Saturday 19 January 1918 We Lost 262

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Gordon Stachey Shephard

Flight Sub Lieutenant E G Johnstone (Royal Naval Air Service) will be awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for the pluck and determination shown by him in engaging enemy aircraft.  On this day he attacks five Albatross scouts, and engages one, nose on, opening fire at 75 yards range.  The enemy aircraft turns on its side and spins. He follows and engages the enemy again at 80 yards range. The enemy aircraft goes down completely out of control.  Later in the day, in a general engagement with fourteen Albatross scouts, he follows one down to 8,000 feet, firing all the time.  This machine is confirmed by other pilots of the patrol to fall completely out of control.

The 68, 69 and 71 (Australian) Squadrons are re-designated 2, 3 and 4 Squadrons, Australian Flying Corps.

British losses in the air for the day are four aircraft the pilots of three are killed while the fourth is taken prisoner.

The submarine H10 (Lieutenant Martin Huntly Collier age 25) does not return from a North Sea patrol and it is believed she struck a mine.

  • Sub Lieutenant Derrick Ives dies at age 21. His brother died of pneumonia on service in December 1914.
  • Artificer Harry Pearson is also lost at age 31. His brother was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
  • Stoker 1st Class Patrick Murphy is lost age age 26. His brother was killed in the sinking of HMS Monmouth in November 1914.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple families that will lose two son in the Great War
  • A General
  • A member of the Royal Cruising Club
  • A member of the Gloucester Journal and Citizen

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Brigadier General Gordon Strachey Shephard DSO MC (1st Royal Flying Corps Brigade, 1st Army) dies of injuries received in a flying accident on the edge of Auchel aerodrome at age 32. He was the model used by Erskine Childers for his hero Carruthers in the novel The Riddle of the Sands.  He is the son of ‘Sir’ Horatio Shephard. He was educated at Summerfields and Eton and, after passing through Sandhurst, obtained a commission in the Royal Fusiliers in 1905. Before the war he did a great deal of yachting. He became a member of the Royal Cruising Club, and made some remarkable cruises in a small sailing yacht, on two occasions gaining the challenge cup of the club. In July, 1912, he joined the Royal Flying Corps, and flew over to France with the first five squadrons on 13th August 1914. He received the Legion of Honour from General Joffre for good reconnaissance work during the retreat from Mons, and in January 1915, he won the Military Cross.
  • Captain Evelyn Horace Guy Sharples (Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed at age 19. He is the only surviving son of the late Reverend Henry Milner Sharples of Finghall Rectory, Yorkshire whose other son was killed on HMS Hampshire.
  • Lieutenant Humphry Walter Smith (Royal Navy) is killed in the Persian Gulf. His brother was killed last October and they are sons of the Reverend Walter Edward Smith Vicar of Andover.
  • Second Lieutenant Eric Godwin Chance (Royal Flying Corps) is killed in Italy at age 19. He was a member of the Gloucester Journal and Citizen.