Friday 18 February 1916 – We Lost 168

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Alexander Mann Kirton

Alexander Mann Kirton

An artillery duel takes place at Ypres.

The German forces in Togoland surrender and an area the size of Germany comes under British control.  During the entire Cameroon campaign the British and French have suffered 7,000 casualties.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Sergeant-Major Alexander Mann Kirton is a Quartermaster-Sergeant in the Australian Infantry. He was born in Bunbury, Western Australia, the son of Richard G. Kirton and Mary Ann. In civilian life he was a bank clerk who enlisted on the 14th August 1914. He rose rapidly through the ranks; from corporal, to sergeant and then ended as quartermaster-sergeant. He embarked at Freemantle on the fleet transport Ascanius on the 2 November for the Dardanelles campaign. In Gallipoli during 1915 he became seriously ill and was taken off, first to the island of Lemnos (where Rupert Brooke died in 1915) and then to hospital in Alexandria.  After recovery he was posted, as instructor, to the infantry training school at Zeitoun where yesterday he is mortally wounded in the head and chest in a hand grenade accident. He dies in hospital from these injuries at age 22.
  • Lance Corporal William Ballard (Suffolk Regiment) is killed at age 23. His brother will be killed in August on Gallipoli.
  • Corporal Charles David Houghton (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 26. His brother will be killed in October 1917.