Saturday 10 August 1918 We Lost 1,502

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Jean Baptiste Arthur Brilliant VC

During this morning Captain Henry John Burden (Royal Air Force) leads his patrol in three attacks and he destroys three enemy machines.  This evening he destroys two more. Captain William Roy Irwin (Royal Air Force) leads his flight down to attack fifteen Fokkers.  In the engagement that ensues he shows brilliant leadership and personal courage, accounting for two machines.

Lieutenant Jean Baptiste Arthur Brillant (Quebec Regiment) dies of wounds received over the past two days performing acts that will win him a posthumous Victoria Cross. When in charge of a company which he leads in attack during two days with absolute fearlessness and extraordinary ability and initiative, the extent of the advance being twelve miles. On the first day of operations shortly after the attack has begun, his company’s left flank is held up by an enemy machine gun. Lieutenant Brillant rushes and captures the machine-gun, personally killing two of the enemy crew. While doing this, he is wounded but refuses to leave his command. Later on the same day, his company is held up by heavy machine-gun fire. He reconnoiters the ground personally, organizes a party of two platoons and rushes straight for the machine-gun nest. Here 150 enemy and fifteen machine-guns are captured. Lieutenant Brillant personally killing five of the enemy, and being wounded a second time. He has this wound dressed immediately, and again refuses to leave his company. Subsequently this gallant officer detects a field gun firing on his men over open sights. He immediately organizes and leads a “rushing” party towards the gun. After progressing about 600 yards, he is again seriously wounded. In spite of this third wound, he continues to advance for some 200 yards more, when he falls unconscious from exhaustion and loss of blood.

The defensively armed tanker Tatarrax (Master William Read age 39) is torpedoed and sunk by UC.34 in Mediterranean off Rosetta, Egypt. Her entire crew of 61, primarily Asian merchant seamen are lost.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A six-victory ace
  • A five-victory ace
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • Multiple Australian Rules footballers
  • The Captain of the Post Office football team

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Brevet Lieutenant Colonel (Temporary Colonel) Alexander John Anderson (Army Service Corps) dies of heart failure in France at age 37. He is the son of the Reverend J H Anderson.
  • Major John Archibald Grove (Army Service Corps) dies on service at age 43. He is the son of the Reverend William Henry Grove Rector of Cliffe.
  • Captain William Otway Boger DFC (Royal Air Force) a five-victory ace is killed in action at age 23.
  • Lieutenant Alfred John Haines DFC (Royal Air Force) is killed at age 20 when his aircraft takes a direct hit from anti-aircraft fire in Italy. He is a six victory ace. Lieutenant Stephen Arthur Dawson (Royal Air Force) is killed in action at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend George F Dawson.
  • Lieutenant Cecil Arthur Auchterlonie (Australian Infantry) is killed in action at age 18. He is the third and last surviving brother to be killed in the Great War, both of his brothers being killed in 1915 on Gallipoli.
  • Lieutenant Frederick Francis Whitelaw MC (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 29. His brother was killed in June 1917.
  • Lieutenant Arthur Ryrie (Tank Corps) is killed at age 30. He is the son of the Reverend Andrew Ryrie.
  • Lieutenant Harold Collins DCM (Australian Infantry) is killed in action at age 26. He is an Australian rules footballer who played six games for Fitzroy.
  • Second Lieutenant Edmund John Waldegrave (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend Samuel Edmund Waldegrave Rector of Osborne.
  • Battery Sergeant Major Joseph Robert Towner DCM (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds at age 37. He is a South Africa War veteran and Captain of the Post Office Football Team.
  • Private Henry Thomas Hatton (East Kent Regiment) is killed in action at age 33 in Bulgaria. His brother was killed in September 1916.
  • Rifleman Alfred John Charles Dodson (Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in September 1915.
  • Private Henry John Dowden (West Surrey Regiment) dies of wounds at age 20. His brother was killed in the first weeks of the War.
  • Private Harold Daniel MM (Australian Infantry) is killed by shellfire at age 39. He is an Australian rules footballer who played 11 matches with Carlton in the Victorian Football League.
  • Private Frederick George Yeoman (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in November 1916.
  • Trooper Walter Collett Timms (Oxford Hussars) is killed. His brother was killed in June of this year.