Malvern College First World War Casualty

Captain Edward Dannett Asbury

Photo of Edward Dannett Asbury
House and time at Malvern: No 4, 1913 - 1916.

Regiment: 49 Sq. R. A. F.
Died: 24 September 1918 aged 19 in France. Killed in action near Sulesmes.
Battle: Hundred Days Allied Offensive. Cemetery: Arras Flying Services Memorial

Born June 9th, 1899. Son of D. Asbury (Captain P&O), Shorefield, Maze Hill Road, Blackheath and Merivale, Chase Ridings, Enfield.
Middle IV B—Matriculation Form.

'He was a boy of adventurous spirit, well fitted by his temperament and his technical knowledge for service in the R.A.F., in which he was given a commission last year. For six months he was employed as an Instructor, after which he applied for active service abroad, and was sent to France in April 1918. On September 24th his detachment had carried out successfully some important work, when on the return the twelve machines composing it were attacked by an overwhelming force of fifty aeroplanes. Asbury's machine was last seen going down under control. He was at first reported as missing, but it was subsequently ascertained that he and his observer had been killed. His C.O., in a letter to his parents, says: "Your son has done wonderful work with his squadron, and his fine leadership and his cheeriness are sadly missed." ' (Malvernian, Feb 1919)

Aircraft DH 9 serial E8869 missing from operations on Aulnoye 24/9/18 - last seen in combat. The Pilot Cpt E.D. Asbury and Observer 2/Lt B.T. Gillman were both killed.

"As" britannique de la WW1, 5 victoires aériennes partagées avec ses observateurs-mitrailleurs au sein du 49 Sqn du RFC, toutes obtenues sur D.H.9, est tué au combat à bord de son D.H.9 matricule E8869 au dessus de la forêt de Mormal, dans le département du Nord.Crash-aerien
49 Squadron

Service record:AIR 76/12/17 and AIR 79/771/85242