Thursday 25 July 1918 We Lost 545
Colonel Ralph Harold Austin-Sparks (Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed when his Bristol F2 spins into the ground at Lilbourne. He had been wounded in July 1915 while flying over Ypres and has been Colonel in Command of the Royal Air Force (Midland Area) for a month prior to his death. He is a member of the Thames Rowing Club, Belsize Boxing Club and the London Scottish Rugby Football Club.
Sergeant Richard Charles Travis VC DCM MM (Otago Regiment) known as the “Prince of Scouts” and “King of No Man’s Land” is killed one day after performing acts that will win him a posthumous Victoria Cross.
Today’s losses include:
- A Victoria Cross winner
- A member of the Thames Rowing, Belsize Boxing and London Scottish Football Rugby Clubs
- A family that will lose five sons in the Great War
- Multiple families that will lose two son in the Great War
- The son of a member of the clergy
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant John Lee Abbiss (East Surrey Regiment attached Motor Machine Gun Corps) is killed in action in Mesopotamia at age 21. His brother was killed in October 1917.
- Second Lieutenant George Galloway Cordiner (Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed at age 22. His brother will be killed in October.
- Second Lieutenant Christopher Martin Durrant (Cape Corps, South African Forces) is accidentally killed by the premature explosion of a shell in Mozambique. He is the son of the Reverend Charles A Durrant, late vicar of Wetherly.
- Driver William Cranston (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds at age 34 becoming the last of five brothers who have lost their lives in the Great War.
- Private Michael Ernest Wileman (Leicestershire Regiment) is killed at age 30. His brother was killed in May last year.