Wednesday 4 September 1918 We Lost 1,227
A flight of twelve Camels from Royal Air Force, while on temporary attachment from II Brigade is engaged by JGIII flying perhaps as many as thirty Fokkers over the First Army front. Eight pilots do not return, four are dead four are made prisoners. This is the largest single loss during the Great War by a Camel squadron.
Lieutenant Frederick Stanley Gordon (Royal Air Force) achieves his sixth victory when he shoots down an enemy balloon south of Roulers.
Lieutenant Alec Corry Vully de Candole (Wiltshire Regiment attached Machine Gun Corps) is killed in a bombing raid on Bonningues at age 21. He was a Great War Poet and two days before his death he wrote his final poem:
When the Long Last Trek is Over
When the long last treck is over,
And the last long trench filled in,
I’ll take a boat to Dover,
Away from all the din;
I’ll take a trip to Mendip,
I’ll see the Wilshire downs,
And all my sould I’ll then dip
In peace no trouble drowns.
Away from noise of battle,
Away from bombs and shells,
I’ll lie where browse the cattle,
Or pluck the purple bells,
I’ll lie among the heather,
And watch the distant plain,
Through all the summer weather,
Nor go to fight again.
Today’s losses include:
- A Great War Poet
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
- A family that will lose four sons in the Great War
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- The son-in-law of the Mayor of Denbigh
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Geoffrey Fyson (Royal Scots) is killed when on patrol by a bomb at Salonika at age 33. He was Exhibitioner of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. His twin brother was killed in April 1915 and they were sons of the Right Reverend Philip K Fyson DD formerly Bishop of Hokkaido, Japan.
- Second Lieutenant Hugh George Evans (Liverpool Regiment attached Devonshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 31. His is the son-in-law of the Mayor of Denbigh and has been previously wounded several times. On one occasion a bullet struck a copy a Pocket Testament in his breast pocket saving his life. His brother was killed last October.
- Corporal William Harold Wood (New Zealand Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend William Charles Wood Vicar of Papauura New Zealand.
- Private Robert Cargill (New Zealand Reinforcements) dies at sea at age 26. His brother was killed in June 1917.
- Private Percy Charles Bartram (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 21. His brother was killed in May of this year.
- Private Gilbert Youlden (Hampshire Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed last October.
- Driver Stanley Hughes (Australian Field Artillery) is accidentally killed at age 25 as he and a friend were intending to use a trench mortar bomb to fish and they accidentally detonate it.
- Private James Thomas Bateman (Quebec Regiment) is killed at age 33. His brother was killed in May 1915.
- Private Laurence Harry Bailey (Hampshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 33. He is the last of four brothers who are killed in the war.
- Private George William Paulson (East Yorkshire Regiment) dies on service in India at age 33. His brother was killed in July 1916.