Friday 6 September 1918 We Lost 724
Second Lieutenant (Acting Captain) Horace Percy Lale (Royal Air Force) leads his patrol of nine machines to the assistance of some formations that are being attacked by thirty to forty enemy aircraft. In the engagement he and his observer Second Lieutenant Harold Leslie Edwards, account for two Fokkers. Eventually the enemy is driven off, five of their machines being destroyed and three others shot down out of control.
Brigadier General Lionel William Pellew East CMG DSO Commander of Corps of Heavy Artillery is killed in action at age 52. He is killed by a machine gun, while reconnoitering for forward observation posts.
Today’s losses include:
- A General
- The son of an Admiral
- Multiple families that will lose two sons
- The son of a member of the clergy
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Major Roger Gresley MC (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 23. He is the son of Rear Admiral Richard Gresley.
- Major Robert Charles Manning DSO MC (Royal Engineers) dies of wounds at age 29. His brother was killed in March.
- Lieutenant Frederick Andrew Pierssene (Sussex Regiment) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Rene Pierssene Vicar of Charndler’s Ford.
- Lieutenant Edwin Victor White (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed in October 1914.
- Private William Lumbard (Somerset Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 22. His brother was killed in August 1916.
- Private Frederick Potts (East Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother will die on service at home in less than two months.
- Private John Kemp (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in March.