Friday 14 January 1916 – We Lost 219
British forces take Wadi, the Turks retreating to Um-el-Hanna.
Today’s losses include:
- A battalion commander
- A grandson of the 1st officer killed in the India Mutiny
- A man whose lost two brothers in the service of King and Country in previous wars
- A grandson of a member of the clergy
- A 15-year old
- A man whose brother lost his life in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Colonel John Fortescue Finnis DSO (commanding 53rd Sikhs) dies of wounds received the previous day at age 45. He is a grandson of Colonel J Finnis of the 11th Native Infantry who was the 1st officer killed in the India Mutiny.
- Lieutenant Austin Douglas Bennett (Royal Naval Reserve) is killed in action at age 29. He is the son of the late Honorary Lieutenant George Bennett.
- Sergeant Frederic Charles MacAulay (King Edward’s Horse) is killed at age 41. He served in the Matabele rebellion in 1896 and his two brothers have been killed previously in the service of their King or Queen. Lieutenant Kenneth Zachary Pollock MacAulay died of wounds on 30th January 1901 in South Africa while Lieutenant Percy John Frederick MacAulay was killed on 3rd November 1894 during a night attack on a British camp by Mahsud Waziris. They are grandsons of Reverend Canon John MacAulay and are related to Lord MacAulay.
- Rifleman Valentine Joe Strudwick (Rifle Brigade) is killed in action at age 15 making him one of the youngest British victims on the Great War.
- Private David Gillson (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 23. His brother will be killed in April 1917.