The British advance against the Dervish forces in Western Sudan continues. Yesterday, there was a pitched battle at Beringiya, in which the Sultanof Darfur’s forces were defeated.
This morning, the Western Frontier Force advanced on El Fasher. As part of the advance, 2nd Lieutentant John Cotesworth Slessor of 17 Squadron RFC flew a patrol in his BE2c () over the area. He came accross an enemy rearguard of Baggara horsemen and attacked them with his Lewis gun. He then encountered the remnants of the Dervish army in El Fasherm and bombed them. This caused the enemy to disperse in panic, and the Western Frontier Force entered El Fasher unopposed.
Ali Dinar, the force commander had a narrow escape as one of the bombs killed his camel just as he was getting ready to mount, and also killed two of his servants.
Second Lieutenant Slessor was himself wounded in the thigh, but was able to return.