Wednesday 2 August 1916 – We Lost 434
Forty squadron Royal Flying Corps arrives at their new base on the Western Front, Treizennes near Aire.
The first carrier borne Home Defence operation is carried out by Flight Sub Lieutenant C T Freeman in a Bristol Scout D from HMS Vindex when he attacks Zeppelin L 17 but he is forced to ditch when his engine fails near North Hinder.
Zeppelin sheds at Brussels are bombed by 27 Squadron. Two electrical power houses are bombed from eight hundred feet. Four trucks are blown up while no anti-aircraft fire is encountered.
Today’s losses include:
- A man whose family will lose all five of its sons in the Great War
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- A man whose son will be killed in the Second World War as a Military Chaplain
- Multiple families that will two and three sons in the Great War
- A 1st Violin in the Royal Amateur Orchestral Society
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Major Reginald Mansfield Owen (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend Charles Mansfield Owen Dean of Ripon.
- Lieutenant Bernard Bond (Sherwood Foresters) is killed in action at age 34. He is the son of the Reverend Samuel Bond and his son will lose his life as a Chaplain in the Second World War.
- Second Lieutenant John Chisholm Machutcheon (Sherwood Foresters) is killed at age 31. He is the middle fatality of three brothers who will be killed in the War.
- Second Lieutenant David Harry Johnstone (Hertfordshire Regiment) dies of influenza. He is considered a brilliant pianist and is one of the 1st violins in the Royal Amateur Orchestral Society.
- Second Lieutenant Cyril Francis Davenport (Hampshire Regiment) is killed at age 19. He is the son of the late Reverend Edward Davenport.
- Lance Corporal Albert Edward Willans (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 17. His brother was killed in May 1915.
- Gunner Frederick William Dowsell (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 22. His brother was killed last August.
- Private Walter Davis Souls (Machine Gun Corps) dies of wounds at age 24. All four of his brothers, Albert, twins Alfred and Arthur William and Frederick George also served and fell. A fifth brother dies of meningitis.
- Gunner Thomas Walburn (Royal Field Artillery) killed in action at age 28. His brother will be killed in April 1918.