Sunday 18 June 1916 – We Lost 289
The River Class destroyer HMS Eden (Lieutenant Alastair Charles Nicol Farquhar, killed) sinks after a collision in the English Channel. Forty-two of her crew members are lost.
A bombing raid occurs to Al Arish aerodrome takes place by eleven BE2c of which three are hit by ground fire. Relatively little damage is caused on the ground.
Today’s losses include:
- A 17 year old victim of Max Immelmann
- A man whose brother will be killed in September 1918
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Second Lieutenant John Raymond Bowcawen Savage (Royal Flying Corps) becomes Max Immelmann’s last victim when his FE2b is shot down. The 17-year old was last in the direct line of the ‘fighting Savages’ of Ards, County Down. His father fought with the Royal Field Artillery in the Great War; his grandfather, Colonel H J Savage, 91st Highlanders, fought in the South African War; his great grandfather, General J B Savage, fought with the Royal Engineers in the Peninsular War and his great great grandfather, General ‘Sir’ John Boscawen Savage KCB, commanded the Royal Marines at the Battle of the Nile (1798).
- Lance Corporal Charles Wyman (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother will be killed in September 1918.