Saturday 20 July 1918 We Lost 1,240
East of La Bassee, Captain Edward Corringham Mannock attacks and crashes an enemy two-seater from a height of 10,000 feet. About an hour later he attacks at 8,000 feet a Fokker biplane near Steenwercke and drives it down out of control, emitting smoke.
Cossacks of the Dunsterforce rout remnants of the Turks just south of Enzeli.
Near Marfaux, France, Sergeant John Meikle VC MM (Seaforth Highlanders) single-handed and armed only with a revolver and a stick, rushes and puts out of action a machine-gun which is delaying his company’s advance. Shortly afterwards, seizing a rifle and bayonet from a fallen comrade, he charges another machine-gun post, but is killed almost on the gun position at age 19. His bravery enables two other men who followed him to put this gun out of action. For his actions he will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross.
Today’s losses include:
- A Victoria Cross winner
- A battalion commander
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- A member of the clergy
- The son-in-law of the President of Trinity College Oxford
- The son of a Justice of the Peace
- Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
- The grandson of a novelist
- Sons of two different war correspondents
- The Conductor of the Pavilion Picture House Orchestra
- A man whose son was killed in the first month of the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Colonel David Francis Bickmore DSO (Norfolk Regiment) commanding 4th Gordon Highlanders) is killed at age 27. He is the only child of the Reverend Francis Askew BIckmore Vicar of Roxwell and son in law of the President of Trinity College Oxford.
- Captain John Brown (Gordon Highlanders) is killed in action at age 34. He is the only son of ‘Sir’ John Brown JP.
- Captain Walter Short (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) is killed at age 39. He is a minister of the Bootie Free Church.
- Acting Captain Kenneth Walton Grigson MC (Devonshire Regiment attached West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend Canon William Shurkforth Grigson who has already lost one son in the Great War and will lose another in October of this year.
- Lieutenant Wallis Austin Jonathan Marsden (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds at home received on the Somme on 20th July 1916. He is the son of the Reverend J Marsden.
- Lieutenant Sidney Henry Ernest Russell MM (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 22. He is the son of Herbert W H Russell, a Reuters war correspondent on the Western Front and grandson of the sea novelist William Clark Russell.
- Lieutenant Noel Felix Perris (Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed at home at age 24. He is the only son of a war correspondent for the Daily Telegraph.
- Corporal Arthur Thomason (Liverpool Regiment) is killed at age 25. His brother was killed last August.
- Lance Corporal Francis Bush Blackman (Black Watch) is killed at age 27. He is a well-known violinist and conduct of the Pavilion Picture House Orchestra.
- Lance Corporal Alfred Charles Ambrose DCM (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed at age 22. His brother will be killed next month.
- Private Thomas Henry Evans (South Lancashire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 22. His older brother will die of wounds at home in October of this year.
- Driver St John Arthur Paul Methuen (Canadian Field Artillery) dies of wounds received the previous day at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend St John Frederick Methuen Rector of Vange.
- Private Ernest Grayson (York & Lancaster Regiment) is killed at age 33. His brother was killed in November 1915.
- Private Thomas Henry Evans (South Lancashire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 22. His brother will die on service at home in October.
- Private Ernest John Coneybeer (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 36. His brother was killed earlier this year.
- Gunner Thomas Jordan (Royal Field Artillery) dies on service at age 48. His son was killed in action in the first month of the war.