Saturday 29 January 1916 – We Lost 160
The first tank begins its trails in Hertfordshire.
Today’s losses include:
- A grandson of Alfred ‘Lord’ Tennyson
- A grandson of the 3rd Baron ffrench of Castle ffrench
- The son of a Justice of the Peace
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Navigation Sub Lieutenant Harold Courtenay Tennyson (HMTBD Viking) is killed when his ship strikes a mine off Dunkirk at age 19. His brother will be killed in March 1918 and they are sons of the 2nd Baron Tennyson and grandsons of Alfred ‘Lord’ Tennyson. The Harold Tennyson Memorial Prize will be founded in 1917 by Lord Tennyson, in memory of his son. The interest on a sum of £230, Government Stock, held upon trust by the Admiralty, is employed in providing a Prize to be awarded each term to the Cadet of the Sixth Term at the Britannia Royal Naval College, who comes out first in an Examination in English Literature. This examination is on the work of the great English Prose or Poetical Writers, including from time to time, one or more of the late Lord Tennyson’s poems. The prize consists of books, including the single volume edition of the late Lord Tennyson’s complete works. Cadets of the Commonwealth Navies are eligible for this Prize.
- Commander Thomas Christopher Harry Williams is also killed as a result of the mining at age 37. He is the son of Mr. H Williams JP.
- Captain Valentine Charles Joseph Blake (Irish Guards) is killed at age 30. His brother will be killed in November 1917 and they are grandsons of Charles Austin ffrench 3rd Baron ffrench of Castle ffrench.