Great War Lives Lost

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Category: Royal Naval Air Service

Monday 24 June 1918 We Lost 373

Arthur Bertram Lawson

Four members of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve were captured in March of this year and taken behind the German lines eventually being employed in road building Leading Seaman William Hamilton, Able Seaman Bernard Hepburn, Able Seaman William Bunting and Able Seaman William Drynan Lochhead. After being there for about a week they made their escape and after a further two days (on 23rd April 1918) they reached a deserted dug-out about 100 meters west of the St. Ledger-Henni road. There they are discovered by a German soldier. In order to keep him quiet, the four RND men murdered the German, but are discovered later by another German and recaptured. They are tried twice and executed today by the Germans. Seaman Lochhead’s brother Staff Sergeant Robert Allan Lochhead was killed in October 1916

The submarine D6 (Lieutenant Robert Thomas Norman Filkin Royal Naval Reserve age 23) is sunk by the German submarine U-73 off the west coast of Ireland.  There are no survivors from the crew of twenty-five.

Today’s losses include:

  • A General
  • A battalion commander
  • The son of Baronet
  • The son of a Mayor and Alderman
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Brigadier General Alfred Forbes Lumsden DSO (General Officer Commanding 46th Brigade, 15th Division) is killed in action by shell fire in Battery valley (southwest of Feuchy, near Arras) while accompanying General Reed (General Officer Commanding 15th Division) on a tour of the trenches. General Lumsden dies at age 41.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Bertram Lawson DSO (Hussars commanding 2nd/5th Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed. He is the son of the late Baronet ‘Sir’ and Lady Lawson.
  • Captain Alfred James Barrow MC (Lancashire Fusiliers) dies of wounds to the thigh as a prisoner of war at age 34. He is the son Alderman Alfred Barrow the Mayor of Barrow-in-Furness.
  • Second Lieutenant Thomas Henry Mawby (London Regiment) is killed in action at age 28. His brother was killed in October 1915.
  • Private Sylvester Valerio (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed in action at age 35. His brother died in September 1917.
  • Private Norman Henry Werner (Australian Infantry) is killed in action at age 19. His brother was killed in September 1917.
  • Private Geoffrey Bury Dewhirst (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed last March.

Monday 15 April 1918 We Lost 1,636

The merchant man SS Pomeranian (Master Alex Maxwell) is torpedoed by UC-77 en route from London to Saint John, New Brunswick 12 miles off Portland Bill.  William Bell, the second engineer is rescued one hour after the ship sinks by the patrol yacht Lorna perched on the topmost yard which is sticking out of the water where the ship sank.  The master and other 53 crewmembers are lost.

Today’s losses include:

  • The grandson of a General
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • Two Military Chaplains
  • A man whose father was killed as a civilian contractor at RNAS Felixstowe in July 1917

 

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

 

  • Captain Gervase Mapletoft Walker (Leicestershire Regiment) is killed in action at age 21. He is the grandson of General George Warren Walker.
  • Lieutenant Leslie Binney (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 31. He is the son of the Reverend J G Binney.
  • Second Lieutenant William Henry Field Flowers (York and Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 26. His brother will be killed in October and they are sons of the Reverend John French Flowers Vicar of Gt Carlton.
  • Chaplain Oswin Creighton (attached Royal Field Artillery) dies on active service at age 34.
  • Chaplain “The Reverend” Charles Ivo Sinclair Hood (attached Royal Garrison Artillery) dies of wounds received in action at age 31. He is the first of three brothers who lose their lives as a result of the Great War.
  • Private Wilfred Milner (York and Lancaster Regiment) dies of wounds received in action at age 22. His brother was killed in July 1917.
  • Rifleman Bertie Edward Ogle (London Regiment) is killed at age 23. His brother died of wounds last October.
  • Private Jack Bates (London Regiment) dies of wounds at age 29. His brother died at home of disease at home.
  • Private Herbert Lambert (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 18. His brother was killed in November 1916.
  • Private Herbert Shells (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother will be killed in exactly six months.
  • Private Howard Charles Newman (Irish Fusiliers) dies of wounds at age 21. His father was killed while working as a civilian at the Royal Naval Air Station Felixstowe in July 1917.
  • Private Cyril Gimblett Paramore (Devonshire Regiment) becomes the final of three brothers to be killed in the war when he dies at age 18.
  • Rifleman John Nolder Howse (Rifle Brigade) dies of wounds on Salonika. His brother will die of wounds at home later this year.

Wednesday 27 March 1918 We Lost 2,526

Basil Arthur Horsfall VC

Second Lieutenant Alan Arnett McLeod, while flying with his observer, Lieutenant Arthur W Hammond MC, attacks hostile formations with bombs and machine gun fire.  He is assailed at a height of 5,000 feet by eight enemy triplanes which dive at him from all directions, firing from their front guns.  By skilful maneuvering he enables his observer to fire bursts at each machine in turn, shooting three of them down out of control.  By this time Second Lieutenant McLeod has received five wounds, and while continuing the engagement a bullet penetrates his petrol tank and sets the machine afire. He then climbs out on to the left bottom plane, controlling his machine from the side of the fuselage, and by side slipping steeply keeps the flames to one side, thus enabling the observer to continue firing until the ground is reached.  The observer is wounded six times when the machine crashes in “No Man’s Land” and Second Lieutenant McLeod, notwithstanding his own wounds, drags him away from the burning wreckage at great personal risk from heavy machine gun fire from the enemy’s lines.  This very gallant pilot is again wounded by a bomb while engaged in the act of rescue, but he perseveres until he has placed Lieutenant Hammond in comparative safety, before falling himself from exhaustion and loss of blood.  For this action Lieutenant McLeod will be awarded the Victoria Cross.

