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Remembered Today:

2nd Lt Stephen Hepworth Dennett 23 Sqd RFC

Terry Carter

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Hi Terry, "Airmen Died . . . ." has it that 2nd Lt Stephen Hepworth Dennet, aged 23, was killed in a flying accident on 11th May 1917 when his aircraft, a BE2e No 6765 collided near Aboukir with the Bristol Scout No C4684, flown by 2nd Lt Ralph Robertson, who also was killed. Dennett was buried in Hadra, Egypt.


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Thanks Steve

I googled 23 Squadron RFC and got brief history of the Squadron. In May 1917 the Squadron were based in Auchel, France. I wonder what he was doing in Egypt?



p.s Below the other pilot involved

Ralph Robertson - Second Lieutenant Royal Flying Corps, and 8th Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. 14 games for the Saints 1899-1900.

Ralph Robertson was born in England circa 1880. He came to Australia when he was two and settled in Melbourne. His early football was with South Beach a local St Kilda side. The Sydney newspaper Referee in an edition in 1917 said that Robertson made his debut with St Kilda in 1899 playing 2 games for the season. In 1900 he played 12 games. He did not play in 1901 moving to Sydney where in 1902 he played Rugby Union for a year. He then played Australian Rules with East Sydney from 1903 – 08 and then North Shore from 1909-14. He was Captain of the New South Wales team at the Carnivals in 1908, 1911 and 1914. Soon after the 1914 Carnival Ralph Robertson enlisted in the Armed services. Robertson initially served with the Australian Flying Corps in New Guinea but after a debilitating illness returned to England to enlist in the 8th Battalion Hampshire Regiment from which he was attached to the Royal Flying Corps. Ralph Robertson was killed in a flying accident in Egypt on May 11 1917. Second Lieutenant Ralph Robertson is buried at the Hadra War Memorial cemetery in Alexandria, Egypt.

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23 Training Squadron, I suggest. Was in Egypt from around the middle of 1917 until the end of 1918.



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