Sunday 3 June 1917 – We Lost 698

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John George Pattison VC

Flight Lieutenant Raymond Collishaw (Royal Naval Air Service) shoots down an Albatross scout in flames.

Private John George Pattison VC (Alberta Regiment) is killed in action at Lens, France at age 41. On 10 April 1917 at the Battle of Vimy Ridge when the advance of Canadian troops was held up by an enemy machine-gun which was inflicting severe casualties, Private Pattison, with utter disregard of his own safety, sprang forward and jumping from shell-hole to shell-hole, reached cover within thirty yards of the enemy gun. From this point, in the face of heavy fire he hurled bombs killing and wounding some of the crew, and then rushed forward overcoming and bayoneting the surviving five gunners. His initiative and valor undoubtedly saved the situation. For this action he was awarded the Victoria Cross.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • A battalion commander
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • A Glasgow Celtic footballer

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Malcolm McNeill CMG DSO (commanding 11th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) dies of wounds at age 51.
  • Captain Frederick Ernest Papprill (Leicestershire Regiment attached East Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend Frederick Papprill Vicar of Holy Trinity Leicester.
  • Captain J C C H Robinson (East Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 31. He is the son of Reverend J Robinson.
  • Second Lieutenant Michael William Barstow (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed in action at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend T W Barstow.
  • Second Lieutenant George Baines (Middlesex Regiment attached Royal Flying Corps) dies of wounds received while flying over enemy lines at age 33. He is one of seven brothers who served, three of whom are killed. He returned from South America to enlist.
  • Gunner Robert Arthur French-Smith (Canadian Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 33. He is the son of the Reverend R J French-Smith.
  • Private Thomas Edwin Bramer (Sherwood Foresters) is killed at age 34. His brother will be killed in March 1918.
  • Private Norman Strang (Alberta Regiment) is killed at age 34. Signed by Glasgow Celtic on 23 April 1903, he made two appearances for the first team and spent most of his time in the reserves.  He was suspended by the Scottish F.A. in 1904 and emigrated to Canada in 1905. His brother was killed last October.
  • Private John Basil Percy Williams (Welsh Fusiliers attached Royal Engineers) is killed at age 28. He is the son of the Reverend William Rhys Williams Vicar of Param Antugua West Indies.