Tuesday 1 May 1917 – We Lost 760
The submarine E54 (Lieutenant Commander Robert H T Raikes) torpedoes and sinks the German submarine U-81 west of Ireland. The merchant ship S S Bagdale is sunk by a submarine 13 miles north east from Creac’h Point Ushant. The master Henry Mennell and his son second officer Frederick James Mennell are among the 23 killed.
Lieutenant Colonel Singleton Bonner DSO (South Staffordshire Regiment commanding 10th Royal Fusiliers) dies of wounds received at Gavrelle on 23 April at age 37. He is the youngest son of the late John Bonner, of the Falkland Islands and was educated at Harrow, and served in the South African War, receiving both medals with five clasps. He was three times mentioned in dispatches during the Great War, and was awarded the DSO after the Battle of Festubert 1915. During March and April of that year he commanded the 1st South Staffordshire Regiment, and returned to England after being gassed at Loos. Shortly after his return to the Front last month he assumed command of the 10th Royal Fusiliers.
Today’s losses include:
- The victim of friendly fire in the air
- A battalion commander
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- The grandson of a member of the clergy
- The son of Viscount Chelmsofrd
- Multiple families that will lose and three sons in the Great War
- A test pilot
- A man whose son will be killed in May 1941
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Temporary Captain Henry Stear Blackwood (London Regiment) dies of wounds at age 23. He is the grandson of the Reverend William Stear Blackwood.
- Second Lieutenant ‘the Honorable’ Frederick Ivor Thesiger (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds at age 20 in the Middle East. He is the son of the 1st Viscount Chelmsford.
- Second Lieutenant Joseph Arnold Cooksey (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 30 two weeks after his brother died of wounds.
- Second Lieutenant Herbert William Brough (Australian Field Artillery) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend Anthony Watson.
- Second Lieutenant Joseph Arnold Cookey (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 29. His brother was killed last month.
- Flight Sergeant Walter Eric Major Stidolph (Royal Flying Corps) is killed in a flying accident when the aircraft he is piloting, for an unknown reason, nosedives into the ground on landing approach Farnborough. He is a test pilot for the Southern Aircraft Repair Park.
- Lance Corporal Hugh Alec Hughes (British Columbia Regiment) is killed at age 27. His brother will be killed serving in North Russia in June 1919 and they are sons of the Reverend Albert Hughes Vicar of Bucks Mills.
- Rifleman Roy Alfred Crichton Maitland-Addison (London Regiment) is killed in action at age 27. He is the sixth son of Major Alfred and Mary Maitland-Addison, three of which will be killed during the Great War.
- Private Edward Savage (Norfolk Regiment) is killed in action at age 24. His brother was killed in May 1915.
- Private Josiah King (East Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 24. His brother will be killed in March 1918.
- Private Harold Edwin Watson (Dorsetshire Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother will be killed in September 1918.
- Private Humfrey Temple Babington (Australian Infantry) dies of influenza and bronchitis at age 32. He is the son of the Reverend John Albert Babington Vicar of Tenterden.
- Private Richard Trotter MacKay (Scots Fusiliers) dies of wounds. His son will died of wounds serving in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in May 1941.
- Private Robert J Whaley (East Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 40. His brother will be killed next May.
- Lieutenant Rhys Beynon Davies (Northumberland Fusiliers attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed by friendly fire at age 20 when he is shot down by a French pilot who is blinded by the sun and does not recognize Davies aeroplane as an ally.