Monday 22 October 1917 We Lost 1,355
The submarine C32 (Lieutenant C P Satow) is seriously damaged during an attack an attack on German naval forces off Vaist Bay. She is blown up to avoid capture by her crew near Pernau, Gulf of Riga.
British and French troops advance on either side of the pres-Staden railway, northeast of Ypres. All objectives are taken along with positions southeast of Poelcappelle. The southern defences of Houthulst Forest are also captured.
Today’s losses include:
- The son of a General
- Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- A Bangor Rugby Football Club player
- A Raith Rovers Football Club player
- A 1908 Olympic diver
- An Australian Rules footballer
- A man whose younger brother will be killed in April 1942
- A man whose nephew will be killed in April 1940
- A man who has two uncles killed in the Great War
- An Assistant Scout Master
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Major Owen Reginald Schreiber MC (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds the day before his 24th He is the son of Brigadier General Acton Lemuel Schreiber CB CMG DSO.
- Captain Howard Jack Hamilton-Cox (Royal Marine Artillery) is killed at age 22. His brother was killed less than two months ago.
- Captain Arthur Thomas Abraham MC (Manchester Regiment) is killed at age 32. He is the son of the Reverent T P Abraham Rector of Risby Suffolk.
- Second Lieutenant Henry Irwin Mahaffy (Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 23. He is a member of the Bangor Rugby Football Club and his nine year old brother will be killed April 1942 serving in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
- Second Lieutenant Harry Crank (Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed in Ypres at age 32. He competed in the diving competition in the 1908 Olympics.
- Sergeant George McLay MM (Royal Scots) is killed at age 28 when he is caught in wire entanglements while attacking German pillboxes and shot several times. He played his last game for the Raith Rovers Football Club on 16th January 1915.
- Corporal John Charles Whetton (Norfolk Regiment) is killed at age 23. His brother will be killed next April.
- Private Victor Watmough (Royal Scots) is killed in action at age 19. He is the youngest of three brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.
- Private Sidney Charles Jolley (Norfolk Regiment) is killed in action. He is the last of three other brothers who will be killed in the Great War.
- Rifleman James Harrowell (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in April 1915.
- Private Edward William Moore (Leicestershire Regiment) is killed at age 27. His brother was killed in June 1915.
- Private Wilfred Gordon Anson (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 27. He is the son of the Reverend Harcourt Suft Anson Rector of Southover.
- Private Frederick James Brown (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed. His brother will be killed next month.
- Private Leslie Joseph James (Australian Infantry) an Australian Rules Footballer is killed at age 27. He scored 14 goals in 72 games with Geelong from 1909 to 1911 and 1913 to 1915.
- Private John Edward Harrison (Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed. His brother will be killed in March next year.
- Private Harold Torr (Hood Royal Naval Division) is killed at age 23. His nephew will be killed in April 1940 as a Lieutenant in the Royal Naval Reserve when his ship strikes a mine off Great Yarmouth and sinks.
- Private Harry Jakings (Royal West Kent Regiment) dies of wounds. His brother was killed last October.
- Private William Austin (Cheshire Regiment) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed in May 1916.
- Private Allen Canovan (Cheshire Regiment) is killed at age 22. He has two uncles who will lose their lives in the Great War.
- Private John Henry Fitch (Essex Regiment) is killed at age 30. He is an Assistant Scout Master for the Fourth Walthamstow Troop.