Saturday 11 August 1917 We Lost 739

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Harold Ackroyd VC

A Q-ship damages the German submarine U-44 with gunfire (see the following day).

Heavy German forces counter-attack positions captured yesterday.

Brigadier General Ronald Campbell Maclachlan DSO, General Officer Commanding 112th Brigade, 37th Division is killed in action at age 45.  He is shot by a sniper about 07:00 while going around the trenches in the Oosttaverne sector.  He is the son of the Reverend A Campbell.  A brother was accidentally killed in 1908 during the Mohmand Expedition on the Northwest Frontier and another will be killed in March 1918.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Brigadier General
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A man whose lost a brother on the Northwest Frontier in 1908 and another will be killed next year
  • A battalion commander
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • A man whose had made his wife a widow for the second time in the Great War
  • A man whose son will be born next January
  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • A journalist
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • A Military Chaplain
  • A man whose fiancé will be killed later this year

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Ernest Alfred Brooke Alston (Northamptonshire Regiment commanding 10th Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 40. He is the son of Surgeon Major William Evelyn Alston JP and he served in the South African War.
  • Major George Bernard Stratton (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) is killed at Coxyde at age 40. His wife is the widow of Captain Percy Yarborough Harakness who was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme and she will give birth to Major Stratton’s son in January of next year.
  • Captain Harold Ackroyd VC MC (Royal Army Medical Corps attached Royal Berkshire Regiment) is killed in action in Glencorse Wood, Ypres at age 40. Ten days earlier he performed deeds at Ypres that will win him the Victoria Cross.
  • Lieutenant Frederick John Munro (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed in action at age 33. He is a journalist, had received an MA at St Andrew’s University and is the son of the Reverend Robert Munro.
  • Lieutenant Harold Jackson Snowden (South Lancashire Regiment attached Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed in England. His brother was killed last March in Palestine.
  • Cadet Lionel Reginald Walker (Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed in Canada at age 18. He is the son of the Reverend Reginald Edmund Walker.
  • Chaplain Geoffrey Maynard Evans MC is killed in action at age 35.
  • Company Sergeant Major Ronald Jennings (Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed in action at age 29. His brother was killed in September 1916.
  • Corporal Walter Bulldeath (Rifle Brigade) is killed in action at age 29. His brother was killed in December 1914.
  • Gunner John Hamilton Nisbet (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds received in action at age 23. His intended wife will also be killed a few months later.