Wednesday 23 May 1917 – We Lost 405

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William Oliphant Down

Captain William Oliphant Down (Berkshire Regiment) is killed at age 31. He is a dramatist and author of The Maker of Dreams a one act fantasy produced at the Vaudeville and The Dream Child and The Quod Wrangle.

Today’s losses include:

  • A dramatist and author
  • The 5th Baron Scarlett
  • A man whose brother was previously killed
  • The son of a member of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Commander Shelley Leopold Lawrence Scarlett (Admiralty, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) dies at home at age 45. He is the 5th Baron Abinger and had a brother who was killed in September 1914.
  • Private Tom Pollard (British Columbia Regiment) is killed in action at age 19. He was confirmed into the Anglican Church on 6 April 1914 and on the same day Francis Paul Layton was also confirmed. Layton was killed in July 1916.
  • Gunner Robert William Walter Vaughan (Royal Army Medical Corps) dies of wounds at age 32. He is the son of the Reverend Thomas Walter Vaughan Vicar of Rhuddlan.