Sunday 23 January 1916 – We Lost 202
In a bright moonlight after midnight early this morning a German floatplane drops eight high-explosive and one incendiary bomb near the Dover garrison headquarters. Bombing begins at 00:47 and the enemy is seen flying out to sea near St Margaret’s at 01:03. One is killed and six injured. Later this day at 12:52 a German floatplane again attacks Dover, flies to Capel, near Folkestone and drops five bombs close to the Royal Naval Air Service airship hangars thirty minutes later. This time there are no casualties.
The Senussi camp at Halazin, twenty-five miles southwest of Mersa Matruh, in western Egypt is dispersed. General Wallace attacks and successfully breaks the enemy positions going through deep mud to do so. The blankets and supplies cannot be brought up so the armoured cars cannot operate and in many locations vehicles have to be dragged through the mud. British casualties are one officer and 30 other ranks killed 13 officers and 289 ranks wounded. The enemy’s losses are estimated at 200 killed and 500 wounded. Prisoners reveal that Senussi morale is declining as they see the British force increasing in size and becoming properly equipped for the their task.
Today’s losses include:
- Two families that will lose two sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Second Lieutenant John Eric Bovill (Dragoon Guards) is killed in action at age 21. His brother will be killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
- Private Benjamin Newstead (Norfolk Regiment) dies of wounds at age 30. His brother will die at home on service in April 1918.