Thursday 1 November 1917 We Lost 963
The 1st Australian Light Horse Brigade occupies Ramleh. A night attack on Gaza by 21st Corps takes the outer defenses but is stopped.
The submarine E52 (Lieutenant P E Philips) torpedoes and sinks the German submarine UC-63 in south of the Goodlands.
Lieutenant Colonel Leslie Cecil Maygar VC DSO (Australian Light Horse) dies of wounds at Beersheba at age 42. He is wounded and his arm shattered the previous day by an attacking enemy aircraft. His horse bolted into the darkness and is later found by troopers of the Light Horse but Maygar is not with him. He is later found in the night but having lost a great amount of blood dies today. He had been awarded the Victoria Cross during the South African War for actions performed on 23rd November 1901.
Second Lieutenant William Armine Edwards (Pembroke and Glamorgan Yeomanry dies of wounds at age 25. He was a member of the Glamorgan County club that won the Minor Counties Championship in 1913. He is married to the daughter of R L Sails JP of Mumbles, Glamorgan. Second Lieutenant Edwards was already in the Pembroke and Glamorgan Yeomanry when war broke out, was called up with his Regiment in August 1914, and volunteered for overseas service. He was gazetted as Second Lieutenant and in October 1916, left for Egypt. He is mortally wounded while leading his platoon in the attack on the Beersheba position on and dies a few hours later.
Today’s losses include:
- A Victoria Cross winner
- The son-in-law of a Justice of the Peace
- The golfer who won the Minor Counties Championship in 1913
- Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
- A man whose father will be killed in two weeks
- A First Class cricketer for Yorkshire County
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Second Lieutenant Richard Alfred Waller (Royal Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 33. He is the son of Canon R A Waller.
- Private James Robert Calder (Manitoba Regiment) dies of wounds received in action at age 33. He is one of three brothers who will die in the Great War.
- Private Joseph Ambrose (Hertfordshire Regiment) dies of wounds received in action at Passchendaele at age 27. His brother was killed last July.
- Signaller Robert Moore (Manitoba Regiment) dies of wounds at age 22. His father will be killed in two weeks.
- Gunner Fairfax Gill (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 34. He is a first class cricketer who played two matches for Yorkshire County in 1906.
- Private Herbert Samuel Brackell (London Regiment) is killed at Beersheba. He is the middle of three brothers who lose their lives in the Great War.