Thursday 18 October 1917 We Lost 795
First Engineer Alexander Evitt (SS Madura, Mercantile Marine) is killed at age 56 when his ship is sunk. His son will be killed in September 1918 also serving in the Merchant Marine.
Today’s losses include:
- A Merchant Mariner whose son will also be killed in the Merchant Marines next year
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
- A man shot at dawn
- The brother of a professional cricketer
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Robert de Bedick Saunderson (attached Gold Coast Regiment, West Africa Frontier Force) is killed at Lukeledi Mission Dar Es Salaam at age 26. He is the only son of the late Reverend Reverend de Bedick Saunderson vicar of Milton Kent.
- Second Lieutenant Leonard Webb Hearn (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) is killed at age 27. His brother was killed in July 1916.
- Second Lieutenant Herbert Heron Fraser (Seaforth Highlanders) dies of wounds at age 34. He is the son of the Reverend James Fraser.
- CQMS William Alexander (Alberta Regiment) is executed for desertion by a firing squad at age 37. He deserted 15th August but was located four days later after his battalion had suffered some 400 casualties in the meantime on Hill 70.
- Fitter Staff Sergeant Bernard Kilner MSM (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action. He is the brother of professional cricketer Roy Kitner who played nine test matches in the 1920’s.
- Sergeant Charles Ewart Sargeant (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed seven months ago.