Wednesday 18 April 1917 – We Lost 667

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Cap badge of the Gloucestershire Regt

The 1st/6th Gloucestershire Regiment suffers a severe loss when at 03:55 the Germans explode a mine under the battalion headquarters in a cellar at Villers Faucon.

  • Among those killed are Captain Louis Cameron Nott MC killed at age 23 and his older brother
  • Lieutenant Colonel the battalion commander Thomas Walker Nott DSO dies at age 28. A third brother was killed in April 1916.
  • The battalion’s chaplain the Reverend Matthew Forster Burdess the Rector of St Thomas, Port Clarence, Middlesbrough is also killed at age 39. He is the Rector of St Thomas’, Port Clarence, Middlesborough.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple families that will lose two, three and four sons in the Great War
  • Multiple battalion commanders
  • A Military Chaplain
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Foster Newton Thorne (commanding 6th North Lancashire Regiment) is killed in Mesopotamia at age 37.
  • Lieutenant Royal Douglas John Monie (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at ag e26. His brother was killed last July.
  • Second Lieutenant Gilbert George Cardew Chilcott (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) is killed at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend Gilbert Hele Chilcott.
  • Second Lieutenant Sidney Grant Martin (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend Grantley Clarke Martin Rector of Stoke.
  • Private Henry Prior (Hampshire Regiment) dies at age 21. He is the last of four brothers who will lose their lives in the War.
  • Private Frederick George Parker (Norfolk Regiment) dies of wounds at age 19 in Gaza.