Thursday 11 January 1917 – We Lost 561

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The aircraft carrier HMS Ben My Chree sinks at her moorings in Kastelorizo Harbor, having been hit by Turkish shore batteries off Castelorizo. She suffers no casualties.

In Mesopotamia after 14:00 the British attack under cover of heavy artillery fire but are forced back by a Turkish counter-attack which is itself halted by British machine gun fire. Among those killed in the days fighting is

  • Major James Alfred Balfour (Highland Light Infantry) killed at age 38. He is the son of Brigadier General ‘Sir’ Alfred Balfour. His brother will die on service in April 1941.
  • Lieutenant Noel Holme Wiggin (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 25. His brother died of wounds in December 1914.
  • Second Lieutenant Cyril Francis Hodgson (Duchess of Connaught’s Own Baluchistan Infantry) dies of wounds at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend Francis Hodgson Vicar of Worth during the advance to the Haj and capture of Khudaira Bend while leading a bombing attack.
  • Second Lieutenant Mark Sanderson Watson (Highland Light Infantry) is killed near Kut. He is the son of the Reverend Richard Watson.
  • Second Lieutenant Allan Young Annand (Highland Light Infantry) is killed. His brother was killed on Gallipoli in June 1915.

Today’s losses include:

  • A man whose son will be killed in the Royal Air Force in 1941
  • The son of a General
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Robert Maitland Kelly (Royal North Devon Hussars attached Dorsetshire Regiment) is killed at age 34. He is the son of the Reverend Maitland Kelly.
  • Second Lieutenant Ernest Arthur Shephard (Dorsetshire Regiment) is killed at age 24. His brother will be killed in May.
  • Private Mark Allen (Dorsetshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 18. His brother was killed on Gallipoli in August 1915.
  • Trooper John Francis Crozier (Australian Light Horse) dies of wounds in Egypt at age 28. His brother will be killed in April 1918.