Thursday 4 April 1918 We Lost 1,098
The destroyer HMS Bittern (Lieutenant Ernest K Loring RNR) is sunk after a collision in the fog off Portland Bill with the SS Kenilworth. Seventy-five members of the crew are killed.
Brigadier General George Norman Bowes Forster CMG DSO General Officer Commanding 42nd Brigade 14th Division is killed in action at age 45.
Lieutenant Colonel Percy Archer Clive DSO (Grenadier Guards commanding 1st/5th Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 35. He is the son of Lady Catherine Clive and the Member of Parliament for South Herefordshire except for 2 years since 1900. His eldest son Major Meysey George Dallas Clive will be killed serving in the Grenadier Guards on 1st May 1943. Another son Lewis Clive will win a rowing gold medal in the 1932 Olympics and was a member of the International Brigade during the Spanish Civil War being killed in action in 1938.
Today’s losses include:
- A Member or Parliament who will have one son killed in the Second World War and another who will win an Olympic Gold Medal in 1932 be killed as a member of the International Brigade during the Spanish Civil War
- A General
- The son of a General
- Multiple battalion commanders
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- The son-in-law of a member of the clergy
- The grandson of a member of the cleryg
- Multiple families that will lose two, three and four sons in the Great War
- The winner of the 1913 Public Schools Middleweight Boxing Competition
- The son of the 1st Baron Avebury and the father of the 3rd
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Colonel Robert Edward Dewing DSO (Royal Engineers commanding 8th Berkshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 27. He is the son of the Reverend Richard Stanley Dewing Vicar of Badwell Ash.
- Captain Ivan Clarkson MacLean DSO MC (Royal Army Medical Corps attached Rifle Brigade) dies of wounds as a prisoner of war at age 36. He is the son of Major General H I MacLean and has a brother who will be killed in action in five days with the Royal Engineers.
- Captain William Arthur Crebbin (Rifle Brigade) is killed in action at age 23. He was the winner of the Public Schools Middleweight Boxing Competition in 1913.
- Lieutenant James Mudie Couper (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed in September 1915.
- Lieutenant ‘the Honorable’ Harold Fox Pitt Lubbock (Grenadier Guards) is killed in action at age 29. He is the son of the 1st Baron and father of the 3rd Baron Avebury. His younger brother was killed in action in March 1917.
- Second Lieutenant Cecil Harold Sowerby Ruston (East Kent Regiment) is killed in action at age 31. He is the son-in-law of the late Reverend Frederick Charles Marshall, the former rector of Doddington and grandson of the Reverend Michael Augustus Gathercole vicar of Chatteris.
- Second Lieutenant Victor Walker (Gloucestershire Regiment attached Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed in action at age 24. He is one of six brothers who served, three of which fell. Second Lieutenant Frederick George Norris (Cheshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 20. He was an exhibitioner Elect of Jesus College, Oxford. Second Lieutenant Lewis Charles Bagot Chester (Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend John Greville Chester Vicar of Gilling who lost another son in October 1914.
- Lance Corporal Sidney George Crane (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed. He is the last of three brothers who are killed in the war.
- Lance Corporal Bert Miller (Essex Regiment) is killed in action one day before his brother meets the same fate.
- Private John Wightman (Machine Gun Corps) is killed in action at age 23. His brother Major James Wightman (East Surrey Regiment) is mortally wounded the same day and will die in five days.
- Private Shepley Vickers Smith (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry attached the Rifle Brigade) is killed in action at age 20. His brother also fell.
- Private Fred Joseph Budgett MM (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 26. His brother will die on service in May 1919.
- Private Thomas Barlow (Suffolk Regiment) is killed. He has two brothers who will also be killed in the Great War and another brother who will die as a result of his service in 1919.
- Private Hugh Grahame Henderson (Australian Infantry) dies of wounds at age 18. His brother will be killed in five days.
- Private Edward Alton Buckley (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 20. His brother will be killed in twelve days.
- Driver Sidney John Hill (Royal Horse Artillery) is killed at age 24. His brother was killed last December.
- Private Ernest Stanley Lewis Eddy (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed at age 25. His brother will be killed in the sinking of RMS Leinster in October of this year.