Friday 14 December 1917 We Lost 365
Two officers of the 71st Siege Battery of the South African Heavy Artillery are killed when the battery car they are driving to a railhead is struck by a stray 4-inch shell. Major Percy Nugent George Fitzpatrick is killed at age 28. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Percy and Lady Fitzpatrick and had volunteered on 4 August 1914 and served in the Rebellion and German South West Africa with the Imperial Light Horse. His father is the author of “Jock of the Bushveld” and conceived the idea of the two-minute silence observed on Armistice Day in memory of all those men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Also killed is Lieutenant Philip Dudley Waller who is killed at age 28. He is and English-born international rugby union forward who won six caps for Wales and also played for the British Isles in their 1910 tour of South Africa earning three caps.
Today’s losses include:
- A son of the man who will conceive the idea of the two minute silence observed on Armistice Day
- A Wales International Rugby player
- A man whose son will be killed in the Second World War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Piper Sergeant Thomas Henderson (Gordon Highlanders) is killed at age 36. His son Sergeant Pilot Thomas Valentine Henderson will be killed with the Royal Air Force in September 1940.