Saturday 6 October 1917 We Lost 834

Donald McLeod

Enemy artillery fire is directed primarily against British new positions on the ridge from Broodseinde and southwards.

The fleet sweeping sloop Begonia (Lieutenant Commander Basil Stratford Noake) disappears in Atlantic to SW of England and is declared lost today. Her crew of ninety-five all become casualties of the Great War. Among those lost:

  • Probationary Surgeon Wesley Cope Holdsworth whose brother will die of wounds as a prisoner of war next June.
  • Leading Stoker Hellawell Bentley is lost at age 23. His brother was killed in the loss of submarine E47 last August and they are sons of the Reverend J Forster Holdsworth.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A Military Chaplain
  • A schoolmaster and liturgical student
  • A Scottish International footballer

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Francis Brainall Metcalfe (Australian Army Medical Corps) dies of wounds at age 24. His brother will die of wounds next April also serving in the Army Medical Corps.
  • Second Lieutenant Arthur Amyot Steward (Royal Field Artillery attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 35. He is the son of Canon Edward Steward.
  • Chaplain John Richard Duvall (attached Wiltshire Regiment) dies of wounds at Salonika at age 28.
  • Lance Corporal George Harry Hillier Crowther (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) dies of wounds received in action. He is a schoolmaster and was training to take Holy Orders.
  • Gunner Donald McLeod (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds received in action at age 38. He played for the Celtic Football Club from 1902-1908 appearing in 155 games and was a Scottish International.
  • Private Ernest John Wheeler (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 29. His brother was killed when the Bulwark exploded in November 1914.
  • Gunner Herbert Scowcroft (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in August.