Friday 13 April 1917 – We Lost 1,030
Brigadier General Godfrey Estcourt Matthews CB CMG, General Officer Commanding 198th Brigade, 66th Division dies of wounds received in action the previous day. He dies at age fifty.
Lieutenant Colonel Philip Mathew Magnay (Royal Fusiliers commanding 12th Manchester Regiment) is killed by a shell while directing the operations of his Battalion from a captured German trench north of Arras, the same shell killing his Adjutant and two other officers at age 31. He is the youngest son of the late ‘Sir’ William Magnay, 2nd Baronet and he was engaged to be married to Marjorie, youngest daughter of the Reverend Thomas S Cooper. Lieutenant Colonel Magnay joined the Royal Fusiliers in October 1910. He went to France on 8 September 1914 went through the Battle of the Aisne, being gazetted Captain shortly after. After being invalided home he returned to the Front as Second-in-Command of a Battalion Manchester Regiment and was given command of another Battalion at the beginning of our offensive on the Somme. He was through many engagements, including the taking of Delville Wood, Longueval, and Beaumont Hamel.
Today’s losses include:
- Multiple battalion commanders
- A General
- Multiple sons of Generals
- The son of a Baronet
- A 7-victory ace
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
- The son of a Justice of the Peace
- A grandson of the 6th Earl of Damley
- A man whose uncle was killed in the South African War
- The 7th Earl of Shannon
- A son of the 5th Earl of Portarlington
- The son of a Member of Parliament
- The son of the 1st Baron Mottistone
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Squadron Commander John Joseph Petre DSC (Royal Naval Air Service) is killed at age 23. His brother Edward was killed on 24th December 1912 attempting a non-stop flight from Weybridge to Edinurgh, a distance of 420 miles six months after obtaining his Aviators Certificate.
- Captain Lancelot Lytton Richardson MC (Royal Flying Corps) is killed in action at age 21. He is a seven victory ace and his brother died of wounds in September 1915.
- Captain John Marmaduke Ramsay (Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 19. He is the eldest son of Marmaduke Francis Ramsay JP for Kent. Captain Ramsay receives his Commission in the Rifle Brigade in January 1916 he goes to France in September 1916. He is made Sniping Officer almost immediately and within a few weeks becomes Battalion Intelligence Officer, Assistant Adjutant, and Mess President. The following December he is promoted Lieutenant and given temporary command of a Company in February 1917, being gazetted Acting Captain on 2 April. The next day he is severely wounded in the lung while his Battalion is taking Metz-en-Couture. He is carried down to the Casualty Clearing Station at Jray, where he will die today.
- Lieutenant Edmund William Baldwin Childe-Pemberton (Hussars) dies of wounds at age 21. He is the grandson of John Stuart Bligh 6th Earl of Darnley and nephew of Major Childe (Royal Horse Guards), who was killed in the South African War. On 4 April 1917, he went up to Vimy Ridge, in command of a dismounted party of one hundred ‘Cavalry Pioneers’ to support Canadians, and there takes part in the Pimple Hill operations, under the Canadian Engineers, being constantly exposed to shell-fire and working under the most trying conditions for several days. He is mortally wounded today and dies in hospital at Barlin.
- Lieutenant Colonel Duncan Vaughan Smith DSO (commanding 1st/1st London Regiment) is killed at age 38.
- Captain Douglas Francis de Renzy Martin (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 19. He is the son of Lieutenant General ‘Sir’ A R Martin KCB.
- Lieutenant Bertram Charles Martin MM (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 36. His brother died of illness in December 1915.
- Second Lieutenant ‘the Honorable’ George Seymour Dawson-Damer (Hussars) is killed in action at age 24. He is the son of the 5th Earl of Portarlington and the brother in law of Fergus Bowes-Lyon uncle of Queen Elizabeth II who was killed in September 1915.
- Second Lieutenant Richard Bernard Boyle (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 19. He is the 7th Earl of Shannon.
- Second Lieutenant Frank Reginald Seely (Hampshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 20. He is the son of Major General the Right Honorable John Edward Bernard Seely MP the 1st Baron Mottistone who served as Secretary of State for War during the first two years of the war and was the only cabinet minister to go to the front in 1914 and still be there four years later. His cousin will be killed in less than one week in Palestine.
- Second Lieutenant Wilfred Maurice Cooksey (Royal Engineers) is killed at age 26. His brother will be killed on the 1st of May.
- Lance Corporal H J Howard (East Kent Regiment) dies of wounds. His brother died on service in September 1914.
- Private Andrew Guthrie (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 36. His brother died of wounds in May 1916.
- Private William Thorne (Essex Regiment) is killed in action. His brother was killed in April 1916.
- Private James Edward Arundel (Sussex Regiment) is killed at Arras at age 28. His brother was killed in August 1915 on Gallipoli.
- Private James Edward Arundell (Sussex Regiment) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed on Gallipoli in August 1915.