Lieutenant Colonel John Stanhope Collings-Wells (Bedfordshire Regiment) VC DSO is killed in action at age 37 performing the acts that will win him the Victoria Cross.  Beginning on 22nd March during the fighting from Marcoing to Albert when the rearguard was in great danger of being captured, Lieutenant Colonel Collings-Wells calls for volunteers to remain behind and hold up the enemy for 1½ hours while the remainder of the rearguard withdraws.  During the time the colonel moved amongst his men guiding and encouraging them and even when twice wounded continues to encourage them until he is killed.

Second Lieutenant Basil Arthur Horsfall (East Lancashire Regiment) dies of wounds at Ayette at age 30 received 21st March between Moyenneville and Ablainzevelle, France performing acts for which he will be awarded the Victoria Cross. When the enemy attacked Second Lieutenant Horsfall’s center platoon, his three forward sections are driven back and he is wounded in the head by enemy fire. Ignoring the wound, he immediately reorganizes what remains of his troops and counter-attacks to regain his original position. Despite the severity of his head wound, he refuses to go to the dressing station, as the three other officers in his company have been killed. Later, he makes another counterattack, but is ordered to withdraw. The last to leave his position, he was shot soon afterwards.

Two old destroyers are mined in company off the east coast of England in the North Sea. HMS Kale (Commander Harold E Dennison) sinks while the Exe is damage losing five of her crew.

Flight Lieutenant Lea Ewart Barnes Wimbush (Royal Naval Air Service) is performing aerobatics over the assembled crowd at Berkhampstead Grammar School’s speech day when the wings of his Sopwith Triplane tear off while attempting three consecutive loops. He will die of his injuries tomorrow at age 19. His cousin will be killed in the Royal Air Force next May and due to their parents both being John and Maud Wimbush they are sometimes believed to be brothers.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Welsh Rugby International
  • A man who is both the son and father of Baronets
  • Multiple Victoria Cross Winners
  • Multiple battalion commanders
  • Multiple families that will lose two and the sons in the Great War
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple men whose sons will be killed in the Second World War
  • A medical student
  • The grandson of a member of the clergy
  • A man whose father will die on service next September
  • A Police Officer
  • The Captain of the East Grimstead Football Club

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Harry Fearnley Kirkpatrick DSO (East Kent Regiment commanding Anson Battalion Royal Naval Division) dies of wounds at age 42. He is the son of ‘Sir’ James Kirkpatrick 8th Baronet of Closeburn and the father of the 10th His brother was killed in May 1917.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Skinner Raymond Sebastian MC (commanding 5th Oxford & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry) dies of wounds received in action at Cugny on 23rd March at age 31.
  • Major Austin Hanbury Brown DSO MC (Royal Engineers) is killed at age 31. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Robert Hanbury Brown KCMG.
  • Major George Paterson Nunneley MC (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 36. He is the son of the Reverend Frederick Barham Nunneley Vicar of Rennington whose younger son was killed in October 1914.
  • Captain Percival St George Findlater (Army Service Corps) is killed at age 36. He is the son of ‘Sir’ William Findlater.
  • Captain Noel Forbes Humphreys MC (Tank Corps) dies of wounds at age 27. He is a Welsh Rugby International and member of the 1910 British Tour of South Africa Rugby team. He is the son of the Reverend Henry James Humphreys Vicar of Thornley who has previously lost two other sons in the war.
  • Captain Charles Frederick Wybrow Nash MC (Norfolk Regiment) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Charles Barnett Nash Vicar of Watton.
  • Lieutenant Edward Treloar Smart (Royal Garrison Artillery attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed in action. He is the son of the Reverend John Raester Smart Chaplain of Tonbridge School.
  • Lieutenant Edmund Sydney Howells (Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed while instructing at age 19. He is the son of Canon Edmund Howells vicar of Milford Haven.
  • Lieutenant Michael William Doyle (General List attached Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed at age 24. His brother died of wounds in February 1916.
  • Lieutenant Lionel Raymond Whately (South Wales Borderers attached Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed in November 1916.
  • Lieutenant Dudley Walter Rowland Hall (Royal Marine Light Infantry) dies of wounds received in action at age 26. He is the son of the Reverend Thomas Rowland Hall of Kirstead Rectory.
  • Flight Sub Lieutenant Edward Cuthbert Stocker (Royal Naval Air Service) is killed at age 18. His brother was killed in May 1915.
  • Second Lieutenant Edward White Irvine (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 20 at Morcourt. He is a medical student at Aberdeen University and the son of the Reverend John A Irvine of the South United Free Church.
  • Second Lieutenant Robert Mather (Liverpool Regiment) is killed in action at Folies. His two brothers have been killed previously in the war.
  • Second Lieutenant David Macklin (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Herbert Walter Macklin Rector of Houghton.
  • Sergeant George Henry Caton (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) is killed at age 22. His father will die of pneumonia on service next September.
  • Sergeant Lionel William Loveband (Australian Light Horse) is killed in the Middle East at age 29. His brother was killed in December 1914 and they are sons of the Reverend Matthew Loveband Vicar of Burrington.
  • Corporal William Henry Warren (Machine Gun Corps) is killed. His son will be killed in the Second World War in April 1942.
  • Corporal Ashley Hatchard (South African Infantry) dies of wounds as a prisoner of war. He is the son of the late Reverend Alfred Hatchard (Resident Commissioner, Mafeking) and grandson of the late Right Reverend T G Hatchard, Bishop of Mauritius.
  • Lance Corporal Thomas Woodcock VC (Irish Guards) is killed at age 29. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions last September.
  • Lance Corporal Albert Edward Joseph (Sussex Regiment) is killed in action. He is the third son of Reverend F Joseph to die in the Great War and had been the Captain of the East Grinstead football club.
  • Rifleman Frank Godfrey (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed last June.
  • Private Thomas Daniel Richard Carter (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 19. His brother was killed in July 1916.
  • Private Don W MacBeath (Seaforth Highlanders) dies of wounds. His two brothers have already lost their lives in the Great War.
  • Private Harold Crossley (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) is killed at age 26. His brother was killed on Christmas Eve December 1914.
  • Private William George Elliott (Royal Fusiliers) is killed in action. His brother was killed on Gallipoli in August 1915.
  • Private George Edward Astley (Welsh Guards) is killed at age 26. He was a police officer for the London and North Western Railway Police.
  • Private Thomas Beaumont (Machine Gun Corps) is killed in action at age 19. His only son will die in 1943 as a prisoner of the Japanese while serving in the West Yorkshire Regiment.
  • Gunner Arthur George Freeman (Royal Garrison Artillery) dies of wounds at age 33. His brother was killed in August 1916.
  • Private John Williams Bailey (Cheshire Regiment) is killed at age19. His brother was killed in August 1916.

