Sunday 28 July 1918 We Lost 596
While returning from a raid on enemy rolling stock Lieutenant Gordon Sheppard Jones-Evans (Australian Flying Corps) observes an enemy two-seater machine below him. Engaging it, the machine dives vertically and crashes. He is then attacked by a second two-seater, into which he fires a very short burst and it also spins down and crashes. In this engagement Lieutenant Jones-Evans is wounded, but though faint from loss of blood, he succeeds in reaching our lines, where he crashes.
Lieutenant Robert Reginald Richardson sights a submarine at 54.45 north 0.20 west. Two bombs are dropped where the periscope has vanished, but both fail to explode. A patrol vessel is summoned but its search proves fruitless.
Today’s losses include:
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
- A man whose great grandfather served at Waterloo
- A battalion commander
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Colonel George Alexander Smith DSO (commanding 4th Gordon Highlanders) is killed by a shell.
- Second Lieutenant Allan Gibbs Ridout (Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed flying in England at age 19. His great grandfather served in the Peninsular Campaign and at Waterloo under Wellington.
- Rifleman L Culley (West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 19. His brother was killed two years and five days earlier.
- Private G H Todd (Depot Machine Gun Corps) dies on service at age 22. His brother was killed in March 1918.