Thursday 11 April 1918 We Lost 2,173
Captain William Henry Hubbard (Royal Air Force) drives down an enemy machine out of control.
The Turks attack the bridgehead at El Ghoraniyeh and are severely repulsed.
Today’s losses include:
- The father of 1984 Academy Award winning actress Dame Peggy Ashcroft
- Multiple sons of member of the clergy
- A 5-victory ace
- Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
- Brothers killed togeher
- The son of a Member of Parliament
- The son of a Baronet
- The son of a General
- A South African cricket International
- The son of a Councillor
- A former goalkeeper for Hemel Hempstead FC
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Major William Worsley Ashcroft (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 39. He is the father of the actress Dame Peggy Ashcroft. She won a 1984 Academy Award as best supporting actress for the film; the New York Film Critics Circle voted her best actress. She played a saintly, enigmatic Englishwoman in David Lean’s film of E. M. Forster’s novel “A Passage to India” and then was cast as a doubting former missionary in a television mini-series, “The Jewel in the Crown” based on Paul Scott’s “Raj Quartet.” The two performances brought her Britain’s top film and television awards. She had previously won a string of awards as the finest actress on the British stage, and she won a special Laurence Olivier Award, London’s major theatrical prize, for lifetime achievement in the theater.
- Captain Patrick Lyon Playfair (Black Watch) is killed at age 24. He is the son of the late Reverend Patrick M Playfair DD.
- Captain Kelvin Crawford (Royal Air Force) a five-victory ace is killed in action at age 22.
- Captain William Askham (Army Cyclist Corps) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed in August 1916.
- Captain Arthur Walsh MC (South Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 26 at Locon. He is the son of Stephen Walsh MP.
- Lieutenant Ebenezer Maclay (Scots Guards) is killed at age 27. He is the son of the Baronet ‘Sir’ Joseph Paton Maclay who lost two sons in June 1915 within three days of each other on Gallipoli.
- Lieutenant E Gilderthorp (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 26 the day before he brother met the same fate.
- Lieutenant Dennistoun Hamilton Yatman (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 19. He is the son of Brigadier General Clement Yatman CMG DSO.
- Second Lieutenant George J Stranger (Guernsey Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 23. His older brother Harry received a wound during the same engagement that will prove fatal one month later and their younger brother has been killed in action three weeks earlier.
- Second Lieutenant Charles R Shaw (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed in action at age 29. His brother will be killed in October.
- Second Lieutenant John Ormonde Butler (General List attached Royal Air Force) dies of wounds as a prisoner of war received 24th March at age 19. He is the only son of the Reverend Robert Moore Peile Butler Rector of Priston.
- Corporal Arthur Edward Ochse (South African Infantry) is killed in action at age 48. He appeared in two test cricket matches in 1888 for South Africa becoming the youngest South African test debutant.
- Corporal Albert Harrison MM (South Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 31. He is the son of Councillor Walter Harrison.
- Trooper Robert James Crozier (Australian Light Horse) is killed in action in Palestine at age 21. His brother died of wounds in January 1917.
- Brothers and Gunner Malcolm, 20, and William McIsaac, 26, are killed together serving with the Royal Garrison Artillery and are buried in adjacent graves in Arras Faubourg d’Amiens Cemetery.
- Private George Thomas Perry (Essex Regiment) is killed in action. He is a former goalkeeper for Hemel Hempstead Football Club.
- Private Cuthbert William Nesbit (Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend John William Nesbit Rector of Loudborough.