Monday 25 March 1918 We Lost 2,367

Walter Daniel John Tull

Germans reach near Maricourt while Bapaume and Nesle are lost and after a sturdy defense by the Manchester Regiment German troops occupy the village of Achiet Le Grand.

At Bois Favieres near Maricourt, France when the enemy has penetrated a wood on the right of his line and there is a grave danger that the flank of the entire position will be turned Acting Lieutenant Colonel William Herbert Anderson (commanding 12th Highland Light Infantry) gathers the remainder of his two companies, counter-attacks and drives the Germans from the wood capturing 12 machine-guns and 70 prisoners.  Later he will lead another counter-attack which results in the enemy being driven from his position but he is killed at age 36 fighting within the enemy’s lines.  He will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross for these actions.  He has three brothers who have already died in the Great War and was the President of the Junior Imperial Unionist prior to the War.

Captain Nigel Duncan Ratcliffe Hunter MC (Royal Engineers) is killed at age 23 near Biefvillers near Bapaume. He is a Great War Poet.

What is a trench?
A place of stench
Swarming with flies,
Crawling with lice,
Half full of mud,
Mingled with blood,
Pounded with shell,
Hotter than hell.

Second Lieutenant Walter Daniel John Tull (Middlesex Regiment) is killed while leading an attack on a German trench at age 29. He is the second black professional football player in history when he joins Tottenham Hotspur.  He moves to Northampton Town in 1911 and plays over one hundred games for the two teams scoring nine goals from midfield.  He is also the first black officer to be commissioned in the British Army and the grandson of a slave.

Today’s losses include:

  • The second black professional football player in history, the firsts black officer in the British Army and the grandson of a slave
  • A Great War poet
  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • President of the Junior Imperial Unionist
  • A 13-victory ace
  • Multiple families that will lose two, three and four sons in the Great War
  • A man whose two nephews will be killed in the Second World War
  • A man whose father died on service at Kroonstad South Africa in 1901
  • The Master at Leigh School
  • A member of the Comedie Anglaise Company
  • A member of the Raynor Repertory Company

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Alan Roderick Haig-Brown DSO (commanding 23rd Middlesex Regiment) is killed at age 40. He is the son of the late Reverend Canon William Haig-Brown Master of Charterhouse.
  • Lieutenant Colonel William Gemmill DSO (commanding 8th Royal Scots) is killed at age 40.
  • Captain James Thompson Nesbitt (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 32. He is the son of Major D A S Nesbitt JP.
  • Captain Edward Percival Cropper MC (West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action. He is the son of the Reverend James Cropper Rector of Wombwell.
  • Captain Reginald Alderson MC (Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend Henry Everingham Alderson Vicar of St James Hope.
  • Captain Vere Arthur Edmonstone Elliott (Royal Field Artillery) a 24 year old Rhodes Scholar is killed in action.
  • Captain Valentine Shearman (Royal Scots) is killed at age 30. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Montague (Mr. Justice) Shearman.
  • Captain Cyril John Patrick Lowry (West Yorkshire Regiment) dies of wounds in the arms of his brother Eric at age 20. His brother will be killed in six months serving as the commanding officer of their battalion. Their only other brother was killed in June 1915 on Gallipoli and both of their nephews, the only sons of their sister will be killed in Burma in World War II.
  • Captain William James Ewen (Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed action. His brother was killed last year.
  • Captain Hugh William Eames Barwell MC (Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 25. His brother was killed last month also serving in the Royal Flying Corps.
  • Captain James Robert Blake (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend Canon James Edward Huxley Blake Vicar of Bretforton.
  • Canadian flying Ace Flight Commander Frederick Carr Armstrong DSC (Royal Naval Air Service) is killed in action at age 21. He is officially credited with thirteen victories.
  • Lieutenant Gordon Smith Mellis Gauld MC (Royal Field Artillery and Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed at age 24 while training with Second Lieutenant Alexander Drysdale who is also killed. Lieutenant Gauld is the son of the Reverend William Gauld.
  • Lieutenant Reginald Alexander Forbes Downie (Cameron Highlanders) is killed at age 19. His brother died of wounds in January 1916.
  • Lieutenant Raymond Willis (Cavalry Reserve attached Hussars) is killed at age 37. His brother will die on service in July of this year.
  • Lieutenant Paul Dominie Wilmot (Sussex Regiment) a 29 year old Rhodes Scholar is killed in action.
  • Lieutenant Edward Gilbert Cunliffe (Lancashire Fusiliers attached Machine Gun Corps) is killed at Ypres at age 24. His brother died of wounds in August 1917.
  • Second Lieutenant Thomas Noel Heath Stretch MC (Army Service Corps attached Machine Gun Corps) is killed in action at age 24. He is the son of the Right Reverend John Francis Stretch, Bishop of Newcastle, New South Wales.
  • Second Lieutenant John Battye (Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action six days prior to his brother being killed. Their father died on service in 1901 in Kroonstad, South Africa while serving as a Color Sergeant in the regiment his son will obtain his commission.
  • Second Lieutenant Geoffrey Sidebotom Parker Stamper (Sherwood Forester) is killed at age 29. His brother will die on service in November and they are sons of the Reverend William Parker Stamper Vicar of Stonebroom.
  • Sergeant John MacKenzie MM (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed at age 22. He is the last of three brothers who are killed in the war.
  • Lance Sergeant Edmund Oldrieve Greenhill (North Staffordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 41. His is the schoolmaster at Leigh School.
  • Corporal Victor Holland (Irish Regiment) is killed at age 23. He is a member of the Comedie Anglaise Company as Victor Regent.
  • Corporal John Harvey Bainbridge Kayss MM (Eastern Ontario Regiment) dies at home on service at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend John Bainbridge KJayss Vicar of Wighton.
  • Corporal William Bain (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed 4 days earlier.
  • Lance Corporal Melville Chiswell (Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed at age 32. He is a leading member of the Raynor Repertory Company and appeared in Shakespearean revivals under the banner of the late Richard Flanagan at Manchester.
  • Able Seaman Joseph Missin (Howe Battalion, Royal Naval Division) is killed in action. His brother will be killed in August of this year.
  • Private C Booth (Machine Gun Corps) is killed in action at age 22. His brother was killed the previous October.
  • Private Lachlan McLennan (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed in action at age 22. His brother Murdo will also fall.
  • Private Alfred Cuthbert Gash (Berkshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 21 at Arras. His brother was killed last September.
  • Private John Hills (Leicestershire Regiment) dies of wounds. His brother will be killed in August of this year.
  • Private Alex MacGregor (Gordon Highlanders) is killed. His two brothers will lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Rifleman Alfred Charlewood (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed at age 24. His brother was killed in July 1916.
  • Private David S U Ross (South African Regiment) is killed at age 14 years and 3 months.
  • Private John Bater (East Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 29. He is the middle of three brothers who are killed in the Great War.
  • Private John Hills (Leicestershire Regiment) dies of wounds. His brother will be killed in August.
  • Private Leonard George Bramer (Highland Light Infantry) is killed at age 22. His brother was killed in June 1917.
  • Private William Kemp (Cheshire Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother will be killed in September.

