Great War Lives Lost

We died 100 years ago in the War to end all War

Category: Royal Air Force

24 May 1919 We lost 88

The Handley Page V/1500 four-engine bomber ‘Old Carthusian’ bombs the Afghan capital of Kabul dealing a huge blow to Afghan morale and helping to ensure a quick settlement to the 3rd Afghan War.  No 31 Squadron Royal Air Force carries out the 3rd raid on the Afghan city of Jalalabad in a week.  During those raids three aircraft have been lost.

22 May 1919 We Lost 65

Major Albert Desbrisay Carter DSO (Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed at age 28. He is a 28-victory ace.

20 May 1919 We Lost 81

No 31 Squadron Royal Air Force carries out a second raid on the Afghan city of Jalalabad.

17 May 1919 We Lost 113

No 31 Squadron Royal Air Force carries out a raid on the Afghan city of Jalalabad.

15 May 1919 We Lost 82

No. 233 Squadron Royal Air Force is disbanded.

8 May 1919 We Lost 86

Captain Bernard Paul Gascoigne Beanlands MC (Hampshire Regiment attached Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed flying in Northolt at age 21. He is the son of the late Canon Beanlands and a 9-victory ace.

7 May 1919 We Lost 93

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • A man whose brother was killed in 1917

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Second Lieutenant Cecil Sealey Davis (Royal Air Force) dies on service at age 20. He is the son of George William Davis JP.
  • Private Gilbert McCluny (King’s Own Scottish Borderers) dies on service in Cologne at age 20. His brother was killed in April 1917.

28 April 1919 We Lost 88

Edwin Tufnell Hayne

Captain Edwin Tufnell Hayne DSC DFC (Royal Air Force) dies of injuries received in a airplane accident at home at age 23. He is a fifteen victory ace.

22 April 1919 We Lost 129

Today’s losses include:

  • Two sons of members of the clergy both holders of the Military Cross

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Thomas John Jones MC (Royal Field Artillery) dies at age 28. He is the son of the late Reverend Evan Jones (Congregational Minister).
  • Lieutenant Arthur Barlow Whiteside MC (Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed at age 28. He is the son of the Reverend Arthur Whiteside.
  • Lance Corporal William Rickard (Northumberland Fusiliers) dies on service in Mesopotamia at age 30.

10 March 1919 We Lost 159

Alfred Henry Forster

Lieutenant Hubert Bethune Kerruish (Royal Air Force) on a patrol from HMS Campania in a Fairey N1009 sights the wake of a conning tower eight miles ahead which he investigates.  The submarine submerges as he drops 100-pound bombs from eight hundred feet, only one of which explodes.

                                                              Today’s losses include:

  • A Military Chaplain
  • The son of the 1sst Baron Forster of Lepe who lost another son in October 1918
  • A man whose brother was killed in May 1915
  • The son of a member of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant George Hawthorn Minot Robertson (Highland Light Infantry attached Nigeria Regiment West Africa Frontier Force) dies on service at home at age 33. He is the son of the Reverend George Philip Robertson.
  • Second Lieutenant Alfred Henry Forster (Dragoons) dies of wounds at age 21 received 17th October 1918. His brother was killed in September 1914 and they are sons of Henry William Forster 1st Baron Forster of Lepe.
  • Sub Lieutenant Percy Trevelyan (HMS Sable) dies of illness on service at age 19. His brother was killed in May 1915. They are sons of ‘Sir’ Ernest John Trevelyan.
  • Chaplain William Brown dies on active service at home at age 28. He is the curate of All Saint’s Church, Hertford.