Thursday 24 May 1917 – We Lost 378

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Patrick Harry Brooke

Second Lieutenant Lewis Langharne Morgan’s aircraft (Royal Flying Corps) is hit at 4,500 feet by a British shell that demolishes half the engine.  It leaves one of Morgan’s legs nearly severed and the other broken at the ankle.  Despite this he manages to glide down to a crash landing.  Morgan will lose the leg, but will return to active duty only to die in a crash in 1918.

Today’s losses include:

  • Two families that will three sons in the Great War
  • The brother of a posthumous Victoria Cross winner

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Cecil Ernest Philcox MC (South Staffordshire Regiment) dies of wounds received three days earlier when a defective Mills grenade exploded during training. His brother was killed in May 1915.
  • Sub Lieutenant Patrick Harry Brooke (HMS Courageous, Royal Navy) dies at home at age 22. He is the 3rd son of ‘Sir’ Harry and Lady Brooke to die in the Great War including Captain James Brooke (Gordon Highlanders) who is posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross in 1914.
  • Corporal Sydney Goodfellow (East Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 29. His two younger brothers will also lose their lives in the Great War.