Monday 18 June 1917 – We Lost 539
The hired trawler Borneo is sunk by a mine off Beachy Head. Her captain Skipper William Allan Royal Naval Reserve is killed at age 30.
Today’s losses include:
- The world flyweight boxing champion
- The son of a Baronet, JP and Governor of the Leeward Islands
- A man whose brother will die of wounds in Italy in November 1943
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- Another son of a Justice of the Peace
- Victims of the Red Baron
- Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
- A man whose son will be killed in the Second World War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain John Eustace Fiennes (Gordon Highlanders) is killed at age 21. He is the son of Lieutenant Colonel the Honorable ‘Sir’ Eustace Fiennes 1st Baronet JP the Governor of the Leeward Islands. His brother will die of wounds in Italy in November 1943.
- Lieutenant Murray Eden Newton (London Regiment attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 22. He is the only son of the Reverend George Herbert Newton Vicar of Wisborough.
- Lieutenant Bevis Heppel Bean (Welsh Fusiliers attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 27. He is the son of the Reverend Benjamin Bean.
- Lieutenant David Ethelston Davies (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend John Davies Rector of Llangybi.
- Lieutenants Ralph Walter Elly Ellis (Royal Garrison Artillery attached Royal Flying Corps) and Harold Carver Barlow (Lancashire Fusiliers attached Royal Flying Corps) are both killed in action when Manfred von Richthofen shoots down their RE8. The observer is the son of Frank Barlow JP and he is killed at age 27.
- Sergeant Percival William Lewis Carey (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 28. His brother will be killed on 21 March 1918.
- Corporal Arthur John Howe (Suffolk Regiment) is killed. His brother will be killed next month.
- Corporal Walter Gill (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother died on service in March 1916.
- Private William Harry Reeman (Suffolk Regiment) is killed in action his two brothers will lose their lives as a result of war service.
- Rifleman Henry Augustus Kirby (Irish Rifles) is killed at age 39. His brother was killed in March last year.
- Private Fred Stapley (Suffolk Regiment) is killed at age 36. His son will lose his life in the Second World War.
- Private William (Bill) Ladbury (Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed at age 25. He is the world fly-weight boxing champion.