Wednesday 19 December 1917 We Lost 274
Captain Richard Aveline Maybery (Lancers Indian Army attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed in action at age 22 when he is shot down near Hayecourt. He is a twenty-one-victory ace who was born in Brecon, Powys, Wales in January 1895, the only son of Aveline Maybery, a solicitor, and his wife Lucy. He was educated locally and at Wellington College, Berkshire, before going on to the Military College at Sandhurst. After his graduation he joined the 21st (Empress of India’s) Lancers. At the outbreak of war he served in the North West Frontier province until he was injured in a riding accident. Bored during his rehabilitation and unable to sit on a horse he became involved in observing for a unit of the Royal Flying Corps who were based nearby. Later he travelled to Egypt where he trained to be a pilot, before he was posted to France with 56 Squadron. There he served with James McCudden, Arthur Rhys Davids and Keith Muspratt. Maybery scored his 21st and final victory on this day when he shot down an Albatros DV over Bourlon Wood. Maybery’s SE5a is then struck by enemy anti-aircraft fire, and crashes near the village of Haynecourt.
Today’s losses include:
- A 21-victory ace
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- A man whose brother was killed last August
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lance Corporal Mervyn Hugh Egerton Gorringe (Otago Regiment) dies of wounds at age 40. He is the son of the Reverend Peter Rollins Gorringe Rector of Manston.
- Sapper John W Hickson (Royal Engineers) is killed at age 34. His brother was killed last August.
- Private Arthur Hamilton Houghton (Royal Marines Medical Unit) is killed at age 26. He is the son of the Reverend Arthur Webster Houghton Vicar of St Stephen’s Bury.