Friday 25 January 1918 We Lost 249
At Tafila Trans-Jordan Arabs instructed by T E Lawrence train their machine guns to spray enfilade on the advancing Turks while Lawrence swings his cavalry in a wide circle and attacks the Turks’ left wing routing them and taking two hundred prisoners and twenty-seven machine guns.
The steamship Normandy is torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-90 8 miles east by north of Cape La Hague. Fourteen crew and 13 passengers die while 6 crew and 7 passengers are rescued. Among those drowned is
- Lieutenant Colonel Richard Rolls Gubbins DSO (Somerset Light Infantry attached General Staff) at age 49. He is the son of the Reverend Richard Shard Gubbins Rector of Upham and a veteran of the South Africa War. The ship’s captain is among the survivors.
Flight Lieutenant (Acting Flight Commander) M J G Day (Royal Naval Air Service) will be awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions on this day and 2 February. On this day he attacks, single-handed, six enemy tri-planes, one of which he shoots down. His victory is the first combat victory for his squadron.
Though no fatal air casualties are suffered on this day, the crews from two different losses are taken prisoner, totally three men.
Today’s losses include:
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- A 17-year old whose older brother was killed in September 1914
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain Walter Bridges (Army Service Corps) dies in Italy. He is the son of the Reverend Charles Bridges.
- Rifleman Frank Leonard Roberts (London Regiment) dies on service at home at age 17. His brother was killed in September 1914.