Monday 25 June 1917 – We Lost 452
Second Lieutenant John Spencer Dunville (Dragoons) when in charge of a party consisting of Scouts and Royal Engineers engages in the demolition of the enemy’s wire, displays great gallantry and disregard of all personal danger. In order to ensure the absolute success of the work entrusted to him, Lieutenant Dunville places himself between the N.C.O. of the Royal Engineers and the enemy’s fire, and thus protected, this N.C.O. is enabled to complete a work of great importance. Lieutenant Dunville, although severely wounded, continues to direct his men in the wire-cutting and general operations until the raid is successfully completed, thereby setting a magnificent example of courage, determination and devotion to duty, to all ranks under his command. Lieutenant Dunville will die of his wounds tomorrow and be awarded the posthumous Victoria Cross for his efforts.
Today’s losses include:
- Victims of the Red Baron
- Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Robert Barnard Helme (Dragoons) is killed at age 21. His brother will be killed next October.
- Lieutenant Leslie Spencer Bowman age 19 (King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment) and Second Lieutenant James Edward Power-Clutterbuck age 23 (Royal Field Artillery attached Royal Flying Corps) are both killed when their RE8 is shot down by Manfred von Richthofen near Le Bizet. Both pilot and observer are the only sons of doctors.
- Flight Sergeant Francis George Matthews (Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed at age 25. His brother died of wounds in September 1915.
- Sergeant George Hourston DCM (Royal Flying Corps) dies on service at age 35 in India. His brother was killed in North Russia last January.
- Private Frank Deverill (Middlesex Regiment) is killed in action at age 20. He is one of three brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.
- Gunner Charlie Godfrey (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 25. His brother will be killed next March.