Thursday 1 March 1917 – We Lost 862
Flight Sub Lieutenant Charles Keith Chase and Flight Lieutenant Charles Cyril Rogers Edwards (Royal Naval Air Service) are attacked by two hostile machines while on a reconnaissance flight and bring them both down out of control. Flight Lieutenant Edwards is hit by a bullet which passes through his left shoulder, fracturing the collar bone, and at the same time he is wounded slightly in both feet. Although constantly suffering considerably, he brings his machine home safely, in spite of being again attacked by two hostile aircraft. By his determination and pluck he probably saved his own life and that of his observer.
The destroyer HMS Pheasant is lost when she strikes a mine off the Orkneys while acting as a dispatch ship for the Grand Fleet.
Among the eighty-nine killed is
- Lieutenant Henry Walter Edward Hearn age 22. He is the son of the British Consul in Paris.
- Sub Lieutenant Oswald Maughan Johnson (HMS Pheasant) killed at age 21. He is the son of the late Reverend J J Johnson.
HMHS Drina is torpedoed and sunk outside Milford Haven, off Stokholm Island by UC65, fifteen lives are lost.
Today’s losses include:
- Multiple men who will have sons killed in the Second World War
- The son of the British Consul in Paris
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- A man whose son will be killed in 1918
- The son of a General
- Two battalion commanders of the Central Ontario Regiment
- A man whose sister will die on service next year
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Colonel Charles Bury Collins CMG DSO (commanding Royal Engineers) dies on service in East Africa at age 49. His son will be killed in the Royal Air Force in September 1918.
- Lieutenant Colonel Samuel Gustavus Beckett and Lieutenant Colonel Arnold Henry Grant Kemball CB DSO (Central Ontario Regiment) are both killed. Kemball dies at age 56. He is the son of Major General J S Kemball. He is the former Colonel of the 5th Gurkha Rifles until he retired in 1910. He is the son of Major General John Shaw Kemball and the brother of Major General George Vero Kemball KCMG CB DSO. He served on the Black Mountain in 1888, Hazara 1891 and the Northwest Frontier and Tirah 1897-8.
- Lieutenant David Alwyn Forneri (Canadian Infantry) is killed in action. His sister will die on service in April 1918 and they are children of the Reverend Canon Richard Sykes Forneri Rector of Lt Luke’s Kingston Ontario.
- Second Lieutenant John Arnold Buckland (Somerset Light Infantry) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Vansittart Buckland Rector of Whitelackington.
- Second Lieutenant Torquil Lorne Campbell (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) is killed in action at age 31. His brother will be killed in April 1918.
- Private Joseph Moyses MM (Machine Gun Corps) is killed. His brother will be killed in August 1918.
- Private William Annesley Dallas Tyndale (Royal Army Medical Corps attached Dublin Fusiliers) is killed on Salonika at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend William Earl Tyndale and he was a theological student.
- Private Francis King Horton (Central Ontario Regiment) is killed at age 36. He is the son of the Reverend Alfred William Horton Rector of Dewsall.
- Private Henry Hazlett (Royal Engineers) is killed at age 30. His son will lose his life in the Second World War.