Saturday 26 October 1918 We Lost 1,380

Chaplain Charles A Sparling

Lieutenant Jules Edward Ferrand (Royal Air Force) takes part in an engagement with a large hostile formation. Singling out a Fokker he attacks it at close range, driving it down to crash.  Being isolated from his companions he turns to regain our lines but is at once attacked by seven Fokkers, who keep up a running fight for many miles. He maintains a stout defense against these long odds, crashing two of the enemy machines, and eventually reaching our lines with all his ammunition exhausted.

The 8th Royal Berkshire Regiment advances after a barrage at Le Cateau and is immediately met with opposition from machine gun posts.  Many men do not make it out of our trenches.

  • Private Thomas Blakey MM (Royal Berkshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 32. His brother died on service in March 1915.

Today’s losses include:

  • A battalion commander
  • The son of the 1st Lord Glanusk
  • A 12-victory ace
  • A Military Chaplain
  • A member of the Dickinson Silver Band
  • A man whose son will be killed in June 1942
  • 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 Hyla Napier Holden DSO (Indian Cavalry commanding 1st Lancers Indian Army) dies in Beirut at age 47. He is the son of the Reverend Oswald Mangin Holden Rector of Steeple Langford and served on the North West Frontier in 1908.
  • Captain ‘the Honorable’ John Lancelot Bailey (South Wales Borderers) dies on service in India at age 39. He is the son of the 1st Lord Glanusk and his brother was killed in August 1915.
  • Lieutenant Henry Coyle Rath DFC (Royal Air Force) a twelve-victory ace is accidentally killed when he collides with Lieutenant Roderick Sutherland Gunn MacLean over Tournai less than two weeks after being part of an action that will win him the Distinguished Flying Cross. Lieutenant MacLean will die of his injuries tomorrow.
  • Lieutenant Maurice Neville Meredith MC (Mysore Lancers Indian Army) dies on service at Beirut at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend William Henry Fitzgerald Meredith Vicar of Neen Savage.
  • Chaplain the Reverend Charles A Sparling (Canadian Army Chaplains Department) dies on service at home at age 37.
  • Gunner Sydney Herbert Goodman (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds at age 28. He is a member of the Dickinson Silver Band.
  • Private Thomas Fairclough Hall (Lancashire Regiment) died of wounds received two days prior at age 24. One of his brothers was killed in April 1917 while his first committed suicide the day after war was declared.
  • Private Allen Pettengell Whitfield (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 22. His brother was killed in April 1916.
  • Private T D Thomas (Welsh Fusiliers) dies at Gibraltar at age 27. He is the son of the Reverend John Thomas.
  • Boy 1st Class (HMS Carnarvon) dies of illness at age 16. His brother was killed on HMS Good Hope in November 1914.
  • Private Arthur Roberts (South Staffordshire Regiment) dies of pneumonia at age 23. His brother was killed on Gallipoli in August 1915.
  • Private James Cross Holcroft (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 27. His son will be killed in June 1942.