Saturday 21 April 1917 – We Lost 1,131
Major ‘Lord’ Henry Molyneux Paget Howard (commanding 1st Wilts Battery, Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 39 in the Middle East. He is the 19th Earl of Suffolk and 12th Earl of Berkshire. His son the 20th and 13th Earl will be killed in 1941 serving in bomb disposal when a bomb he is working on explodes. For his efforts the 20th Earl will be awarded the George Cross posthumously.
Today’s losses include:
- The 19th Earl of Suffolk
- The father of a George Medal winner in WWII killed as a bomb disposal expert
- An artillery battery commander
- Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
- The son of a General
- A man whose father died on service
- The son of a Consul for many countries in South America
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- A member of the Penarth Rugby Club
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain Frederick Terence Hastings Mullaly (Gurkha Rifles) is killed in Mesopotamia at age 29. He will lose two brothers one in May 1915 and a second will die on service in India in 1920. They are sons of Major General ‘Sir” Herbert Mullaly.
- Captain Raymond Sykes-Banks (Bhopal Infantry) is killed in Mesopotamia at age 26. His father died of illness on service in February 1916 and his brother will die of illness at home one week before the Armistice.
- Lieutenant Juan Manuel Aldana (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed at age 21. He is the son of the Consul for Columbia, Chile, Venezuela and Ecuador.
- Second Lieutenant Charles Noel Harris (Indian Army Rifles) is killed in Mesopotamia at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend Charles Harris DD.
- Second Lieutenant Ernest Edward Harris (Irish Fusiliers) dies of wounds received 10 days earlier at age 39. He is the son of the Reverend Frederic William Harris who will lose another son in July.
- Sergeant George Walker Houston (Canadian Field Artillery) is killed at age 24. His brother will be killed in 1918.
- Private Thomas Leslie Liddington (Auckland Regiment) is accidentally killed at age 21. His brother died of wounds in August 1915 on Gallipoli.
- Private William R Dundas (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed at age 22. His two brothers will also lose their lives in the Great War.
- Private Duncan Matheson (Gordon Highlanders) is killed. His brother will be killed next September.
- Private Alexander Jeffrey Milne (Black Watch) is killed at age 32. His brother was killed in November 1914.
- Private Sydney George Barnfield (Gloucestershire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 24. His brother will die on service in April 1919.
- Gunner William Monroe (Royal Field Artillery) is killed less than a month before his brother is killed. They are both members of the Penarth Rugby Club.