Sunday 26 August 1917 We Lost 734
British attack and capture enemy positions east of Hargicourt (northwest of St Quentin) on a front of over one mile.
Today’s losses include:
- A son of the Clerk to the County Council Suffolk
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- A grandson of two members of the clergy
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
- A family that will lose four sons in the Great War
- A Gloucester cricket player
- An International Hockey Goalkeeper
- A Military Chaplain
- A man whose wife will commit suicide after receiving notice of his death
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Major Thomas Weeding (West Surrey Regiment) is killed at age 38. His brother was killed in December 1914 and they are sons of the Clerk to the County Council Surrey.
- Lieutenant John Gardner White (Cameronians attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed in action while on a “special mission” at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend John White DD. He was shot down by ground fire at about 200’ by ground fire.
- Second Lieutenant Herbert William Hare (General List attached Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed. His brother in law was killed last May.
- Second Lieutenant Ernest Ewart Gladstone Alderwick (Suffolk Regiment) is killed at age 31. He played cricket for Gloucester in 1908.
- Second Lieutenant John Francis Ashburnham Wodehosue (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 20. He is the grandson of the late Reverend Algernon Wodehouse Rector of Easton, Hants and the grandson of the Reverend Arthur Wodehouse.
- Probationary Flight Officer William Francis Ferrier (Royal Naval Air Service) is accidentally killed at age 18 at the Royal Naval Air Service Flying School at Vendome. He is the son of the Reverend Alexander Ferrier.
- Chaplain George Millar (attached Royal Army Medical Corps) dies on service at age 45. He is a Minister of Paterson United Free Church Kirkwell..
- Sergeant Finlay MacRae MM (Royal Scots) is killed at age 30. His is an International Hockey goal keeper.
- Lance Sergeant Albert V Baxter (Suffolk Regiment) is killed in action. His brother was killed in July 1916.
- Private Joseph Dennis (Sherwood Foresters) is killed at age 20. His brother will die of wounds in October 1918.
- Private John Caine (Royal Marines) dies of wounds received in action at age 34. His brother was killed in February 1915.
- Private William George Pateman (Suffolk Regiment) is killed in action at age 19. His brother will be killed in August 1918.
- Private Alfred Waterfall (Sherwood Foresters) dies in Egypt at age 29. He is the last of four brothers who lose their lives serving in the forces in the Great War.
- Private Alfred Fossard (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed in action. His widow will commit suicide in the Salterhebble canal after she receives notice of his death.