Thursday 22 February 1917 – We Lost 572
Today’s losses include:
- An Olympic gymnast
- The son of a member of the clergy
- A cricketer
- A man whose father will die on service next year
- Families that will two and three sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Major Robert Wilfred Fairey Jesson (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed in action near Kut at age 30. He played cricket for Hampshire and Oxford University in 1907 & 1908.
- Captain Clement Richard Folliott Sandford MC (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) is killed. He is the son of the Archdeacon of Doncaster.
- Second Lieutenant Fred Peirson Newbury (Punjabis) is killed in Mesopotamia at age 25. His father will die on service in May 1918.
- Trooper Edward Romaine Thompson (Household Battalion) is killed at age 29. His brother will be killed in August 1917.
- Private Percy Rhodes (Royal Fusiliers) dies of wounds received five days before. He is the last of three brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.
- Private Charles Alfred Vigurs (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed at age 28. He was a gymnast who competed in the 1908 and 1912 Olympics. He was a member of the bronze medal winning team in the European system event in 1912..