Tuesday 8 October 1918 We Lost 2,486
Captain Allan Hepburn and Second Lieutenant Horace George Eldeon shoot down a Fokker D VII southwest of Cambrai.
Beirut is occupied by the 7th (Meerut) Division with French ships are already in the harbor.
Sergeant William Herbert Waring (Royal Welsh Fusiliers) leads an attack against enemy machine guns and, in face of devastating fire from the flank and front, rushes a strong point singlehanded, bayoneting four of the garrison and capturing twenty others with their guns; then under heavy shell and machine gun fire, he re-organizes his men, leads and inspires them for another 400 yards, when he falls mortally wounded. For his action he will be awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously.
Today’s losses include:
- A Victoria Cross winner
- A battalion commander
- The son of a Justice of the Peace
- Multiple families that will lose two, three and four sons in the Great War
- A Military Chaplain
- A Civilian Chaplain
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- The daughter of a member of the clergy
- A schoolmaster
- The son of a Baronet
- A man whose father died on service
- A man who lose both a brother and sister on service
- A Bradford and Brighton footballer
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Colonel George Despard Franks CMG DSO (commanding 19th Hussars) is killed at age 45. He is the son of Matthew Franks DL JP.
- Major Gerald Messervy MC (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 28. He is the second of two brothers who are killed in the war along with a cousin who was killed in 1915.
- Captain Eustace Hammick MC (Indian Infantry) dies on service in Egypt at age 29. His brother died on service in India in May 1916.
- Captain James Arthur Jones (South Wales Borderers) is killed at age 28. He is the son of the Reverend James Jones Vicar of Llandebie.
- Captain Philip de Malpas Wayne Egerton (Hussars) is killed in action at age 23. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Philip Henry Brian Grey Egerton the 12th Baronet, his brother was killed in November 1914.
- Lieutenant Arthur Charles Fleming Griffith (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed at age 21. He is the son of the Very Reverend C E T Griffith the Dean of Llandaff.
- Sub Lieutenant F C Harry (Hawke Battalion, Royal Naval Division, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) is killed in action at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Lewis T Harry.
- Second Lieutenant Gordon Eyre Baxter (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed in April 1915 on Gallipoli.
- Chaplain William Evans Jones (attached Welsh Fusiliers) dies on service at age 24.
- Civilian Chaplain “the Reverend” Joseph George Aldridge (Young Men’s Christian Association) dies at the front at age 45.
- Driver Mildred Constance Davis (French Red Cross Society) dies on service at age 25. She is the daughter of the Reverend Edward Smith Davis.
- Corporal Louis Henry Foxworthy (Devonshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 31. His brother will die in December 1918 from war service after being discharge.
- Private Ivor Jenkins (Welsh Regiment) is killed in action. He has had two brothers and a brother-in-law previously killed in the Great War.
- Rifleman Thomas Caesar Kelly (New Zealand Rifle Brigade) is killed in action at age 28. His brother died in June 1918.
- Private George Wheeler (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed in action. His two brothers will also die serving in the forces, the first in December of this year in Germany the second when HMS Courageous is sunk in September 1939 while serving in the Royal Marines.
- Private John Richard Dolman (Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in August 1915.
- Private Horace Dean (Hertfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 26. He is the former Scoutmaster for Berkhamsted.
- Sapper E J Mellon (Royal Engineers) died in Damascus. His two brothers have already lost their lives in the Great War.
- Private Maurice Zimmerman (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 33 in Palestine becoming the fourth brother to be killed since August 1916.
- Private Robert Lennox Butcher (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 19. His father died at home on service in 1915.
- Trooper Arthur Juniper (Guards Machine Gun Regiment) dies of wounds. His brother died of wounds in April 1918 and their sister Nurse Emily died on board a ship.
- Gunner James Smith (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 29. He is a footballer who scored 49 goals in 90 appearances for Bradford after scoring 37 goals in 59 appearances for Brighton.
- Private Raymond Pickford (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed at age 24. His brother will die of wounds in less than three weeks.