Tuesday 21 May 1918 We Lost 438
Lieutenant Harold William Medlicott (Royal Air Force) and Captain J S Walter MC (Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment) are both shot to death attempting to escape from Bad Colberg Prisoner of War Camp in Germany. It is said that Lieutenant Medlicott held the record for attempted escapes during the war. He succeeded in escaping, with only one exception, from every camp where he was confined, but was in each case recaptured. The final time he escapes Captain Walter will accompany him. Both are recaptured, but on being conveyed back to camp under escort they reportedly make a dash for liberty, without success. Captain Walter had been captured in the autumn of 1917 having been awarded the Military Cross for his actions in the battle of the Somme. Lieutenant Medlicott was captured on 10th November 1915 one month after his brother had been killed in action. His capture took place while he was on a special assignment in a blinding snowstorm which caused engine trouble which compelled him to force land behind German lines. He is a 5-victory ace.
Captain William Henry Hubbard (Royal Air Force) brings down a Fokker Tri-plane while flying Sopwith Camel D.1841 at 18:30 southwest of Maubourdine on an offensive patrol at 10,000 feet. He then sights three more enemy Tri-planes at 8,000 feet and dives on them, firing two hundred rounds from one hundred yards one target spins out of control and is seen by another pilot to crash just north of a canal.
Today’s losses include:
- The man who held the record for most successful escapes from German prisoner of war camps, while attempting yet another escape
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- A man whose brother was also killed in the Great War
- A 5-victory ace
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Second Lieutenant Leonard Charles Hornabrook (Leicestershire Regiment) is killed in action at age 22. He is the son of the Venerable Archdeacon Charles Soward Hornabrook.
- Private Francis George Grahame (Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed at age 35. He is the son of the Reverend David Francis Alexander Grahame.