Thursday 28 June 1917 – We Lost 552
East of Loos Second Lieutenant Frank Bernard Wearne (Essex Regiment) commanding a small party in a raid on the enemy’s trenches gains his objective in the face of fierce opposition and manages to maintain his position against repeated counter-attacks. Then, realizing that if the left flank is lost his men will have to give way, he leaps on to the parapet and follows by his left section, runs along the top of the trench firing and throwing bombs. While doing this he is severely wounded, but continues directing operations until he receives two more wounds, the second mortal. For his efforts he will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross.
Today’s losses include:
- A Victoria Cross winner
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- An Assistant Scout Master
- A family that will lose two sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Bernard St George Hamilton (Highland Light Infantry attached Machine Gun Corps) is killed in action at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend J Miller Hamilton.
- Lieutenant Thomas Alexander Rowat (Eastern Ontario Regiment) is killed in action at age 38. He is the son of the Reverend A Rowat.
- Second Lieutenant Douglas Jolland Rew (Essex Regiment) an assistant scoutmaster is killed at age 33.
- Private Harry Nicholls (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in July 1916.