Sunday 6 January 1918 We Lost 232
Major General Lionel C Dunsterville arrives in Baghdad to take command of an expeditionary force whose mission will be to deny the oilfields at Baku to the Turks.
Flight Sub Lieutenant Harold Day (Royal Naval Air Service) will be awarded the Distinguished Service Cross in recognition of the skill and determination shown by him in aerial combat, in the course of which he has done much to stop enemy artillery machines from working. On this day he observes a new type enemy aircraft. He immediately dives to attack, and after a short combat the enemy machine goes down very steeply and is seen to crash. This is the sixth victory for the man who will achieve 11 victories before he is shot down and killed on 5th February.
Flight Lieutenant William Lancelot Jordan (Royal Naval Air Service) will be awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for skill and determination when leading offensive patrols. On this day when on offensive patrol he observes ten Albatross scouts. The enemy dive and spread out and Flight Lieutenant Jordan, in conjunction with another pilot, attack one, into which he fires at close range, sending it down, in a side slipping dive.
British air losses on the day are two aircraft. One is destroyed when bombs explode when it lands. The pilot Godfrey Raymond Vickers is killed. The other goes down in Holland where the pilot is interned.
Today’s losses include:
- A relative of architect Edward Lutyens who will design many Great War memorials
- Multiple families that will lose two son in the Great War
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Major Lionel Gallwey Lutyens MC (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds received at Langemarck at age 28. His brother was killed in August 1915 and they are related to the architect Edward Lutyens who will design many Great War Memorials.
- Captain Samuel Geoffrey Scott (Royal Army Medical Corps) is killed at age 43 in Italy. He is the son of the Reverend Samuel Gilbert Scott Rector of Havant.
- Private Paul Edward Howell Griffith (Somerset Light Infantry) dies of wounds at home at age 18. He is the son of the Reverend D Howell Griffith Rector of Bagillt.
- Driver Thomas Frederick Gamblin (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 21. His brother will be killed next May.