23 May 1915 – Primitive weapons prove fatal


Roy Bewes

Lieutenant Reginald Charles Hope (Roy) Bewes and 2nd Lieutenant Frederick Hunter Hyland of 7 Squadron RFC were killed today when they were hit by friendly AA fire. It is believed that the AA fire caused a grenade they were carrying to explode. They were carrying out a patrol over enemy lines when the accident happened. Their RE5 aircraft broke up in the air, shed its wings, and both crew members were killed.

Lieutenant Bewes, was born on 28 July 1890, the son of Alice Anne E Bewes and Reginald Anstis Bewes of Cheltenham. He attended Clifton College and Sandhurst. He was originally commissioned into the Kings’ (Liverpool) Regiment, but transferred to the RFC gaining his flying certificate in a Caudron Biplane at the Ewen School, Hendon on 7 June 1913. Lieutenant t Bewes was part of the original Expeditionary force but did not serve at the front initially, being mainly involved in the transportation of aircraft.


Frederick Hyland

2nd Lieutenant Hyland was originally from Bradford and was commissioned into the Green Howards. He joined the RFC on 3 March 1915 as an Observer.

[Photos courtesy of Colin Bewes, grand-nephew of Roy Bewes – Thanks Colin.]



2 thoughts on “23 May 1915 – Primitive weapons prove fatal

  1. Colin Bewes

    Lt R C H Bewes was my great uncle. I have pictures of both him and Lt Hyland if you would like to add them to this entry.



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