Sunday 12 March 1916 – We Lost 231
The Western Frontier Force secures the important Medean Pass en route to Sollum.
General George Gorringe replaces General Aylmer in Mesopotamia.
Today’s losses include:
- A Raith Football Club player
- The son of a member of the clergy
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain Arthur Ryland Chavasse (Royal Army Medical Corps) dies of bronco-pneumonia at age 28. He is the only son of ‘Sir’ Thomas Chavasse.
- Captain Stanhope Cole Bartley (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 38. He is the son of ‘Sir’ George C T and Lady Bartley. He is a veteran of the South Africa War.
- Lieutenant Norman Durant (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed in action at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend William Friend Durant.
- Lieutenant Neil Murphy Gavin (Royal Army Medical Corps) is killed in action at age 42. He had been a medical missionary with the Irish Presbyterian Church in Western India before the war.
- Private Frederick Charles Armstrong (Suffolk Regiment) is killed at age 27. His brother will be killed in April 1918.
- Private James Colin Todd (Royal Scots) dies of wounds at age 20. The Raith Football Club player is hit by shrapnel in the chest during a bombardment.
- Private Edward Wootton (Middlesex Regiment) dies of wounds at age 31. His brother was killed last September.