Monday 5 November 1917 We Lost 708
General Maude routs the Turks at Tekrit on the Tigris and occupies the town.
Today’s losses include:
- A battalion commander
- The son of a Member of Parliament
- A man whose son will be killed in the Second World War
- Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
- A man whose widow will remarry a man discharged after being gassed who will himself die of that the day after the Armistice
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Colonel Malcolm Robertson Pocock DSO (commanding 28th Punjabis) is killed in Mesopotamia at age 41.
- Major Charles Herbert Mallock DSO (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 39. He is the son of Richard Mallock MP and his son will be killed serving as Lieutenant Colonel commanding the 7th Hampshire Regiment in July 1944 at age 35.
- Captain Milo-Richard Beaumont Onslow (21st Prince Albert Victor’s Own Cavalry Field Force) dies on service in Baghdad at age 29. His brother was killed in July 1915.
- Sergeant Thomas Davies (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in Mesopotamia. He is the first of three brothers who are killed in the war.
- Lance Corporal Alexander Campbell (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders attached Machine Gun Corps) dies of dysentery at Salonika at age 29. His brother has been killed in action in October 1914.
- Private Albert George Ernest Mewburn (Australian Infantry) is killed in action at age 23. His younger brother has been killed six weeks earlier, and both men are commemorated on the Ypres Memorial.
- Private William Kneen Cannell (Manchester Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother was killed in July 1916.
- Rifleman Patrick Murphy (New Zealand Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 29. His two brothers were killed on 9th August 1915 on Gallipoli.
- Private Alfred Clapham (Royal Army Medical Corps) is killed at age 26. His brother was killed in February of this year.
- Private Albert Oakley (Sherwood Foresters) is killed in action at age 19. His brother will be killed in September next year.
- Private Gerald Clarke (Cheshire Regiment) dies of gassing received 1st of the month. His widow will remarry Corporal Noel Clayton who has been discharged from previously being gassed. He will die of that gassing the day after the Armistice is signed.
- Private William Thomson (King’s Own Scottish Borderers) is killed at age 22. His brother was killed in September 1915.