Friday 28 December 1917 We Lost 515

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Alfred Edwin McKay

Captain Alfred Edwin McKay (Royal Flying Corps) a 10-victory ace is killed in action between Gheluvelt and Dadizeele one day after his 25th birthday.  On 28th October 1916 McKay and Arthur Knight were on patrol over the Somme when they were attacked by Oswald Boelcke. In the ensuing battle Boelcke is killed when his Albatros collides with that of Erwin Bohme. Prior to the war he enrolled in a Faculty of Arts program at the University of Western Ontario. Once there he excelled in varsity athletics. In particular, his speed was often cited by a student newspaper – The Western University Gazette – as a reason for the success of Western’s 1915 Canadian Junior Championship rugby team.

Today’s losses include:

  • A 10 victory ace
  • A member of Western University’s 1915 Canadian Junior Championship Rugby team
  • The son of a borough treasurer
  • A man who has had two brothers previously killed in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant William Booth (Rifle Brigade attached Royal Flying Corps) dies of wounds received in air fighting at age 21. He is the son of the borough treasurer of St Pancras.
  • Private Leonard Victor Patterson (Norfolk Regiment) dies on service in Egypt at age 19. His two brothers have been killed previously in the Great War.