Saturday 1 January 1916 – We Lost 250

by greatwarliveslost

The armed passenger steamer Glengyle is sunk by the German submarine U34 two hundred forty miles east by south from Malta, killing ten. The German auxiliary cruiser Mowe lays a large minefield off Cape Worth one of which will sink the battleship King Edward VII five days later, along with a neutral steamer.

The Russian Tsar is appointed a British Field Marshall.

British forces (Nigerian Regiment) capture the German fort at Yaunde in Cameroon.  They release the Allied prisoners held there consisting of seventeen British and seven French civilians, including ‘some ladies’ along with seven British and three French soldiers.

The Royal Army Medical Corps performs first successful blood transfusion using blood that has been stored and cooled.

Today’s losses include:

  • The grandson of two members of the clergy
  • A son of a member of the clergy
  • A man whose son will be killed in August 1940
  • A family that will two sons in the Great War

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major John Pickard Becher (Sherwood Foresters) is killed at age 35. He is the grandson of both the Reverend John Drake Becher and the Reverend Edward Pickard-Cambridge. His son will be killed in the Royal Air Force in North Africa in August 1940.
  • Captain Arthur Cecil Whitaker (West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 29. He is the son of the Reverend Charles Probart Whitackcer Vicar of Broadclyst.
  • Second Lieutenant Robert Shivourne Weld-Blundell (Liverpool Regiment) dies at home at age 27. His brother will die in February 1919 in France while serving in the London Regiment
  • Private Alwin Howard Brierley (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 38. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Oswald Walters Brierley.