Sunday 13 January 1918 We Lost 225

by greatwarliveslost

Second Lieutenant F B Willmott (Australian Royal Flying Corps) lags behind and is cut off by three enemy aircraft during an offensive patrol east of La Bassee. He is shot down, becoming the first casualty of the squadron, suffered on the squadron’s first air fight.  He is taken prisoner.  Two other pilots are lost on this day, one killed and one made a prisoner.

  • Second Lieutenant Alan Scott Balfour (Royal Field Artillery attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 23. He is the son and heir of ‘Sir’ Robert Balfour 1st Baronet MP for the Partick Division of Lanarkshire. He was educated at Harrow and Trinity College, Oxford, and received his commission in the Artillery in August, 1916, subsequently joining the Royal Flying Corps.

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of a Baronet
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • Families that will lose two and three son in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Commander Arthur Cyril Brooke-Webb DSC (Royal Navy Reserve) is killed at age 36. He is the son of the Reverend Albert Brooke-Webb.
  • Sergeant James Kavanagh (Irish Regiment) dies at home at age 32. He is the third brother to lose his life in the Great War.
  • Private Ewart Montague Jones (North Lancashire Regiment) dies of wounds received in action. His brother was killed in November 1916.