Saturday 22 January 1916 – We Lost 211
An armistice is agreed upon for six hours on the Tigris River. As soon as the white flag is raised Arabs swarm out of the Turkish lines and begin to rob the dead and wounded collecting especially rifles. Flooding on the river hampers the Kut relief force.
Today’s losses include:
- The founder of the Yates Cup
- An England International Hockey player
- Multiple families that will lose two sons
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Colonel Henry Brydges Yates (Canadian Army Medical Corps) dies on service at home at age 50. He founded the Yates Cup which is annually presented to the winner of the Ontario University Athletics football conference of the Canadian Inter-University Sports Federation. This is the oldest still existing football trophy in North America dating back to 1898.
- Second Lieutenant James Frederick Watson (Black Watch) dies at home at age 28. His brother will be killed in June of this year.
- Second Lieutenant John Anthony Lovell (Life Guards) is killed at age 29. He is an England international hockey player and his brother will be killed next July.