Tuesday 28 August 1917 We Lost 403

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David Westacott

The 2nd/6th Gloucestershire Regiment suffers fourteen men killed in action though carrying out no offensive actions. The South Staffordshire Regiment carries out a trench raid in the Hulloch Sector after heavy artillery is turned on the wire. Approximately five officers and one hundred other ranks rush the German trenches at 20:00 and by 21:00 they have withdrawn returning with five prisoners. For his actions in the raid Sergeant John Kelly will be awarded the DCM. He will be killed in just over four months on the next to the last day of the year.

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of a Brigadier General
  • A man whose son was killed last April
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • A man whose brother was killed at Jutland
  • The grandson of a Baronet
  • A Welsh Rugby Union International

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Harry Denison DSO (Royal Horse Artillery) dies of wounds received the previous day. He is the son of Brigadier General Henry Denison CB CBE and had served at Gallipoli, the Somme, Messines, Vimy Ridge, Ypres and Langemarck.
  • Major Lambert Dumont La Violette MC (Quebec Regiment) dies of wounds at home. His son was killed in April of this year.
  • Lieutenant William Prince (York and Lancs Regiment) dies of wounds. His brother was killed on HMS Black Prince at the Battle of Jutland.
  • Lieutenant James Shirley Heathcote (Coldstream Guards) dies on service at home at age 30. His brother was killed in July 1916 and they are grandsons of the Right Honorable ‘Sir’ William Heathcote 5th
  • Sergeant James George Dedman (Royal West Surrey Regiment) dies of wounds as a prisoner of war at age 23. His brother was killed last December.
  • Private Frank Ernest Austin (Worcestershire Regiment) dies of wounds received during a heavy bombardment while acting as a stretcher-bearer at Ypres. His brother was killed in September 1916.
  • Private David Westacott (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 35. He is a Welsh Rugby Union International who earned one cap in 1906 who played for Cardiff and Glamorgan from 1903-10.
  • Private William Bennett (Cheshire Regiment) dies of wounds as a prisoner of war in Germany one month after being captured. He is the middle of three brothers who are killed in the Great War.