Saturday 3 February 1917 – We Lost 586
The United States severs diplomatic relations with Germany.
Today’s losses include:
- A battalion commander
- The son of a General
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
- A man shot down by friendly fire
- A man whose son will be killed in the merchant marine in December 1942
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Colonel Archibald Hay (commanding 8th Welsh Fusiliers) is killed in Mesopotamia at age 44. He is a veteran of the South Africa War and son of Lieutenant General ‘Sir’ Robert John Hay KCB.
- Major John Morth Woollcombe (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 39. He is the son of the Reverend Henry Woolcombe and he served in the South African War.
- Captain Maurice Jeffrey Savory (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother will be killed in August.
- Captain Herbert Edward Hosking (Punjabis) is killed in Mesopotamia at age 31. His brother was killed in October 1914 when his airplane was shot down by friendly fire.
- Second Lieutenant John Bertram Partington (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at gae 32. He is the son of the Reverend Thomas Partington Vicar of Netherfield.
- Gunner Seymour Waldegrave Henry Soole (Royal Horse Artillery) dies at home while on active service at age 39. He is the son of the late Reverend Seymour Henry Soole Vicar of Greyfriars.
- Private Arthur Raymond Summers (Grenadier Guards) dies on service at home. His brother died of wounds as a prisoner of war last July.
- Private William Henry Tothill (Devonshire Regiment) is killed in Mesopotamia at age 18. His brother will drown while serving on HMS Resolution in May 1920.
- Private Thomas William Clucas (Border Regiment) is killed at age 36. His son will lose his life serving in the merchant marine in December 1942.