Wednesday 28 March 1917 – We Lost 468
A daylight trench raid is carried out by Lieutenant A F Neatby and 8 men of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry at Bois Des Alleux Trenches between Duffied and Grange. The party has a difficult time with the large number of enemy and is involved in hand to hand fighting. Five defenders are killed by the raiding party and two by snipers. The Canadians suffer one killed and one wounded and missing who turns out to be taken prisoner and three wounded.
The Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps is founded. These are the first official British service women.
Today’s losses include:
- A a holder of the Royal Humane Society’s Medal and Carnegie Hero Certificate for Life Saving.
- The son of a man previously killed in the Great War
- The son of a member of the clergy
- Families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Colonel M J Whitty (Royal Army Medical Corps) dies on service at home. His son was killed in July 1916 serving in the Royal Flying Corps.
- Captain Christopher Francis Hewitt Puckridge (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend Oliver Puckridge of Pinhoe Vicarage.
- Private George Henry Bowhay (Devonshire Regiment) is killed in action. His brother will be killed in May next year.
- Private William Hyslop (London Regiment) dies of wounds at age 26. His two brothers will be killed next year.
- Private William Hepburn (Quebec Regiment) is killed in action. His brother will be killed next November.
- Private Ernest Potter (Sussex Regiment) is killed at age 18. His brother will be killed in August.
- Gunner Charles Henry Firth Bernard (Motor Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 23. He is a holder of the Royal Humane Society’s Medal and Carnegie Hero Certificate for Life Saving.