Friday 12 April 1918 We Lost 2,461

by greatwarliveslost

John Alexander Milne

A British column under General Edwards defeats the Germans at Medo, ninety-five miles from the coast at Port Amelia and begins to pursue the enemy.

An explosion takes place in the engine-room of H.M. Motor Launch 356, and the forward tanks burst into flame. The officer and some of the crew are blown overboard by the explosion and the remainder are quickly driven aft by the flames, and are taken off in a skiff. By this time the flames are issuing from the cabin hatch aft, and there is petrol burning on the surface of the water. It is then realized by the crews of adjacent vessels that the aft petrol tanks and the depth charge are being attacked by the fire, and might explode at any moment. At the moment when others are running away, Lieutenant Commander Keith Robin Hoare DSO DSC RNVR and Sub-Lieutenant Arthur Gerald Bagot DSC RNVR jump into their dinghy, row to the wreck, get on board, and remove the depth charge, thereby preventing an explosion which might have caused serious loss of life among the crowd of English and French sailors on the quay.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple battalion commanders
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A 1st Class Law Tripos at Cambridge in 1914
  • A Baronet
  • A man whose daughter will be born next August
  • A man whose daughter was born on 7th February
  • A Rhodes Scholar
  • A renowned lightweight wrestler
  • A man whose son will be killed in November 1944

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel John Alexander Milne DSO (commanding 36th Australian Infantry) dies of wounds at age 46. He was wounded five times on landing in Gallipoli on 25th April 1915.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Neill Diarmid Campbell (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders commanding 6th Black Watch) is killed in action at age 26. His brother was killed in March 1917.
  • Major Godfrey Hudson MC (Machine Gun Corps) is killed in action at age 24. His older brother was killed in February 1917. They are sons of the Reverend E F W Hudson and Godfrey was 1st Class Law Tripos at Cambridge University in 1914.
  • Captain Hill Wilson White (Royal Army Medical Corps) is killed in action at age 32. He is the son of The Reverend Harry Vere the Bishop of Limerick who lost another son in July 1916.
  • Captain Roger Eykyn Thompson (Hampshire Regiment) is killed at age 40. His brother was killed on Christmas Day 1915.
  • Lieutenant G Gilderthorp (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed in action. His brother was killed yesterday.
  • Lieutenant ‘Sir’ Robert Cecil Muir Mackenzie MC (Durham Light Infantry) is killed at age 26. He became the 5th Baronet upon the death of his father two months earlier.
  • Lieutenant Dan Stalker (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action. His daughter will be born in August.
  • Lieutenant M Chapman MC (Grenadier Guards) is killed. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Arthur Wakefield Chapman.
  • Lieutenant Thomas Edwardes (York and Lancs Regiment) is killed in action. He is the son of the Reverend George Edwardes Vicar of St John’s Toweter Park.
  • Second Lieutenant Leonard Ashworth (York and Lancaster Regiment) is killed in action at age 23. His brother Second Lieutenant George Ashworth was killed in 1916.
  • Second Lieutenant Gordon Lautre Murray (Royal Air Force) is killed when his Sopwith Camel is one of three in his squadron shot down at Merville-Radinghem. He is the son of the Reverend Andrew C Murray and a Rhodes Scholar from South Africa.
  • Second Lieutenant Harley Lionel Adrian Oswald-Hicks (Middlesex Regiment) is killed at age 27. He is the son of the Reverend Thomas William Oswald-Hicks.
  • Second Lieutenant Hugh Lambroughton (Scots Fusiliers) dies of wounds at age 37. His brother will die on service in November.
  • Company Sergeant Major Maxwell Elderkin DCM MM (West Surrey Regiment) is killed at age 30. His two half-brothers have been previously killed in the Great War.
  • Sergeant William Royle DCM (Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 26. His brother was killed in May 1915.
  • Sergeant David Cook MM (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed in action at age 24. His brother was killed in April a year ago.
  • Sergeant Walter Mutimer (Cambridgeshire Regiment) dies of wounds at 26. He was wounded on 16th January and his daughter was born 7th His brother was killed in action on 6th September 1917.
  • Lance Corporal Oliver Curtis New (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 24. His brother was killed on Gallipoli in June 1915.
  • Lance Corporal Phillip Arnold Knights Smith (Bedfordshire Yeomanry) dies of injuries he received in training when a horse fell and rolled over crushing his lungs at home at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend Leslie Knights Smith and he had a brother who was killed in September 1915.
  • Private Matthew Henry Pattinson (Motor Transport Coy. Royal Army Service Corps, attached to VIII Corps Heavy Artillery Army Service Corps) is killed in action by a shell at Ypres. He is a renowned lightweight wrestler. He was at one time the gamekeeper to the Earl of Sefton’s Abbeystead estate and later acted in the same capacity on the Graythwaite Hall estate for the late Colonel T M Sandys MP.
  • Private Peter Craig (Royal Scots Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 18. His brother was killed in December 1915 at Gallipoli.
  • Pioneer Edward Thomas Ford (Royal Engineers) dies of wounds received in action at age 22. His brother will be killed in action in three months.
  • Private Edward Pollard (North Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 30. His younger brother will be killed in 6 weeks.
  • Private Frank Philip Nicholls (Monmouthshire Regiment) is killed. His son will be killed in November 1944.