Saturday 28 April 1917 – We Lost 3,422

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Robert Branks Powell

The Northumberland Fusiliers attack German positions near Fampoux at 04:25.  The assault is checked by devastating machine gun and artillery fire and the assault grinds to a halt.  At 11:00 German troops counter-attack the newly arrived draftees who suffer heavy losses.

Lieutenant Robert Branks Powell (Canadian Scottish) is killed at age 36. He is a left hand tennis player who was a two time Wimbledon semi-finalist one in the Singles and once in Doubles losing to eventual Champion Anthony Wilding (killed in May 1915) and his partner. He was also the Captain of the 1908 Canadian Olympic Tennis Team and member of the Canadian Tennis Hall of fame.

Today’s losses include:

  • A two time Wimbledon semi-finalist
  • A man whose brother will be killed in the Second World War
  • Multiple sons of Justices of the Peace
  • The brother of a future Baronet
  • Multiple families that will lose two, three and four sons in the Great War
  • A Falkirk footballer
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Brothers killed together
  • A Scottish Rugby International
  • An English and Music Master at Newton Abbott School, Devon
  • Multiple men whose sons will be killed in the Second World War
  • A victim of friendly fire
  • A suicide victim
  • A newspaper football reporter
  • A Navy Chaplain
  • The great grandson of the General Henry Shrapnel inventor of the Shrapnel Shell

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Newell Edward Eden Burton-Flanning (Royal Marine Light Infantry) is killed at age 20. His younger brother will be killed in North Africa serving in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in July 1943.
  • Captain Ralfe Allen Fuller Whistler (Highland Light Infantry) dies of wounds at age 21. He is the son of Major Fuller Whistler JP.
  • Captain William Brabazon Mather Jackson (Sherwood Foresters) dies of wounds received in action at age 23. His brother will become the 5th Baronet and they are grandsons of the 2nd
  • Captain Ronald Arthur Sykes (Royal Fusiliers) dies of wounds at age 20. He has two brothers who will lose their lives later in the Great War.
  • Captain Claude Wilson Ritson (Essex Regiment) is killed at age 28. He is the son of Wilson Ritson JP.
  • Lieutenant Edgar Lovell Filmer Platts (Royal Marine Light Infantry Royal Naval Division) is killed at age 17. He is the son of the late Reverend Charles Platts (Fellow of Trinity College Cambridge) and he has a brother who will die on service in 1920 in Iraq.
  • Lieutenant Cyril Charles Roe (Royal Marine Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend Canon Gordon Roe Rector of Blakeney.
  • Lieutenant Matthew Laurence Maguire (Connaught Rangers attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed in Mesopotamia at age 27. He is the son of the late James Maguire JP.
  • Bothers and Lieutenants in the Alberta Regiment Hugo Antony Launcelot Ceadda Jackson and George Olaf Damien Ceadda Jackson age 33 are killed together. They are sons of the late Reverend Joseph Jackson Vicar of Lew Bampton.
  • Lieutenant James Douglas Cumming (Saskatchewan Regiment) is killed at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend W B Cumming.
  • Lieutenant Albert Luvian Wade (Middlesex Regiment attached Trench Mortar Battery) is killed at age 32. He is a Scottish Rugby Union player who capped in 1908 versus England.
  • Second Lieutenant Reginald Vaux Cuthbert (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed at age 37. His brother was killed in July 1915.
  • Second Lieutenant Harri Willis Edwards (East Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 40. He is the son of the Reverend Harri Edwards. Second Lieutenant Horace Johnson (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 26. He is the English and Music Master at Newton Abbot Secondary School, Devon.
  • Second Lieutenant Clement Roy Blackshaw Smith (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 19. He is the son of Clement Smith JP.
  • Second Lieutenant Robert Lancaster (Norfolk Regiment) is killed in action at age 36. He is the son of ‘Sir’ William and Lady Lancaster.
  • Second Lieutenant Reginald William Follit (General List attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 26. His son will be killed in September 1943 as a Captain in the Hampshire Regiment.
  • Second Lieutenant Gilbert Fincher Gibbs (Somerset Light Infantry) is killed at age 25. His brother was killed 3 days ago.
  • Sergeant Arthur Bradley MM (Northamptonshire Regiment) dies of accidental gunshot wounds. His brother will be killed next November.
  • Corporal Thomas Hardy Scott (Royal Scots) is killed at age 26. He is the son of the Reverend William Frank Scott.
  • Corporal James Roy Tuff (Newfoundland Regiment) dies of wounds at age 22. His brother was killed in in October 1916.
  • Lance Corporal Gordon Douglas (Highland Light Infantry) is killed at age 20. His brother will be killed in July of next year.
  • Lance Corporal William Barlow (Suffolk Regiment) is killed. He is one of six brothers who service in the Great War, half of whom were killed while a fourth died after within a year of the Armistice as a result of his war service.
  • Private Harvey Askew (Suffolk Regiment) is killed in action at age 25. His brother will die at home in January 1918.
  • Private James William Hepher (Suffolk Regiment) is killed in action at age 22 during the attack on the chemical works at Roeux. His brother will die of gangrene a victim of friendly fire, in November 1918.
  • Rifleman Thomas Samuel Merrin (Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 22. His brother was killed on the first day of the battle of the Somme.
  • Private Richard Albert Hall (North Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 20. One brother will die of wounds in October 1918 while another committed suicide the day after war was declared.
  • Private Harry Forth (Royal Marine Light Infantry) is killed in action near Arras at age 23. His brother was killed in October 1916.
  • Private Stewart William Tuckwell (Alberta Regiment) is killed in action at Vimy Ridge at age 40. Before immigrating to Canada he worked for “The Gazette” as a football reporter.
  • Private Henry Richard Greenacre (Norfolk Regiment) is killed. His brother died of wounds last July.
  • Private Arthur James Cox (Leicestershire Regiment) is killed at age 31. His brother died of wounds in Sept of last year.
  • Private Alfred Whetstone (Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 23. His brother will be killed in March 1918.
  • Private Ronald George Heal (Somerset Light Infantry) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in October 1915.
  • Private Thomas Hartill (Royal Marines Light Infantry) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed earlier in the year in the loss of HMS Laurentic.
  • Private Hubert John Mahood (Manitoba Regiment) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend John Samuel Mahood Vicar of Kokanee.
  • Private B Makey (Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed. His brother was killed last October.
  • Private Arthur George Dyer (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed at age 32. His brother was killed in September 1915.
  • Private John Kenealy (Cheshire Regiment) is killed on Salonika at age 31. His brother will die on service in August 1918.
  • Private Alexander William Thomson (Suffolk Regiment) is killed at age 40. His son will be killed in the Second World War.
  • Private John Shrapnel Barter (British Columbia Regiment) is killed in action. He is the great grandson of General Henry Shrapnel Royal Artillery inventory of the shrapnel shell.
  • Private Bernard Dix (Norfolk Regiment) is killed. His son will lose his life in the Second World War.
  • Private Edward Curphey (Royal Scots) is killed at age 36. His son will be killed in the Second World War.
  • Able Seaman John Bryce Ramsay (Howe Battalion Royal Naval Division) is killed at age 20. He played football for Falkirk in 1914 and his brother died of injuries in November 1916.
  • Private Albert Edward Houghton (Suffolk Regiment) is killed in action at age 19. His brother J A Houghton also fell in August 1917.
  • Acting Chaplain the Reverend George Anthony Greig (HMS Russell) died of injuries at age 28. His brother was killed in March 1915.