Tuesday 27 November 1917 We Lost 1,152
The final British effort at Cambrai is launched today by the 62nd Division aided by thirty tanks. Early success is soon reversed by a German counter rattack. The British now hold a salient roughly 11 km by 9.5 km with its front along the crest of the ridge.
The Turks in Palestine launch a counterattack in Palestine against Nebi Samwil, but the British hold.
Sergeant John Harold Rhodes VC DCM MM (Grenadier Guards) is killed in action at age 26. His Victoria Cross award was listed in the London Gazette four days earlier for actions in the Battle of Poelcapelle when he accounted for several enemy with his rifle as well as by Lewis gun fire, and, upon seeing three enemy leave a “pill-box” he went out single-handed through our own barrage and hostile machine-gun fire, and effected an entry into the “pill-box”. He there captured nine enemy including a forward observation officer connected by telephone with his battery. He brought back these prisoners together with valuable information.
Today’s losses include:
- A Victoria Cross winner
- Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- The son of a Baronet
- The son of the 11th Baron Kinnaird
- A Military Chaplain
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain William Alexander Silvertop (Hussars) is killed at age 32. His brother was killed last May.
- Captain Alexander John Maxwell Gordon (London Regiment) is killed at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend Edward George Gordon Vicar of St John’s Lambeth.
- Captain George Alfred Guest Hewitt (York and Lancs Regiment) is killed in action at age 24. He is the son of the 1st
- Lieutenant Gavin Patrick Bowes-Lyon (Grenadier Guards) is killed in action at age 20. He is the son of the Honorable Patrick and Honorable Mrs. P Bowes-Lyon.
- Lieutenant John Fortescue Worsley (Grenadier Guards) is killed in action at age 28. His older brother had been killed in the same battalion of the same regiment in September 1915.
- Lieutenant ‘the Honorable’ Arthur Middleton Kinnaird MC (Scots Guards) is killed in action at age 32. He is the son of the 11th Baron Kinnaird and had a brother who was killed in October 1914.
- Lieutenant Geoffrey Bernard FitzRoy Samuelson MC (Coldstream Guards) MC is killed in action at age 20. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Herbert Samuelson KBE and a former Etonian.
- Second Lieutenant Alan Webster Shann (West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 20. His brother was killed on the first day of the battle of Somme.
- Chaplain Robert John Monteith (attached Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds at age 40.
- Sergeant John Sheehan (Newfoundland Regiment) dies at home at age 21. His brother was killed in July 1917.
- Lance Corporal Geoffrey Alfred Sutton (Irish Guards) dies of wounds received at Bourlon Wood at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend Edwin Sutton Vicar of Eaton Bray.
- Private Ernest Edward Wilce (Coldstream Guards) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed last November.
- Private Francis William Brown (Coldstream Guards) is killed one month after his brother was killed.
- Private Charlie Hey (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed in action at age 24. His brother was killed in August of this year.
- Private David Walton (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed in action at age 20. He has two brothers who will die in the Great War.