Saturday 27 July 1918 We Lost 378
Major Francis Bennett-Goldney (Army Service Corps and Assistant Military Attaché at the Embassy at Paris)) dies from injuries sustained in a motorcar accident at age 53. He was the Conservative Member of Parliament for Canterbury since 1910 and the former Mayor of Canterbury. He had been mentioned has been mentioned as a possible suspect in the theft of the insignia of the Order, known as the Irish Crown Jewels in July 1907.
Today’s losses include:
- A Member of the Parliament and possible suspect in the theft of the insignia of the order known as the Irish Crown Jewels
- The Inspector of Police in Nairobi Kenya
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- Multiple families who will lose two sons in the Great War
- A man who has two brothers who will be killed in the United States Army this year
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Reginald Austin Viney (General List attached Gold Coast, West Africa Frontier Service) is killed in action at age 27. He is the Inspector of Police in Nairobi, Kenya.
- Lieutenant Christopher Basil Astley (Liverpool Regiment) dies of wounds at Rouen received six days previously. He is the youngest son of the Reverend John Henry Astley. On one occasion he succeeded in bringing in seven German prisoners from a night patrol, thereby saving the battalion many casualties, and for this he was recommended for the Military Cross. On 21st July he was wounded in the neck by a piece of shrapnel, and died six days later in hospital.
- Second Lieutenant Godfrey Allan Templeton (Argll and Sutherland Highlanders) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed in June 1915 and they are sons of the Reverend Archibald Templeton.
- Corporal Robert Vannet (Gordon Highlanders) is killed in action at age 26. His brother was killed in April 1917.
- Gunner Ernest Herbert Relf (Royal Garrison Artillery) dies at home at age 29. He was a member of the Sussex Cricket Club.
- Private John R Finlayson (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed. One brother will be killed in the Cameron Highlanders next month while two other brothers will be killed serving in the U S Army this year.
- Private Frank Albert Willis Still (Winnipeg Rifles) is killed at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend Thomas Allen Still Rector of Kyre Wyard.