Tuesday 2 April 1918 We Lost 999
On the Scarpe River the British repulse an attack near Fampoux and further south capture Ayette.
Today’s losses include:
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
- Brothers killed together
- The son of a Baronet
- A Military Chaplain
- The Head Master of Benfieldside Boys School
- A Guinness Brewery employee
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Major Charles Leslie Sommerville (Wellington Mounted Rifles) dies of wounds at Jerico received the previous day at at age 44. His brother was killed in August 1915 on Gallipoli.
- Captain Charles Augustus Fry (Essex Regiment attached Suffolk Regiment) is killed at age 58. He is the son of Canon Charles Fry.
- Lieutenant Leslie McKenzie (Black Watch) dies of wounds at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend Alexander McKenzie.
- Lieutenant Evan Davies Jones (Royal Air Force) is killed in action at age 25. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Evan Davies Jones the Baronet.
- Chaplain the Reverend Georges Crochetiere (attached Quebec Regiment) is killed at age 39.
- Lieutenant Alfred Lewis Noon (Devonshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Alfred Knight Noon Vicar of West Hanney.
- Private Haworth Gregory MM (East Lancashire Regiment) is killed in action. His brother died of wounds received in Mesopotamia in December 1916.
- Private Francis Allen (Royal Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 39. He is the Head Master at Benfieldside Senior Boys’ School.
- Brothers serving in the King’s Royal Rifle Corps as riflemen are killed together on this day. Frederick Edward Bay and William Bay have consecutive enlistment numbers.
- Private Robert Gibson Latta (Australian Infantry) dies of wounds. His brother died of wounds in September 1915.
- Sapper William Halkerston (Royal Engineers) dies of wounds at age 24. His brother was killed in April 1917.
- Private Arthur Eldridge (Coldstream Guards) is killed at age 19. His brother will be killed in September 1918 at age 22. Both were previously emloyeed by Guinness Brewery.
- Private Herbert Benjamin White (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) dies of wounds at age 26. His brother was killed last September.