Wednesday 7 November 1917 We Lost 752
Abu Hareira is about midway on the road from Beersheba to Gaza, in front of the Wadi el Sheria. The Turkish lines here are attacked and captured by the 10th, 60th (London) and 74th (Yeomanry) Divisions. British forces finally captured the deserted and ruined city of Gaza after two previous unsuccessful attempts.
At Sheria, Palestine, under most difficult conditions, in darkness and in an unknown country, Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Drummond Borton (London Regiment) deploys his battalion for attack and at dawn leads his attacking companies against a strongly held position. When the leading company waves were checked by withering fire, he moves freely up and down the line under heavy fire and then leads his men forward, capturing the position. At a later stage he leads a party of volunteers against a battery of field guns in action at point-blank range, capturing the guns and the detachments. For his actions this day he will be awarded the Victoria Cross.
The Allied Supreme War Council is created at Rapollo, Italy.
Today’s losses include:
- A grandson of the composer ‘Sir’ William Sterndale Bennett
- A man whose brother will die on service in the Second World War
- The son of a Justice of the Peace
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- A Military Chaplain
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Commander Walter Sterrndale-Bennett DSO (Drake Battalion, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) dies of wounds received in action three days before at age 24. His brother will die on service in 1941 at age 51 in the East Kent Regiment. They are great grandsons of the composer ‘Sir’ William Sterndale Bennett.
- Captain Harry Cormac Walshe (Royal Field Artillery) is killed. His brother died of wounds in November 1914 and they are sons of Edward Cormac Walshe JP DL.
- Lieutenant George Walpole Winthrop Denman-Dean (Royal Marines) is dies of wounds at age 21. He is the only son of the Reverend Richard Denman-Dean Rector of Woodbridge.
- Second Lieutenant Andrew Reid Muir (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds. He is the son of the Reverend J Muir.
- Second Lieutenant Bernard Robert Hadow Carter (Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 19 in an accident at home. He is the son of the Reverend James Octavius Holderness Carter Rector of Slymbridge.
- Battery Sergeant Major Nelson Godfrey (Royal Garrison Artillery) dies on service at age 36. His brother died on service on the last day of last month.
- Private W O Reece (Nova Scotia Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in October 1916.
- Trooper John Stanley Friend (Imperial Camel Corps) dies of wounds in Palestine at age 21. His brother George also fell.
- Chaplain the Reverend William James Dunbar (attached Australian Light Horse) is killed in Palestine at age 37.