Tuesday 13 February 1917 – We Lost 472


Lieutenant Thomas Seaman Green (North Staffordshire Regiment attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 22. He carried and dropped a wreath to the memory of Oswald Boelcke when he went out 17,000 yards over the German lines without an escort. He is the son of Councillor T S Green of Burslem.

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of a Councillor
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • A man who will have two brothers killed in the same Mesopotamian campaign
  • The son of a member of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Frank Harrington Brecknock Best (South Wales Borderers) is killed in action in Mesopotamia. He is the first of three brothers to be killed in the same campaign within a three-month period.
  • Second Lieutenant Edward Stanley Hudson (Devonshire Regiment) dies of wounds on Salonika at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend Edward Francis William Hudson, who will lose another son in April 1918.
  • Private Charles Foster (Cambridgeshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 32. His brother was killed in October 1916.