Thursday 21 March 1918 We Lost 8,731

Wilfrith Elstob VC

At 04:50 a German bombardment begins on the British trenches, with one artillery piece firing for every 10 yards of the line. Gas shells and trench mortars also rain down on the British. The bombardment lasts until 07:00 and under its cover the enemy infantry cross the St Quentin Canal and assault the 2nd/2nd London Regiment positions in the Forward Zone. The Germans exploit the dense fog and are soon behind the Forward Zone positions. Two keeps (Japy and Brickstack) held by the London Regiment fall early but the Main Keep holds out until after midday before it is finally taken. At Travecy Keep the artillery bombardment lasts until 08:00, by which time all communication links have been severed and, in the thick fog, A Company is without support and completely isolated. As the barrage lifts the enemy attacks and takes a number of the forward posts and briefly penetrated the Keep’s outer defences to the north and south and heavy fighting develops on the right flank held by one platoon is reduced to 10 men and an officer. By 10:00 the surviving two men of this platoon fall back to the Keep. An hour later an attack, assisted by an aeroplane, develops to the north forcing two sections of A Company back to the Keep which is now under continuous machine gun and rifle grenade fire. An advance section are still undetected forward of the Keep and they inflict many casualties on the enemy during this attack with a Lewis Gun before retiring.

During the afternoon the enemy makes a number of determined assaults on the Keep, all of which are repulsed. At 17:00 Captain Maurice Harper calls for two volunteer runners to report to Brigade HQ. The men, Privates Banks and Ancliffe, return two hours later with the news that the enemy had penetrated two miles to the northwest and nearly three miles to the west and southwest. With its flanks driven in and the enemy behind it, Travecy Keep is completely surrounded. At this point Captain Harper’s force consists of 3 officers and 60 men. Just before dusk the Germans launch a further assault on all sides of the Keep and the fight rages for an hour before the enemy falls back. During the night the Germans continue to bomb the Keep and sweep it with machine gun and rifle fire.

At 09:40 for the first time five captured British tanks start their advance against British trenches at St Quentin. Two are damaged by British artillery fire, while the other three continue until they run out of fuel.

Lieutenant Colonel Wilfrith Elstob VC DSO MC (commanding 16th Manchester Regiment) is killed in action at Manchester Redoubt, near St. Quentin performing the duties that will result in his being awarded the Victoria Cross at age 29.  Elstob is the son of the Reverend Canon J G Elstob Vicar of Capesthorne, Manchester Hill. During the preliminary enemy bombardment he encourages his men in the posts in the Redoubt by frequent visits, and when repeated attacks develop he controls the defense at the points threatened, giving personal support with revolver, rifle and bombs. Single-handedly he repulses one bombing assault driving back the enemy and inflicting severe casualties. Later, when ammunition is required, he makes several journeys under severe fire in order to replenish the supply. Throughout the day Lieutenant-Colonel Elstob, although twice wounded, shows the most fearless disregard of his own safety and by his encouragement and noble example inspires his command to the fullest degree. The Manchester Redoubt is surrounded in the first wave of the enemy attack, but by means of the buried cable Lieutenant-Colonel Elstob is able to assure his Brigade Commander that “The Manchester Regiment will defend Manchester Hill to the last.” Sometime after this the post is overcome by vastly superior forces, and this very gallant officer is killed in the final assault, having maintained to the end the duty which he had impressed on his men – namely, “Here we fight, and here we die.”

