Thursday 16 May 1918 We Lost 433

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Henry Denne Hirst

German ace Otto Kissenberth shoots down an SE5A piloted by Lieutenant S B Reece (Royal Air Force).  The significant point of this victory is that the German pilot is flying a captured Sopwith Camel.  This is the only case of a Camel being used to shoot down a British pilot in the Great War.  Lieutenant Reece is alright and continues to fly with his squadron for five more days when he will be shot down and captured.

Today’s losses include:

  • A battalion commander
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • An 11-victory ace
  • A man whose son will be born next month
  • A man whose brother will also lose his life in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Henry Denne Hirst (commanding 3rd East Kent Regiment) dies on service at home at age 53. He is the son of the Reverend Thomas Hirst Rector of Bishopsbourne.
  • Major James Ingleby Harrison (Royal Air Force) is killed at age 36. He is the son of the late Reverend J J Harrison Chaplin Royal Navy.
  • Captain Trevor Durrant (Royal Air Force) is killed in action at age 25 while fighting several Fokkers northeast of Albert. He is an 11-victory ace. The only Ripman to die in the service of his country in the Great War,
  • Second Liue Second Lieutenant H A Ripman (Royal Garrison Artillery) dies of wounds received in action at age 38. His son will be born on 6th
  • Second Lieutenant Dudley Hugo Heynes (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 32. He is the son of the Reverend George Hugo Heynes.
  • Private Leonard A Gray (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 19. His brother was killed in November 1914.