Monday June 4 1917 – We Lost 512

The Royal Naval Air Service provides service in the bombardment of Ostend.

Today’s losses include:

  • A victim of Werner Voss
  • An Essex County Constable
  • A member of the clergy
  • A family that will lose two sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Reginald George Hewett Pixley MC (Royal Field Artillery attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed in action at age 24 when his Sopwith Pup is shot down by Werner Voss south east of Douai. In 1911 he represented a combined English Schools rifle team in Canada having been the Captain of the Shooting VIII at Eton.  His grave where the Germans buried Pixley will be discovered in 1919 by a friend who had known him since childhood and who had gone to France, at the behest of the Pixley family, with the express purpose of establishing his fate. His grave is in the garden of a house in Guoy and has been carefully tended by the French lady who owned the property.
  • Sergeant Charles Norwood (Royal Garrison Artillery) dies of wounds received in action at age 27. He is a member of the Essex County Constabulary.
  • Sergeant Harold Ernest Argus (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 30. He is a clergyman.
  • Corporal Ernest Thomas Griffiths (Royal West Kent Regiment) dies of wounds. His brother was killed last April.