Sunday 2 December 1917 We Lost 1,364
The enemy attempt in vain to recover high ground about La Vacquerie while further fighting takes place north of Passchendaele.
There is intensive artillery action on the Asiago Plateau.
The steam S S Kintuck strikes a mine or is hit by a torpedo from UC-17, eight miles northwest by north from Godrevy Light and sinks. One crewman is killed.
Today’s losses include:
- A 24-victory ace
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- Assistant schoolmaster at Goodmayer Council School
- Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
- The son of a Justice of the Peace
- A West of Scotland footballer, Scotland International Rugby International and Argentina cricket international
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain Harry George Ernest Luchford MC (Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 23. He is a 24 victory ace.
- Captain Edward Francis Ratliffe MC (Rifle Brigade) is killed in action. He is the son of the Reverend Frank Howe Ratliff Rector of Moecas.
- Captain Isaac Benson (Border Regiment) is killed in action at age 34. He is the Assistant Schoolmaster at Goodmayes Council School Ilford Essex.
- Captain Henry Rawson Forde MC (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) is killed when shot by a sniper at age 22. He is the only son of ‘Sir’ Henry J and Lady Forde.
- Captain Henry Haigh Storrer (Australian Flying Corps) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed in June 1915.
- Captain Archibald Cowe (Royal Army Medical Corps attached Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed at age 28. He is the son of Archibald Cowe JP.
- Lieutenant John Argentine Campbell (Dragoons) dies of wounds as a prisoner of war at age 40. He played for the West of Scotland Football Club and in one International Rugby Match for Scotland and also played international cricket for Argentina where he was born.
- Second Lieutenant Harold Stormont Bell (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed at age 28. He is the son of the Reverend John Stormont Bell.
- Second Lieutenant ‘the Reverend’ Charles Buchan (Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 29.
- Second Lieutenant Basil Walker Griffin (Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed. His brother was killed in May 1915 and they are sons of the Reverend Horatio John Griffin Rector of Broxholme.
- Lance Sergeant Francis Young (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed when an ammunition dump that his battalion is resting besides blows up without any warning.
- Private George Rutherford Ronaldson (Scots Fusiliers) is killed. His brother was killed last April.
- Rifleman Edward Lee (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed at age 24. He is the last of three brothers who are killed in the Great War.
- Private William Brindley (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed last August.