Thursday 27 December 1917 We Lost 515
A Turkish-German attempt to recapture Jerusalem is repulsed. The Turks attack on the road from Nablus in the north, the British counter attack the Turkish flank, fighting goes on for 3 days, but the British hold the city. By 30th December, the British control the entire road from Jerusalem to Jaffa, but Allenby has lost 30,000 of his 97,000 and is suffering supply problems. Allenby also faces a communication and supply crisis in Jerusalem, the heavy rains having washed out the bridges and railroad construction, only the camels can cross the desert, though some trucks are able to bring supplies from the railhead to camels. Among those killed in the actions around Jerusalem today is\
- Captain James Logan Mackie (Ayreshire Yeomanry attached Scots Fusiliers) is killed at age 24. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Peter J Mackie the 1st
- Captain James Hamilton Langdon Yorke MC (Yeomanry) is also killed at age 33. He competed in the high jump for Oxford University in the University Sports and is the son of J C Yorke JP.
- Lieutenant George Hare (Dublin Fusiliers) is killed at age 31. His brother will die on service in India in July 1919 and they are sons of the Reverend Henry Hare.
Today’s losses include:
- The son of a Baronet
- The son of a Justice of the Peace
- A man whose brother will die on service in India in 1919
- An Australian Rules footballer
- A Rosslyn Park Rugby footballer
- A schoolmaster
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain John Bell (Australian Flying Corps) dies of injuries after crashing his plane on the Western Front at age 31. He played 18 Australian Rules football games for Geelong in 1906 and 1908.
- Lieutenant Frank Dulcken Purser (Nelson Battalion Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) is killed at age 27. He is a Rosslyn Park Rugby footballer and schoolmaster at Haileybury College.