Monday 3 September 1917 We Lost 540
Four Gotha bombers attack the Royal Naval barracks at Chatham with two bombs striking a drill hall being used as a temporary dormitory for naval recruits killing 130 and injuring 88.
Flight Lieutenant Arthur Roy Brown (Royal Flying Corps) attacks a two-seater Aviatik while in company with his flight. The enemy machine is seen to dive down vertically, the enemy observer falling over the side of the fuselage after being shot. Flight Commander Stearne Tighe Edwards (Royal Naval Air Service) with his flight attacks a two-seater Aviatik. The enemy machine is observed to go down in a vertical nose dive, and the enemy observer is seen to collapse in the cockpit.
Today’s losses include:
- Multiple sons of members of the clerg
- The grandson of a former Member of Parliament
- The subject of the biography Christopher
- A nurse whose brother will be killed next April
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
- The son of the editor of The Manxman
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain George Kenneth Thompson Fisher (Norfolk Regiment) is killed at age 38 in Palestine. He is the eldest son of Reverend George Carnac Fisher, successively Bishop of Southampton and Ipswich, and Honorable Canon of Norwich, of Burgh House, Fleggburgh, Norfolk, and of Mary Penelope Gwendoline, daughter of the late T C Thompson, of Ashdown Park, Sussex, late MP for Durham City. He married Janet Katherine Mary, daughter of Mr and Mrs Anson and sister of the late ‘Sir’ Denis Anson Baronet and leaves two sons. Captain Fisher was given a commission on the outbreak of the War in the Norfolk Regiment and sailed with them for Gallipoli in June 1915, taking part in the landing at Suvla Bay. He was mentioned in despatches. He was invalided home suffering from dysentery and then held a Staff Appointment and subsequently a position in the Ministry of Munitions, but returned to his regiment and sailed for Egypt in March 1917. Last night he was out on patrol in Gaza and, being somewhat in advance of the rest, is mortally wounded by a bomb thrown by a Turkish sniper. He is brought back into the lines by the patrol, but dies a few minutes after his return.
- Brothers serving in the Royal Flying Corps die within hours of each other one in England the other in France. Captain Geoffrey Harold Harding (Warwickshire Regiment attached Royal Flying Corps) drowns in the Thames at age 23. Lieutenant Sidney Allen Harding (Royal Flying Corps) dies of wounds received during an enemy air raid on his aerodrome at age 25.
- Lieutenant Leonard Widlake Dean (New Zealand Field Artillery) is killed at age 26. He is the son of the Reverend Oliver Dean Vicar of St Andrew’s Napier New Zealand.
- Second Lieutenant George Christopher Serocold Tennant (Welsh Guards) is killed in action near Langemarck at age 19. He will become the subject of the biography entitled Christopher by ‘Sir’ Oliver Lodge.
- Second Lieutenant Sidney Fraser Fraser Smith (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend David Fraser Smith.
- Nurse Katharine Ferrars Kinnear (St John’s Ambulance) dies of enteric fever in France at age 29. She is the daughter of the Reverend Henry G Kennear and has been awarded a Diploma by the French government in recognition of her services in the War. Her brother will be killed in April 1918.
- Sub Lieutenant Edward George Cummings Unwin (Hood Battalion, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) is killed in action at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend William Unwin and has a brother who will be killed in North Russia in September 1919.
- Corporal William Hurt (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed in action at age 19. His brother was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
- Able Seaman Geoffrey Marples Edwardes (Anson Battalion, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) is killed. He is the son of the editor of “The Manxman”.
- Private Thomas Palmer (Suffolk Regiment) dies of wounds received in action at age 19. His brother was killed in October 1914.
- Private William Newton Beer (Cambridgeshire Regiment) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
- Private Job Stephens (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in April 1916.
- Private Albert Owen Hewson (Sherwood Foresters) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed last April.