Tuesday 11 December 1917 We Lost 440
General Edmund Allenby enters the city of Jerusalem, on foot, followed by the representatives of France and Italy.
After an intense gas attack at Givenchy a strong enemy patrol tries to rush British posts, the garrisons of which have been overcome. Private Walter Mills (Manchester Regiment) although badly gassed himself, meets the attack single-handed and continues to throw bombs until the arrival of reinforcements and remains at his post until the enemy have been finally driven off. While being carried away he dies of gas poisoning but it is entirely due to him that the enemy is defeated and the line remained intact. For his actions on this day he will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross.
Today’s losses include:
- A Victoria Cross winner
- Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Private John Thorpe (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 39. His brother died on service in July 1916.
- Private Francis Merryweather (Norfolk Regiment) dies of wounds received in action at age 26. He is one of three brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.
- Private Colin Burchett (Middlesex Regiment) is killed in action at age 24 becoming the middle of three brothers who are killed in the Great War.