Today’s losses include:
- Multiple battalion commanders
- Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
- The son of a Metropolitan Magistrate
- The son of a General
- The son of a Justice of the Peace
- A test pilot and ace with 5-victories in 1915
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Colonel Charles Edward Arthur Jourdain DSO (commanding 2nd Loyal North Lancashire Regiment) is killed in action at age 49. He is the son of the late Reverend F Jourdain.
- Lieutenant Colonel Humfrey H Kennedy (commanding 8th Seaforth Highlanders) is killed in action at age 36. He is the son of the late Metropolitan Magistrator.
- Major Charles Gordon Bell (Royal Air Force) is killed during a test flight at Villacoubley at age 29. He was a well known pre-war aviator who scored five victories in 1915 before ill health forced him to return to England at the end of the year. He was one of the trainers of James McCudden.
- Flight Commodore Owen Vincent Thomas (Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed at home at age 24. He is the last surviving son of Brigadier General ‘Sir’ Owen Thomas. His first brother was killed in January 1916 and the second in July last year.
- Captain Arthur Nelson Hampton Weekes (Sussex Regiment) is killed in action at age 29. He is the son of late Arthur Weekes JP
- Lieutenant Reginald Hawkins (Royal Air Force) is killed in action at St Omer. His brother was killed in June 1915.
- Corporal Charles Morris Woollven (Sussex Regiment) is killed at age 27 during his battalions first action in France at Grand Rozoy. His brother died of meningitis in March 1917.
- Corporal Gordon Henry Carrington (Australian Infantry) becomes the middle of three brothers who lose their lives in the Great War.
- Private Charles Arthur Hewitt (King’s Shropshire Light Infantry) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed in September 1915.