Sunday 2 January 1916 – We Lost 224
During a heavy bombardment Corporal James Webb (Royal Army Medical Corps) and Driver Richard Foley (Royal Field Artillery) acting entirely on their own initiative leave a place where they are safe and run out to bring two wounded French civilians into a dug-out. During this operation heavy shells are falling all around them and a motor-cyclist who is assisting to bring in the second man is killed. For their actions Webb and Foley will be awarded the Albert Medal.
Submarine E2 becomes the last British submarine to be recalled from the Sea of Marmora.
Turkish forces shell Kut-el-Amara.
Today’s losses include:
- A military Chaplain
- The son of a member of the clergy
- A family that will lose three sons in the Great War
- A Tottenham Hotspur, Rob Roy and Swindon footballer
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Chaplain ‘the Reverend’ James Robert Stewart (attached Worcestershire Regiment) is killed by a shell while conducting a funeral at age 35. He is the son of the Reverend Robert W Stewart of China.
- Private Allan Andrew Hosking (Hampshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 19. He is the first of three brothers who will be killed in 1916.
- Private John Jarvie (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) is killed in action at age 27. He played left back on the Rob Roy, Tottenham Hotspur and Swindon Football Clubs.