Tuesday 12 June 1917 – We Lost 535

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Thomas Richard Chetwynd Birkin

The Armed trawler HMS Sea King (Commander G Herbert) sinks the German submarine U-66.

Today’s losses include:

  • Son of a Baronet
  • Multiple son of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • The nephew of a Viscount

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Robert Dunlop Smith (Punjabis) is killed south of Kilwa Kiwinji East Africa at age 24. He is the son of the Very Reverend ‘Sir’ George Adam Smith (Principal of the University of Aberdeen) and Lady Smith JP. His brother was killed in September 1915.
  • Lieutenant Thomas Richard Chetwynd Birkin (Dragoon Guards attached Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed in France at age 22. He is the eldest son of the 2nd Baronet ‘Sir’ Thomas Stanley Birkin and nephew of Viscount Chetwynd. His two brothers will turn to racing after the war, one being killed on a motor cycle in 1927.
  • Second Lieutenant Hugo Cholmondeley Arnold (East Kent Regiment) dies of wounds at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend Henry Abel Arnold Rector of Wolsingham.
  • Flight Sub Lieutenant Langley Frank Willard Smith (Royal Naval Air Service) is accidentally killed when his Camel loses a wing and breaks up while attempting to intercept 16 Gotha bombers.
  • Second Lieutenant John James Erskine Brown Stewart (Royal Scots) dies of wounds at age 31. He is the son of the late Reverend Robert Stewart DD Minister of New Greyfriars Parish Church Edinburgh.
  • Sergeant Arthur William Joseph Searle (Royal Garrison Artillery) dies of abdominal wounds received 5 days earlier on his 22nd He was the first boy from Hemel Hempstead to be awarded a silver watch for 8 years perfect attendance at school and never being late during that period.
  • Private John Hopkins (Cambridgeshire Regiment attached Royal Engineers) is killed in action at age 22. His brother was killed in October 1916.
  • Gunner Christopher Thomas Honey MM (Royal Garrison Artillery) dies of wounds at age 32. His brother died of wounds last April.
  • Gunner Albert Jarvis (Australian Field Artillery) is killed at age 31. His brother was killed in May 1916 in Mesopotamia.
  • Private Hugh Morris (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed at age 24. He is the middle of three brothers who are killed in the Great War.