Wednesday 8 May 1918 We Lost 816
While on a line patrol, Captain Eldon Abraham Burn (Royal Air Force) has his machine badly damaged by anti-aircraft fire, both upper longerons being completely severed. Despite this he flies on for another hour and completes the patrol. A flight of six SE5a’s from 74th Squadron is pounced upon by ten Fokker Tri-planes east of Zillebeke. Three of the British aircraft are shot down, two of the pilots being killed.
Today’s losses include:
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
- A family that will lose four sons in the Great War
- A military Chaplain
- The son of a Naval Chaplain
- An 8-victory ace
- A man whose brother will be killed in the Second World War
- A man whose son will be killed in the Second World War
- The brother of a Victoria Cross winner
- The son of the 5th Lord Clamorrris
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain Francis Ingleby Harrison (Royal West Kent Regiment attached Royal Air Force) is killed when his HP 0/100 is shot down over Bruges Docks at age 35. He is the son of the Reverend John James Harrison Chaplain and Royal Navy Instructor.
- Captain Roderick McDonald (Royal Air Force) an 8-victory ace is killed at age 24.
- Captain Edward Budd (Irish Guards) MC is killed in action at age 24. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Cecil L Budd, KBE.
- Lieutenant Herbert Frederic Miles (Australian Infantry) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend Frederic James Miles DSO OBE.
- Chaplain 4th Class the Reverend Alexander Allen (attached New Zealand Rifle Brigade) is killed in action at age 34.
- Lieutenant Arthur Burrell Thorne (Royal Air Force) is killed in a flying accident at age 23. His brother will be killed in action on 2nd March 1942.
- Second Lieutenant the Honorable Richard Gerald Ava Bingham (Royal Air Force) is killed at age 22. He is the youngest son of the late John George Barry Bingham 5th Lord Clamorris and his brother was awarded the Victoria Cross at Jutland.
- Second Lieutenant Myer Joseph Levine (Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed in an airplane collision at home at age 18. His brother died on service in England almost one year ago and the brothers are buried in the same local cemetery.
- Sergeant Delacy C Berrington (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 30. His brother died of wounds in March 1916.
- Corporal Henry Wallace Impey (Suffolk Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
- Private Reginald Thornton (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 19. His brother was killed in August 1915.
- Private Samuel George Nash (Royal Army Medical Corps) is killed in action. His brother will be killed in August 1918.
- Private Henry Miller (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 27. His brother was killed when HMS Abourkir was sunk in September 1914.
- Private Nathan Zimmerman (Yorkshire Regiment) is killed. He is one of four brothers who will be killed in the Great War.
- Private William McKendrick (Labour Corps) dies of wounds. His brother was killed last year.
- Private Leslie Strudwick Elphick (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed at age 18. His brother will be killed in August and they are sons of the Reverend James Studwick Elphick Vicar of St Mark’s Forest Gate.
- Private Samuel Melling (Central Ontario Regiment) is killed at age 38. His son will be killed in October 1944.