Saturday 6 April 1918 We Lost 782
Captain Sydney Philip Smith (Royal Air Force) is killed in action at age 22 near Villers Bretonneux when his Sopwith Camel is shot down by Manfred von Richthofen. He is the 76th victim of the Red Baron. In his novel, “Winged Victory” Victor Yeates will base the character of “Beal” on Sydney Smith. He is a five victory ace.
Today’s losses include:
- A victim of the Red Baron
- A man who Victor Yeates portrayed in his novel Winged Victory
- A 5-victory ace
- Multiple sons of member of the clergy
- A man whose father was killed as a battalion commander at Gallipoli and has a brother who will be killed in Italy in December 1943
- Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great Wara
- The son of the Mayor of Cambridge Waikato, New Zealand
- A man who has two cousins who will die of wounds in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Thomas Esmore Jones (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend Evan T Jones.
- Lieutenant Edmond Leo Malone MC (New Zealand Rifle Brigade) is killed in action. His father was killed commanding the Wellington Regiment on Gallipoli in August 1915 and a younger brother will be killed in Italy in December 1943.
- Lieutenant Colin Hally MC (Auckland Regiment, Machine Gun Battalion) is killed at age 25. His brother was killed in July 1915 on Gallipoli and they are the sons of the former Mayor of Cambridge, Waikato, New Zealand.
- Second Lieutenant Benedict Godfrey Allen Bell (Royal Air Force) is killed in action at age 27. He is the son of Canon Benedict Godfrey Allen Bell Vicar of Wimbledon.
- Second Lieutenant Reginald George Field (Hussars) is killed in action at age 22. He is the son of the Honorable Mrs. Field.
- Sergeant James Cheyne (Fort Garry Horse) dies of wounds. He is the last of three brothers who are killed in the war.
- Sergeant Walter Foster (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed. His brother was killed last month.
- Private Frederick George Cole (Royal Welsh Fusiliers) dies of wounds at age 27. His brother was killed in August 1917.
- Private Robert Joseph Backhouse (Australian Infantry) dies of wounds at age 23. He has two cousins who have died of wounds earlier in the Great War.