Friday 17 August 1917 We Lost 988

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William Joseph Gabriel Doyle

The Cunard cargo carrier Delphic is torpedoed while traveling from Cardiff to Montevideo with coal by UC-72, one hundred thirty-five miles off Bishop’s Rock.  Five lives are lost.

  • Chaplain Father William Joseph G Doyle MC (Dublin Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 44. He refused to wear a helmet, became a Jesuit 1907 and joined the forces in February of this year. Since joining the service he has served with the 8th Royal Irish Fusiliers, the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, the 9th Royal Dublin Fusiliers and the 6th and 7th Royal Irish Rifles.  He was recommended for the Victoria Cross the day he was killed.
  • Second Lieutenant Arthur Vivian Green (Dublin Fusiliers) is killed at age 21. His brother will be killed in March 1918.
  • Private L Fiske (Dublin Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 21 over two years after his twin brother has died at home while serving in the Army Service Corps.

Today’s losses include:

  • Two military Chaplains
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • A man whose twin brother has previously died on service
  • An all around athlete and horseman
  • The grandson of an Admiral
  • A 1910 unsuccessful Parliament candidate
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The brother of actress Dame Agnes Thorndike and author Russell Thorndike
  • The grandson of the 2nd Baron Dunsdandle and Clanconal
  • A grandson of Comte de Beaumont
  • A 7-victory ace
  • A member of the Hemel Hampsted Athletic Club and Highgate Harriers
  • A schoolmaster

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain William Michael Victor Banbury (Rifle Brigade) is killed in action at age 32. He was a fine horseman and all-around athlete.. He appeared in a number of London plays as a boy and is the grandson of Admiral ‘Sir’ William King-Hall.
  • Captain Hubert M O’Connor MC (Shropshire Light Infantry) dies of wounds. He was the 1910 unsuccessful candidate for East Limerick as an Independent Nationalist.
  • Lieutenant (Temporary Captain) Francis Herbert Thorndike (Lincolnshire Yeomanry attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed in action. He is the son of Canon Thorndike. He appeared in a number of London plays as a boy and is the brother of Dame Agnes Sybil Thornddike who created the lead role of Saint Joan for George Bernard Shaw’s play and the brother of Arthur Russell Thorndike author of the Doctor Syn of Romney Marsh
  • Lieutenant William Cecil Daly (Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 20. He is the grandson of the 2nd Baron Dunsandle and Clanconal.
  • Lieutenant Monmorency Beaumont Beaumont-Checkland (West Somerset Yeomanry attached Somerset Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 33. He is the grandson of the Comte de Beaumont and a barrister at law.  He leads a small reinforcement party to hold the line against a strong German counter-attack and falls within four miles of where the Tyne Cot Memorial is now located.  He is commemorated on that Memorial.
  • Lieutenant Harold Waddell Joslyn (Royal Flying Corps) is killed in action at age 23. He is a 7-victory ace and the son of the Reverend J H L Joslyn.
  • Second Lieutenant Michael Theodore Paget (Lancashire Fusiliers) becomes the third son of the Reverend Cecil George Paget Rector of Stock Gayland to be killed in little over a year. He is killed at age 19.
  • Second Lieutenant Alexander Conrad Pendrigh (Devonshire Regiment) dies of wounds received near Ypres on 31st July at age 19. He was educated at Whitgift Grammar School, Croydon, where he was a distinguished scholar and athlete.
  • Flight Sub Lieutenant Eric Augustine Bennetts (Royal Naval Air Service) is killed at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend Thomas Bennetts Rector of Lifton.
  • Chaplain the Reverend William Joseph Doyle MC (attached Dublin Fusiliers) is killed in action.
  • Sergeant Leonard Bowsher (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed in action at Passchendaele at age 23. His brother was killed last September.
  • Private Gildart Jackson Walker (British Columbia Regiment) is killed in action at age 36 at Vimy Ridge. He is the son of the late Reverend G C Walker.
  • Private J A Houghton (Leinster Regiment) is killed in action at age 28. His brother is also killed and commemorated on the Arras Memorial.
  • Private Albert Cutler (London Regiment) dies of wounds at Ypres at age 27. He is a member of the Hemel Hempstead Athletic Club and the Highgate Harriers.
  • Driver Walter Knight (Royal Field Artillery) dies of burns at age 22. His two brothers have already been killed.
  • Gunner Harold Ralph Shepherd MM (Australian Field Artillery, died of wounds at age 29. His brother was killed in May 1915.
  • Private Harry Thomas James Kenyon (Royal Army Medical Corps) a schoolmaster is killed at age 23.
  • Rifleman Sidney Couzens (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) dies of wounds at age 23. His brother will be killed in less than two months.
  • Private Albert Green (Manchester Regiment) is killed at age 34. His brother will be killed in March 1918.