Friday 15 June 1917 – We Lost 661
Flight Lieutenant Raymond Collishaw (Royal Naval Air Service) while on an offensive patrol during the morning forces down a hostile scout in a nose dive. Later he drives down a hostile two seater machine completely out of control. Flight Sub Lieutenant Ellis Vair Reid (Royal Naval Air Service) is leading a patrol of three scouts when he encounters a formation of enemy machines. During the combat which ensues he forces one machine down completely out of control. Next he attacks at a range of about thirty yards another hostile scout. The pilot of this machine is killed, and it goes down completely out of control.
The trawler HM Towhee (Skipper Frederick Thomas Ellison age 40) disappears while on escort duty in the English Channel. Seaman James Webster (Royal Naval Reserve) is lost. His brother was killed serving on HMS Invincilbe at the Battle of Jutland.
Today’s losses include:
- The grandson of a Justice of the Peace
- Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Colonel Herbert Gaussen Sargeaunt (16th Heavy Artillery Group, Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed in action at age 44. His brother was killed in July 1915. They are grandsons of Charles Sargeauant JP.
- Second Lieutenant Leslie Alfred Okey (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 23. He is the last of three brothers to lose his life in the Great War.
- Second Lieutenant Claude Alexander Huskisson (Hampshire Regiment attached Trench Mortar Battery) is killed at age 22. His brother died of wounds last January.
- Rifleman Arthur Leason (Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 31. His brother was killed in March 1916.