigg (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed. His two brothers were killed in July 1916.
- Gunner Charles Alfred Spivey (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds at age 30. His brother will be killed in September.
- Gunner Albert Sprudd (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 27. His brother will be killed next October.
- Sapper Herbert Walburn (Royal Engineers) is killed in action at age 33. His brother was killed in August 1916.
- Private Walter Joy Cleaver (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed by a sniper at age 28. His brother was killed earlier this month in Palestine.
- Private George Gordon (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 30. His brother was killed last January.
- Private George T Wayman (East Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed last July.