Monday 26 November 1917 We Lost 587
Flight Lieutenant Edmund Bourchier Devereux (Royal Naval Air Service) is accidentally killed at age 22 when the airship SSP-2 is lost at sea after developing engine trouble northeast of Westry. His brother was killed in action in June 1916. They are sons of Rear Admiral the Honorable Walter Bourchier Devereux and grandsons of the 14th Viscount Hereford.
Today’s losses include:
- A Victoria Cross winner
- The son of the 14th Viscount Hereford
- The son of a Rear Admiral
- Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
- An International footballer
- A schoolmaster
- An Honour graduate of Toronto University
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Major Frederick Henry Johnson VC (Royal Engineers) is killed in action at age 27. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for actions during the attack on Hill 70 on 25th September 1915.
- Captain Maurice Barber (York and Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 25. His brother was killed in July 1916.
- Second Lieutenant Frederick George Wheatcroft (East Surrey Regiment) is killed in action at age 35. He is a schoolmaster and Amateur International and Professional Football player.
- Lance Sergeant Andrew Rosie (Royal Scots) is killed at age 28. His brother died of wounds in April 1916.
- Corporal J H Atkinson (Border Regiment) dies of wounds received in action at age 32. He has three brothers, one will be killed in action in August 1918, the second will be taken prisoner and the third will lose an eye in the Great War.
- Lance Corporal Clifford James Ford (East Surrey Regiment) is killed at age 26. He is the first of three brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.
- Private Walter Lumb (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed in action. His brother was killed in July of this year.
- Private Joseph Reginald Adams (Manitoba Regiment) dies of wounds received in action at age 21. He was an honor graduate of Toronto University.