Saturday 3 August 1918 We Lost 420

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Violet Alice Lambton Long OBE

S S Warilda, an ambulance transport, is torpedoed and sunk between Le Havre and Southampton, and one hundred nine patients and seven of the crew are killed or drowned. Killed in the sinking

  • Captain Reginald Lightbrown Bolton (Manchester Regiment) who played for his country Rugby team and was a social worker prior to joining the army.
  • Deputy Chief Controller Violet Alice Lambton Long OBE (Queen Mary Auxiliary Army Corps) when after ensuring all 11 of her charges are safely in lifeboats she attempts to escape the sinking ship herself only to become entangled in ropes and crushed against the side of the ship.

Lieutenant (Temporary Captain) Frederick Warrington Gillett (Royal Air Force) shoots down the first of twelve enemy aircraft he will destroy by the end of the war.

A large-scale Allied intervention begins at Vladivostok.

Today’s losses include:

  • A member of Queen Mary’s Auxiliary Army Corps
  • An England Rugby International
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain David Maxwell MC (Black Watch) dies of wounds received in action two days prior at age 28. His brother was killed on Gallipoli in October 1915.
  • Captain Henry George Westmorland Wood DSO (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed at age 29. His brother was killed in September 1915.
  • Private George Moncrieff (Gordon Highlanders) is killed by a shell splinter at age 20. His brother was killed on the first day of the battle of the Somme.