Friday 2 March 1917 – We Lost 444
Sergeant Michael Healy DCM MM (Royal Munster Fusiliers) dies of wounds received the previous day at age 25. With total disregard for his own personal safety and only prompted by the desire to save his comrades, he rushes to pick up a live bomb which has been thrown by a Private and which strikes the parapet and rolls back into the trench near Lieutenant Roe and the Private. Sergeant Healy, fearing the party cannot escape in time, makes a gallant attempt to seize and hurl the bomb from the trench. It explodes however and mortally wounds him. For this action he will be awarded the Albert Medal posthumously.
Today’s losses include:
- An Albert Medal winner
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- The son of a General
- A man whose brother died of wounds last July
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Major George Paterson Nunneley MC (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 33. He is the son of the Reverend F B Nunneley.
- Major Frederick Lee Hughes (Brownlow’s Punjabis attached South Waziristan Militia) dies on service in India at age 34. He is the son of the late Major General Thomas Elliott Hughes.
- Lieutenant Hugh Thomas (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 32. He is the son of the Reverend Robert Thomas.
- Private Albert Edward Smith (Sussex Regiment) is killed. His brother died of wounds last July.