Wednesday 5 January 1916 – We Lost 212

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Military Service Act

Prime Minister Asquith introduces the first conscription bill in the House of Commons. Living up to his pledge of 2nd November 1915, that married men will not be called up until after single men, the bill provides that unattested single men and childless married men of military age should be regarded as having attested; that service should be for the duration of the war; and that Ireland should be exempt.

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of a Major General
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Rhodri Deane Owen-Jones (Jacob’s Horse) is killed in action at age 29. He is the son of Major General Robert Owen-Jones CB.
  • Lieutenant Alexander Easson Evans (British Columbia Regiment) is killed in action. He is the son of the Reverend Maurice John Evans.
  • Private Herbert McDermott (East Lancashire Regiment) dies of wounds received in action at age 19. His brother died of wounds in June 1915.
  • Private Harold James Mathieson (London Scottish) is killed at age 25. His brother was killed in November 1914