Friday 18 October 1918 We Lost 1202
Lieutenant Kenneth Burns Conn (Royal Air Force) when raiding enemy troops in retreat, descends to 300 feet and attacks three companies of infantry with machine gun fire, inflicting heavy casualties. So vigorous is the attack that the troops disperse.
Chaplain Theodore Bayley Hardy VC DSO MC (Lincolnshire Regiment) dies of wounds received in action one week earlier at age 54. He is a Victoria Cross winner from April of this year. He had been appointed to the honorary Chaplain to His Majesty on 17th September of this year.
Today’s losses include:
- A Military Chaplain and Victoria Cross winner
- A battalion commander
- The son of a Justice of the Peace and son-in-law of the High Baliff of Ramsey
- A former Member of Parliament, the Assistant Military Attache in Washington DC who is buried at Arlington National Cemetery
- Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Colonel William Anderson Watsson Crellin DSO (Sherwood Foresters) dies of wounds received in action at age 25. He is the son of the late John C Crellin JP and son in law of the High Bailiff of Ramsey.
- Major ‘the Honorable’ Charles Henry Lyell (Assistant Military attaché, British Embassy, Washington, DC, Royal Garrison Artillery) dies in Washington at age 43 of heart failure following influenza and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. He is the only son of the 1st Baron Lyell and resigned his seat as Member of Parliament for South Edinburgh in 1917.
- Captain Reginald Victor Byron Loxley (Royal Air Force) dies of pneumonia in Paris less than two years after one brother has been killed in action at Ancre and three years after another brother was killed as Captain of HMS Formidable on 1st January 1915. They are sons of the Reverend Arthur Smart Loxley Vicar of Fairford.
- Second Lieutenant John Cyril Walker (Royal Air Force) is killed in action at age 19. He is one of six brothers who served three of whom fell including one who was killed in April of this year.
- Private Herbert Wright (West Surrey Regiment) dies of wounds. His brother was killed in August 1917.
- Private Lionel Kenelm Digby (Norfolk Regiment) is killed at age 34. He is the son of the Reverend Reginald Digby Rector of Tittleshall.
- Gunner Frederick Jesse Goodsell (Royal Garrison Artillery) dies on Salonika at age 23. His brother was killed in 1914.
- Gunner Henry Blizzard (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed in April of this year.