Private Thomas E Atkinson (Royal Welsh Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 35. He was the gardener to ‘Sir’ Evan McGregor a grandson of Admiral Nelson’s Captain at Trafalgar, Hardy, to whom Nelson’s last words were “Kiss me Hardy”. His brother died of wounds in November 1917, while another was a prisoner of war and a fourth lost an eye.
Today’s losses include:
- The gardener to the grandson of Captain Hardy in whose arms Lord Nelson died at Traffalgar
- Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
- A battalion commander
- Two sons of Generals
- A member of the New Brunswick Legislative Assembly
- The son of a Member of Parliament
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Colonel Archibald Ernest Graham McKenzie DSO (commanding 26th New Brunswick Regiment) is killed at age 39. He is the son of Archibald McKenzie who represented Restigouche County in the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick from 1875-78.
- Major Norman MacLeod Adam MC (commanding 19th Battery Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds at home at age 28. He is the son of the late Major General F A Adam CB.
- Captain Thomas Vivian Bartley Denniss (Berkshire Regiment) dies of a cerebral hemorage from wounds received in March 1915 at age 26. He is the son of Edmund Robert Bartley Denniss MP.
- Lieutenant Robert Burleigh (Royal Engineers attached Royal Air Force) is killed at age 23. He is the last of three brothers who are killed in the war.
- Lieutenant Frederick Norman Grandy (Central Ontario Regiment) is killed by a sniper at age 26. He is the son of the Reverend Thomas Grandy.
- Lieutenant Gordon Keith Patrick Sheehan (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Thomas Moore Sheehan Vicar of Temple Bruer.
- Second Lieutenant Alfred Melbourne Coate (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend Harry Coate Vicar of Sharnbrook who lost another son last October.
- Second Lieutenant John Maurice Harold Gerrard, (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 19. He is the son of Major General J J Gerrard CB CMG.
- Lance Corporal Morgan Jones Jenkins (Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry) is killed at age 32. He is the third son of the late Reverend John Jenkins Vicar of Llantwit to be killed in the Great War, the other two being killed in 1916.
- Rifleman Lawrence Dryden Pritchard (London Rifle Brigade) is killed in action at age 26. His brother was killed in September 1915.
- Private Robert Nash (Cambridgeshire Regiment) is killed in action. His brother was killed in May of this year.
- Rifleman Kenneth Aubrey Hooker (New Zealand Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 20. His brother will be killed in October.
- Rifleman A Turner (Rifle Brigade) is killed in action. His brother was killed last year.