Second Lieutenant Edmund De Wind (Royal Irish Rifles) dies of wounds received at Race Course Redbout, near Grugies at age 34.  For seven hours he holds this post and though twice wounded and practically single-handed, he maintains his position until another section could get to his aid.  He continues to repel attack after attack until he is mortally wounded.  For his actions on this day he will be awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously.

At the beginning of the great German offensive the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service have a total of five hundred seventy nine serviceable aircraft in the battle area, two hundred sixty one of them single-seaters. Against them are deployed seven hundred thirty aircraft, of which three hundred twenty six are scouts.

In the dark hour preceding dawn the British destroyers HMS Botha (Commander Roger L’E M Rede) and HMS Morris (Lieutenant Commander Percy R P Percival) and three French destroyers Mehl, Magon and Bouclierare are on patrol in the eastern waters of the English Channel, when a sudden outburst of firing is heard to the north.  Vivid flashes of gunfire out to sea make it plain that the enemy is engaged in a bombardment of the crumbling bathing-sheds of deserted French watering places.  The Allied force promptly makes for the flashes at full speed, led by the Botha.  Star shells are fired in an attempt to light up the enemy and obtain their range, however, merely have the effect of quelling the bombardment and scattering the raiders, who are not seen again.  The patrolling force then proceeds to search to the north and west in the hope of intercepting any divisions of the enemy which have ventured more into mid-Channel.  Star shells are fired at intervals, as the morning is misty, and presently one of these bursting ahead reveals the outline of a force of enemy destroyers and torpedo boats heading through the darkness in the direction of their base.

Botha challenges, and an unfamiliar reply is received.  The next instant the British and French are pouring a heavy fire into the enemy.  The Allies rapidly overhaul the raiders and set the darkness ablaze with flashes of gunfire and blazing wreckage-flying broadcast from shells bursting on impact.  The Germans reply with torpedo shots, though none find their mark.  Morris, emerging from a smoke screen flung up by the fleeing enemy cuts off a German torpedo boat and torpedoes her at 500 yards. The German blows up and sinks almost immediately, heeling over amid clouds of steam and vanishing stern first.  In the meantime an enemy shell has severed the Botha’s main steam pipe, and she immediately begins to loose her way through the water.  As a result her commander quickly fires his torpedoes at the leading enemy boats, and putting his helm hard over, rams the number four amidships.  His speed has dropped considerably, but it is still sufficient to drive the knife-edge bow of the Botha clean through, cutting the enemy completely in half.  The Botha then swings around and attempts to repeat the coup on the next ship astern. This German vessel succeeds in eluding the Botha’s crippling onslaught, but she falls victim to the French destroyers. She is soon a flaming wreck under torpedo and gunfire.

The Morris by this time has relinquished her pursuit, having lost the quarry in the smoke and mist.  She returns to the scene of action and takes her lame sister in tow, while the French destroyers circle in the gray dawn picking up prisoners.  From statements made by these it appears that no fewer than eighteen torpedo craft have sallied forth for the raid. They have been unhesitatingly attacked and rather badly mauled by the two British and three French destroyers, torpedo boats A7 and A19 having been sunk in the action.  Both British commanders will be awarded the Distinguished Service Order for their actions on this day along with several of their officers and men who will also receive decorations of various awards.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple Battalion Commanders
  • Multiple Victoria Cross winners
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two, three and four sons in the Great War
  • Two brothers killed today in different actions
  • Multiple sons of Baronets
  • Multiple sons of Justices of the Peace
  • The son of a General
  • A man whose daughter will be born next July
  • The son of a Deputy Clerk of the Peace and Deputy Sheriff Clerk
  • A Royal Humane Society Medal for life saving
  • A man who will be buried in the Churchyard where his father is rector
  • A writer to the Signet
  • A Northamptonshire cricketer
  • An England player
  • The Assistant Master of Wem Grammar School
  • The Assistant Master at Ducie Avenue School
  • The brother of a Victoria Cross winner
  • A Military Chaplain
  • The son of the Clerk of the House of Commons
  • A man whose brother-in-law is killed in the Great War
  • A man whose son will be killed in 1941
  • A Police Constable for Aberdeen
  • A man whose father is killed in the Great War
  • The nephew of the Vice General of the Isle of Man

