Sunday 1 July 1917 – We Lost 621
The announcement in Holland of assurances by Lord Derby that Britain will not strike at Germany through Holland if she remains neutral is made.
Today’s losses include:
- A member of the Silver Medal winning 1908 England Olympic rugby team
- An Artillery Group commander
- The son of a Jurist
- The son of a General
- The grandson of a member of the clergy
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Colonel Robert John Fitzgerald Ingham DSO (commanding 58th Heavy Artillery Group Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 36. He is the son of Judge R W Ingham.
- Major Cecil Erskine Graham (Border Regiment attached North Staffordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 34. He is the son of the late Major General Gordon.
- Captain Jack Frederick Bligh MC (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 24. He is the son of Lodovick Edward Bligh JP and grandson of the Reverend Honorable Edward Vesey Bligh.
- Sub Lieutenant Charles Bernard Orfeur (Royal Naval Air Service) dies of injuries received 27th June at age 25. His brother will be killed in August 1918.
- Lance Corporal John William Fincham (Suffolk Regiment) is killed at age 36. His brother was killed last January.
- Private Walter Measday (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 26. His brother will be killed on 30th December 1917.
- Private Arthur James Wilson (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 29. He was a member of the Silver Medal Winning 1908 England Olympic Rugby team.
- Private Alexander Patten (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed last October.