Tuesday 6 March 1917 – We Lost 447
Second Lieutenant Gerald Maurice Gosset Bibby (Royal Flying Corps) is killed in action at age 19 when he and his observer Lieutenant Geoffrey Joseph Ogilvie Brichta (who is also killed age 32) are shot down becoming the 24th victims of Manfred von Richthofen while on an artillery observation patrol near Vimy. Bibby is the son of the Reverend Arthur Gurney Gosset Bibby who was the headmaster of Kimbolton Grammar School until his retirement at the outbreak of the war. The son of his observer Warrant Officer Philip Sibbald Ogilvie Brichta DFM will be killed in action on 16th September 1942.
Today’s losses include:
- Two victims of the Red Baron
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- A man whose son will be killed in the Second World War
- A Justice of the Peace
- A great grandson of the 2nd Lord Graves and Baron of Gravesend
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
- A man whose two brothers will be killed in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Colonel F W Tannett-Walker (Royal Engineers) the Justice of the Peace for Leeds dies on service at age 56.
- Major Evelyn Paget Graves (Royal Field Artillery attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed in action at age 26. He is the son of Major ‘the Honorable’ Adolphus Edward Paget Graves and the great grandson of the 2nd Lord Graves Baron of Gravesend.
- Lieutenant William Frederick Waller Hills (Royal Field Artillery attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed last September.
- Second Lieutenant Denys Edward Greenhow (Royal Flying Corps) dies of wounds at age 19 received in air combat over Houthulst Forest. He is the son of the Reverend Edward Henry Greenhow Vicar of Chidcock.
- Second Lieutenant Marc Anthony Bucknall (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) is killed at age 26. He is the son of the Reverend Marc Anthony Bucknall Vicar of St Winnow.
- Second Lieutenant Arthur Starr Jukes (London Regiment) dies in Egypt at age 44. He is the son the Reverend Richard Starr Jukes rector of Milton Church.
- Lance Corporal Walter Grey-Smith (Liverpool Regiment) is killed in action at age 26. His brother will be killed in November 1917 in Palestine.
- Gentleman Cadet St Vincent Charles Farrant Hammick a student at the Royal Military College Sandhurst is accidentally killed at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend C H W Hammick.
- Rifleman George Warren Whidborne (London Regiment) dies of wounds at age 31. He has two brothers who were killed in 1915 and they are sons of the Reverend George Ferris Whidborne Vicar of St George’s Battersea.