Sunday 20 February 1916 – We Lost 270
British airmen destroy the power station at El-Hassana, Sinai.
A column of the Western Frontier Force moves out from Mersa Matruh under the command of Brigadier General H T Lukin CMG DSO searching for the Senussi.
Mrs. Mary Jane Troland of Belfast loses both her 40 year-old husband Daniel and their 18 year-old son James. They die when the five hundred ninety three-ton merchant ship SS Dingle hits a mine and sinks off ten miles south by west from Kentish Knock. They are among the nine members of the crew that die, including the master John Leckie age 40. Also the hired Drifter Gavenwood (Skipper William Lyall age 51) is sunk when she strikes a mine off Brindisi. Her crew of eleven including skipper Lyall are killed.
Today’s losses include:
- A father and son killed together when their merchant ship is sunk
- The brother of a future General
- The son of a member of the clergy
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain Christopher Bethell (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 31. His brother Hugh Keppel Bethell will become a Major General.
- Captain Edward George Gatacre (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) dies of wounds received this day at age 32. He was in the Guard of Honour at Delhi Dunbar in 1911 and Captain of the Regimental Rugby Football Club who were the winners of the Calcutta Cup from 1907-10. He is the son in law of Captain the Honorable Foley Charles Prendergast Vereker.
- Sergeant John Cockerill (Canadian Dragoons) is killed at age 31. He is the son of the Reverend James Walter Cockerill Vicar of Kettlewell.