Tuesday 5 June 1917 – We Lost 780

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Flight Lieutenant Raymond Collishaw (Royal Naval Air Service) shoots down a two-seater Albatross in flames.

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of a three time Prime Minister of New Zealand
  • A man whose son will be killed in June 1941
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Richard Bolster MC (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 34. His son will be killed in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in June 1941.
  • Captain Samuel Arnold Atkinson (New Zealand Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 43. He is the son of the late ‘Sir’ Harry Albert Atkinson KCMG three-time Prime Minister of New Zealand.
  • Captain Gerald Ogilivie Laing (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 30 at Greenland Hill. His brother was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
  • Private Archibald Edward Jones (Leicestershire Regiment) is killed at age 32. He is the son of the Reverend Enoch Edward Jones Rector of Shawel.
  • Private William Huggan (King’s Own Scottish Borderers) is killed. His brother will be killed in November and their cousin will die of wounds less than one week before the Armistice next year.
  • Private George Williams (East Kent Regiment) dies of wounds as a prisoner of war received last month. His brother was killed last October.