Thursday 6 January 1916 – We Lost 250
While patrolling north of Texel Island E17 (Lieutenant Commander John Robert Guy Moncreiffe) strikes an uncharted sandbank and as a result of the damage is forced to surface. A Royal Netherlands Navy cruiser approaches the stricken submarine to investigate. E17 believing the cruiser to be a belligerent submerges but owing to the damage is forced to surface again. She then signals the unidentified cruiser for assistance and her crew is taken off and interned. The submarine will finally sink at 11:40. The trawler Courtier (Skipper Samuel Blissett age 53) is sunk by a mine off Kilnsea killing eleven including her skipper.
The battleship HMS King Edward VII strikes a mine and sinks thirteen hours later off Cape Wrath, north coast of Scotland. There are no casualties but two crew men from the destroyer Musketeer drown rescuing crew from mined pre-Dreadnought battleship and the Musketeer is damaged by the sinking ship’s fittings. The hired trawler and minesweeper Courtier (Skipper Samuel Blissett Royal Naval Reserve) is mined and sunk in North Sea with a loss of her crew of nine including her skipper who is lost at age 53 while the armed yacht Hersilia is wrecked off Eilean Chuai, Hebrides.
The Labor Congress announces its opposition to the Military Service Bill.
Urged on by Townshend in Kut and Nixon at the rear, the Tigris Corps is compelled to a frontal attack on the Turk trenches at Sheikh Sa’ad, on both river banks. As the force approaches they are attacked by small arms fire. By nightfall, as it becomes obvious that no breakthrough will happen, the assaulting units are ordered to dig in.
Today’s losses include:
- The son of a member of the clergy
- The President of both the British and World Esperanto Associations
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
- A Reading and Swansea footballer two sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Major James Pearson Stockley (Grenadiers Indian Army) is killed. He is the son-in-law of ‘Sir’ Reginald Brodie Dyke Acland.
- Captain Harold Bolingbroke Mudie (Remount Service, Army Service Corps) is killed in an auto at age 35. He is the first president of both the British and Universal Esperanto Associations. He founded and edited the “Esperantist” in 1903.
- Flight Commander Hans Acworth Busk (Royal Naval Air Service) dies of injuries received 15th December while on a bombing raid on an enemy aerodrome on Gallipoli at age 21. His brother died of injuries at home in November 1914.
- Lieutenant Edward Seymer Woodward (Deccan Infantry) is killed at age 31. He is the son of the Reverend Richard Salisbury Woodward Vicar of All Saints Eastbourne.
- Lieutenant Thomas Eland Clatworthy (Indian Army Reserve of Officers attached Dogras) is killed at age 30. His brother will be killed in October 1918.
- Sergeant George Edward Fitch-Jones (Army Service Corps) dies of wounds on the Western Front at age 31. His brother will be killed in May 1917.
- Sergeant Edward Thomas Mitchell (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds. He played football for Reading and Swansea.