Tuesday 17 July 1917 We Lost 613
George V announces that the British royal family’s name will change from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor.
The submarine C34 (Lieutenant Inglesby Stuart Jefferson age 24) is sunk by the German submarine U-52 while on the surface off the Shetlands. The crew of 18 has one survivor. Lieutenant Jefferson is a holder of the Royal Humane Society’s Medal for rescuing a soldier from drowning. The minesweeper HMS Newmarket (Commander Fitzroy Henry Hall killed) is sunk in action with German submarine U-38 in the Eastern Mediterranean. The crew of 63 is lost. Commander Hall’s brother was killed on Gallipoli in September 1915.
Second Lieutenant James Donals Sutherland (Australian Infantry attached Royal Flying Corps) dies of injuries received in England. His brother Edward Charles Munro will have his diaries published after the war as Diaries of a stretcher-bearer 1916-18. Another brother Private Christian Munro will be killed next April.
Today’s losses include:
- Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
- A holder of the Royal Humane Society Medal for life saving
- A man whose brother will publish his war diaries
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- A member of the clergy
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain Francis Henry Nash MC (North Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 33. He is the son of the Reverend Francis Lochie Nash Vicar of Lane End.
- Captain Geoffrey Peel (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 22. He is a former scholar at Trinity College, Oxford. His brother will be killed in April 1918.
- Captain Arthur Hensley Hudson (Berkshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend Thomas William Hudson Rector of Gt Shefford who lost another son last October.
- Captain Chetwode Percy Evill MC (Indian Army Reserve of Officers) dies in India. He is the only son of the Reverend H Marten Evill.
- Lieutenant George Lionel Temple Maddison (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 28 at Zillebeke. He is the son of the Reverend G H Maddison.
- Lieutenant Roger Bolton Hay MC (West Yorkshire Regiment attached Royal Flying Corps) a five-victory ace dies of wounds as a prisoner of war received in action northeast of Nieuport at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend Reynell Wreford Hay.
- Flight Sub Lieutenant Rivers Gordon Begg (Royal Naval Air Service) is accidentally killed at age 19 in Italy. His brother was killed in November 1916.
- Second Lieutenant Walter Austin Rowley (Leicestershire Regiment) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend Walter Poutney Rector of Theydon Garnon.
- Second Lieutenant Bertram Allen Rudall (Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend John Bertram Rudall Vicar of St Jude’s Southwark.
- Second Lieutenant George Herbert Altoft (West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at Zillebeke at age 24. His brother was killed last November at Beaumont Hamel.
- Corporal Frederick Kinghan (Saskatchewan Regiment) is killed at age 37. He is a Methodist minister.
- Private Alexander Brebner (Saskatchewan Regiment) is killed in action at age 30. His brother died after undergoing an operation for appendicitis in June 1916.
- Private Fred Jobson (Bedfordshire Regiment) dies in Mesopotamia at age 31. He is one of three brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.
- Driver Charles Sparkes (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at Gavrelle. His brother died as a prisoner of war last December.
- Private Daniel Galt DCM MM (Cameron Highlanders) dies of wounds at age 32. He is the middle of three brothers who are killed in the war.