Wednesday 22 August 1917 We Lost 1,669
The Handley Page O/100 heavy bomber captured by the Germans on 1st January of this year crashes at Johannisthal aerodrome.
A Gotha raid of fifteen aircraft reaches the English coast and is met by anti-aircraft fire from picket ships and Royal Naval Air Service aircraft. In an attempt to avoid the fighters the Germans turn towards Dover and two Gothas are shot down including one shot down by Flight Commander Gerald Essex Hervey (Royal Naval Air Service) who brings one of them down into the sea.
Today’s losses include:
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
- A man whose sister will die on service in the Volunteer Aid Detachment
- The son of a Member of Parliament
- Multiple Baptist ministers
- A Cambridge Rowing Blue
- A Military Chaplain
- The son of a Writer to the Signet
- A man whose brother-in-law is killed
- Multiple men whose sons will be killed in the Second World War
- A conscience objector who later joined the Royal Navy
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain Richard Powell (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 31. He is the son of the Reverend George Bather Powell Rector of Munslow.
- Captain Douglas Llewellyn Jones (Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend John David Jones Vicar of St Mary’s Lincoln.
- Captain Duncan Innes Murray-Menzies MC (Black Watch attached Tank Corps) is killed in action at age 20. His older brother has been killed in January 1915.
- Captain Cyril Thomthwaite Brooke (Somerset Light Infantry attached Dorsetshire Regiment) is killed at age 26. He is the son of Richard Brooke the Archdeacon of the Cape Province South Africa.
- Captain Charles Lancelot Chapman MC (Royal Artillery) is killed at age 25. His sister will die serving in the Voluntary Aid Detachment next August.
- Captain Vernon Christopher Russell Caley MC (Warwickshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend William Bertram Russell Caley Vicar of St Matthias Plymouth.
- Lieutenant William Young (Cameron Highlanders) is killed at Passchendaele at age 24. He is the son of William Young Member of Parliament.
- Lieutenant Alexander James Bolton Milne (Gordon Highlanders) is killed at age 22. He is a former Baptist minister and the son of Reverend A A Milne.
- Lieutenant Cyril Clyde Franklyn (Australian Field Artillery) is killed. His brother was killed in March of this year.
- Lieutenant Kenneth Gordon Garnett MC (Royal Field Artillery) dies on service at home at age 25. He was Rowing Blue # 5 in the Cambridge Eight in 1914 and his brother was accidentally killed in the Royal Flying Corps last September.
- Second Lieutenant Geoffrey Nicholson (Royal Flying Corps) dies of wounds received the previous day at age 23. He is able to bring his wounded observer and himself back in his crippled aeroplane to their aerodrome though both will die shortly thereafter. He is the son of Joseph Shield Nicholson Professor at Edinborough University.
- Chaplain William Duncan Thomson Black (attached Cameron Highlanders) dies on active service at age 36.
- Second Lieutenant Thomas Wardlaw Horne (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed at age 20. He is the only surviving son of Thomas Home, Writer to the Signet and a cousin of General ‘Lord’ Home. In April 1915 he was sent to Gallipoli, landing at Anzac Cove serving in the Peninsula until he is severely wounded the following August. In 1916 he is given a commission in the Seaforth Highlanders and serves with them in Flanders, until fever causes his return to England. He then acts for some time as Musketry Instructor in Ireland, but returned to France this month, and has only been a few days with his Regiment, when he falls, leading his platoon in the first wave of an attack near Ypres. There are no survivors of his Company, which gets to the enemy second line and is then surrounded. Among those lost is
- Private Gilbert L Matheson (Seaforth Highlanders). His brother was killed less than one month previously
- Private James MacGregor (Seaforth Highlanders) who has two brothers who will lose their lives next year.
- Sergeant Walter Allingham (Machine Gun Corps) dies of wounds at age 35. His brother will die of wounds next month.
- Private Thomas Charles Brown (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed at age 25. His younger brother will be killed next August.
- Private William Monnery (Shropshire Light Infantry) is killed at age 32. His brother will be killed in October of this year.
- Private William A Maben (Herefordshire Regiment attached Shropshire Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 33. His brother will be killed in action in one year and one day.
- Private Charles Denslow (Somerset Light Infantry) is killed one week after his brother and two years the first brother fell on Gallipoli.
- Private William C Holt (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed. His brother was killed in May 1915.
- Private Albert John Drewitt (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed last November and their brother in law will also be killed in the war.
- Private Frank Herbert Gardner (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed in action. His brother will be killed next March.
- Private John Todd (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed in April 1916.
- Private John Maltman (Tanks Corps) is killed at age 31. His son will be killed in the Second World War.
- Private Harry Osborn Collins (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed at age 37. His son will be killed in the Second World War.
- Able Seaman James Harold Easter (HM Trawler Sophron, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) dies of wounds received when his ship strikes a mine, blows up and sinks. He is the eldest son of the Pastor of Over Baptist Chapel and is a Baptist pastor himself. He is a conscience objector who later joins the Navy.