Tuesday 8 May 1917 – We Lost 1,141
Flight Commander Van Reyneveld is named commander of 45th Squadron.
HMS Milne (Commander V L A Campbell) rams and sinks the German submarine UC-26. The hired Yacht Zarefay (Lieutenant Alfred Stephen Gilbert) strikes a mine and sinks with the loss of sixteen one mile northeast of Mull Head Deerness. Her commanding officer is among those lost.
Today’s losses include:
- A member of the Pottery Cricket Club
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain Wilfred Wharton Parr MC (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed in action at age 44. He is the son of the late Reverend Robert Parr Vicar of St Martin’s, Scarborough.
- Lieutenant Cyril Percival Baker (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed in action in Greece. His brother was killed in July 1916.
- Second Lieutenant Charles Cecil Watt (King’s Own Scottish Borderers) is killed at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend Charles James Watt.
- Second Lieutenant Monague William Sandoe (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother will be killed in August 1918.
- Sergeant Francis Edward Brown (Canadian Engineers) is killed at age 34. His brother was killed last September.
- Private George Charles Keeley (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 31. His younger brother will be killed in just over 3 months.
- Trooper William Michael McDonald (Imperial Camel Corps) dies of septic poisoning in Cairo at age 23 from wounds received in Palestine. He is the author of Soldier Songs from Palestine which will be published posthumously and many unpublished verses on Australian scenes, national dreams and hopes.
- Private William Albert Tapp (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother will be killed next April.
- Private James Liggett (North Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 27. He is a member of the Pottery Cricket Club.