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Bezley Houghton (commanding 2nd/6th North Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 44.
  • Lieutenant Colonel John Stuart-Wortley (commanding 6th South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Hubert Wogan Festing DSO (commanding 15th Durham Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 35. He is the son of the late Major General ‘Sir’ Francis Festing and his daughter will be born on 9th July 1918.
  • Lieutenant Colonel James Robert MacAlpine Downie (commanding 1st/8th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) is killed at age 40.
  • Lieutenant Colonel John Henry Stephen Dimmer VC MC (King’s Royal Rifle Corps commanding 2nd/4th Berkshire Regiment) is killed at age 35.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Spencer Acklom DSO MC (Highland Light Infantry commanding 22nd Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 35.
  • Major (Brevet Lieutenant Colonel) Lawrence Julius Le Fleming (commanding 9th East Surrey Regiment) is killed at age 38. He is the son of the late Reverend John Le Fleming.
  • Major Henry Archer Johnstone (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed in February 1916.
  • Major John Hugh Jerwood MC (Durham Light Infantry attached Somerset Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 28. He is the son of the Reverend Canon Jerwood.
  • Major Claude Stuart Lyon MC (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 37. He is the son of the late James S Lyon, Professor of Engineering at Royal College of Science in Dublin.
  • Major Charles Reginald Chenevix Trench (Sherwood Foresters) is killed in action at age 30. He is the son of the late Reverend Herbert Francis Chenevix Trench Vicar of St Peter’s Thanet.
  • Major Thomas Wedderspoon Alexander (Royal Garrison Artillery attached Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 34. He is the son of the Deputy Clerk of the Peace and Sheriff Clerk of Buteshire. Brevet
  • Major Malcolm Roy Wingate DSO MC (Royal Engineers) is killed in action at age 24. He is the son of the 1st Baronet General ‘Sir’ Reginald and Lady Wingate GCB GCVO GBE KMCG DSO.
  • Captain Wilfrid Henry Hensley (Somerset Light Infantry) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend Henry Gabriel Hensley Rector of Gt Barrington.
  • Captain John Brown MC (Royal Irish Rifles) is killed in action at age 23. He was awarded the Royal Humane Society’s Bronze Medal and Certificate for life saving from drowning at Belfast in September 1916.
  • Captain Thomas Horsfall Crofton (Connaught Rangers) is killed in action at age 28. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Malby Crofton the 3rd
  • Captain Francis Reginald Hudson (Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed in England at age 27. He is buried at Huntsham (All Saints) Churchyard where is father, the Reverend Arthur Reginald Hudson is the rector of the church. He is the younger brother of Godfrey Burnside Hudson who will be killed on 18th April 1918.
  • Captain Ernest Harry Gilpin (Durham Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 35. His brother died at home serving in the Royal Defense Corps.
  • Captain Philip Dawson Harris (North Staffordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 29. He is the son of Arnold Elsmere Harris JP.
  • Captain Thomas Leslie Astbury (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 30 He is the son of the Reverend Canon George Astbury Vicar of Smethwick.
  • Captain John Balfour MC (Scots Guards) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed in October 1914.
  • Captain Robert Gerald McElney MC (Royal Army Medical Corps) is killed at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend Robert McElney.
  • Captain Wilfred Roland Desages (London Regiment) is killed at age 34. His brother will be killed in May.
  • Captain Marmaduke Marshall Shaw MC (Sherwood Foresters) is killed at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend Marmaduke Spicer Shaw Vicar of All Saint’s Exmouth.
  • Two sons of the late Percy and Mrs. Whitehead are killed in different actions today. Captain Percy Neil Whitehead (Royal Engineers) is 28 years old while his brother Second Lieutenant Hugh Maguire Whitehead (Sussex Regiment) is only 23.
  • Captain Maurice William Campbell Sprott MC (Norfolk Regiment) is killed. He is the son of the Bishop of Wellington New Zealand.
  • Lieutenant John Walcot Stewart MC (Royal Scots) is killed at age 33. He is a Writer to the Signet.
  • Lieutenant Derrick Osborne (Durham Light Infantry) is killed at age 20. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Francis Osborne 15th
  • Lieutenant Reginald Frederick Rowley (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 21. He is the son of the late Lieutenant Colonel ‘Sir’ George Charles, the 3rd
  • Lieutenant Edward Gladwin Arnold (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 26. He is the son of the Reverend Charles Lowther Arnold Vicar of Holy Trinity Fareham and his brother was killed in July 1916.
  • Lieutenant Harold Charlton Boycott (Coldstream Guards) dies of wounds at age 41. He played cricket for Northamptonshire and was also a member of the English hockey team for several years.
  • Lieutenant Ronald Morley Hooper (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 40. He is the son of Reverent J H Hooper.
  • Lieutenant Douglas Meldrum Watson Leith MC (Gordon Highlanders) is killed at age 26. He is the son of the late Reverend John Watson Leith Minister of O’Meldrum Aberdeenshire.
  • Lieutenant Alexander James Bartlett-Begg MC (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend Alexander Begg.
  • Lieutenant Thomas Henry Liddon Addis (Dublin Fusiliers) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend William Edward Addis Vicar of All Saints.
  • Lieutenant Robert Gray Nicol Gibson MC (Royal Scots) is killed. His brother was killed in June 1915 on Gallipoli.
  • Lieutenant Alexander James Bartlet Begg MC (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend Alexander Begg Rector of Unsworth.
  • Lieutenant Charles Leslie Wilkinson (Sherwood Foresters) is killed at age 20. He was awarded a medallion for life saving two years in a row at Haileybury.
  • Lieutenant Sydney Stranger Chaplin (Manchester Regiment) is killed in action. He is the son of the Reverend W Knight Chaplin.
  • Second Lieutenant Timothy Davies Williams (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 34. He is the son of the Reverend Charles David Williams.
  • Second Lieutenant Francis Edward Alexander Orme Davenport (Shropshire Light Infantry) is killed in action. He is the son of the Reverend Edward Davenport Rector of Draughton.
  • Second Lieutenant Stewart Spiers Jackson (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed at age 28. He is the son of the Reverend S Jackson.
  • Second Lieutenant Charles Lewis (Manchester Regiment) is killed in action at age 26. He is the Assistant Master of Wem Grammar School, Salolp.
  • Second Lieutenant Robert Adam Ingles (Royal Scots) is killed at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend Robert Ingles.
