Thursday 2 August 1917 We Lost 1,022
Squadron Commander Edwin Harris Dunning DSC (Royal Naval Air Service) becomes the first pilot to land his aircraft on a moving ship when he lands his Sopwith Pup on HMS Furious in Scapa Flow. He will be killed in less than a week attempting the same maneuver.
Today’s losses include:
- A former battalion commander
- A member of the Marylebone Cricket Club
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- The son of a Baronet
- Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Colonel Albert Edward Sydney Louis Paget MVO (Hussars) dies at home of illness contracted at the front at age 38. He is the son of General the Right Honorable ‘Sir’ Arthur Henry Fitzroy Paget and a member of the MCC.
- Major Cyprian Edward Borton (Baluchis attached Malay States Guides) is killed at Jniad Aden at age 37. He is the son of the Reverend Neville Borton Vicar of Burwell Cambridgeshire.
- Lieutenant Rupert George Carington Napier (Grenadier Guards) is killed in action at age 31. He is the son of Colonel the Honorable George Campbell Napier.
- Lieutenant Wilfred James Dashwood (Grenadier Guards) dies of wounds at age 34. He is the son of ‘Sir’ George John Egerton Dashwood the 6th His two brothers were killed in action in May 1915.
- Lieutenant Kenneth Fleetwood Gordon Pinhey (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 21. He is the son of Lieutenant Colonel ‘Sir’ Alexander Pinhey.
- Second Lieutenant John Ernest North Albrecht (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 19. His brother was killed in the first weeks of the Great War.
- Second Lieutenant Clifford Jones (Royal Welsh Fusiliers) is killed at age 25. He is the only son of the late Reverend Daniel Jones a Baptist Minister.
- Lance Corporal Arthur John Thomas (Coldstream Guards) dies of wounds received three days prior at age 28. His brother was killed in October 1914.
- Private William George Marshall (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed at age 30. His brother was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.