Wednesday 8 March 1916 – We Lost 1,108
British patrols advancing cautiously at dawn on Dujaila Redoubt find the enemy positions unoccupied but the British initiative is not strong enough to be able to move beyond where they are initially ordered to go. The British request artillery to be brought up and by the time it arrives 6,000 Turks are awaiting the British. The advance is cut down by machine-gun and rifle fire from the Redoubt trenches at a distance of some 700 yards. By noon they have gained 200 yards and by 14:30 it is clear the attack cannot continue. General Aylmer orders the 7th and 8th Indian Brigades of the Lahore Division to attack at 16:30. The Manchester Regiment and Royal Scinde Rifles make it into the trenches but an immediate counter-attack forces them out again. British losses in the action are placed at 4,000 killed and wounded.
The drifter Enterprise II is sunk by a mine off Brindisi. Among the eight fatalities is Deck Hand Reginald Stannard killed at 18. His two brothers will be killed over the next year.
Today’s losses include:
- A published academic historian
- Multiple battalion commanders
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- The son-in-law of a member of the clergy
- Multiple families that will lose two son in the Great War
- The son of a Justice of the Peace
- A man whose father will die on service
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Colonel Herbert Hastings Harington (commanding 62nd Punjabis) is killed at age 48.
- Lieutenant Colonel Reginald Wilson Fox (commanding 6th Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 49.
- Lieutenant Colonel Henry Arthur Clowes (commanding 1st Staffordshire Yeomanry) dies of typhoid fever in Egypt at age 48.
- Major Bernard Henry Howard (Sikhs) is killed in the action at age 38. His younger brother was killed on the Western Front last September and they are sons of the Reverend Henry Frederick Howard.
- Captain and Adjutant Richard Phillipson Dunn Pattison (Devonshire Regiment) an academic historian specializing in military history is killed at age 45. He is the son of Alexander Dunn Pattison an Advocate of Old Kilpatrick, Dumbarton and his wife Minnie Phillipson. He studied at New College, Oxford and also served with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. He was a Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford and became Professor of History at Oxford University. He became distinguished military historian and after publishing War in 1904, followed it up with Napoleon’s Marshals in 1909. This classic work, containing detailed biographical sketches of the 24 Marshals of France appointed by Napoleon, will be republished in 2007. His history of the Black Prince is a popular and scholarly biography as is his history of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Pattison married Mary Winifred Wilkes who was at Girton College. She was the daughter of the Reverend Alpheus Wilkes and brother of Paget Wilkes, whose biography she wrote. The couple has two daughters.
- Captain Walter Greatwood (Outram’s Rifles attached Gurkha Rifles) is killed at age 35. His brother will die of wounds in October 1917.
- Captain Alfred Henry Parsons (Gurkha Rifles) is killed at age 34. He is the son of the Reverend H Parsons.
- Captain Arthur Morris Slingsby MC (Punjabis) is killed at age 30 in Mesopotamia. His brother was killed last July.
- Captain Aubrey Halliwell Baker (Somerset Light Infantry) is in Mesopotamia at age 26. His brother will be killed in July 1917.
- Lieutenant Ambrose Joseph Cocks Heriz-Smith (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 38. He is the son of J T C Heriz-Smith JP. Lieutenant Arthur Hadden MC (Sikhs) is killed at age 23. His father will die on service in Egypt next May.
- Second Lieutenant John Richard Milligan (Indian Army Reserve of Officers attached Cokes Rifles) is killed in Mesopotamia at age 27. His brother was killed last September.
- Second Lieutenant Cyril Walter Wallace (Indian Army Reserve of Officers attached Sikhs) is killed at age 26. His brother was killed in March 1915 and they are sons of the Reverend Walter Edward Wallace.