Thursday 13 June 1918 We Lost 318

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Gerald Howard Fairlough

Lieutenant Robert Reginald Richardson responding to reports of submarines sees the periscope of one at 54.48 North 1.30 West. He attacks with a 230 pound bomb that explodes in a wash then a second bomb is dropped.  Oil and bubbles are seen.  A drifter patrol vessel comes up and drops two depth charges.

The Armed Mercantile Cruiser HMS Patia (Acting Captain W G Howard) is sunk by a submarine in the Bristol Channel.  One officer and fifteen men drown.

Today’s losses include:

  • An 18-victory ace
  • A 7-victory ace
  • A man whose father was killed in September 1915
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • A man whose brother was killed one month earlier

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain James Dacres Belgrave MC (Royal Air Force) is killed at age 21. He is an 18-victory ace.
  • Captain Herbert James Hamilton (Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed at age 23. He is a 7-victory ace.
  • Captain Gerard Howard Fairtlough MC (Royal Engineers) dies of wounds received in action on 25th May at age 28. His father was killed in action in September 1915.
  • Lieutenant Miles Bruce Dalzell Whiteside (Highland Light Infantry attached Royal Air Force) dies of injuries received in an accident at home at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend Miles Whiteside Rector of St Nicholas Cardiff.
  • Private Archibald Wright MM (Northamptonshire Regiment) dies of wounds. His brother died of wounds less than a month previously.