World War One Diary for Monday, May 7, 1917:
Russia: First post-Revolution Bolshevik Party Conference (until May 12) with 80,000 members; Lenin elected to Central Committee.
Western Front: Captain Albert Ball, Royal Flying Corps (44 victories, last 2 on May 5) killed aged 20 in an SE5 inverted from low cloud behind German lines; cause perhaps vertigo. Only 5 of No 60 Squadron’s 11 Scouts he was among return from evening patrol. Posthumous Victoria Cross.
Turkey: Falkenhayn reaches Constantinople to discuss Baghdad’s reconquest (he leaves on May 13).
Palestine: Imperial Camel Corps blow up wells south of Beersheba (until May 14).