Wednesday 25 April 1917 – We Lost 1,342
Captain Albert Ball (Royal Flying Corps) will begin a thirteen day period during which he takes part in twenty-six combats in the air, destroying eleven hostile airplanes, driving down two out of control and forcing several others to land. Flying alone on one occasion he fights six hostile machines, twice he fights five and once four. When leading two other British planes, he attacks an enemy formation of eight. On each of these occasions he brings down at least one enemy plane and several times his plane is badly damaged. On returning with a damaged plane, he always has to be restrained from immediately going out in another. For these actions he will be award the Victoria Cross. He will be killed in action on 7 May.
Captain Philip Vivian Rose (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) dies from heart failure, while under chloroform during an operation to straighten his distorted feet, at the Military Orthopedic Hospital, Shepherd’s Bush at age 48. He is the eldest son of ‘Sir’ Philip Frederick Rose Baronet. Captain Rose had served for ten years in the old Royal Bucks (King’s Own) Militia, retiring as Captain. When the War broke out he offered his services as an old Militia Officer and was gazetted Captain in the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry and is immediately seconded for Staff work and became Staff Captain of the 63rd Infantry Brigade (21st Division), and was for some months Acting Brigade-Major. He went to France with the 21st Division in September 1915 in which month his Division took part in the attack on Hill 70 in the Battle of Loos. He is hit in the right thigh when going back to bring up the 64th Brigade and left lying on the ground during the night. He is persistently fired at by a German sniper, who succeeds in again wounding him in the right arm, which later has to be amputated. For fifteen months he is a prisoner of war, principally at Aix-la-Chapelle. In December 1916 he is exchanged.
Nine members of the Australian Tunneling Corps are killed as the result of the premature firing of a super sensitive detonator that was being test by officers in the company’s advanced headquarters.
- Captain Wilfred Percival Avery, Lieutenant Elton Tandy, Second Lieutenant Glyndwr David Evans along with Sappers C Glew, Arthur Alva Gray, Lyle Raner, W Manhood and John Wallace are killed during the excersise. Second Corporal John William Saxton is killed trying to rescue the other eight.
Today’s losses include:
- The son of a Baronet
- A battalion commander
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- A Broadway actor
- The son of Queen Victoria’s physician
- Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
- A Military Chaplain
- A West Vale Ramblers FC player
- A Trinithy FC player
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Colonel John Whiteman (Middlesex Regiment commanding Hawke Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) is killed at age 46. He is a veteran of the South African War.
- Captain Horace Newton (Hussars) is killed at age 31 in Mesopotamia. He is the son of the Reverend CanonNewton.
- Captain Leopold Profeit (Shropshire Light Infantry) a Broadway actor is killed on Salinka at age 39. He acted in London and on Broadway from 1899 to 1913 and was the son of Queen Victoria’s Balmoral doctor.
- Second Lieutenant Bernard Valentine Colchester (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 27. His brother was killed on HMS Irresistible in March 1915.
- Second Lieutenant Edwin Richard Hampton Lewis (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend Edwin Lewis Rector of Hampton Lovett.
- Second Lieutenant Archibald Edward Gibbs (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed at Salonika at age 22. His brother will be killed in 3 days.
- Second Lieutenant William James Clifford (Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 38. He is the first Canadian born winner of the Bisley King’s Prize for shooting in 1911 and was a member of the Mackinnon Cup winning team in 1910 and 1911
- Chaplain the Reverend Basil Johnson Gedge (attached Royal Army Medical Corps) dies of wounds at age 34. His brothers were killed on HMS Amphion and in October 1915 and they are sons of the Reverend Edmund Gedge.
- Sergeant James Fleming (Highland Light Infantry) dies of wounds received in action at age 26. His brother will die of wounds in August of this year.
- Lance Corporal Charles Albert Stallard (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed on Salonika. His brother was killed last September.
- Private William Samuel Fairbrass (Royal Army Medical Corps) is killed in action at age 30. He is one of six brothers who serve in the Great War, three of whom die.
- Private Anthony Jordan (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed in action while serving as a stretcher bearer at the Battle of Arras. He is a member of the West Vale Ramblers Football Club.
- Private Clarence Victor Phillpott (East Kent Regiment) dies of wounds received on 9th April his 28th He is a prominent member of the Trinithy Football Club and the first of three brothers who are killed in the Great War.
- Private Bert White (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 33. His brother was killed in July 1915.
- Private David McKendrick (Highland Light Infantry) is killed at age 19. His brother will die of wounds in May 1918.