  • Second Lieutenant Eustace Charles Keble (North Staffordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Prebendary Thomas Keble Vicar of Christ Church Lichfield.
  • Second Lieutenant Charles Clark Fyfe (Black Watch) is killed in action at age 22. His brother was killed in July 1917.
  • Second Lieutenant William Henry Flory (Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend Henry William Flory Vicar of St Matthew’s Littleport and has two brothers who will die before the end of the Great War in service of their King.
  • Second Lieutenant James Donald Allen Bell (Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed at age 30. He is the son of the Reverend Benedict Godfrey Allen Bell Canon of Norwich.
  • Second Lieutenant Eric George King (Royal Berkshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 31. He is the son of Walter George King JP.
  • Second Lieutenant Geoffrey Cates (Durham Light Infantry) is the middle of three brothers who lose their lives in the Great War. The first brother to be killed is Second Lieutenant George Edward Cates VC, killed in March 1917.
  • Second Lieutenant Cecil Christopher Baring (Royal West Kent Regiment) dies of wounds at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Francis Henry Baring Rector of Eggesford who has two other sons who will lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Second Lieutenant Denys Stutely Rogers (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend W O Rogers.
  • Second Lieutenant Walter Stanley Manktelow (East Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 21.He is a fine footballer and cricketer.
  • Second Lieutenant Henry Foss Wilson (Machine Gun Corps) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend William Henry Thomas Wilson.
  • Chaplain the Reverend Alan Cecil Judd MC (attached Sherwood Foresters) is killed at age 31.
  • Second Lieutenant Cyril Walter Fellowes (North Staffordshire Regiment) is killed. He is the last of three sons of Sir Edward Abdy Fellowes Clerk of the House of Commons.
  • Sergeant Frederick William Avery (Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 22. His brother will be killed in August.
  • Corporal Ernest Alfred Ward (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed in July 1916.
  • Lance Corporal Evan Davies (Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 29. He is the middle of three brothers who are killed in the war.
  • Lance Corporal Edward Brazier (Worcestershre Regiment) is killed as the last of four brothers who are killed in the Great War.
  • Lance Corporal John H MacDonald, 22, and his brother Private William, 24, are killed while serving with the Seaforth Highlanders.
  • Corporal Albert Victor Carey MM (East Kent Regiment) is killed at age 25. His older brother was killed in June 1917.
  • Corporal Albert Cleverley (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed. His brother was killed in October 1914.
  • Lance Bombardier Isaac John Moore (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed by a chance shell from a long range gun. His brother was lost on HMS Formidable and a brother-in-law was also killed in the Great War.
  • Private Thomas Alfred King (North Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed in May 1917.
  • Private Thomas Bain (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed at age 19. His brother will be killed in four days.
  • Private Harry Abbotts (North Staffordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 19. His brother was killed in August 1916.
  • Private Ernest Albert Negus (West Surrey Regiment) is killed in action. His brother was killed in October 1917.
  • Private Charles B Hambling (Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 26. His brother will be killed in one month.
  • Private George Hodgkinson (Sherwood Foresters) is killed in action at age 20. His brother was killed in September 1916.
  • Private George Everley (Sherwood Foresters) is killed in action at age 36. His son will lose his life in 1941 while serving in the Shropshire Light Infantry.
  • Private Tom Place (Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 39. His brother will die on service in April of next year.
  • Private John Myers (East Lancashire Regiment) is killed in action at age 22. His brother was killed in March 1917.
  • Private Percy Bartholomew (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed in action at age 22. His brother Ernest will be killed next month.
  • Private Frank Whetstone (Machine Gun Corps) is killed in action at age 21. His brother Alfred will also be killed in the Great War.
  • Driver Edmund Mounsey (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed in October 1916.
  • Private Joshua Hall Bean (Durham Light Infantry) is killed at age 20. His father was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
  • Private Duncan Campbell Carmichael (Black Watch) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in April 1917.
  • Rifleman Walter Plaice (Rifle Brigade) is killed in action at age 37. He is one of four brothers who fell during the Great War.
  • Gunner James McIntosh (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 31. He is a Police Constable for the Aberdeen City Police.
  • Rifleman George Arthur Tyerman (Irish Rifles) dies of wounds at age 29. His brother will die on service in February 1919.
  • Private William Johnston (Inniskilling Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 22. His father John was also killed in the Great War.
  • Rifleman George Payne (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in September 1916.
  • Private Eli James Heald (Manchester Regiment) is killed in action at age 32. He is the Assistant Master at Ducie Avenue School, Manchester.
  • Private George David Jeffery (Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed. He is one of three brothers who will be killed in the Great War.
  • Private Levi Farrington Harding (Liverpool Regiment) is killed in action. He is the middle of three brothers who are killed in the war and a fourth will be lost in the sinking of submarine M1 in November 1925 when she collides with a Swedish steamship.
  • Private Frederick Andrew Dobie MM (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed at age 31. His brother was killed in June 1915.
  • Private Richard Steven Andrews (West Surrey Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother died of wounds last October.
  • Private Geoffrey Bower Hughes-Games (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 26. His brother will be killed next October and they are sons of the Reverend Joshua Wynn Hughes-Games and nephews of the Vice General of the Isle of Man.
  • Private Archibald Gallienne (Royal Guernsey Light Infantry) is killed at age 24. His twin brother will be killed in two days and their older brother was killed in November 1917.
  • Private Joseph Leonard Garner (Manchester Regiment) is killed in action at age 31. His brother will die of wounds next year.
  • Private Richard Stephen Andrews (West Surrey Regiment) dies of wounds. His brother was killed in October 1916.
  • rivate William Swain (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 20. His brother was killed in February 1916.

