Saturday 14 April 1917 – We Lost 1,652

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Bernard William Theodore Wickham

The Third Wing Royal Naval Air Service carries out a reprisal raid to Freiburg.  This raid carried out by this specialist strategic bombing unit before it is disbanded.  So much assistance has been offered to the Royal Flying Corps by the Admiralty in the previous weeks that 3 Wing can no longer be maintained, and its resources are re-allocated to 10th (Naval) Squadron.  During the raid three Sopwith Strutter aircraft are shot down three of the crew being killed the other three being taken prisoner.  Shortly after leaving the objective Flight Lieutenant Walter Ernest Flett is engaged by three enemy machines two single-seaters and one two-seater.  His gun layer, Air Mechanic, R G Kimberley, is slightly wounded in the wrist, which numbs his hand.  Notwithstanding this, he succeeds in bringing down two of the enemy machines, being again wounded by an explosive bullet in the ankle.  Their machine is riddled with bullets, and owing to the damage, navigation is most difficult and the return journey is very slow.  Consequently Lieutenant Flett is again attacked, but although the gun layer is twice wounded, the enemy machine is driven off.

Heavy Newfoundland Regiment losses include:

  • Lieutenant Cyril Gardner DCM (Newfoundland Regiment) is killed at age 32. His brother was killed in July of last year.
  • Lieutenant Norman A Outerbridge (Newfoundland Regiment) is killed at age 33. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Joseph Outerbridge.
  • Lance Corporals Hector age 20 and William age 22 Bennett DCM (Newfoundland Regiment) are killed together.
  • Private Albert Follett (Newfoundland Regiment) is killed in action at age 20. His nephew and namesake will be killed in action in November 1943 while serving in the Royal Air Force.
  • Private Arthur Joseph Jackman (Newfoundland Regiment) is killed in action at age 24. His brother was killed in July 1916.
  • Private Joseph P Vaughan (Newfoundland Regiment) is killed at age 20. He has two brothers who will die on service at home.
  • Private Edmond L Dunphy (Newfoundland Regiment) is killed at age 17. His brother was killed last November.
  • Private William Donnelly (Newfoundland Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother will be killed next November.
  • Private Walter J Clarke (Newfoundland Regiment) is killed at age 23. His brother will be killed next October.
  • Private George Chuck (Newfoundland Regiment) is killed. His brother will die on service in January 1919.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • Brothers killed together
  • A man’s nephew and namesake who will be killed in the Second World War
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • The son of a General
  • An Artist
  • The nephew of the Countess of Moray
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • A member of the Bedfordshire Constabulary
  • The acting manager of the Palladium in London

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain George Barclay Lockhart (Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 24. He is the only son of Barclay Lockhart JP and nephew of Provost ‘Sir’ Robert Lockhart.
  • Captain Daniel James Christopher Veresmith (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds received two days earlier. His brother died of wounds last July.
  • Captain Douglas Cameron Foster (Cameronians) dies of wounds. He is the son of Brigadier General Turville Douglas Foster.
  • Captain George Parsons Denham (Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders) dies of wounds received at Battle of Arras four days ago at age 27. He is an artist with the degree of A. R. C. A., Kensington London who is famous for his prints and posters. He illustrated the Irish Fairy Book for Alfred Graves.
  • Captain Daniel James Christopher Vereesmith (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds at age 23. His brother was killed in July 1916.
  • Lieutenant George Edward Cleather Collinson (Cameron Highlanders attached Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed flying at home at age 20. He is the nephew of Anna, Countess of Moray.
  • Lieutenant Bernard William Theodore Wickham MC (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 22. He is the only son of the Reverend William Arthur Wickham Rector of Ampton.
  • Second Lieutenant Douglas (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother will be killed in September.
  • Second Lieutenant Alec Philip Watson (Hampshire Regiment) dies of wounds on the Western Front at age 22. His brother was killed in August 1915 on Gallipoli.
  • Sergeant John MacLaren Erskine VC (Cameronians) is killed in action at age 22. He was awarded the Victoria Cross last year.
  • Acting Corporal William Dean (Bedfordshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 24. He is a member of the Bedfordshire Constabulary.
  • Private Alexander Coutts (King’s Own Scottish Borderers) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed last October and they both came from Chicago, Illinois to join the cause.
  • Private Arthur Blockley (Leicestershire Regiment) is killed in action. His brother was killed last August.
  • Rifleman Charles Robertson Gibbon (London Regiment) is killed at age 36. He is the acting manager of the Palladium in London.
  • Private Wilberforce West (Essex Regiment) is killed in action at age 21. He has one brother who has died of wounds the previous year and another brother who will be killed in action in July of this year.
  • Private William Woodley (Essex Regiment) is killed in action at age 25. His brother was killed in March 1916.
  • Private Ernest Charles Mayes (Essex Regiment) is killed in action at age 22. His brother was killed in April 1916.
  • Private George Henry Feetham (Essex Regiment) dies of wounds as a prisoner of war received 10 days earlier. His brother will be killed in March 1918