Sunday 5 December 1915 – We Lost 184
Royal Ordnance plants manufacture guns, bombs, mines and later tanks during the War. There will be 16,000 workers, three fatal explosions happen on their site during shell manufacture. Thirty-five women who have just started a night shift are killed tonight by an explosion at the Barnbow Ordnance works.
Today’s losses include:
- The son of a member of the clergy
- A Olympic Silver Medal winner
- A man whose son will be killed in the Royal Air Force in May 1940
- Multiple men who will have brothers killed in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain Arthur Michael Durrant MC (North Lancashire Regiment) is killed in action. He is the son of the Reverend Arthur Durrant.
- Lieutenant Edmund William Bury (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed at age 31. He was the Olympic Silver Medal winner in the 1908 Rackets Doubles Competition. His brother was killed in January of this year and his son will be killed serving in the Royal Air Force in May 1940.
- Private Ernest Alfred Burton (Norfolk Yeomanry) is killed in action on Gallipoli at age 21. His brother will be killed in October 1918.
- Private Frank Ernest Pearce (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed on Gallipoli at age 18. His brother was killed on September 1915.