Wednesday 26 June 1918 We Lost 384
The roadstead and military works at Durazzo are bombed during the day with visible results by a squadron of British aircraft and a squadron of seaplanes from the Italian Navy. The enemy machines that rise to fight are compelled to withdraw and do not succeed in preventing the action of the Allied squadrons, all of whose machines returned undamaged to their bases.
Today’s losses include:
- A 5-victory ace
- The son of a member of the clergy
- A staff journalist with The Daily Mail London
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Edward Carter Eaton (Royal Air Force) is killed in action at age 19. His is a five victory ace and is shot down by German ace Fritz Rumey.
- Second Lieutenant Ernest Geoffrey Adams (Norfolk Regiment) dies of wounds received in Avebury Wood at age 21. He is the only son the Reverend Ernest William Adams of St John’s Vicarage, Bury St Edmund’s Suffolk.
- Second Lieutenant John MacLean Matheson (Royal Scots) is killed in action at age 29. He is a journalist on the staff of The Daily Telegraph
- Sergeant John Christian Stephenson MM (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 28. His brother will be killed in September.
- Private Julian Alexander Dykes (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 24. His brother will be killed in a railway accident next March in France.
- Gunner Robert Edmund Timms (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 25. His brother will be killed in six weeks.