Wednesday 16 June 1915 – We Lost 1,394
British advance north of Hooge and east of Festubert.
Mr. Lloyd George takes the oath as Minister of Munitions.
A consignment of aircraft, two Henry Farman F.27 and two Caudron G.3 biplanes, arrives off the Rufiji River on board the Laurentic. Unlike the earlier seaplanes, these land machines can reach an altitude of 4,000 feet, and the crews quickly devise a system of wireless and visual signals to sight the naval guns.
Today’s losses include:
- The Captain of the 1914 Stanley Cup Champion Toronto Blue Shirts and a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame
- A 5 time 3rd place finisher in the British Amateur Golf Championship
- A member of St Andrews
- A Captain of the Sunningdale Golf Club
- A Cambridge University golfer
- An Assistant School Master
- A keep Boxer and swimmer
- The great grandson of the founder of the Otago Province
- A holder of the Humane Society Medal for life saving
- Sons of multiple Justices of the Peace
- The son of a Baronet
- A battalion commander
- Sons of multiple members of the clergy
- Sons of multiple families that will lose an additional son in the Great War
- Sons of multiple families that will lose two additional sons
- A man whose wife’s brother will be killed later this year
Today’s highlighted casualty is:
Lance Corporal Allan McLean Davidson (Eastern Ontario Regiment) is killed at age 24. He was the Captain of the Toronto Blue Shirts who won the Stanley Cup in 1914. As the Captain of the Kingston Frontenacs he led the team to the Ontario Hockey Association’s junior title in 1909 and 1911. In the 1912-13 season he joined the Blue Shirts scoring nineteen goals in twenty games. He is the first professional hockey player to join the Canadian Expeditionary Forces and he will be elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1950.
- Lieutenant Colonel Edward Richard Boxer DSO (commanding 1st Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed at age 44.
- Captain Clement Jesse Harter (Royal Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 26. His brother will be killed in April 1916.
- Captain Frederick Wilfrid Robinson (Western Ontario Regiment) is killed at age 29. He is the son of the Reverend S F Robinson, Rector of Strathroy.
- Captain Ronald Francis Bickersteth Dickinson (King’s Liverpool Regiment) dies of wounds as a prisoner of war shortly after Germans recapture a trench that his company has just recently captured at Hooge. His older brother was seriously wounded in the same action and will die of complications of his wounds in 1932, while a younger brother will be killed in action in June 1918.
- Captain Leonard Vale Bagshawe (King’s Own Scottish Borderers attached Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 37. He is the son of the Reverend William Augustus Edward Vale Bagshawe Rector of Pitchford.
- Captain Cyril Gordon Reuss Hibbert (North Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 27. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Henry F Hibbert the 1st Captain John Graham (Liverpool Regiment) is killed charging German lines at Ypres at age 38. For years is a leading amateur golfer finishing third five times at the British Amateur. He is a member of St Andrews, the Royal Liverpool Golf Club and Walton Heath Golf Club.
- Lieutenant William Stewart Turner (King’s Liverpool Regiment) is killed in action five months after his younger brother met the same fate.
- Lieutenant Alexander Berowald Innes (Gordon Highlanders) is killed at age 42. He is the son of Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Innes JP DL and his wife’s brother Second Lieutenant David Alexander Beveridge will die of wounds in September 1915.
- Lieutenant John Eric Findlay-Hamilton (Scots Fusiliers) is killed at age 19. He received the Humane Society Medal for Life Saving in November 1913.
- Lieutenant Alexander Cleghorn Westwood (Black Watch) is killed at age 21. He is the son of Alexander Westwood JP.
- Lieutenant Robert West Thornton (Royal Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 19. His is the son of Major Robert Lawrence Thornton CBE DL JP.
- Lieutenant Charles Maurice Berlein (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed at age 27 leading men through heavy shrapnel fire. His brother will be killed in September.
- Lieutenant Norman Frederick Hunter (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed at age 36. He is a well-known Cambridge University golfer and Captain of Sunningdale Golf Club.
- Second Lieutenant Oswald Moncrieff Tennent (West Yorkshire Regiiment) is killed in action at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend Robert Percy Trevor Tennent, the Vicar of Acomb, Yorks.
- Second Lieutenant Arthur Bryant Phelps McClenaghan (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed in action. His brother will be killed three days before the Armistice and they are sons of the Reverend George Richard McClenaghan of Ipswich.
- Company Sergeant Major James Joseph Gibney (Irish Rifles) is killed. His brother was killed in November 1914.
- Corporal George Hutchison (Cameron Highlanders) is killed at age 22 He is an Assistant Schoolmaster.
- Corporal Percy Mofflin (Australian Light Horse) is killed on Gallipoli at age 35. His brother will be killed in July 1916.
- Lance Corporal Frederick James Moore (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 23. His brother will be killed in October 1917.
- Private William Heath (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed in action at age 23. His brother died of wounds in November of last year.
- Private Edward Lawrence Sprunt (Honorable Artillery Company) is killed in action at Hooge while serving as a stretcher-bearer at age 22. He received his commission papers the previous day but chose to remain with his battalion for the attack in which he is killed. His two brothers will both die of wounds received in the Great War the first was killed last March while the second will die in 1919.
- Private Charles Russel Abbott (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother will be killed in September 1916.
- Private John Coppin (Otago Regiment) is killed in action at Gallipoli at age 25. His brother will die of wounds in August 1918.
- Private Christopher Barney Billing (Auckland Infantry) dies in Egypt at age 21. He is a keen boxer and swimmer.
- Private Clive Napier Cargill (New Zealand Divisional Signal Corps) dies of wounds at age 26. He is the great grandson of the late Captain William Cargill the founder of Otago Province.
- Private Ian Herbert Croal Shannon (Black Watch) is killed while attending a wounded comrade at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend John A Shannon.
- Private Brisco Francis MacSwiney (Liverpool Regiment) is killed at age 30. His brother will die of pneumonia serving in the same Regiment in last few weeks of the war.
- Private Tom Hatcher Godfree (Honorable Artillery Company) is killed at age 25. His brother will be killed in March 1917.
- Private Brisco Francis MacSwiney (Liverpool Regiment)is killed at age 30.He is the first of three brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.