Wednesday 3 April 1918 We Lost 704
Captain Harold Harrison Gonyon and Lieutenant Brown on an anti-submarine patrol of D.H.4s, observe at 16:10 an enemy submarine with conning tower awash at a position ten miles north of Dunkirk. Captain Gonyon releases one 230-pound bomb from seven hundred feet that hits just ahead of the conning tower. The submarine disappears and quantities of bubbles and oil are observed. He then drops another 230-pound bomb and Lieutenant Brown his 230-pound bombs on the same position. Having re-supplied their machines with more bombs, they return; where they had bombed and observe two large patches of oil and floating spar. Four 230-pound bombs are dropped on the position by other machines.
Captain Francis Newton Allan Cromie (Royal Navy) senior naval officer in the Baltic orders all remaining British Baltic submarines, (E1, E8, E9, E19, C26, C27 and C35) to be towed out of Helsingfors (modern Helsinki) to sea. Explosives are placed against their pressure hulls and they are scuttled. All the crews return home to England, while Cromie proceeds to Petrograd where he will become the Naval Attaché. He will be murdered by Bolsheviks as he stands on the embassy steps denying entry to a mob intent on storming the embassy in August.
Today’s losses include:
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- The brother of an England International Rugby footballer
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
- A man whose son will be killed at El Alamein
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain Cyprian Henry Benson Slocock (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) dies of wounds received in action on 25th March at age 21. He is the son of the late Reverend F H Slocock, Rector of Mottisfont and his brother, an English International Rugby football player was killed in August 1916.
- Private William Biggart (Royal Irish Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 23. His brother was killed in August 1917.
- Private Arthur Richard Coppard (Sussex Regiment) dies of wounds as a prisoner of war at age 21. His brother died on a hospital ship off Gallipoli in October 1915.
- Private Fred Davis (Lancers) dies of wounds at age 23. His brother was killed last October.
- Private Charles Broderick Hugh Vivian (Lord Strathcona’s Horse) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend Charles Henry Gerald Vivian Rector of Grade.
- Private J E Azevedo (Middlesex Regiment) is killed at age 33. His son will be killed at El Alamein in August 1942.