Tuesday 22 February 1916 – We Lost 205
At St Peter’s Barracks, Jersey one of the men under instruction at a bombing class under the command of Lieutenant Charles Edward Cox Bartlett (South Staffordshire Regiment) is practicing with a catapult bomb thrower and has removed the safety pin from a bomb holdback the lever with his finger. In placing the bomb in the sling he drops it and in a fright runs backwards colliding with Lieutenant Bartlett who had started to pick up the bomb. Lieutenant Bartlett however succeeds in reaching the bomb in time to throw it over the parapet into the air where it explodes harmlessly. The bomb was timed to explode five seconds after the lever was released. For his actions Lieutenant Bartlett will be awarded the Albert Medal.
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Second Lieutenant John Dalrymple Maitland (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed in action at age 24. He is the son of the late Speaker of the House of Keys on the Isle of Man.