Thursday 24 January 1918 We Lost 200

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Harry Gosford Reeves

Flight Lieutenant Cecil Gordon Bronson (Royal Naval Air Service) carries out a determined bombing attack on the Goeben, flying low down under heavy anti-aircraft fire.

Four casualties are suffered by pilots of aircraft lost on this day, three being killed and the one becoming a prisoner.

  • Captain Harry Gosford Reeves (Royal Flying Corps) is killed while performing an engine test on a Nieuport 27 in France at age 21. He is a 13-victory ace.
  • Lieutenant Alan Wilson Morey MC (Royal Scots attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed in a collision with German Lieutenant Martin Mobius at age 24. He is a Rhodes Scholar.

The troopship Tuscania leaves Hoboken, New Jersey on her final voyage under the command of Captain Peter McLean OBE carrying 2,013 American troops and a crew of three hundred eighty-four.  It will join Convoy HX-2 at Halifax, Nova Scotia to proceed to cross the Atlantic bound for Le Havre.

The drifter Beryl III (Skipper J H Bullock) forces the German submarine U-109 to dive into a mine barrage in the Dover Strait where the submarine strikes a mine and sinks.

In Palestine Corporal James McCarthy (Royal Irish Regiment)  is cleaning grenades in his quarters when the fuse of one becomes ignited. He carries it out to throw it into a safe place, but, finding a number of men standing around he realizes that he cannot throw it anywhere without injuring his comrades.  He clasps the grenade in both hands and holds it close to his side.  The grenade explodes, killing Corporal McCarthy, who by his courage saves his comrades from serious injury.  He is posthumously awarded the Albert Medal in Gold.

Flight Lieutenant Cecil Gordon Bronson (Royal Naval Air Service) carries out a determined bombing attack on the Goeben, flying low down under heavy anti-aircraft fire.

Today’s losses include:

  • A 13-victory ace
  • A Rhodes scholar
  • An Albert Medal winner
  • A battalion commander
  • The son of a General
  • A man whose brother will also be killed in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Robert Burton (commanding 94th Russell’s Infantry, Indian Army) dies of illness in Basra, Mesopotamia at age 45. He is the eighth of nine soldier sons of General Edmund Francis Burton.  His youngest brother drowned 29th August 1893 at age 18 saving his sister from drowning at Happisburgh, Norfolk.
  • Private Harry Ronald Higgins (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed on Gallipoli in June 1915.