Thursday 6 July 1916 – We Lost 696

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Percival Drewett Lucas

Percival Drewett Lucas

HMMB Salmon (Sub Lieutenant E T West) depth charges the German submarine UC-7 off Lowestoft.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple sons and grandsons of members of the clergy
  • The father of the novelist Barbara Lucas Wall
  • The son-in-law of poet Alice Maynell
  • A Scottish cricket International
  • The son of an Alderman
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • A Chesterton footballer

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Second Lieutenant James Bayntun Starky (Wiltshire Regiment) dies of wounds received in action at age 26. On his father’s side he is the grandson of the late Lord of Bromham Manor and on his mother’s side, the Reverend W Plenderleath.
  • Second Lieutenant Percival Drewett Lucas (Border Regiment) is killed at age 36. He is the father of novelist Barbara Lucas Wall and the son in law of poet Alice Maynell and newspaper publisher and journalist Wilfred Meynell.
  • Second Lieutenant Walter Selwyn Orpen (Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 22. He is the son of the late Reverend John Herbert Orpen Rector of Melton and grandson of the Reverend J H A Philipps.
  • Lance Corporal William Grieve (Lothian and Border Horse) is killed at age 27. He is a Scottish cricket international.
  • Private Herbert Lack (York & Lancaster Regiment) dies of septic poisoning contracted in the trenches at age 21. He is the only son of Alderman T William Lack of Chesterfield.
  • Private Walter Preece (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed at age 29. His brother will die of wounds next September.
  • Private Joseph Walsh (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 23. His brother Patrick is also killed in the War.
  • Private Samuel Bagnall (Sherwood Foresters) is killed at age 21. He played football for Chesterton.
  • Lieutenant Arthur Perceval Green (Norfolk Regiment) is killed in action at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend William Arthur Green of Winterdon Rectory, Great Yarmouth.