Sunday 21 October 1917 We Lost 807
Flight Sub Lieutenant Wilfred Austin Curtis (Royal Naval Air Service) in a combined attack with two other pilots sends down an enemy machine in flames, and twenty minutes later he follows another enemy scout from 10,000 to 2,000 feet, and sends it down in a vertical dive that ends in a crash. During an engagement between a British and a German formation, Flight Sub Lieutenant Ronald McNeill Keirstead (Royal Naval Air Service) attacks one of the enemy scouts and shoots its port wings away from the rest of the machine. He then dives on to some enemy scouts that are attacking another of our machines and brings one of them down.
HMS Marmion (Lieutenant Commander Herbert Inglis Nigel Lyon, Royal Navy) is sunk in a collision with HMS Tirade in bad weather off Lerwick, Shetland Islands.
- Lyon is the son of Admiral Herbert Lyon is killed at age 31 having fought in the battles of Coronel, the Falklands and Jutland. His father will die on service in Malta in March 1919.
- Also among the 76 killed is Engineer Lieutenant Donald Pearson the son of the Reverend Daniel Pearson killed at age 29.
Today’s losses include:
- The son of an Admiral
- A man whose father will die on service in 1919
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
- A man whose son was killed in 1915
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Robert Balfour Steele (Indian Army Reserve of Officers attached Royal Flying Corps) dies of wounds at age 31. He is the son of the Reverend John Ferguson Steele.
- Lieutenant Hector James Abbott Ferguson MC (Australian Engineers) is killed at age 31. His brother was accidentally killed in August 1918.
- Surgeon General ‘the Honorable’ Charles Pardey Lukis (Indian Medical Service) dies on service in India at age 60. He is the Director General and Member of the Viceroy’s Legislative Council of India. His son was killed in March 1915.
- Lance Corporal Harry Smith (Suffolk Regiment) dies of wounds received in action. His brother will die during the influenza outbreak in November 1918.
- Private Ernest Ridgwell (Royal Fusiliers) dies of wounds. His brother died on service in September 1916.
- Private Bertram William Bland (Machine Gun Corps) dies of wounds at age 26. His brother was killed in July 1916.
- Private Arthur Murfet (West Surrey Regiment) dies of wounds. His twin brothers were killed in July and October of last year.
- Private William Healy (Irish Fusiliers) dies on service at home. His brother was killed in November 1914.