Wednesday 30 October 1918 We Lost 1,185
Lieutenant Frederick Stanley Gordon (Royal Air Force) achieves his last victory when he shoots down an enemy balloon over Quaremont. Lieutenant V Voss and Sergeant Ernest Antcliffe (Royal Air Force) achieve a victory over a victory a Fokker D.VII in their BF2b north of Beciers, while Lieutenant J Baird and Sergeant Charles Hill of the same squadron achieve a victory over a Fokker at Herquegnies.
The Armistice between the Entente Powers and Turkey is signed at Mudros on the island of Lemnos.
HMCS Galiano (Lieutenant Robert Mayes Pope RNCVR) goes down in the Pacific Ocean with a loss of thirty-eight officers and men. The wireless station at Triangle, British Columbia, receives an urgent message from Galiano requesting immediate assistance. A heavy southeast gale is raging in Barkley Sound at the time. As soon as the message is received, all ships in the immediate vicinity and approaching the direction of Galiano, are notified, but nothing further is seen or heard of her.
Today’s losses include:
- Two families that will lose FIVE sons in the Great War
- Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
- A man whose son will be killed in October 1940
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- The grandson of a member of the clergy
- A man whose father was killed in August 1916
- An Australian Rules footballer
- A Midlands Rugby XV player versus the All-Blacks
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Major Henry Wyndham Francis Blackmore Farrer MC (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 24. He is the son the Reverend Canon Farrer. He played for the Midlands Counties Rugby XV versus the New Zealand All Blacks and was wounded six times previously.
- Captain George Reinhold Barclay (General List, formerly Suffolk Regiment) is killed in action at age 36. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Thomas Barclay Kt.
- Captain Norman Langley Buckham (Royal Army Ordnance Corps) is killed in action at age 29. He is the son of ‘Sir’ George Thomas Buckham.
- Dentist and Lieutenant Jack Lindsay Doubleday (Australian Dental Corps) a former Australian rules footballer who played 43 games scoring 21 goals for University and Melbourne dies of influenza at sea en route to the front at age 28.
- Lieutenant Frederick Arthur Hamilton Sharp (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 24. His father was killed in August 1916 and he is the grandson of the Reverend J P Sharp.
- Second Lieutenant Augustus Paget DFC (Royal Air Force) is killed in action in Italy at age 20. He was a three-time victor over enemy aircraft, brought down one enemy kite balloon and sent one machine down out of control before his death. Two of his four brothers have been previously killed in the Great War.
- Sapper Walter Henry Nudds (Royal Engineers) is killed in action at age 20. His brother died of wounds in July 1916.
- Writer 1st Class Herbert Francis Prior (HMS Pembroke, Royal Navy) becomes the last of six brothers to die in the service of their country when he dies at Chatham. Four of his brothers were killed in the Great War while the eldest was accidentally killed in 1912 while serving on HMS King Edward VII.
- Private Arthur Edward Lewis (Canadian Machine Gun Corps) dies of wounds at age 46. He is the son of the Very Reverend Evan Lewis the Dean of Bangor.
- Private Daniel Munn (Highland Light Infantry) dies of wounds in Baghdad at age 34. He is the last of five brothers to be killed in the Great War.
- Private Stephen Alfred Twyman (Labour Corps) is killed at age 38. His son will be killed in October 1940.