Thursday 30 May 1918 We Lost 842

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Bertha Gavin Stephenson

Edwin Louis Benbow

Thirty-five Camels of 28, 45 and 66 Squadrons Royal Flying Corps carry out a low bombing raid on enemy positions it Val d’Assa Italy. One ton of bombs are dropped and 9,000 rounds of ammunition fired.

While traveling between New York and Liverpool, the Cunard liner Ausonia under the command of Captain R Capper, is torpedoed some six hundred twenty miles west of Fastnet.  The crew abandons ship, upon which it is discovered that eight stewards have been killed in the initial explosion.  About forty-five minutes after the torpedo attack, the German submarine responsible surfaces and sinks the ship with shellfire.  (See 8th June)

 Today’s losses include:

  • A General
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • An 8-victory ace who shot down the Red Baron in March 1917
  • A 6-victory ace
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • The granddaughter of a late Member of Parliament
  • The great grandson of a member of the clergy
  • A Military Chaplain

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Brigadier General Ralph Hamer Husey (commanding 25th Brigade, 8th Division) dies of wounds as a prisoner of war that he received on the 27th
  • Major Edward Bence-Trower MC (South Wales Borderers) is killed in action at age 27 one day after his brother Second Lieutenant Alfred Bence-Trower has been killed.
  • Captain Frank Copeland Worster MC (Worcestershire Regiment) dies of wounds received in action at age 29. He had been a Classical Master at St Paul’s School.
  • Captain William Crawshay Loder-Symonds (Wiltshire Regiment attached Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed at home while flying. He escaped from a prisoner of war camp ten weeks earlier having been captured during the first month of the war. In the meantime three of his brothers have died in the service of the King. They are sons of Captain Frederick Cleave Loder-Symonds JP.
  • Captain Edwin Louis ‘Lobo” Benbow (Royal Air Force) is killed in action at age 22. The eight victory ace who downed Baron Manfred von Richtofen in March 1917 and is the only ace to achieve all his victories in the FE8.  He had returned to the front earlier this month having spent much of 1917 as an instructor.
  • Captain John Gordon Smith Cheetham Smith-Grant (Royal Air Force) is wounded in action and taken to a Canadian field hospital where he will die during a German air raid this evening. The 6-victory ace dies at age 25.
  • Lieutenant John Headlam (Royal Air Force) is killed in action at Boffles. He is the grandson of ‘Sir’ James Headlam-Morley and great grandson of the late Reverend Canon Headlam of Whorlton Hall.
  • Lieutenant Alexander Goble Mitchell (Middlesex Regiment) is killed during an air raid on a hospital in France where he is recovering from a recent operation. The 21-year old is the only son of ‘Sir’ Thomas and Lady Mitchell.
  • Second Lieutenant W F J Prince (#1 Observers of Aerial Gunnery, Royal Air Force) is killed while swimming in a restricted area when he and two other officers are strafed by aircraft while on practice duty. He is 20-years old.
  • Bertha Gavin Stevenson, a granddaughter of the late James Cochran Stevenson, Member of Parliament, is killed instantly during an air raid while on active service with the YMCA at a base camp in France. She is 21-years old and a holder of the Croix de Guerre avec Palme.
  • Chaplain Charles Blairquahan Whitefoord (attached London Regiment) dies of wounds received in action the previous day at age 33. He is one of the clergy at the Roman Catholic Cathedral in Shrewsbury.
  • Sergeant Arthur Sanders Bowhay (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother was killed in March 1917.
  • Lance Corporal Alfred John Davis (Norfolk Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed in January 1915.
  • Sapper Edwin Allen Le Leu (Australian Engineers) is killed. His brother was killed in May 1917.
  • Private Charles Alfred Atkin (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 37. His brother was killed in November 1914.
  • Private Thomas Lowe (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 22. His brother will fall in August.
  • Private William Piercy (Welsh Regiment) is killed in action at age 19. His brother will be killed in exactly four months.
  • Private Stewart William Talboys (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother will die of war wounds in 1922.