Alfred Edward Gaby VC
Lieutenant George Poole and Sergeant Ernest Antcliffe (Royal Air Force) achieve two victories over Fokker D.VII’s at Combles flying their BF2b, while Captain R K Simpson and Sergeant Charles Hill (88) bring down one southwest of Peronne.
The 17th (Duke of Cambridge’s Own) Lancers are mounted and among the leading regiments of the current offensive capturing enemy ground and prisoners. In the 24 hours their losses will include 2 officers and 10 other ranks killed, 24 other ranks wounded two gassed and two missing with 52 horses killed and missing.
Three days after performing acts that will win him the Victoria Cross. Lieutenant Alfred Edward Gaby (Australian Infantry) is killed in action leading an attack at Villers-Bretonneux.
The advance having been checked by intense machine-gun fire, Lieutenant James Edward Tait MC (Manitoba Regiment) rallies his company and leads it forward with consummate skill and dash under a hail of bullets. A concealed machine gun, however, continues to cause many casualties. Taking a rifle and bayonet Lieutenant Tait dashes forward alone and kills the enemy gunner. Inspired by his example his men rush the position, capturing twelve machine guns and twenty prisoners. His valorous action clears the way for his battalion to advance. Later, when the enemy counter-attacks our positions under intense artillery bombardment, this gallant officer displays outstanding courage and leadership, and, though mortally wounded by a shell, he continues to aid and direct his men until his death.
Today’s losses include:
- A Victoria Cross winner
- A battalion commander
- The son of a member of the clergy
- A 12-victory ace
- The son of a General
- Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
- The son of a Justice of thePeace
- A member of the Vancouver Police Department
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Colonel Bernard Barton (commanding 2nd/8th Worcestershire Regiment) is killed at age 39. He is the son of the Reverend Haycroft Barton.
- Captain Gordon Buff Irving DFC (Royal Air Force) a 12-victory ace is killed at age 20.
- Captain John Clontarf Kelvyn Carson (Quebec Regiment) is killed at age 23. He is the son of Major General ‘Sir’ John Wallace Carson CB.
- Captain Horatio Alfred Fane MC (Queen’s Own Oxfordshire Hussars) is killed in action at age 34. His brother died on active service in May 1917.
- Lieutenant Henry William Richard Huie (Royal Scots) is killed at age 24. He is the only son of Henry Peckitt Huie JP.
- Lieutenant Edward Michael Fitzgerald Law (Dorsetshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 20. His brother will be killed in October of this year and they are sons of ‘Sir’ Archibald & Lady Law.
- Private James Murray Watson (British Columbia Regiment) is killed in action at age 32. He is a member of the Vancouver Police Department.
- Private Harry Plant (Berkshire Regiment) is killed he is the final of three brothers who are killed in the Great War.