Saturday 5 October 1918 We Lost 1,257
The Austrian Air Force training school at Egna in the Adige Valley is bombed by 22 Camels of 28 and 66 Squadron.
Captain G B Bailey and Lieutenant Joseph William Greig Clark (Royal Air Force) carry out a pre-arranged artillery shoot with 274th Siege Battery. They range the battery, and the battery then goes on to fire for effect, obtaining two direct hits on the target causing a fire on the roadside in the battery position. The 274th Siege Battery then puts out “T” on completion of the shoot. During this time the aircrew observes two hostile batteries active. On one of these they carry out a very successful ANF attack, obtaining a direct hit on No. 2 pit. During the fire for effect the whole battery position is demolished. By now visibility is becoming extremely poor and Captain Bailey decides to work from a point above the hostile battery, although there is a patrol of eight Fokker biplanes in the vicinity and there is a strong west wind blowing. The enemy aircraft attack and Lieutenant Clark shoots down one, which he sees fall out of control and burst into flames on hitting the ground. The remainder of the formation is driven off and the ANF shoot is completed.
Today’s losses include:
- A Military Chaplain
- The son of a member of the clergy
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
- A man whose son will be killed in the Second World War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain John Gordon Brown MC (Royal Fusiliers attached 47th Divisional Headquarters, Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at Radinghem while reconnoitering at age 23. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Herbert Brown KBE.
- Lieutenant John Ewart Deans (HMS Cumberland, Royal Naval Reserve) dies at home at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend William. Deans.
- Chaplain 4th Class Thomas Jasper Shovel (attached 2nd/2nd Wessex Field Ambulance) dies of shrapnel wounds at age 34.
- Sergeant John Reginald Storer MM (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 22. His brother was killed in February 1917.
- Private Richard Clarence Shone (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 25. His brother was killed in June last year.
- Gunner William Talmage (Royal Field Artillery) is killed. His son will be killed in the Second World War.
- Gunner Francis Pickles (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 30. His brother was killed in October 1916.