Saturday 9 February 1918 We Lost 178
British night-bombing aircraft carry out a raid on the railway junction at Courcelles-les-Metz, south-east of Metz dropping nearly one ton of bombs.
Bertrand Russell is sentenced to six months in prison for advocating in public that the British government accept a German offer to open peace negotiations.
Today’s losses include:
- A battalion commander
- A Military Chaplain
- A man killed while talking to his brother-in-law
- A man whose brother will die on service later this year
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Brevet Lieutenant Colonel John Douglas Mortimer Beckett DSO (commanding 10th Hampshire Regiment) is killed on Salonika.
- Chaplain the Reverend John Kemp Bruce (attached 3rd Australian Field Hospital) dies at sea on his way home of heart failure following influenza at age 64.
- Private Alex Doig (Black Watch) is killed by the shrapnel from an artillery shell while talking to his brother-in-law.
- Private Cecil John Philip Oke (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) is killed in action at Ypres. His brother will die on active service in India in October of this year.