Monday 17 September 1917 We Lost 426

                             Christmas Truce 1914

Major Miles Barne DSO (Suffolk Yeomanry attached Scots Guards) dies of wounds when a damaged British aircraft accidentally releases a bomb on British lines at age 43.  He is the son of Lieutenant Colonel John and Lady Constance Barne.  He was one of two officer court martialed for the Christmas Truce of 1914 but was acquitted. His brother was killed last April in the Royal Flying Corps and they are grandsons of ‘Sir’ Francis George Hugh Seymour 5th Baronet and he is the son in law of Archibald Ernest Orr Ewing 3rd Baronet.

Germans fail in a raid on British trenches south of Lombartzyde.

Today’s losses include:

  • A man court martialed and acquitted for the Christmas Truce of 1914
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • The grandson and son-in-law of Baronets
  • The great grandson of the 6th Earl of Buckinghamshire

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant George Miles Awdrey Hobart-Hampden (Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed at age 21. He is the great grandson of the 6th Earl of Buckinghamshire.
  • Private William Thomas Clare (Yorkshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 19. His brother will be killed in 3 days.
  • Private John Matheson (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed. His brother was killed in April of this year.
  • Private John Joseph Lomax (Machine Gun Corps) dies of wounds received in action at age 22. His brother died of wounds in August 1916.