Friday 8 June 1917 – We Lost 1,305
Brigadier General Charles Henry Jeffries Brown DSO General Officer Commanding 1st New Zealand Brigade, New Zealand Division (New Zealand Staff Corps) is killed in action at Messines. He is killed by a shell while talking to the Divisional Commander Major General Russell near the Moulin de l’Hospice.
Today’s losses include:
- A General
- .Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- A Rosslyn Park Rugby footballer
- A 6-victory ace
- Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
- A man whose brother-in-law is killed
- Multiple brothers killed together
- A man whose son will be killed in 1943
- A member of the Melbourne Cricket Club and an Australian Rules footballer
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain William Thomas Bryan (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 35. He is the first student enrolled at Christian Brothers College in Perth. He was dux of the college in 1897 and 1898 and served as president of the Old Boys Association from 1907-1914. At Aquinas College he has a student house (faction) named after him called “Bryan House” as a mark of respect for what he did for Christian Brothers College. Captain Reuben Henry Gregory MC (Sherwood Foresters) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend William Henry Gregory Rector of Kedleston.
- Captain Edward Ernest Wynne (Leicestershire Regiment) is killed at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend Edward Horace Wynne Rector of Guestling and a Rosslyn Park Rugby footballer.
- Captain Ralph Anderson (Australian Infantry) is killed in action at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend Ernest Augustus, Bishop of Riverine New South Wales.
- Lieutenant Ernest John Norwood (Central Ontario Regiment) is killed in action at age 41. He is the son of the Reverend William George Norwood and a veteran of the South African War.
- Flight Lieutenant Thomas Grey Culling (Royal Naval Air Service) a 6-victory ace is killed at age 21.
- Second Lieutenant Keith Gaster Williams (New Zealand Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 32. He is the son of the Reverend Alfred Owen Williams.
- Second Lieutenant Walter Elmslie Hawkins (Gloucestershire Regiment) dies of wounds received in action at age 26. He is the son of the Reverend Walter Hawkins.
- Corporal Francis Watts Viles (Australian Infantry) is killed in action at age 26. His brother was killed yesterday.
- Lance Corporal George Austin (York and Lancaster Regiment) dies of wounds. His brother-in-law was killed near Ypres in April 1915 and his brother was wounded at Ypres in 1915 and will never fully recover dying in 1920.
- Brothers killed this day include Thomas and William Hamblyn who are killed with the Wellington Regiment and Albert, 21, and Ernest Raison, 22, who are killed with the Australian Infantry.
- Private Leslie Edward Lee (Australian Machine Gun Corps) is killed in action at age 22. He is a member of the Melbourne Cricket Club and an Australian Rules Footballer who played two games for Richmond.
- Private Colin Victor Cameron (Auckland Infantry) dies of wounds at age 20. His brother will be killed in September 1918.
- Private Albert Kennington (East Kent Regiment) dies of wounds at age 27. His son will be killed in February 1943 and he is the middle of three brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.