Thursday 5 September 1918 We Lost 886
While on escort duty Lieutenant Gordon Metcalfe Duncan (Royal Air Force) attacks a formation of five Fokker biplanes, one of which he engages at close range and it is seen to break up in the air. He then drives down a second out of control. Captain Allan Hepburn (Royal Air Force) and Second Lieutenant Horace George Eldon achieve two victories shooting down a pair of enemy Fokker D V II’s near Armentiers, while in the same action Lieutenant V Voss and Sergeant Charles Hill bring down another Fokker.
Today’s losses include:
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- A theology student
- Multiple families that will lose two and three sons of members of the clergy
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Second Lieutenant Wilfred Eustace Brufton (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed in July 1917 on Salonika.
- Second Lieutenant Claude Elsden Elliott (Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed in England at age 24. The theological student is the son of the Reverend George Elliott.
- Lance Corporal Alfred Wooldridge Medd (West Surrey Regiment) is killed at age 37. He is the son of Canon Peter Goldsmith Medd.
- Private Fred Gorey (Labour Corps) dies of gassing at home at age 38. He and his brother were among 136 men fatally gassed on 11th May while laying cable in the Fonquevillers. His brother died of those wounds less than two weeks after being gassed.
- Private Harold G Moseley (Hampshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 19. His brother died of wounds four months earlier.
- Private Charles Henry Wheatley (Warwickshire Regiment) dies at home from gas poisoning. His brother was killed in July 1917.
- Private Lawrence Howard Methuen (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed last October.
- Driver G Simcox (Royal Field Artillery) is killed. His brother was killed in November 1914.
- Gunner Alfred John Jones (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 24. He has two brothers who are lost in the Great War.