Saturday 10 November 1917 We Lost 1,121

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William Earle Villiers

The Canadian Corps launches a final action to gain control of the remaining high ground north of the village of Passchendaele, in the vicinity of Hill 52. This attack will bring an end to the long drawn-out battle.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A grandson of a member of the clergy
  • Multiple men whose sons will be killed in the Secord World War
  • A man whose cousin was killed last February
  • A Rhodes scholar
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Frederick Eckersall Nixon-Eckersall (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 48. He is the son of Canon Nixon Eckersall.
  • Major Walter Leonard MacLean (Canadian Army Medical Corps) is killed in action at age 32. He is the son of the Reverend John MacLean.
  • Major George Worthington-Jones MC (Royal Horse Artillery) is killed in action at age 31. His son will be killed serving in Italy in September 1943.
  • Captain William Earle Villiers (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed at age 20. His cousin was killed in February and they are grandsons of the Reverend Henry Montagu Villiers.
  • Lieutenant John Seymour Denison Clarke (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) is killed at age 22. He is a Rhodes Scholar.
  • Second Lieutenant Gilbert Lloyd Vawdre (Welsh Regiment) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Llewelyn Brookes Vawdrey Vicar of Tushingham.
  • Second Lieutenant Cyril Gordon Phillips (South Wales Borderers) is killed at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend Thomas Phillips Vicar of Kerry.
  • Second Lieutenant Allan James Ballantyne (Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed in France at age 19. His older brother was killed on HMS Viknor.
  • Second Lieutenant Harry Harding Davies (South Wales Borderers) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed in December 1915.
  • Lance Corporal Albert Walter Screech (Coldstream Guards) is killed at age 24. His brother will be killed next August.
  • Private Hugh G Calder (48th Highlanders of Canada) is killed in action in Gaza. His brother will be lost at sea in March 1918 when the ship he is the Captain of is sunk.
  • Acting Bombardier David Downie (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds received in action at age 25. His brother was killed less than one month earlier.
  • Private John Stephenson (British Columbia Regiment) is killed at age 32. His son will be killed in September 1944.
  • Private Patrick Murphy DCM (South Wales Borders) is killed at age 47. His brother was killed in December 1914.