Friday 2 November 1917 We Lost 1,141
British forces capture positions north of Beersheba in the 3rd Battle of Gaza.
- Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Frere Lambert (Royal West Surrey Regiment) is killed in action in Palestine at age 38. He is the son of Major General Lambert CB and had served in the South African War.
- Captain Joshua Robert Rowley (Highland Light Infantry attached Suffolk Regiment) is killed in action at age 24 while leading his men into action at the Battle of Gaza. He is the second son of ‘Sir’ Joshua T Rowley, the 5th Captain Rowley joined the Suffolk Regiment in 1912 and was mobilized with his Regiment on the outbreak of the War and accompanied the Suffolk Regiment to the Dardanelles, landing at Suvla Bay in July 1915. He went through the Gallipoli campaign and for his services received a Commission as Captain in the Highland Light Infantry but continued to serve with his old Regiment. In December 1915 he went to Egypt.
- Lieutenant William Steele Young (Royal Engineers) is killed in Palestine at age 24. His brother was killed in June 1915 on Gallipoli.
- Second Lieutenant William Ranald Ware McCarthy (Border Regiment attached Norfolk Regiment) is killed at age 19 in Gaza. He is the only child of the Reverend William McCarthy missionary of Anking, China.
- Second Lieutenant Ralph Thomas Boddington (London Regiment) is killed in action at age 32 in Palestine. He is the son of Samuel Boddington JP.
- Private L W Maudlin (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed in action in Palestine. His brother will die in February 1919.
- Private Charles Ernest Albery (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed in Gaza at age a4. He is a Boy Scout of the 1st Salisbury troop passing through various grades eventually becoming an Assistant Scout Master.
- Private George Ebenezer William Naismith (Royal Scots) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend R Naismith.
On the Tigris the British rout the Turks near Dur 85 miles above Baghdad.
The merchant ship SS Cape Finisterre is sunk 1 mile south southeast of Manacles Buoy by a torpedo. Among the 35 dead is her Master James Lochead killed at age 53.
In Kattegat, British destroyers sink a German auxiliary cruiser and 10 armed patrol craft taking 64 prisoners.
The Balfour Declaration is established proclaiming support for a Jewish State in Palestine.
Today’s losses include:
- A battalion commander
- The son of a General
- The son of a Baronet
- Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
- The son of a member of the clergy
- Multiple grandson of members of the clergy
- The son of a Justice of the Peace
- An Assistant Scout Master
- The son of an Alderman
- The son of the 2nd Baron Ashcombe
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain Henry Hall Griffith (Royal Flying Corps is killed at age 26 when his two-seater crashes into the Medway while training. He is the son of Alderman Arthur Foster Griffith and grandson of the Reverend Dr. Griffith former Principal of Brighton College. His brother was killed at Jutland.
- Lieutenant ‘the Honorable’ Alick George Cubitt (Hussars) is killed in action at age 23. He is the second son of the 2nd Baron Ashcombe and he has previously lost a brother in action and a third brother will be killed in 1918.
- Lieutenant Henry Norman Johnson (Manchester Regiment) is killed at age 23. His brother died of wounds in August 1915.
- Second Lieutenant Mark Aldersey (Cheshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 20. He is the grandson both the Reverend George Becher Blomfield and the Reverend Canon Francis Coulman Royds and his elder brother will be killed on 10th March next year.
- Sergeant Edward Alexander Keid (Australian Infantry) dies of wounds. His brother was killed in September 1916.
- Petty Officer Arthur James Davidge (Howe Royal Naval Division) dies of wounds at age 20. His brother was killed in September 1916.
- Sapper James Black (Royal Engineers) is killed at age 34. His brother will die of wounds in March 1918 as a prisoner of war.
- Private F W J Gardner (Hampshire Regiment) is killed in Egypt at age 20. His brother will be lost in the sinking of the paddle minesweeper Ascot the last ship sunk in the war next November.
- Private Walter Beard (Cheshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 25. He is the middle of three brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.