Sunday 10 December 1916 – We Lost 295
Second Lieutenant Eric Skeffington Poole (West Yorkshire Regiment) is shot at dawn at age 31. He suffered ‘shell shock’ after being hit by earth brought up by an enemy shell during fighting on the Somme on 7 July 1916. After a period of recuperation he returned to duty with his battalion at the end of August. Eric Poole is the first British army officer to be sentenced to death and executed during the Great War.
Today’s losses include:
- A Flight Lieutenant shot down and killed by friendly fire
- The first British Army Officer sentenced to death and executed in the Great War
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- A family that will lose three sons flying in the Great War
- A man whose brother was killed last July
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain Ralph Bertram Kite MC (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed at age21. He is the son of the Reverend Joseph Bertram Kite Vicar of St Peter’s Ealing.
- Flight Lieutenant John Douglas Hume DSC (Royal Naval Air Service) is accidentally killed when he is shot down by friendly fire over the Thames at age 28. He is the only son of the Reverend David Hume.
- Flight Sub Lieutenant Stanley Valentine Trapp (Royal Naval Air Service) dies of injuries suffered when his Pup sheds its wings during a test flight over his own aerodrome at age 26. He is the first of three brothers to be killed while serving in the Air Forces during the Great War.
- Second Lieutenant Hugh Neville Crooke (Royal Engineers) is killed in action at age 19. His brother was killed in July.