Saturday 12 January 1918 We Lost 453
A Handley Page 0/100 (16th Naval Squadron) is shot down by French forces near Nancy. Two other aircraft are brought down in combat, both behind enemy lines. The pilot and observer of the first both die of wounds as prisoners of war, while the pilot of the other is taken prisoner.
The destroyers HMS Narbrough (Lieutenant Edmund Mansel Bowly) and HMS Opal (Lieutenant Commander Charles Ceasar De Merindol Malan) are wrecked on the Pentland Firth outside Scapa Flow during a violent gale and snowstorm. All 188 on board are lost but for one survivor from Opal who manages to climb up the rocks onto a ledge from where he is rescued with great difficulty. Among those killed in Opal is
- Surgeon Probationer Louis Percival St John Story (Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) who is killed at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend Lawrence Parsons Story.
On HMS Narborough
- Petty Officer Stoker Richard Morris is killed at age 40. He is the middle of three brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War
- Ordinary Seaman Francis Wallace McCheyne is also killed. The 19 year old is the last of four brothers who are killed in the war.
Auxiliary transport Whorlton (Master Alexander Gordon) is sunk in the English Channel near the Owers light vessel killing the crew of 13. Her Master is killed at age 48.
Today’s losses include:
- The son of a member of the clergy
- Families that will lose three and four sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Major Laurence Claude Barnard (Army Service Corps) dies on service at age 45. His brother will die in March of this year also on service.