Monday 15 October 1917 We Lost 756
Flight Commander Joseph S T Fall (Royal Naval Air Service) attacks an enemy machine from in front at very close range, at times within twenty-five yards. He then turns sharply and attacks from behind, sending the enemy machine down spinning on its back and emitting great volumes of black smoke.
The hired drifter Active III (Skipper Alexander Smith RNR) is sunk by a mine off Milford Haven. Her skipper is killed at age 35.
Today’s losses include:
- A member of the McKeand theatrical family
- The son of a Member of Parliament
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- An Australian Rules footballer
- A member of the Penarth Rugby Club
- Multiple families that will two and three sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Major Cecil Herbert Shepherd-Cross (Duke of Lancaster’s Own Yeomanry) is killed at age 39. He is the son of Herbert Shepherd-Cross MP.
- Lieutenant Douglas Adamson Sutherland (New Brunswick Regiment) is killed in action at age 27. He is the son of the Reverend David Sutherland.
- Second Lieutenant Robert Francis Sanderson Christie (Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed at home. He is the son of the Reverend Barry Edwin Christie.
- Sergeant William Nicholson Fischer (Australian Field Artillery) is killed at age 34. He is an Australian Rules footballer who played for Melbourne in the Victorian Football League in 1908.
- Sergeant Edwin Boyle (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed in action. He is a member of the Penarth Rugby Club.
- Sergeant William McKenzie Landon (Australian Infantry) is killed two weeks after his brother was killed.
- Corporal John William Cooper (Royal Army Medical Corps) dies at home at age 27. His brother died serving in the same regiment last October.
- Corporal Albert Edward Townrow (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 25. His brother was killed in September 1915.
- Lance Corporal Walter Alfred Low (Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed at age 22. His brother died of wounds in September 1916.
- Private Selwyn Lumb (Royal Army Medical Corps) is killed in action at age 20. His brother will be killed in May 1918.
- Private Francis Gerald Van Smith de Heriz (Coldstream Guards) dies of wounds at age 35. He is the son of the Reverend Lionel Forbes Van Smith de Heriz who has already lost two sons in the Great War.
- Private Herbert Henry Kentsbeer (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) is killed at age 36. One brother was killed in April of this year and a second will die of wounds in May 1920.
- Private Charles Bailey (Royal West Kent Regiment) dies of wounds. His brother will be killed next April.
- Private Arthur Ernest Regent (Royal Scots) dies of severe wounds to leg and gas poisoning at age 36. He is Arthur Ernest McKeand a member of a theatrical family who spent his life from the age of six on stage. For sixteen months he held the position of assistant stage manager at Her Majesty’s Theatre and was an authority on the subject of stamps, butterflies and fossils, all of which he collected.