Monday 18 March 1918 We Lost 271

John Anthony McCudden

HM CMB-20 depth charges and sinks the submarine UB-17 in the North Sea.  The steamer SS Baygitano is torpedoed and sunk at 11:45 by UC-77 while on a voyage from Le Havre to Cardiff.  Two crewmembers are killed. Lieutenant Edwin Ballard Dalby (SS Joshual Nicholson, Royal Naval Reserve) is killed when his ship is sunk by the German U-boat U-70.  He is the grandson of the Reverend William Ballard Dalby and had been present at the engagement between the Carmania and Cap Trafalgar and lost his life along with twenty-five of his crew mates.

Today’s losses include:

  • A General
  • The brother of a Victoria Cross winner
  • An 8-victory ace
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • Multiple member of the Clergy
  • A 1912 Canadian Olympian
  • A military Chaplain
  • A Civilian Chaplain

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Brigadier General George Augustus Stewart Cape CMG Commanding Royal Artillery, Acting General Officer Commanding 39th Division is killed in action at age 51.
  • Lieutenant John Anthony ‘Jack’ McCudden MC (Royal Flying Corps) is killed in action at age 20. He is an eight-victory ace and the brother of James McCudden VC.
  • Lieutenant Leonard A Edens (Newfoundland Regiment attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 27. His brother was killed last November.
  • Lieutenant E T Akril-Jones (Sherwood Foresters attached Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend Canon David Akril-Jones.
  • Lieutenant Thomas Clarence Gorman (Canadian Engineers) is killed in action at age 30. He played La Crosse for Canada in the 1912 Olympics and his brother will be killed in August.
  • Probationary Flight Officer Eustace William Harland (Royal Naval Air Service) is accidentally killed at home at age 18. He is the son of the Reverend William George Harland Vicar of Lythe.
  • Chaplain Edward Walter Barker (attached 176th Infantry Brigade) dies of wounds at age 30 received nine days earlier in action in the Arras sector. He was an exhibitioner of Bedford and Queen’s, Cambridge.
  • Civilian Chaplain “the Reverend” Emlyn Holt Davies (Young Men’s Christian Association attached Indian Labour Corps) dies in France at age 41.

Friday 15 March 1918 We Lost 302

Squadron Commander Roderic Stanley Dallas becomes the first Royal Naval Air Service officer to command a Royal Flying Corps squadron when he takes over the command of 40th squadron. Flight Lieutenant Stanley Wallace Rosevear attacks a formation of eight enemy aircraft, destroying two of the enemy machines.

The destroyers HMS Michael and HMS Moresby depth charge and force to the surface the German submarine U-110.  When on the surface the German submarine is abandoned.

Today’s losses include:

  • A man who has 8 cousins who will be killed in the German Army
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major (Brevet Lieutenant Colonel) Hubert Maxwell Lenox-Conyngham (Army Veterinary Corps) dies on service at age 47 of a cerebral hemorrhage. His brother was killed in September 1916 and they are sons of Colonel ‘Sir’ William Lenox-Conyngham. He served in the Somali campaign.
  • Captain Keith Knox Muspratt MC (Dorsetshire Regiment attached Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed at age 20. His brother will be killed in May.
  • Private Herman Bollinger (New Zealand Rifle Brigade) is killed in action at age 28. His brother was killed in 1917 and they have eight cousins who are killed in the German Army during the Great War.
  • Gunner Hugh Thomas Humphreys (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed in the Persian Gulf at age 36. His brother was killed in May 1915.
  • Private George Percy Ginders (Canterbury Regiment) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed on Gallipoli in August 1915.
  • Private William Dearden (South Wales Borderers) dies on service in Mesopotamia at age 20. His brother was killed on HMS Defence at Jutland.

Satday 9 March 1918 We Lost 352

David Lloyd Popkin Morgan

The 6th (Naval) Squadron makes its first raid

Today’s losses include:

  • A man whose cousin will be killed next month
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • Family’s that will lose two and three sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain David Lloyd Popkin Morgan MC (Welsh Regiment) is killed in action in the Battle for Tel Asur, a mountain north of Jerusalem at age 30. His cousin will be killed next month as a flight instructor in England.
  • Captain Gilbert Hume Norris (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed at age 31. He is the son of the Reverend William Burrell Norris Rector of Warblington.
  • Driver Joseph Hogarth (Australian Infantry) dies of wounds received in action in England. He has brothers who have already died in the Great War the first died in August 1915 the second was killed in July 1916.
  • Private Francis William Hercock (Royal Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 23. His brother will be killed in September of this year.

Monday 3 March 1918 We Lost 201

Captain John de Camborne Paynter (Royal Naval Air Service) shows great zeal and courage during a bombing attack on Ostende Seaplane ZBase in spite of very adverse conditions. He will be awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his efforts today and on others. He will be killed in June as a 10-victory ace.

S S Romeo (Master James Neale age 48) is torpedoed and sunk 10 miles northwest of Peel while carrying meat and provisions from Scapa Flow to the fleet in Liverpool. Twenty nine are killed including her master. The steamer Northfield (Master George Robert Steele age 48) is torpedoed and sunk twenty five miles southwest of Lundy Island. Fifteen are killed including her master.

Today’s losses include:

  • A young man on his first merchant voyage at age 17

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Roy Warren Biggar (Canadian Infantry) is killed in action at age 21. He is the son of Sanford Dennis Biggar KC.

Thursday 28 February 1918 We Lost 210

Royal Naval Air Service

A seaplane gets out of control and spins to the ground in England.  Acting Flight Commander Paul Douglas Robertson (Royal Naval Air Service), the observer, jumps from the machine just before it reaches the ground and lands safely, as the ground is marshy. The pilot, Flight Lieutenant Hubert Charles Lemon, is trapped in the seaplane, which, on striking the ground, immediately bursts into flames, and, notwithstanding that the vicinity of the seaplane is quickly a furnace of blazing petrol and that heavy bombs, a number of rounds of ammunition, and the reserve petrol tank are all likely to explode, Acting Flight Commander Robertson returns and endeavors to extricate the pilot, and only desists when he has been so severely burned in the face, hands and leg that his recovery will be for some time in doubt.  For his efforts Acting Flight Commander Robertson will be awarded the Albert Medal.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • The son of a member of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Second Lieutenant John William Goodrick (attached HP 17 Inland Water Transport, Royal Engineers) is killed in action in Mesopotamia at age 33. He is a Master Mariner and employed by Messrs. Butterfield & Swire, China Navigation Company., Shanghai, as Chief Officer.
  • Lance Corporal Arthur Odell (Sussex Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother will die of his wounds in April 1919.
  • Private Robert Douglas Marshall MM (Cheshire Regiment) is killed at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend George Marshall. Private
  • Frederick Stilton (Berkshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 28. His brother was killed in July 1915.