Friday 9 November 1917 We Lost 639
An air raid on the railway bridge near Junction Station over the Wadi es Sarar Palestine takes place. Lieutenant Horace Lincoln Cyril McConnell MC (Indian Army Reserve of Officers attached Royal Flying Corps) is wounded in the attack and will die of those wounds on 22nd of this month at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend Charles James McConnell Rector of Pylle. The raid is not a success as none of the bombs explode.
The armament cruiser Umgeni (Master John Creamer Brett) founders during a gale while in convoy. Forty seven drown including her master.
Today’s losses include:
- The son of a member of the clergy
- A grandson of a member of the clergy
- Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
- The son of a Member of Parliament
- An Epping Club footballer
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Francis Bernard Roseveare (Queen Victoria’s Own Corps of Guides attached Scinde Rifles) dies of wounds in Mesopotamia at age 21. His brother was killed in September 1914 and they are sons of the Reverend Richard Polgreen Roseveare Vicar of Lewisham.
- Lieutenant Edward Orme Clement (Royal Field Artillery) dies of the effects of being gassed. His brother was killed in April 1915.
- Corporal Percy John Chew (Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed at age 26. His is a member of the Epping Football Club.
- Lance Corporal Barker Tibbit (Suffolk Regiment) is killed. His brother was killed in March 1916.
- Private Peter Peryer (Sussex Yeomanry) dies of wounds received at the battle of Sheria, Palestine. His brother was killed in May of this year.
- Gunner Archibald Birch (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed in action. He is the middle of three brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.