Thursday 22 March 1917 – We Lost 301
A company of the Ayrs and Lanarks carries out a successful raid on the isolated hill Amurieh, Palestine. Lieutenant I W Cruickshank with 12 men from his platoon holds onto White Hill, a small intermediate knoll, and covers the advance, returning when the raid starts. Over 100 prisoners are taken, with the loss of only one or two wounded. At the same time a demonstration is made from Kent Hill, firing rifle grenades and rifles which draw a lot of fire from the raiding party on Amurieh.
Today’s losses include:
- A victim of the Red Baron
- The son of a councilor
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- A family that will lose three sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant William John Lidsey (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry attached Royal Flying Corps) dies of wounds received the day before when he and his pilot Flight Sergeant Sidney Herbert Quicke are shot down by Manfred von Richthofen becoming his 29th Lieutenant Lidsey is the son of Councillor William Lidsey of Banbury and he dies at age 21.
- Lieutenant Herbert Charles Lunn (Royal Scots) is killed in action. He is the son of the Reverend Herbert Lunn Vicar of Chillngham.
- Second Lieutenant Basil Hamilton Abdy Fellowes (Berkshire Regiment) is killed at age 29. He is the middle of three sons of Sir Edward Abdy Fellowes Clerk of the House of Commons who will be killed in the Great War.
- Private Clement John Gribble (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend Arthur Hazlehurst Gribble Rector of Coonamble Western Australia.