Saturday 9 June 1917 – We Lost 925

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Frederick James Harry Thayre

S S Harbury (Master William Craig age 56) is torpedoed and sunk 170 miles west of Ushanti. The crew of 12 including her Master is lost.

Today’s losses include:

  • 20 and 19 victory aces killed together
  • The son of an Engineer Rear Admiral
  • The brother of a future Air Marshall
  • A brined of author Vera Brittain
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • A man whose three brothers were killed on 25 September 1915

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain and pilot Frederick James Harry Thayre MC (Royal Flying Corps) is killed in action at age 22. He is a 20-victory ace while his gunner Captain Francis Richard Cubbon MC a 19-victory ace is killed at age 24.
  • Captain Clive Alan Whittingham (Royal Army Medical Corps) dies of shell wounds received at Messines at Battalion Headquarters at age 24. He is the brother of Air Marshal ‘Sir’ Harold Whittingham and son of Engineer Rear Admiral William Whittington.
  • Lieutenant Victor Richardson (Sussex Regiment attached King’s Royal Rifle Corps) dies of wounds in London received in the attack on “The Harp” east of Arras on 9 April. The 22-year old is a friend of Vera Brittain, who will become a famous writer.
  • Second Lieutenant Robert Anthony Barton (Australian Infantry) is killed attacking a German pillbox at Messines Ridge at age 32. His brother was killed last August.
  • Company Sergeant Major J B Cross (Canadian Machine Gun Corps) is killed at Arras. His brother was killed in April 1915.
  • Lance Corporal William Tomlinson (York and Lancaster Regiment) is killed at age 32. His two brothers were killed late last year.
  • Private Thomas Flynn (York and Lancaster Regiment) is killed at age 22. His twin brother will be killed in October.
  • Private Herbert Alexander Bice (Australian Infantry) is killed in action two weeks after his brother died in England.
  • Private Andrew Mochrie (Cameronians) is killed at age 28. His three younger brothers were all killed serving in different Regiments on 25 September 1915.