Tuesday 4 January 1916 – We Lost 207
Lord Derby reports that out of five million men of military age 1,675,149 are under arms, all volunteers. The difference includes 650,000 single men, who are used as an argument to justify the application of conscription.
General Aylmer moves from Ali Gherbi to relieve Kut-el-Amara.
Today’s losses include:
- A battalion commander
- The son of a Justice of the Peace
- The son of a Police Inspector
- A family that will lose three sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Colonel Michael Hudson Courtenay (commanding 1st Heavy Brigade, Royal Garrison Artillery) dies of wounds received in action Christmas Eve during the siege of Kut at age 48. He is the son of William Courtenay JP.
- Second Lieutenant George Ritchie Cairns (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds at age 21 on Gallipoli. He is the son of Police Inspector James Cairns.
- Private Charles Wadey (Queen’s West Surrey Regiment) is killed at age 28 becoming the third brother to be killed in the Great War.
- Sapper David Austin (Royal Engineers) dies of wounds received on Gallipoli on the hospital ship Assaye at age 22. His brother will be killed in September 1918.