During the battle of Lys, Major Roderick Stanley Dallas, Captains Ian Patrick Robert Napier, C H Lewis and Oswald Horsley (40 Squadron) carry out a special reconnaissance of the battlefield at the junction of the First and Second Armies to determine the situation which has been reported to be obscure. In spite of the most unfavorable weather conditions, they return with much valuable information. Major Dallas is wounded by machine gun fire from the ground early in the operation but continues to fulfill his mission until he is again wounded, when he successfully reaches his aerodrome. Major Napier will be killed in June while Captain Horsley will be killed in August.
Today’s losses include:
- A Victoria Cross winner
- A battalion commander
- Multiple families that will lose two, three and four sons in the Great War
- The son of a General
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- The son of a clergy and Headmaster at The King’s School Parramatte
- A man whose body will be found in 2003
- The son of an Alderman
- A man whose son will be killed in the Second World War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Colonel Charles Wynn Tilly (Durham Light Infantry attached West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 41. His brother a Captain in the Yorkshire Regiment will be killed in action less than two months later.
- Major Gerald Dick Brown (Wilshire Regiment commanding 11th Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed at age 31. He is the last of four brothers who lose their lives in the Great War.
- Major Eric Stuart Dougall VC MC (Royal Field Artillery0 is killed in action at age 32 four days after performing deeds for which he will be awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously.
- Lieutenant Horace Manton Brown MC (Suffolk Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed in August 1915.
- Lieutenant John William Ronald Campbell MC (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed at age 24. He is the son of the late Major General ‘Sir’ William Campbell KCB.
- Lieutenant Christopher Henry Duncan Champion (Australian Imperial Forces) is killed at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend Arthur Hammerton Champion the headmaster at The King’s School Parramatte. His body will be found in March 2003 and he will be reburied on 22nd April 2005. His brother was killed in July 1916.
- Lieutenant Eric West Brutton MC (Devonshire Regiment attached Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend Ernest Bartholomew Brutton of Aylesbeare Vicarage Exeter.
- Second Lieutenant Alfred Owen Challoner Pryce (Cameronians) is killed in action at age 34. His is the son of an Alderman of Abingdon.
- Second Lieutenant Hugh Cuthbertson (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 27. His brother was killed in July 1917.
- Second Lieutenant Geoffrey Lacy Whitelaw (Household Battalion) dies at home from septicemia caused by appendicitis at age 19. He has lost two brothers in the Great War.
- Private George Limmage (Royal Warwickshire Regiment) is killed. His brother will be killed in August of this year. Private Harold Joseph Fletcher (New Zealand Entrenching Battalion) is killed in action. His brother Samuel Fletcher died of wounds in October 1916.
- Private Roger Ison (Royal West Surry Regiment) dies of wounds at age 19. His brother was killed in July 1917.
- Private Frank Sharp (Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed at Passchedaele at age 19. His brother was killed in April 1915.
- Private Alfred Peter Chandler (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed at age 34. His son will be killed in the Second World War.