Tuesday 24 April 1917 – We Lost 1,932

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Gordon Reuben Alexander

Flight Sub Lieutenant John Joseph Malone (Royal Naval Air Service) engages a hostile two-seater and, after badly wounding the observer, forcing it to land on our side of the line.

The trawler Margate (Skipper Thomas Ashley Royal Naval Reserve) is sunk by a submarine off Spurn Point. The skipper is among thirteen who are killed. Also sunk today are two ships sunk by U-53 approximately 150 miles west of Bishop Rock. The first S S Ferndene (Master Thomas Martin Pelton) suffers ten casualties including her master, while the second S S Anglesea suffers no casualties.

During an attack on the enemy trenches Captain Arthur Henderson MC (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders), although almost immediately wounded in the left arm, leads his company through the front enemy line until he gains his final objective.  He then proceeds to consolidate his position, which, owing to heavy gun and machine gun fire and bombing attacks, was in danger of being isolated.  He is killed after he has successfully accomplished his task. For his efforts this day he will be posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross.

Today’s losses include:

  • A nephew of Prime Minister Asquith
  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • A man whose wife died in recently
  • The man for who Allen Creek in British Columbia is names
  • A Kilmamock FC player
  • A 1912 Olympian
  • The 1913 Amateur Foils Champion of Great Britain
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The grandson of a member of the clergy
  • Twins killed together
  • A Rosslyn Park Rugby footballer
  • A man whose father will be killed next year
  • A Bradford City footballer
  • The son of a Jurist
  • A man whose wife and two children were drowned on SS Lusitania

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Hugh Drummond Allan (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) is killed leading his company in advance at Croiselles at age 20. He wife died in childbirth shortly before his death. He was a partner in the surveying company “Johnson and Allan” of Damloops British Columbia. Allan creek which flows into Albrada River is names in his honor. His partner Captain Alfred William Johnson MC will die after being gassed in April 1917.
  • Lance Sergeant Alexander McCurdie (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) is killed at Beaucamp with 10 other members of his regiment at age 22. He played for the Kilmarnock Football Club.
  • Second Lieutenant Gordon Reuben Alexander (Sussex Regiment attached East Surrey Regiment) is killed by a shell while attending a wounded man in the attack on Villers Plouich north of Perrone at age 31. He is an all-round sportsman and member of the Corinthian Yacht Club, the Felixstowe and Coombe Golf Clubs and the Sword Club. He won several trophies on the links and was the Amateur Foils Champion of Great Britain in 1913 and took part in the 1912 Olympic Games.
  • Lieutenant Frederick Bernard Melland (Hawke Division, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) is killed in action at age 20. He is a nephew of Prime Minister Herbert Asquith and the brother of Brian Melland who has been killed in action in 1915.
  • Second Lieutenant Lionel Jack Hardwicke Cowie (Royal Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 20 the day after his brother is killed.
  • Private Frank Edward Jolley (Royal Fusiliers) is killed in action. He is the second of three brothers who will be killed in the Great War.
  • Private Alfred Ormerod (Royal Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 34. His brother was killed in October 1916.  He is about to be ordained by the Bishop of Southwell when war broke out and with the permission of the Bishop he enlisted.
  • Lieutenant Charles Hugh Plowman (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed at age 22 in Salonika. He is the son of the Reverend Lionel Plowman Rector of Ibberton.
  • Privates and Twins Frederick William and Harry Burnell, aged 23 (Wiltshire Regiment) are killed in Salonika.
  • Private Arthur George Bryant (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed at age 18 on Salonika. His brother will be killed in October.
  • Private Thomas Cook (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed near Doiran on the Salonika front at age 22. His brother was killed last July on the Somme.
  • Captain Colin Turner Young (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment attached Welsh Regiment) is killed at age 26. He is a Rosslyn Park Rugby footballer.
  • Captain Graham John Early Graham-Montgomery (Hampshire Regiment) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend ‘Sir’ Charles Percy Graham-Montgomery.
  • Captain Gurth Swinnerton Blandy (Royal Army Medical Corps attached Royal Engineers) dies of wounds at age 38. His brother will be killed in October.
  • Captain William Cecil Hammond (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) is killed at age 19. His brother will die of malaria on service in Mesopotamia in Novemer 1923. They are sons of the Reverend Henry Benjamin Hammond.
  • Lieutenant Cecil Rupert Brooke (Gordon Highlanders) is killed in action. His father will be killed in action as a medical officer in 1918.
  • Lieutenant John Murray Bell (Highland Light Infantry) a schoolmaster is killed. He is the son of Benjamin Bell Minister of the Free Church.
  • Lieutenant Norman Eckstein Clutterbuck (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed. His brother was killed in July 1916.
  • Second Lieutenant Hugh Dobbie Carless (Gordon Highlanders) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in September 1915.
  • Second Lieutenant Horace Brockbank Thompson MC (Berkshire Regiment) is killed at age 27. He is the son of the Reverend Jacob Thompson of St John’s College Colombo.
  • Second Lieutenant Norman Gawan-Taylor (York and Lancaster Regiment) is killed at age 23 near Ypres. He is the son His Honour Judge Gawan-Taylor of Croftlands, Carlisle and his brother Francis is also killed.
  • Second Lieutenant Norman Fellowes Prynne (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in September 1916.
  • Second Lieutenant Arthur Barnard Lifford Crosby (Durham Light Infantry) dies of wounds at age 22. His brother will be killed in February 1918.
  • Lance Sergeant D Lambe (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) is killed at age 33. His wife and two children drowned in the sinking of S S Lusitania in May 1915.
  • Lance Corporal George R Dawe (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) dies of wounds near Arras at age 31. His brother was killed on submarine D2 in November 1914.
  • Private Frederick Blews (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 23. His brother was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
  • Private Frederick George Dunnett (Suffolk Regiment) dies at home at age 21. His brother was killed in action in May 1915.
  • Private William Housden (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 26. His brother was killed last August.
  • Private Reginald Albert John Creech (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed. His brother was killed in July 1916.
  • Private Frederick James Vellender (Hampshire Regiment) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed in July last year.
  • Gunner John Morris Philip Lloyd (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed two miles from where his brother was killed two weeks previously.
  • Gunner Robert Torrance (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 30. He is a professional footballer who made 161 appearances from 1908 until 1917 for Bradford City including the 1911 FA Cup.
  • Able Seaman Richard Pemberton Innes (Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, Royal Naval Division) is killed at age 30.He is the grandson of the Reverend James Innes.