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Zanzibar Anglican Cathedral
Peter Dye wrote an excellent series of articles on early aviation activities in East Africa during the Great War. They were published in Cross & Cockade International Journal.
On page 33 of Volume 38, Number 1, 2007 he wrote:
Early in 1917, tragedy struck when Moon (Flight Lieutenant Edwin Rowland Moon RNAS) and Flag Commander the Hon Richard Bridgeman undertook a reconnaissance of the Rufiji Delta in Short 8254, operating from Himalaya. On their way back to Himalaya the engine failed and the seaplane made a forced landing in a creek. The engine could not be restarted and, with Germans in the vicinity, it was decided to burn the seaplane. Moon and Bridgeman spent the next three days walking and swimming towards the mouth of the river. Sadly, Bridgeman died after a raft they had made was swept out to sea. Moon was captured by German Askaris on 9 January 1917 and remained a POW for the remainder of the war. He was later to be awarded the Distinguished Service Order for his 'constant flights over the enemy coast and his great coolness and resource'.
Cdr. Bridgeman displayed great courage and coolness on the 19th August, 1915, in command of two whalers which proceeded into Tanga Harbour. The manner in which the whalers endeavoured, though subjected to a heavy and accurate fire, to carry out their orders and board the S.S. Markgraf was worthy of the best traditions of the Royal Navy.
Here are two oblique-angle images of the Bridgeman brass plaque in Zanzibar Anglican Cathedral. (The sunlight through the windows prevented a direct photograph.)
Bridgeman DSO 1 ZanAngCath.JPG 92.47KB 5 downloads
Bridgeman DSO 2 ZanAngCath.JPG 72.04KB 2 downloads