Tuesday 18 June 1918 We Lost 416
A North Sea patrol consisting of two Short 184s escorted by two Camels is met by six Brandenberg seaplane fighters off Flanders Island. There is confusion during and after the fight in which the escorts mistake a Short which has been shot down for an enemy plane and a retreating Brandenberg for a Short, so they leave the scene.
Today’s losses include:
- The son of a General
- The son of an Admiral
- Multiple battalion commanders
- A man whose son was killed earlier in the Great War
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Temporary Lieutenant Colonel Charles Hope Little (Wiltshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 53. He is a son of the late General ‘Sir’ Archibald Little.
- Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Herbert Banthorp (commanding Regimental Deport Northamptonshire Regiment) dies of service at age 55. His son was killed serving the same Regiment in July 1916.
- Lieutenant Philip George Stokes-Rees (Royal Air Force) is killed in a flying accident at age 19. He is the son of Admiral Stokes-Rees.
- Sergeant Alfred Edward Page (Bedfordshire Regiment attached Trench Mortar Battery) dies of wounds at age 26. His brother was killed last December.
- Lance Bombardier Albert George Odell (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 23. His two brothers have already lost their lives in the Great War.
- Private John H Quayle (Liverpool Regiment) is killed in action at age 30. His brother will be killed in one month and one day.