Monday 24 December 1917 We Lost 330
The first raid is undertaken on the factories and railways at Mannheim is made by ten DH4s of 55th Squadron. Two machines needed to turn back, while one is shot down the crew being made prisoners.
Lieutenant Thomas Ewart Mitton (Royal Engineers) is killed at age 20 while erecting telegraph wires across a railway track. He is the cousin of J R R Tolkien.
‘Twixt two Continent’s dominions
Hellespont’s blue waters flow,
There, men say, an ancient empire
Perished centuries ago.
Thither Britain’s fleet in silence
Gathered, there the cannons roar,
Chanting forth an Empire’s death Knell
For the tyrant’s reign is o’er.
Today’s losses include:
- A cousin of J R R Tolkien
- A Poet
- The son of a Surgeon General
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Colonel Charles Christie Fleming DSO (Royal Army Medical Corps) dies on active service at age 51. He is the son of Surgeon General A Fleming. He served in Sudan in 1886-9 and the South Africa War.
- Private E G Barsby (Leicestershire Regiment) is killed in action at age 20. His brother was killed in September 1915.
- Private Ernest Charles Hall (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) dies at home at age 21. His brother died in February of this year on service.