Sunday 28 July 1918 We Lost 596

by greatwarliveslost

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.