Saturday 26 February 1916 – We Lost 265

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Senussi campaign

At 09:30 the Western Frontier Force under Brigadier General Lukin near Agagia, (Barani, Egypt), attacks the Senussi. The Dorset Yeomanry carries out a brilliant charge joined in battle by the South African Infantry.  They are accompanied by six armored cars under the Duke of Westminster. The attack is a model of desert warfare and the enemy is destroyed while its leader Gaafer Pasha and his staff are captured. The remnants of the enemy retreat 50 miles west to Sollum.

  • Captain John Crosbie Bengough (Gloucester Hussars) the Aide de Camp to General Peyton is killed at age 27.
  • Second Lieutenant Cecil Henry Paulet (Dorset Yeomanry) is killed at age 40. He is the grandson of the Reverend Lord Charles Paulet.

Forty squadron Royal Flying Corps is formed at Fort Grange, Gosport Hants under the command of Captain G R Howard.

The hired drifter Lily Reaich (Skipper Robert Grant) is sunk after striking a mine off Durazzo.  Her crew of ten is killed.

 Today’s losses include:

  • The Aide de Camp to a General
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • The grandson of a member of the clergy
  • A family that will lose three sons in the Great War

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Second Lieutenant David Cunnighame Woodside (Royal Scots Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 20. He is a son of the Reverend David Woodside DD and has two brothers who will be killed later in the Great War.