Saturday 23 June 1917 – We Lost 486
Captain Richard Henry Driffield Lee (Norfolk Regiment attached Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed as a test pilot at home at age 29. He is an amateur photographer and all round sportsman who is wicket keeper in the Norwich Union cricket team. He is a keen motorist, took part in office dramatic society performances and installed a wireless at his father’s house. He enlisted in August 1914 in the Norfolk Regiment and was wounded while flying recovers and becomes a test pilot at Mousehold where his machine crashes and he is killed today. He is the son of the Reverend Frederick Lee Rector of Woodton and his only brother died of pneumonia while on service at home in March 1916. They are both buried in Woodton (All Saint’s) Churchyard Cemetery.
Today’s losses include:
- A test pilot
- An England Football International
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
- A Norwich Union cricketer
- The son of a member of the clergy
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Private James Conlin (Highland Light Infantry) is killed at age 35. He is an English International and Bradford City Football Club player who also played for Celt’s Rovers, Hibernian, Falkirk, Albion Rovers, Manchester City and Birmingham.
- Private Percy Shipstone (Cheshire Regiment) is killed at age 27. His brother was killed last month.