Wednesday 24 April 1918 We Lost 1,695
Nursing Sister Agnes Florien Forneri (Canadian Army Medical Service) dies in England at age 39 of a peptic ulcer. Her brother was killed in March 1917 and they are children of the Reverend Canon Richard Sykes Forneri Rector of St Luke’s Kingston, Ontario.
Today’s losses include:
- A Bradford City FC player
- A Nursing Sister
- Multiple families that will lose two children in the Great War
- A battalion commander
- The son of a former Aide de Camp to General Henderson
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- The brother of a Great War diarist
- A man whose son will be killed in November 1943
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Grey Latham DSO MC (commanding 2nd Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 46. He is the son of William Latham KC.
- Captain John Patrick Francis Kennedy (Rifle Brigade) is killed in action at age 26. He is the son of ‘Sir’ John Kennedy KCMG of His Majesties Diplomatic Service and had served as Aide de Camp to General Sir Bruce Hamilton.
- Captain Learo Aylmer Henry Hackett MC (Irish Rifles) is killed. Captain Norman Ansley Magor DSC (Royal Air Force) is killed in air combat over England at age 27. His brother was killed in air combat on the Western Front two days ago.
- Captain Henry Harris Jago MC (Devonshire Regiment) is killed in action. His brother has been killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
- Lieutenant Francis Sinclair Burt (Machine Gun Corps AIF) is killed in action. He is the son of the ‘Honorable’ Septimus KC and is 32 years of age.
- Second Lieutenant John Webb Bocking (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry attached London Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother will be killed in August and they are sons of the Reverend John Child Bocking Vicar of Gnosall.
- Sergeant Frederick Charles Chandler (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 21. His two younger brothers will lose their lives in the Great War, the first in 1916 the second six days ago.
- Corporal Ernest Bartholomew MM (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed in action at age 24. His brother Percy was killed on 21st March
- Lance Corporal George Henry Hainsworth (East Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 24. His brother will die of wounds in November.
- Gunner Robert Torrance (Royal Field Artillery) is killed when the hospital he is in is hit by enemy shelling. He is a famous Bradford City center halfback, whose smash up tactics did a great deal to help with the Football Association English Cup for the Valley Parade Club when they met Newcastle United in the replayed final at Old Trafford in 1911. He played for the Bradford City and the Kirkintilloch Harp Football Clubs.
- Private Joseph Swinburn (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 37. His brother was killed last December.
- Private Christian Munro (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed in July last year and a third brother will have his diaries published after the war as Diaries of a stretcher-bearer 1916-18.
- Private John Edgar Garner (Leicestershire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 26. His brother was killed last month.
- Bombardier Hary Pether Burton (Australian Field Artillery) is killed at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend Alfred Burton Rector of Swan West Australia.
- Private Geoffrey William Edward Greatorex (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Theophilius Greatorex Rector of Guildford Western Australia.
- Private Edgar Woodman (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 31. His son will lose his life in November 1943 serving in the military.
- Private Henry Fletcher Gallaher (Australian Infantry) is killed in action. His brothers were killed in June 1916 and October 1917.
- Private Joseph Kitching (Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed at age 25. His brother died of wounds as a prisoner of war in November 1917.
- Private Harold Edward Harrison (West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 19. His step-brother was killed last October.