Thursday 10 February 1916 – We Lost 248
A member of a class which is being instructed in bomb throwing drops a live bomb then picks it up and throws it to a corner of the room. Lance Corporal George Broadhurst (South Wales Borderers) immediately places his foot on the bomb with a view to minimizing the effect of the explosion. He is severely wounded in both feet but undoubtedly saved many others from serious injury or death. For his actions Broadhurst will be awarded the Albert Medal.
German destroyers in the North Sea sink the minesweeping sloop HMS Arabis. There are seventy-six casualties while fourteen survivors are picked up by the Germans and made prisoners of war.
Today’s losses include:
- Multiple families that will lose two and three sons
- The son of an Admiral
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Major Ernest Arthur Leather (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 48. He is the last of three brothers to be killed in the Great War.
- Major G S Douglas (Cameronians) dies at home. He is the son of Admiral the Honorable G H Douglas.
- Corporal George Parrott (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother will be killed in May 1918.
- Private George Burnell (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 27. His two brothers will be killed next year.
- Driver Samuel Novis (Royal Field Artillery) dies of disease at Rawalpindi at age 35. His brother will die of war wounds in June 1919.
- Ordinary Seaman Harold Grice (HMS Victory) dies of illness at home at age 20. His brother will be killed in April 1917.