Sunday 30 January 1916 – We Lost 151
Lieutenant James Frederick Venmore (Welsh Regiment) is on duty as patrol officer in front of the British trenches in France, when a sentry in the firing trench reports that three men in the advanced listening post have been wounded. Two of these men are just able to crawl back to the British lines over barbed wire, but the third man is too seriously wounded to follow, being shot through both legs. Lieutenant Venmore volunteers to go to his assistance and takes with him a non-commissioned officer (Corporal William Williams), who will be awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal. They go out under heavy fire over the parapet, and after great difficulty successfully bring the man over the wire and two ditches. This action is succeeded by a further act on the following morning, when a message is received that a man has his arm blown off at another listening post that is practically unapproachable during daylight. Lieutenant Venmore again undertakes to go to his aid again taking with him Corporal Williams. They crawled across the open ground in the face of heavy machine gun fire. The wounded man is reached, his wounds attended to, and he is subsequently brought to safety. Lieutenant Venmore will be awarded the Military Cross for his efforts on these two days and will be killed in action on 10th July of this year.
Today’s losses include:
- A Victoria Cross winner
- The son of a Jurist
- The son of a member of the clergy
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Colonel Fred Holmes Hopkins (Canadian Infantry Headquarters Staff) is killed in an auto accident in Canada at age 35. He is the son of his Honor Judge Hopkins.
- Lieutenant Horald Heber Owen (British Columbia Regiment) is killed in action. He is the son of Major the Reverend C C Owen.
- Corporal Robert Dunsire VC (Royal Scots) is killed in action at age 24. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for acts performed last September.