Saturday 9 February 1918 We Lost 178

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Cap badge of the Hampshire Regiment

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.