Sunday 12 August 1917 We Lost 552
Eleven Gothas raid Southend and Margate killing 32 and injuring 46. Among the dead are Mrs. Elizabeth Mary West age 55 and her 13 year old daughter Gladys. They will be buried in the same grave. Ironically her three sons all are in the Army and all survive the war. Lieutenant Harold Spencer Kerby (Royal Naval Air Service) attacks hostile machines returning from the raid on England. One hostile machine is driven down by him to the water where it is observed to turn over.
Captain Arthur W Keen (Royal Flying Corps) observes three enemy two-seaters at which he dives when patrolling east of Oppy. One of the German machines turns and flies towards his Nieuport so Captain Keen loops over the German aircraft and opens fire when diving down, and the right hand planes of the enemy aircraft fold back, after which it falls and crashes.
HMS Oracle (Lieutenant Commander A Grendon Tippet) rams and sinks a German submarine the day after she was damaged by a Q-ship.
Today’s losses include:
- A mother and her daughter killed in Gotha raid
- The son of a General
- A Canadian journalist
- Son of a Jurist
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- A man whose son will be killed in the Second World War
- Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain Claude William Treherne (Assistant Director of Medical Services Royal Army Medical Corps) dies of wounds received at Wytschaete on 31st July at Etaples at age 28. He is the son of Major General ‘Sir’ Francis Treherne KCMG.
- Lieutenant ‘The Honorable’ James Logan (East African Intelligence Department) is killed in action.
- Lieutenant Gilbert Thomas Richardson Pettigrew (Herefordshire Regiment attached Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed. He is a journalist on the staff of Winnipeg Telegram and Montreal Daily Mail.
- Lieutenant Eric Wier Mason (South African Heavy Artillery) is killed in action at age 26. He is the son of Judge Mason, Pretoria, South Africa.
- Lieutenant Christopher Godfrey Guy (Northamptonshire Regiment) dies of wounds as a prisoner of war at age 23. He is the only son of the Reverend Frederic Godfrey Guy Vicar of Manea.
- Sergeant John Winship Bewick (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 35. His son with the same name will lose his life serving in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in the Second World War.
- Corporal Charles Gordon Stuart-Cox (Gloucestershire Regiment) is gassed to death one year after his brother was killed in action. They are sons of the Reverend Charles Edward Cox and dies at age 25.
- Gunner Lewis Henry Burrowes (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 40. His two brothers were killed in the first 6 months of the war.
- Gunner Joseph Edward Hickson (Royal Horse Artillery) is killed at age 21. His brother will be killed in December.
- Private Robert George Shorter (Middlesex Regiment) is killed. His brothers have been already killed in the war.