Sunday 24 February 1917 – We Lost 671
Second Lieutenant William Neilson (Cameronians) is superintending men of his company at grenade throwing at a Brigade Grenade School in France. A man throws a grenade from a trench while Captain Neilson is standing out of the trench behind him. The man slips in the mud and the grenade falls in the trench in which several men are standing. Captain Neilson jumps down, picks up the grenade out of the mud and throws it over the parapet. The grenade explodes just after leaving his hand and wounds him slightly in several places. By his promptness and courage he undoubtedly saves his men from injury. Captain Neilson will die of wounds in November.
Today’s losses include:
- The son of a member of the clergy
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Second Lieutenant Gerard Peters (Gloucestershire Regiment) dies of heart failure due to exhaustion at age 25. His is the son of the Reverend Edward Peters Vicar of Bishop Milton.
- Private Frederick Pearce (West Surrey Regiment) is killed in action at age 27. His brother was killed in July of last year.
- Private Frederick John Rudge (Hampshire Regiment) is killed in action in Mesopotamia at age 19. His brother will be killed later this year in the explosion of HMS Vanguard.
- Driver Walter Knowles (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 39. His brother was killed last October.