Monday 2 April 1917 – We Lost 1,075
The enemy positions from Doignies to Henin-sur-Cojeul, including the village of Ecoust, are captured by the 4th Australian and 7th Divisions.
Two men who survived the sinking of RMS Lusitania in May 1915 are killed in action today.
- Second Lieutenant Osmond Bartle Wordsworth (Machine Gun Corps) is killed in action when he is shot in the heart at age 29. He is the son the Reverend Christopher Wordsworth Chancellor of Sarum Cathedral and grandson of the Reverend Andrewes Reeve Vicar of Kimmeridge. He is the author of A Happy Exchange.
- Private Robert Hedben (Northumberland Fusiliers) is also killed. Both men survived the sinking of RMS Lusitania and are now commemorated on the Arras Memorial.
Today’s losses include:
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- The grandson of a member of the clergy
- A published author
- Two survivors of the Lusitania sinking
- A General
- A Welsh Rugby International
- The son of a Justice of the Peace
- A County Cricket player
- Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
- Two victims of the Red Baron
- The grandson of the 9th Earl of Northesk
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Brigadier General Francis John de Gex (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) dies in France while serving as the Base Commandant. He dies at age 55 and is the son of the Reverend F de Gex.
- Major Brinley Richard Lewis (Royal Field Artillery) is killed when a shell strikes the mess he is in. He was a Welsh Rugby International twice and also played for Cambridge.
- Captain Philip Urban Vigors MVO (Worcestershire Regiment) dies on service at home at age 42. He is the son of the Reverend R W Vigors.
- Lieutenant Edward Charles Coleman (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 25. He played cricket at Dulwich College from 1907-10 and was the teams Captain in his last year. He then played for Essex County Second XI in 1910 and the County first XI in 1912.
- Lieutenant Audley St John Perkins (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 33. He is the son of Alfred Edward Perkins JP.
- Lieutenant Patrick John Gordon Powell (Army Service Corps attached Royal Flying Corps) age 20 and 1AM Percy Bonner are killed when their aircraft is shot down by the Red Baron.
- Lieutenant Hubert Pelham Sworder (Royal West Surrey Regiment attached Royal Flying Corps) dies of wounds received in air combat over Lens at age 19. His brother will be killed in July 1918.
- Second Lieutenant David Alexander Carnegie (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 20. He is the second son of Lieutenant Colonel ‘the Honorable’ Douglas Carnegie and grandson of the 9th Earl of Northesk.
- Sergeant Henry Arundel Cheney (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 26. His brother will be killed next March.
- Lance Corporal Ernest Baring (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 27. His three brothers will be killed in the war.
- Lance Corporal Albert Edward Brooking (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed in April 1915.
- Airman 1st Class Walter Harold Bond (Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 22. His brother was killed in September 1915.
- Private Edward Francis Crascall (West Surrey Regiment) is killed at age 27. His brother was killed in September 1914.
- Private Noel Groser (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 23. He is the son of Canon Charles Eaton Groser.
- Private Even McLeod (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 17. His brother was killed in England in March 1916.