Friday 3 March 1916 – We Lost 340
British forces regain “International Trench”.
The drifter Boy Harold (Skipper William Wood) is sunk by a mine off Brindisi killing its skipper at age 35.
Today’s losses include:
- A battalion commander
- A son of the 5th Duke of Leinster
- The son of a General
- The son of a Justice of the Peace
- Multiple families that will lose two and three sons
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Colonel Steuart Scott Binny DSO (commanding 10th Welsh Fusiilers) is killed at age 44.
- Major ‘Lord’ Desmond FitzGerald MC (Irish Guards) is fatally wounded during bomb throwing practice in France at age 28. He is the son of Gerald Fitzgerald the 5th Duke of Leinster.
- Captain Halford Gay Burdett (Westminster Dragoons) dies at home at age 38. He is the son of the late ‘Sir’ Henry, KCB, KCVO and the late Lady Burdett.
- Second Lieutenant Terence Donough O’Brien (Lancers attached Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed at age 20. He is the son of Brigadier General Edmund Donough John O’Brien CB CBE JP. His nephew will be killed in the Royal Air Force in the Second World War.
- Corporal Sydney Herbert Claridge (Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 31. His two brothers will also be killed in the Great War, the first last May and the second in September 1917.
- Private Frank Thomas Berrington (Northamptonshire Regiment) dies of wounds received in action at age 21. His brother will be killed in May 1918.
- Private James MacKenzie (Seaforth Highlanders) dies on service. His brother will be killed in July.
- Private Harry Leason (Sherwood Foresters) dies of wounds at age 20. His brother will be killed in June 1917.