Wednesday 28 February 1917 – We Lost 601
The cavalry of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force enter Khan Yunus, midway between the Egyptian border and Deir el Belah and the Turkish line is withdrawn to Gaza and Beersheba.
Today’s losses include:
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
- A man whose two brothers were killed in the first two years of the Great War
- A Military Chaplain
- The grandson of a Member of Parliament
- A Lower Waitkato footballer
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain James Leonard Thomas (London Regiment attached Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed at Netherton at age 26. He is the son of the Reverend S Thomas Vicar of Rushton.
- Lieutenant Maurice George Richardson (South Lancashire Regiment attached Warwickshire Regiment) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend Lew Richardson.
- Second Lieutenant William Meadows Kemp (Middlesex Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed in October 1916.
- Chaplain Herbert Peter Ledbitter dies of wounds at age 27.
- Sergeant Henry Irwin Bailey (Auckland Infantry) is killed at age 23. He is the grandson of the late John Bollard MP. He played football for Lower Waikato and his brother was killed last September.
- Sergeant Thomas Brennock (Dublin Fusiliers) is killed at age 28. His brothers were killed in 1914 and 1915.
- Private Stanley Street (Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 26. His brother died in January 1915.
- Private Oliver Frank Daniels (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 27. His brother will die on service in March 1919.
- Private Arthur Garner (Australian Infantry) is killed in action at age 29. His brother will die of wounds in November 1918.
- Private George Thomas Palmer (Leicestershire Regiment) is killed at age 21. His parents had the following inscription engraved on their son’s headstone. “Will some kind hand in a foreign land place a flower on my son’s grave”