Wednesday 17 May 1916 – We Lost 263
Germans capture a British crater on Vimy Ridge.
Parasite fighter experiments begin in the UK to launch a Bristol Scout from a Porte Baby airship.
Today’s losses include:
- A battalion commander
- The brother of a Baronet who was killed in action in 1914
- The grandson of a Baronet and MP
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Colonel Frank Hill Gaskell (raised and commanding 16th Welsh Regiment) is killed in action at age 37. He is a veteran of the South Africa War.
- Major Harold Payne Philby DSO (York & Lancaster Regiment) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed in November 1914.
- Captain William B Algeo (Dorsetshire Regiment) is killed at age 28. He is the son of the Reverend Frederick Swift Algeo Rector of Studland.
- Lieutenant John Lauderdale Stewart-Richardson (Coldstream Guards) is killed at age 38. He was married eleven days ago and his brother the 15th Baronet was killed in November 1914.
- Lieutenant Henry Grove Morton Mansel-Pleydell (Dorsetshire Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed in March 1915 and they are grandsons of ‘Sir’ Thomas Fraser Grove MP 1st
- Private John Guthrie (Highland Light Infantry) dies of wounds received in action at home at age 29. He dies of complications after having a foot removed and his brother will be killed in action in 1917 serving as S Murray.
- Private Herbert Raymond Standage (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend Samuel Ray Standage Vicar of Gt Bourton.