Friday 15 March 1918 We Lost 302
Squadron Commander Roderic Stanley Dallas becomes the first Royal Naval Air Service officer to command a Royal Flying Corps squadron when he takes over the command of 40th squadron. Flight Lieutenant Stanley Wallace Rosevear attacks a formation of eight enemy aircraft, destroying two of the enemy machines.
The destroyers HMS Michael and HMS Moresby depth charge and force to the surface the German submarine U-110. When on the surface the German submarine is abandoned.
Today’s losses include:
- A man who has 8 cousins who will be killed in the German Army
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Major (Brevet Lieutenant Colonel) Hubert Maxwell Lenox-Conyngham (Army Veterinary Corps) dies on service at age 47 of a cerebral hemorrhage. His brother was killed in September 1916 and they are sons of Colonel ‘Sir’ William Lenox-Conyngham. He served in the Somali campaign.
- Captain Keith Knox Muspratt MC (Dorsetshire Regiment attached Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed at age 20. His brother will be killed in May.
- Private Herman Bollinger (New Zealand Rifle Brigade) is killed in action at age 28. His brother was killed in 1917 and they have eight cousins who are killed in the German Army during the Great War.
- Gunner Hugh Thomas Humphreys (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed in the Persian Gulf at age 36. His brother was killed in May 1915.
- Private George Percy Ginders (Canterbury Regiment) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed on Gallipoli in August 1915.
- Private William Dearden (South Wales Borderers) dies on service in Mesopotamia at age 20. His brother was killed on HMS Defence at Jutland.