Wednesday 5 September 1917 We Lost 385
In company with formation, Flight Lieutenant Arthur Roy Brown (Royal Flying Corps) attacks an Albatross scout and two-seater, driving them away from our lines. One machine is observed to go down apparently out of control. Flight Sub Lieutenant Robert Leckie (Royal Naval Air Service) rescues the crew of a DH4.
Five fishermen are killed when the motorboat Margaret strikes a mine and sinks near Wick. Among the dead are a father and son both named John Miller.
Today’s losses include:
- A father and son killed together
- A man killed on his wife’s birthday and the day after his second wedding anniversary
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
- A man whose wife will die on service 12 November 1918
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant William Edwyn Sandys (Royal Flying Corps) is killed on his wife’s birthday at age 26. Is a fine all-around sportsman, horseman, very musical and had travelled extensively. It is also the day after his second wedding anniversary.
- Lieutenant Hugh MacDiarmid Turnbull (Royal Scots) is killed in action at age 24. He is the son of Reverend A Turnbull, Minister of Darjeeling, India.
- Lieutenant James Hywel Parry (Royal Welsh Fusiliers) is killed at age 26. His brother was killed in October of last year and they are sons of the Reverend J Hywell Parry.
- Second Lieutenant Arthur Armer (Border Regiment) is killed at age 23. His wife will die on service the day after the Armistice is signed serving in the Women’s Royal Air Force.
- Private Ernest Bywaters (Northamptonshire Regiment) dies at home at age 18. He has two brothers who will be killed during the Great War.
- Gunner W L Cairns (Canadian Royal Artillery) is killed at age 25. His brother will be killed in April 1918.