Wednesday 5 December 1917 We Lost 660
Two British air raids are carried out against Germany. The large railway junction and sidings at Zweibrucken and the works at Saarbrucken are bombed.
The armed steamship S S Aijburth (Master W B Geddes) is sunk by a submarine two miles northeast from South Cheek, Robin Hood Bay. Eleven are killed including her master.
Today’s losses include:
- A 5-victory ace who lose a leg in an accident two years ago
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
- A family that will lose four sons
- A Kersal Rugby footballer
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- A Queen’s Park footballer
- A son of the 6th Marquess of Hertford
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain Thomas Vicars Hunter (Rifle Brigade attached Royal Flying Corps) a five-victory ace is killed in a flying accident in Italy at age 20. He is the son of the Honorable Mrs. Hunter and he lost a leg after an accident in 1915.
- Lieutenant Cyril Gower Vincent Runnels-Moss (General List attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed in action. His brother will be killed in July 1918 and they are sons of the Reverend Arthur Runnels-Moss Vicar of St John’s Birmingham.
- Lieutenant Vernon Radcliffe Stewart (Army Service Corps attached Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed at home at age 23. He is a member of the Kersal Rugby Club.
- Second Lieutenant Frederick Thomas Avery Jones (Herefordshire Regiment) dies of wounds received in Cambrai on 30th November at age 34. He is the son of the Reverend Alexander George Jones Vicar of Yorkhill.
- Second Lieutenant James Gilmour Wilson (Scots Fusiliers) is killed in action. He had played for the Kilwinning Rangers and Queen’s Park Football Clubs.
- CSM Albert Arthur Giles (London Regiment) is killed at age 25. His brother will be killed next April in Palestine.
- Sergeant Charles A Sheppard (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 32. His brother was killed in May 1915.
- Rifleman George T Stokes (London Regiment) is killed. His brother will be killed in October 1918.
- Trooper ‘Lord’ Edward Beauchamp Seymour (Lord Strathcona’s Horse) dies of wounds received in action at age 38. He is the third son of the late 6th Marquess of Hertford.
- Private Llewellyn Amon (Cambridgeshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 25. His brother was killed in November 1915.
- Bombardier William Kerr (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 30. His brother was killed in September 1915.
- Private Julian Anthony Christophers (Canterbury Regiment) is killed at age 33. He is one of four brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.
- Private John Swinburn (Liverpool Regiment) is killed at age 31. His brother will be killed next April.