Saturday 1 September 1917 We Lost 340

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Walter Kember

Four Henri Farmans from Mudro bomb Chanak.

Second Lieutenant Walter Kember (Lancashire Fusiliers attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed in action at age 26 when his RE8 is shot down near Zonnebeke by Manfred von Richthofen.

Today’s losses include:

  • A victim of the Red Baron
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • Two men killed attempting to escape a German Prisoner of War Camp

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Edward Medley Sant (Royal Flying Corps) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend Edward Sant Vicar of Elsenham.
  • Lieutenant Leslie Davies (Australian Infantry) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend Thomas Davies.
  • Lieutenant Gerald Francis Mason (Hampshire Regiment attached Machine Gun Corps) is killed riding his motorcycle at home. He is the son of the Reverend Charles Arthur Mason Vicar of Kingsley.
  • Private George Campbell (Seaforth Highlanders) dies of wounds at age 33. His brother was killed in April of this year.
  • Gunner Frank Foord (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed. His brother died of wounds in July 1916.
  • Private James Busby (Middlesex Regiment) dies of wounds at age 41. His brother died of wounds in March 1915.
  • Two prisoners of war privates in the Royal Marines are killed while crossing electric fences in an attempt to escape their prisoner of war camp. Privates Edward Johnson and James J Kilcloyne are the only two Great War casualties buried in Turnhout Communal Cemetery.