Sunday 6 May 1917 – We Lost 930
Second Lieutenant Harold Parry (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed by a shell at age 20. He was the Queen’s Prizeman of Queen Mary’s School and the author of Letters and Poems which will be published by W H Smith & Son, Walsall in 1918. He is considered one of England’s Great War Poets.
I come from trenches deep in slime,
Soft slime so sweet and yellow,
And rumble down the steps in time
to souse “some shivering fellow”.
I trickle in and trickle out
Of every nook and corner,
And, rushing like some waterspout,
Make many a rat a mourner.
I gather in from near and far
A thousand brooklets swelling,
And laugh aloud a great “Ha, ha!”
To flood poor Tommy’s dwelling.
Today’s losses include:
- A Great War Poet
- The son of an Admiral
- The grandson of the 2nd Baron Hatherton
- The grandson of a member of the clergy
- A member of “The Glad Eye” company
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
- A man whose father will die on service
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain Cecil Francis Henry Littleton (Cameron Highlanders) dies of wounds received in action three days prior at age 26. He is the son of Rear Admiral ‘the Honorable’ Algernon Charles and the Lady Margaret Littleton and grandson of the 2nd Baron Hatherton.
- Lieutenant David Clutterbuck (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 26. He is the grandson of the Reverend Charles Hall Raikes.
- Second Lieutenant Charles James V Sandford (Middlesex Regiment) is killed at age 44. He left “The Glad Eye” company to join the forces.
- Second Lieutenant Frank Paul Callinan (Australian Field Artillery) dies of wounds at age 22. His brother will die of wounds in September 1918.
- Sergeant Bertram Joseph Johnson (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds at age 28. His father will die on service as an instructor next July.
- Lance Corporal Herbert Frederick Hearle (Australian Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 24. His brother was killed in April 1915.
- Private Sinclair Sutherland (Australian Infantry) is killed in action at age 24. His brother will be killed in September of this year.
- Private Cecil Garnett Stiff (New Brunswick Regiment) is killed at age 31. His brother will die of rheumatic fever on service next December.