Wednesday 9 May 1917 – We Lost 1,155
Werner Voss gains three victories in the air giving him a total of twenty-eight. The first is a BE2e that is on an artillery observation sortrie.
- Pilot Lieutemant Rowland Humphrey Coles age 23 (West Somerset Yeomanry attachd) and observer Second Lieutenant John Charles Sigismund Day age 27 (Royal Sussex Regiment attached) are both killed. Lieutenant Coles was appointed the Master of the Cirencester Beagles shortly before the war and previously served in Gallipoli where his older brother was killed in June 1915. His others victims today were all taken prisoner.
Today’s losses include:
- A man who loses two brothers in the Great War and two more brothers in the Second World War
- Families that will lose two, three and five sons in the Great War
- A member of the Mumbles Football Club
- The son of a Justice of the Peace
- The son of a member of the clergy
- An Australian Rugby footballer
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Colin Charles Standish MM (Central Ontario Regiment) is killed in action. He is a prominent member of the Mumbles Football Club.
- Second Lieutenant Oswald William Hardwick (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 25. His brother was killed last September.
- Second Lieutenant Horace Thomas Royston Evans (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed at age 20. He is the son of Thomas Henry Royston Evans OBE JP.
- Second Lieutenant Thomas Henry Wonnacott (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother will be killed in June 1918.
- Second Lieutenant Lionel Henry Shuckforth Grigson (Devonshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 19. His two brothers will be killed next year and they are sons of the Reverend Canon William Shuckforth Grigson Vicar of Pelynt who will have two more sons lose their lives in the Second World War.
- Second Lieutenant Sydney Hubert Sparrow MM (Australian Light Trench Mortar Battery) dies of wounds at age 30. He is an Australian Rugby footballer.
- Second Lieutenant Patrick Walworth Gray (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds at age 19 from a shell at Monchy-le-Preux during a night attack. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Albert Gray KC CB.
- CSM Robert Flood (Berkshire Regiment) is killed on Salonika at age 33. He is a holder of the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. He was court martialed in the death of Lieutenant Algernon Lucas during the Easter Rising last year when he executed him at the Guinness Brewery. He was acquitted.
- Private Edwin William Harman (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed in action at Salonika at age 24. He is the third of five brothers who will lose their lives in the last half of the Great War.
- Private Ernest Osborn (Leicestershire Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed in February 1915.
- Private Evan Wileman (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed in action. His brother will be killed in July next year.