Monday 18 March 1918 We Lost 271
HM CMB-20 depth charges and sinks the submarine UB-17 in the North Sea. The steamer SS Baygitano is torpedoed and sunk at 11:45 by UC-77 while on a voyage from Le Havre to Cardiff. Two crewmembers are killed. Lieutenant Edwin Ballard Dalby (SS Joshual Nicholson, Royal Naval Reserve) is killed when his ship is sunk by the German U-boat U-70. He is the grandson of the Reverend William Ballard Dalby and had been present at the engagement between the Carmania and Cap Trafalgar and lost his life along with twenty-five of his crew mates.
Today’s losses include:
- A General
- The brother of a Victoria Cross winner
- An 8-victory ace
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
- Multiple member of the Clergy
- A 1912 Canadian Olympian
- A military Chaplain
- A Civilian Chaplain
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Brigadier General George Augustus Stewart Cape CMG Commanding Royal Artillery, Acting General Officer Commanding 39th Division is killed in action at age 51.
- Lieutenant John Anthony ‘Jack’ McCudden MC (Royal Flying Corps) is killed in action at age 20. He is an eight-victory ace and the brother of James McCudden VC.
- Lieutenant Leonard A Edens (Newfoundland Regiment attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 27. His brother was killed last November.
- Lieutenant E T Akril-Jones (Sherwood Foresters attached Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend Canon David Akril-Jones.
- Lieutenant Thomas Clarence Gorman (Canadian Engineers) is killed in action at age 30. He played La Crosse for Canada in the 1912 Olympics and his brother will be killed in August.
- Probationary Flight Officer Eustace William Harland (Royal Naval Air Service) is accidentally killed at home at age 18. He is the son of the Reverend William George Harland Vicar of Lythe.
- Chaplain Edward Walter Barker (attached 176th Infantry Brigade) dies of wounds at age 30 received nine days earlier in action in the Arras sector. He was an exhibitioner of Bedford and Queen’s, Cambridge.
- Civilian Chaplain “the Reverend” Emlyn Holt Davies (Young Men’s Christian Association attached Indian Labour Corps) dies in France at age 41.