Thursday 22 November 1917 We Lost 934
Strongly reinforced Turkish forces attack Nebi Samwil, (the tomb of the prophet Samuel), a Mosque five miles northwest of Jerusalem which was captured by British forces yesterday.
- Captain Charles Russell (Indian Army Reserve of Officers attached Gurkha Rifles) is killed at age 45. The Charles Russell Memorial is established in memory of Captain Russell, Senior Professor and Principal of Patna College from 1906 to 1914. The Memorial provides that, from time to time, as funds permit, some eminent person should be invited to deliver in Patna a lecture on some great achievement of the human mind in Literature, Art, Philosophy, or Science, and m that these lectures should be published under the general title of the Russell Lectures.
- Captain Gerald Banes-Walker (Somerset Light Infantry) is killed in action in Palestine at age 28. His brother was killed in May 1915.
- Lieutenant Locke Francis William Angerstein Kendall (Norfolk Regiment) dies of wounds received in the same battle at age 27. He is the son of the Reverend John Francis Kendall Vicar of Richmond.
- Private William George Benney (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) is killed in Palestine. His brother died on service in India in September 1916.
In Mesopotamia Lieutenant Arthur Richard Waddams (Indian Army Reserve of Officers attached Merwara Infantry) is instructing a class in firing rifle grenades. While a private of the Burma Infantry is under instruction the rifle missfires and the detonator of the grenade starts working without the grenade leaving the rifle. Lieutenant Waddams rushes forward and pushes back the soldier, seizes the rifle with one hand and the grenade with the other and tries to throw it over the wall before it explodes. Unfortunately the grenade explodes in his hand and he receives fatal wounds at age 26. The soldier is only slightly wounded. For his actions Lieutenant Waddams will be awarded a posthumous Albert Medal.
Today’s losses include:
- An Albert Medal winner
- Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
- The son of a member of the clergy
- A General
- The grandson of a General
- The grandson of a Baronet
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Brigadier General Edward Rowland Bennett Stokes-Roberts CB (Royal Engineers) dies of pneumonia at Baghdad at age 48.
- Captain Charles William Bruce (Gordon Highlanders) is accidentally killed. He is the grandson of ‘Sir’ Walter Smythe Baronet.
- Second Lieutenant Charles Edward Hoare Hales (Wiltshire Regiment) dies of wounds at home at age 31. He is the son of the late Major General Arthur Hales.
- Sergeant Russell Dean Gerrie (Eastern Ontario Regiment) is killed at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend J P Gerrie.
- Private Thomas Hall (South Wales Borderers) is killed in action at Bourlon Wood at age 28. His brother was killed in June 1915 on Gallipoli.
- Private Francis John Bailey (Sussex Regiment) is killed by shell fire in his trench at age 30. His brother was killed in October 1916.
- Private James Royal (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed at age 21. He is the third brother to be killed in the Great War.
- Gunner George Owen Smitheringale (Royal Garrison Artillery) dies of wounds at age 29. His brother was killed in September 1914.