Monday 14 February 1916 – We Lost 402
Germans take 600 yards of British front trench between the Ypres-Comines Railway and the Canal.
The remaining classes of single men are called up in Great Britain.
During grenade instruction in a trench a man drops a grenade which sinks in the mud so only the smoke from the burning fuse can been seen. Second Lieutenant William Marychurch Morgan (Royal Welsh Fusiliers) who is outside the danger zone at once springs forward and gropes in the mud for the grenade. The difficulty of finding it adds greatly to the danger but he still picks up the grenade and throws it over the parapet just in time saving several men from death or serious injury. For his actions Lieutenant Morgan will be awarded the Albert Medal.
Today’s losses include:
- The son of a member of the clergy
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Eric Henry Porter (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 27. His brother will be killed in November.
- Second Lieutenant John Whiteley Mallinson (Rifle Brigade attached Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend J H Mallinson.
- Private Cyril Edward Briggs (East Kent Regiment) is killed in action at age 27. His brother will be killed in December 1917.
- Private George Brown Brocklehust (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 27. His brother was killed last November on Gallipoli.