Wednesday 19 January 1916 – We Lost 198
General Aylmer resumes his advance up the Tigris River. General ‘Sir’ Percy Lake succeeds ‘Sir’ J Nixon in command in Mesopotamia.
Anglo/French troops occupy Ebolowa the mud track and up to a hill position under a blazing sun.
A German attack is repulsed at Kachumba, Uganda.
General Jan Smuts arrives at Mombasa.
A war council of the Allied Ministers meets in London.
Aerial reconnaissance reveals a large enemy and Senussi camp – 100 European and 250 Bedouin tents – 25 miles from Mersa Matruh at Halazin.
Today’s losses include:
- A son of the 2nd Viscount Goschen
- A grandson of a former Chancellor of the Exchequer
- The son of a General
- A Scottish Rugby International
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant David Dickie Howie (Royal Field Artillery) a Scottish Rugby International dies of pneumonia in Alexandria Egypt at age 27. He capped seven times for Scotland between 1912-12 and also played for Kirkcaldy RFC.
- Lieutenant Walter Arthur Brooking (Royal Horse Artillery attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 19. He is the son of Brigadier General H T Brooking CB.
- Second Lieutenant ‘the Honorable’ George Joachim Goschen (East Kent Regiment) is killed in action in Mesopotamia at age 22. He is the son of the 2nd Viscount and grandson of the former Chancellor of the Exchequer.