Friday 19 April 1918 We Lost 847
Private Robert Craig (South Wales Borderers) dies of wounds at Boulogne received in action eight days earlier at age 30. He played football for many clubs including the Celtic Football Club. His Celtic career spanned from 1906 to 1909 when he appeared thirteen times as a fullback.
Second Lieutenant Guy Maddison Vaisey AM (Gloucestershire Regiment) dies of wounds received in action the previous day at Bethune at age 28. On 6th April 1917 while training at Frenchcourt bombing range he threw himself on a grenade saving the lives of other soldiers around him. For this action he was awarded the Albert Medal.
Today’s losses include:
- An Albert Medal winner
- A Celtic FC footballer
- A battalion commander
- The son of a member of the clergy
- The son of a man killed in the sinking of HMHS Britannic
- The son of a Justice of the Peace
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Colonel Charles Kenneth James DSO (commanding 6th Border Regiment) is killed in action
- Captain George Trevor Williams (Royal Field Artillery) dies at age 31 in India. He is the son of the Reverend G H Williams Rector of Remenham.
- Second Lieutenant Thomas Andrew Cropper (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 19. His father Captain John Cropper JP drowned in the sinking of HMHS Britannic in November 1916.
- Sergeant Frank Thomas Libby MM (London Rifle Brigade) dies of wounds received 2 April at age 25. His brother was killed in January 1916.
- Sergeant William Henry Hannaford (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed at age 25. His brother was killed two days earlier.
- Private Alexander Davison (York and Lancaster Regiment) dies of wounds at age 24. His brother was killed in June 1915.
- Rifleman Thomas John Hodge (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) dies of wounds at age 36 ten days after his brother met the same fate.
- Private George Blizzard (South Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 27. His brother will be killed in October.