Thursday 26 April 1917 – We Lost 854
Mrs. Catherine Wood suffers the loss of her husband and two sons when HM Drifter Plantin is sunk by a mine off Staudfast Point. Her husband is skipper John Wood, and her sons are engineman John Wood age 20 and trimmer cook William Wood who dies at age 18.
Today’s losses include:
- A battalion commander
- Multiple families that will lose two, three and four sons
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Colonel John Grattan (commanding 55th Cokes Rifles Indian Army) is killed at age 44 in Mesopotamia.
- Captain John Christopher Paget (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed in action at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend Cecil George Paget Rector of Stock Gayland who loses two other sons in the war.
- Second Lieutenant William James Gracie (North Staffordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 21. He is the son of Reverend James Gracie.
- Second Lieutenant Brian John Stacey (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 23. His brother was killed in October 1915.
- Sub Lieutenant Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve is killed at age 32. He is the son of the Reverend Alexander Donovan Vicar of Garton.
- Corporal Herbert Ernest Ball (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother will be killed in a week.
- Lance Corporal William Ellis (Shropshire Light Infantry) is killed in Greece. He is one of four sons of James and Elizabeth Ellis who will lose their lives in the Great War.
- Private David Gray (Gordon Highlanders) dies of wounds received in action at age 22. He is the final of three brothers who are killed over an eight-month period during the Great War.
- Private Herbert G Addison (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 25. His brother was killed last October.