Thursday 5 October 1916 – We Lost 584

Keith Lucas

Captain Keith Lucas (Hampshire Aircraft Park, Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 37 when his aircraft collides with another in mid-air over Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire.  He is buried at Aldershot Military Cemetery, and is commemorated on the War memorial of Fen Ditton, Cambridgeshire. He is a scientist who worked at Trinity College, Cambridge doing pioneering work in Neuroscience and he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1913.  During the war he was engaged in experimental research work into aerial navigation and early aeroplane compasses at the Hampshire Aircraft Park in Farnborough (later called the Royal Aircraft Establishment).

Today’s losses include:

  • A Master at Epson College
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • A member of the Junior 15s of the Gordonwon Football Club

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Arthur Addenbroke (Warwickshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 34. He is a Master at Epsom College.
  • Lieutenant William Gordon Blackwell (London Regiment) is killed at age 31. He is the son of Samuel John Blackwell JP.
  • Second Lieutenant Kenneth Robert Watson (Howitzer Battery New Zealand Field Artillery) is killed by a shell at age 24. His brother was killed on Gallipoli in December 1915.
  • Staff Sergeant Robert Allan Lochhead (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 27. His brother will be executed by the Germans for murder in June 1918.
  • Rifleman G C Welch (New Zealand Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 21. He was a member of the junior fifteen of the Gordonton Football Club.
  • Private George Samuel Wallis (Northumberland Fusiliers) dies of wounds at age 29. His brother will be killed in nine days.
  • Rifleman Dennis Hartnett (New Zealand Rifle Brigade) is killed in action. His brothers Cyril, John and Philip all will die as a result of Great War service.
  • Private George Henry Slater (London Regiment) dies of wounds. His brother will be killed in June 1917.
  • Private Alfred Budgen (Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed at age 29. His brother was killed last June.
  • Rifleman Herbert George Hall (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed at age 22. His older brother was lost when HMS Cressy was sunk in September 1914.