Friday 3 May 1918 We Lost 627
Another successful air raid is carried out against the railway station and sidings at Thionville. The Carlshutte works are again hit and several bursts are seen on the station, in the sidings and on the gas works. All aircraft return safely.
The Turkish forces from Shechem cross the River Jordan and drive back the mounted brigade. The Royal Horse Artillery batteries supporting the brigade are forced to abandon nine guns in the river valley and the left flank of the Es Salt column is uncovered. The Shechem troops afterward attack our positions at Es Salt, without success. The subsequent arrival from the northeast of more enemy reinforcements, which have been brought down the railway from Damascus, eventually cause another general retirement to the Jordan.
Today’s losses include:
- An Australian Rules footballer
- The son of a member of the clergy
- A man whose brother was killed in the South Africa War
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
- A musician
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain Derwas Goring Charles Cumming (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 27. He is a former Australian rules footballer who played with University scoring 34 goals in 21 matches.
- Lieutenant Robert Leonard Grahame Skinner (Royal Air Force) is killed at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend Henry Leonard Skinner Rector of Caliander.
- Lieutenant Matthew Mackay McGregor (Australian Imperial Forces) dies of wounds at age 22. His brother was killed in the South Africa War serving in the Lovat Scouts.
- Second Lieutenant Lionel Richard Thacker King (Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed at home at age 26. His brother was killed in August 1915.
- Corporal Harold Edward Liles (Cheshire Regiment) is killed at age 33. His brother was killed in October 1917.
- Lance Corporal Louis Vernon Windeatt (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 20. He was studying to become a professional musician prior to the war.
- Private Arthur Buzza (Manchester Regiment) dies of pneumonia on active service at age 26. His brother was killed on Gallipoli in June 1915.
- Charles Graham Bowick dies at the front as a civilian from the Young Men’s Christian Association one-month prior to his brother being killed in a flying accident. He is 18 years old.
- Private Frederick George Thallon (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed at age 31. His brother was killed in the sinking of HMS Tornado in December 1917.