Thursday 28 February 1918 We Lost 210
A seaplane gets out of control and spins to the ground in England. Acting Flight Commander Paul Douglas Robertson (Royal Naval Air Service), the observer, jumps from the machine just before it reaches the ground and lands safely, as the ground is marshy. The pilot, Flight Lieutenant Hubert Charles Lemon, is trapped in the seaplane, which, on striking the ground, immediately bursts into flames, and, notwithstanding that the vicinity of the seaplane is quickly a furnace of blazing petrol and that heavy bombs, a number of rounds of ammunition, and the reserve petrol tank are all likely to explode, Acting Flight Commander Robertson returns and endeavors to extricate the pilot, and only desists when he has been so severely burned in the face, hands and leg that his recovery will be for some time in doubt. For his efforts Acting Flight Commander Robertson will be awarded the Albert Medal.
Today’s losses include:
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
- The son of a member of the clergy
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Second Lieutenant John William Goodrick (attached HP 17 Inland Water Transport, Royal Engineers) is killed in action in Mesopotamia at age 33. He is a Master Mariner and employed by Messrs. Butterfield & Swire, China Navigation Company., Shanghai, as Chief Officer.
- Lance Corporal Arthur Odell (Sussex Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother will die of his wounds in April 1919.
- Private Robert Douglas Marshall MM (Cheshire Regiment) is killed at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend George Marshall. Private
- Frederick Stilton (Berkshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 28. His brother was killed in July 1915.