Friday 27 April 1917 – We Lost 805
The battle of Doran commences on Salonika.
Police Constable James Hardacre (Lancashire Constabulary) is killed at age 34 by an explosion at a fire in a munitions factory at Church when, aware of the grave danger, he courageously remains at the scene, closing a magazine door and attaching a hose to fight the fire. He will be posthumously awarded the King’s Police Medal for Gallantry.
Today’s losses include:
- A Police Constable
- The son of a knight
- An Assistant Master at Shrewsbury School
- The son of a Baronet
- Multiple families that will lose two sons
- A local footballer
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain William Kenneth Seale Haslam (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 24. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Alfred Seale Kt and Lady Haslam.
- Captain John Russell Pound (Shropshire Light Infantry) is killed at age 27. He is an Assistant Master at Shrewsbury School and the son of ‘Sir’ John Lulham Pound the 2nd His brother died of wounds in November 1914.
- Second Lieutenant Maurice Sydney Weston (Sherwood Foresters) is killed in action at age 20. His brother will die of wounds at home in April 1918.
- Corporal Edmund Kenneth Wallace Brown (Canadian Garrison Artillery) is accidentally killed. His brother was killed in action in September 1916.
- Private Horace Cartlidge (Sherwood Foresters) is killed in action at Hargicourt at age 22. He was a local football player.
- Private Thomas Henry Benjamin (Royal Welsh Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 29. His brother Charles will also fall in the Great War.