Saturday 11 May 1918 We Lost 370
The first of 12 air raids on the enemy naval base at Cattaro is made today. It involves a 400 mile round trip over sea by land aircraft. Six DH4s bomb ships and submarines with one crew being lost and made prisoners.
An Atlantic escort submarine E35 on duty while proceeding to meet a convoy, sights and sinks a German cruiser type submarine U-154. A heavy sea is running in the latitude of Cape St Vincent at the time and there are no survivors. Shortly afterwards another enemy submarine is sighted, but by swift diving she escapes.
One hundred thirty three officers and men of the Labour Corps are fatally gassed while laying cables in the Fonquevillers area.
Today’s losses include:
- The son of a Baron
- An Oxford cricketer
- Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
- An Aston Villa footballer
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Major Herman Walter von Poellnitz (Lincolnshire Regiment attached Royal Air Force) dies of injures received the day before in a motor accident in Mesopotamia. The 27-year-old is the only child of the Baron and Baroness Von Poellintz and the grandson of ‘Sir’ Walter Elliott.
- Captain (Brigade Major 6th Infantry Brigade) Egerton Lowndes Wright MC (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 32. He played cricket for Oxford vs. Cambridge.
- Captain Harry Easterbrook Knollys Stranger (Guernsey Light Infantry) dies of wounds received in action 11 April. He is the third brother to die in the Great War within a two-month period. His brother George is killed in the same action he received his fatal wound in. He is 27-years old.
- Captain Arthur Alexander Austen-Leigh (Berkshire Regiment attached Trench Mortar Battery) is killed at age 27. He is the son of the Reverend Arthur Henry Austen-Leigh.
- Lieutenant Guy Clifton Davis (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed in June 1916.
- Lieutenant Edward Vaughan-Jones (Royal Welsh Fusiliers) is killed in action in Salonika at age 38. His younger brother was killed in action in February 1917.
- Lieutenant John Walter Kimber (Black Watch) dies of wounds at age 32. He played in seven league matches for Aston Villa from July 1907 to August 1912 and also played for Aston Manor and Coventry City.