Sunday 4 February 1917 – We Lost 627

Jasper Thomas Brett

Jasper Thomas Brett

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The grandson of a member of the clergy
  • The son-in-law of a Justice of the Peace
  • A suicide
  • An Irish International Rugby player
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Henry Lister Villiers (Dragoons attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 19. His cousin will be killed in November and they are grandsons of the Reverend Henry Montagu Villiers.
  • Lieutenant Hefford William Ernest Ainley (Royal Field Artillery) dies of pneumonia and burns he received two days prior at Beaumont Hamel at age 33. He is the son-in-law of Joseph Hopkinson JP.
  • Second Lieutenant Jasper Thomas Brett (Dublin Fusiliers) commits suicide by jumping in front of train at age 22 after being discharged after suffering shell shock. He is an Irish International Rugby player.
  • Second Lieutenant Walter Alexander Charlesworth (Leicestershire Regiment) is killed at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend Walter Charlesworth.
  • Petty Officer William Henry Capelin (Hood Royal Naval Division) is killed at age 26. His brother was killed in June 1915 on Gallipoli.
  • Sergeant Percy Robert Holland (Wellington Regiment) is killed at age 29. He is the son of Methodist preacher and politician and prohibitionist Henry Holland.
  • Private Guy Le Rougetel (Machine Gun Corps) is killed in action in Mesopotamia at age 21. His brother was killed in September of last year.
  • Rifleman George Herbert Booth (New Zealand Rifle Brigade) dies of wounds at age 22. His older brother died of wounds last October.
  • Able Seamen John and Hugh Grant (Hawke Battalion Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Royal Naval Division) are killed on the Western Front.
  • Private Edwin Turner (North Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother will be killed next year.