Thursday 9 March 1916 – We Lost 272
The Western Frontier Force is re-assembled and made ready to advance on the Senussi at Sollum.
The Armed Boarding Steamer HMS Fauvette (Temporary Sub Lieutenant William Beale RNVR) strikes a mine in the North Sea and sinks. Her entire crew of fourteen is killed.
South African forces occupy Taveta in German East Africa.
Private Frederick Percy Hardy (County of London Yeomanry, Sharpshooters) dies at King’s Cross railway station, London. He is a cricketer who played first-class cricket for Somerset. His death is something of a mystery. He is found dead on the floor of a lavatory at King’s Cross station. His throat is cut and a blood-stained knife was by his side. It has been speculated that the death was suicide brought on by distress at being sent back to the battlefields of the Great War.
Today’s losses include:
- A first class cricketer for Somerset
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- Multiple families that will lose two and three sons
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain Gordon Humphrey Chapman (Sikh Field Force attached as Brigade Major to the 28th Brigade 7th Indian Division) is killed in Mesopotamia at age 33. He is the son of the Reverend Theodore Charles Chapman Rector of Langley and is the middle of three sons of his who will be killed in the Great War.
- Lieutenant Eric Hector Goodfellow (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 23 in Mesopotamia. His brother will be killed in March 1918.
- Sergeant James Dempster (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed in action at age 30. His brother will be killed in December 1917.
- Private Albert Stuart Bryan Fortnum (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 18. He is the son of the Reverend John William Fortnum.