Wednesday 2 May 1917 – We Lost 648
The destroyer HMS Derwent (Lieutenant Commander Edward Cricherly Thornton survives) strikes a mine near Le Harve and sinks. Fifty-eight of her crew are killed including
- Stoker Tom Wise who is killed at age 23. His brother was killed on Gallipoli in December 1915.
Lieutenant Frederick Vincent Hall (Royal Flying Corps) defends the city of Dunkirk from hostile aircraft and for his bravery the city awards a medal to Hall. He will be killed as a 7-victory ace in May 1918.
Today’s losses include:
- An artist and painter
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
- A General
- The son of a member of the clergy
- A professional footballer
- An Australian Rules footballer
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Brigadier General Vincent Alexander Ormsby CB General Officer Commanding 127th Brigade 42nd Division is killed in action at age 51. During the early morning the General and several of his staff and Royal Engineers officers of both the 42nd Division and the Corps make a reconnaissance of the Green line (in the vicinity of Little Priel Farm and Catelet Copse. A shell falls into the road striking the slope of the bank. Pieces strike the General, one severing his jugular vein; he becomes unconscious at once and dies shortly afterwards.
- Captain Gerard Henry Tilson Chowne (East Lancashire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 41. He is an artist and painter of great promise and was a frequent contributor to the Exhibitions of the New English Art Club, where a special exhibition of his paintings will be held after his death in honor of his memory. In the summers of 1912-14 he was constantly in the Harrow playing fields, where he was engaged in a number of drawings which he hoped to publish when the series was completed.
- Captain Edward Cecil Gray (Manchester Regiment) is killed at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend John Edward Gray.
- Lance Corporal Wilfred Toman (Liverpool Regiment) is killed at age 43. He is a professional footballer who played in 116 matches from 1896 to 1907.
- Private William Cox (Eastern Ontario Regiment) is killed in action at age 25. His brother will be killed in October of this year.
- Private Frank Negus (West Surrey Regiment) dies at home at age 22. His brother will die on service at home in April 1919.
- Private John Charles McNicol Turnbull (Australian Infantry) dies of wounds at age 31. He is an Australian Rules Footballer who played 12 games in 1908 for South Melbourne.
- Private Francis Rook Hext (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) dies of wounds at age 29. His brother was killed last November.