Wednesday 23 February 1916 – We Lost 161
Lord Robert Cecil is appointed Minister of Blockade while peace is debated in the House of Commons.
Today’s losses include:
- A Victoria Cross winner
- A man whose son will be killed in the Second World War
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- Multiple families that will lose two sons
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Major Douglas Reynolds VC (Royal Field Artillery) dies of septicemia from gas poisoning received in December 1915 at Le Touquet, France. He had been awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions on 26th August 1914 at Le Cateau and on 9th September 1914 at Pysloup. His son will be killed as a Lieutenant serving in the Irish Guards in May 1940. The younger Reynolds was born the month before his father died.
- Lieutenant Ronald John Mortlock Lias (Sussex Regiment) is killed at age 26. He is the son of the Reverend John James Lias Chancellor of Llandaff.
- Second Lieutenant Leonard Ewbank (Border Regiment) is killed at age 23. His brother will be killed in November 1917 and they are sons of the Reverend John Ewbank Rector of Bolton.
- Second Lieutenant Evelyn Ernest Arnold Collisson (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend Thomas Collisson Rector of Gravenhurst.
- Private Herbert Anthony (Northamptonshire Regiment) dies from the effects of war service at home. His brother will be killed in October 1917.
- Private F Hibbert (King’s Own Lancaster Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed last October.