Monday 14 January 1918 We Lost 204
British air forces bomb Karlsruhe, Thionville and the Metz area. In broad daylight a successful air raid is carried out on the railway station and nunitons factories in the Rhine Valley one and a quarter tons of bombs are dropped. There is also a raid on the steelworks of Thionville midway between Metz and Luxemburg and also bombs are dropped on the two large railway junctions near Metz. The 6th (Naval) Squadron arrives at Petite Synthe Dunkirk as a day-bomber unit on this day. It has been reformed at Dover at the end of last year from personnel of the Walmer Defense Flight and #11 Squadron Royal Naval Air Service. The 17th (Naval) Squadron is formed to replace the Seaplane Base at Dunkirk.
British ground forces raid Lens.
Yarmouth is bombarded from the sea. Fire is opened at 22:55 and lasts about five minutes, some twenty shells falling into the town. Six civilians are killed and seven injured.
The submarine G8 (Lieutenant John Francis Tryon) fails to return from a North Sea patrol and it is believed that she falls victim to a mine or ran aground. Her crew of 32 is lost including Able Seaman John Short age 22 whose brother will be killed next August.
Today’s losses include:
- A Baronet
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- A Military Chaplain
- A Nottinghamshire cricket player
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain ‘Sir’ Ralph Henry Sacheverel Wilmot (Coldstream Guards) the 6th Baronet dies at home of an illness contracted at the front at age 42. He is the son of the Reverend A A Wilmot.
- Chaplain the Reverend Harvey Staunton dies in Zrzizeh, Mesopotamia at age 45. He is the son of the Reverend Francis Staunton and he played cricket for Nottinghamshire from 1903-5.