Monday 6 March 1916 – We Lost 230

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Victoria Cross

Victoria Cross

The East Kent Regiment makes an attack on the German held crater called Triangle Crater near Hohenzollern Redoubt at Givenchy. Corporal William Cotter’s leg is blown off at the knee and he is also wounded in both arms. He nevertheless makes his way unaided for 50 yards to a crater, steadies the men who are holding it, control their fire, issues orders and alters their dispositions to meet a fresh counter-attack. For two hours he holds his position and only allows his wounds to be roughly dressed when the attack has quietened down. He cannot be moved back for 14 hours and during all this time he has a cheery word for everyone. He will die of his wounds in eight days at age 33 and be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross later this month. Also lost in the East Kent Regiment today is Lance Corporal Alfred George Leonard Sutton and Private Albert James Sharpe who both have brothers who died in the Great War serving the Royal Navy.

Six members of “C” Company 13th Essex Regiment die of carbon monoxide poisoning at Loos.

 Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple families that will lose two sons

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Private Ernest Burrell (Sussex Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother will be executed for desertion in May of this year.