Wednesday 1 August 1917 We Lost 1,492
Temporary Captain Harold Ackroyd MC (Royal Army Medical Corps attached Royal Berkshire Regiment) works continuously disregarding danger tending wounded and saving the lives of officers and men in the front line at Ypres. In so doing he has to move across open ground under heavy machine gun, rifle and shell fire. On one occasion he carries a wounded officer to a place of safety under heavy fire and on another goes some way in front of the advanced line and brings in a wounded man under continuous sniper. For his actions Ackroyd will be awarded the Victoria Cross. He will be killed in ten days at Glencorse Wood, Ypres.
Lieutenant Arthur Halstead AM MC (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) dies of injuries he received the previous day when during instruction in bomb throwing a live bomb was accidentally dropped. Lieutenant Halstead placed himself between the bomb and the soldier who had dropped, in order to screen him, and tried to kick the bomb away, but it exploded, fatally wounding him. For his actions Lieutenant Halstead was awarded the Albert Medal posthumously.
Bombing Sopwith Strutters with fighter Strutters serving as escort bomb railway workshops at Halka Bounan. Many fires are started and one escort is lost.
Today’s losses include:
- An Albert Medal winner
- The grandson of the 2nd Baron Harlech
- Multiple families that will lose two, three and four sons in the Great War
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- Multiple Military Chaplains
- The son of a Justice of the Peace
- A man whose son will be killed at Anzio in the Second World War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain Louis Edwin William Egerton (Buckinghamshire Hussars attached XIV Corps Heavy Artillery) is killed in action at age 36. He is the son of Colonel ‘Sir’ Alfred Mordaunt and the Honorable Lady M G Egerton, grandson of the 2nd Baron Harlech and the son-in-law of Lord Victor Seymour. His brother was killed in action in September 1915.
- Captain Richard Wellington Shegog (Royal Army Medical Corps) is killed at age 31. He is the son of the Reverend Richard William Ashe Shegog Rector of Holmpatrick.
- Captain William J Taylor (Seaforth Highlanders) dies of pneumonia at home. His brother will be killed in July 1918.
- Captain James Grimshaw Cunliffe MC (Manchester Regiment) dies of wounds at age 31. His brother will be killed in March 1918.
- Roman Catholic Chaplain the Reverend Simon Stock Knapp DSO MC (attached Irish Guards) dies of wounds.
- Chaplain the Reverend John Kellie (attached Cameron Highlanders) is killed at age 34.
- Lieutenant Kenneth O’Gorman Harvard (Grenadier Guards) is killed at age 20. His brother will be killed next March.
- Lieutenant Ronald Charles Granville Gresham Leveson Gower (Coldstream Guards) dies of wounds at age 21. He is the son of Major Granville Charles Leveson Gower JP DL.
- Lieutenant Harold Bruce Lendrum (Seaforth Highlanders) dies of wounds received the previous day. He is the son of the Reverend John Lendrum.
- Second Lieutenant Herbert George Driffield (London Regiment) is killed at age 35. He is the son of the Reverend George Townshend Driffield.
- Second Lieutenant Kenneth Kemble Pelton MC (Leinster Regiment) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend William Frederick Pelton Vicar of Ullenhall.
- Lance Corporal Arthur Edward Smith (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 21. His brother will be killed in three days.
- Private Albert Waterfall (Sherwood Foresters) becomes the third of four brothers to be killed in the Great War when he is killed in action at age 20.
- Private Theodore Marshall (Cameron Highlanders) dies on service at home at age 22. His brother will be accidentally killed in December of this year.
- Private Malcolm McKinnon (Wellington Regiment) is killed at age 31. His brother was killed yesterday.
- Private Clement Lockwood (Cheshire Regiment) is killed. His two brothers have been killed in the last year.
- Private James Henry Nash (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 22. His brother committed suicide in March 1916 serving in Cairo.
- Private William Alexander (Black Watch) dies of wounds at Ypres. His brother will be killed next November.
- Private Andrew Duncan (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed last September.
- Private John Theodore Mitchinson Lewis (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 20. His brother will be killed in March 1918 and they are sons of the Reverend William John Lewis Rector of Eydon.
- Private Albert George Sherry (Sherwood Foresters) is killed at age 25. His son will be killed at Anzio