Monday 7 January 1918 We Lost 260
The German submarine U-93 is sunk by the special service ship Prize in the English Channel near Lizard Point.
A flight from the 6th Wing Royal Naval Air Service is lost off Saserno Island and both crews drown.
- Flight Observer William Basil Loxdale Jones (Royal Naval Air Service) is lost at age 28. He is the son of the late Basil Jones former Bishop of St David’s. He was educated at Harrow and Oxford. He obtained a commission in the Royal Marines on 24th September 1914 and immediately went to France. He served with the RNAS in France and the Eastern Mediterranean, and was mentioned in despatches.
- Observer Sub Lieutenant Archibald Gordon age 20 whose brother was killed in August 1917. He was educated at Temple Grove and Westminster, where he was elected a resident King’s Scholar in 1911, and when he left in 1916, he was a monitor, secretary to “The Elizabethan” and a member of the school Officer Training Corp.
Today’s losses include:
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- A man whose brother will also be killed in the Great War
- A family that will lose four sons in the Great War
- A Military Chaplain
- The son of a man whose father was killed at sea in November 1916 at sea
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Roger Charles Marshall (Royal Field Artillery) dies of pleurisy and pneumonia at home at age 28. He is the only son of the late Reverend Frederick Charles Marshall Rector of Doddington.
- Chaplain Joseph Duncan Dathan (HMS Pembroke) dies of illness at home.
- Engineman Finlay Finlayson (HMS Acteon, Royal Naval Reserve) dies at home as a result of an accident on his ship late last year at age 29. His father was killed as a cook on the steam trawler Vineyard in November 1916.
- Sapper Frank Cooke (Royal Engineers) as sniper dies of wounds at age 37. His is the last of four brothers who are killed in the war.