A mechanic of 40th squadron is filling the engines of the aircraft with petrol for a dawn patrol, when he has an unthinking moment and he lights a match to see how much he has put in. There is an explosion, a sheet of flame and all the incendiary ammunition goes off in the airplanes, each one firing into the next ones engine and petrol tank. Five aircraft are destroyed.
Today’s losses include:
- A Great War Poet
- A professional Rugby League footballer
- The son of a member of the clergy
- Families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
- A divinity student
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain Cyril Morton Horne (King’s Own Scottish Borderers) is killed during an artillery barrage while attempting to rescue a wounded soldier at age 29. He is a Great War Poet and ironically after his death “Songs of the Shrapnel Shell and Other Verse” is published.
- Lieutenant William Lindsay Beattie (Border Regiment) is killed at age 26. He is a professional Rugby League footballer where he served as Captain for Wakefield Trinity 1911-14.
- Lieutenant Stanley Campbell Cheverton (Border Regiment) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Francis John Cheverton Vicar of Rowley Regis.
- Second Lieutenant Herbert George Huskisson (Hampshire Regiment) dies of wounds at Kut at age 26. His brother will be killed in June.
- Second Lieutenant Edward Lewis Moor (Warwickwhire Regiment) dies of wounds received in the abdomen the day before at age 25. He is a divinity student at London University about to be ordained when he volunteered.
- Sapper George McGlade (Royal Engineers) dies of wounds received in action. His two brothers have previously died in the Great War, the first in 1915 at Gallipoli the other in 1916 in Mesopotamia. Neither of their bodies will ever be identified.