Wednesday 24 October 1917 We Lost 735

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John Theobald Milne

Today’s losses include:

  • A 9-victory ace
  • A Military Chaplain
  • The father of a future Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of African Affairs and Double Champion
  • Multiple families that lost two and three sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain John Theobald Milne MC (Royal Flying Corps) a nine-victory ace is killed in action near Merken when shot down by German ace Fritz Kiechkhafer.
  • Chaplain A Stuart (attached Royal Irish Rifles) dies on service.
  • Second Lieutenant Thomas Nowell Askwith (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 37. He is the father of Tom Askwith later Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of African Affairs and Double Olympian.
  • Private James Mason (Lancaster Regiment) dies of illness at age 22. His brother will be killed in September 1918.
  • Private Robert William Gambles (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) is killed at age 24. His brother was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
  • Private Alexander Shand (Alberta Regiment) is killed in action. He is the first of three brothers who lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Private Cyril Kisby (Royal Warwickshire Regiment) is killed at age 34. His two younger brothers were both killed last year one in July, the other in November.