Monday 14 May 1917 – We Lost 589
The fishing trawler Bel Lily (skipper Amos Smith) strikes a mine and is sunk one and a half miles northeast from Peterhead. Ten are killed including the skipper.
Flight Sub Lieutenant Robert Leckie (Royal Naval Air Service) is one of the officers involved in the destruction of the Zeppelin L-22.
Today’s losses include:
- The grandson of Prime Minister Robert Peel
- The son of the 1st Viscount Peel
- A man whose son will be killed in 1944
- The brother of two Victoria Cross winners
- Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
- The son of a Councilor
- The son of a Justice of the Peace
- An artillery battery commander
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Colonel William Briggs Grandage (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 37 when he is struck by a shell while walking to headquarters of an infantry brigade near Swan Chateau.
- Captain John Chamberlain MC (South Wales Borderers attached Welsh Regiment) is killed in action at age 35. He is the son of Arthur Chamberlain a Justice of the Peace for Birmingham.
- Second Lieutenant Ernest Charles Pratt (London Regiment) is killed in action at age 27. He is the son of Councilor W C Pratt.
- Lieutenant James Bradford MC (Durham Light Infantry) becomes the first of three Bradford brothers to be killed in the Great War when he dies of wounds received in action. His brothers will be killed in the next two years, both becoming Victoria Cross winners.
- Chaplain “the Right Honorable” Maurice Berkeley Peel MC (attached Welsh Fusiliers) is killed in action tending the wounded at age 44. He is the son of Arthur Wellesley Peel, 1st Viscount Peel former Speaker of the House of Commons and grandson of Prime Minister Robert Peel. His son will be killed in 1944 serving in the Irish Guards. He had been the Vicar of Tamworth since 1915.
- Pioneer James Colley (Royal Engineers) is killed in action at age 19. His brother will be killed in April 1918.
- Leading Stoker Frank John Churchill (HMS Vivid) dies on service at age 40. His brother died on service in April 1915.
- Private Thomas Bentley (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 32. His brother was killed in November 1916.