Tuesday 14 March 1916 – We Lost 293
British forces occupy Es Sollum, a small port among lofty hills, four hundred kilometers west of Alexandria, after considerable fighting. The Senussi are scattered. The Duke of Westminster is ordered to pursue the Senussi. His force captures all of the enemy’s 40 guns and machine guns, three Turkish officers and approximately 40 others are made prisoners while 50 are killed and many more wounded when the enemy camp is overrun at Bir Asiso some 23 miles from the British position. From information gained from prisoners it is ascertained that the crews of Moorina and Tara are being held at Bir el Hakim.
British aircraft carry out raids on the Sinai.
Today’s losses include:
- A battalion commander
- The son of a member of the clergy
- A 1908 & 1912 Olympic competitor
- A family that will lose 3 sons in the Great War
- A family that will lose 4 sons in the Great War
- A Welsh International Rugby player
- The 1907 & 1912 Welsh Amateur Golf champion
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Colonel Claude Henry Campbell DSO (Cameron Highlanders commanding 1st/4th Seaforth Highlanders) is killed at age 37.
- Captain Alan Patterson (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 28. He is the son of the Reverend Robert Patterson and he competed in the 1908 Olympics in London and the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm competing in the 400 meters in both years as well as the 800 meters in 1912.
- Second Lieutenant Stephen Johns (Royal Engineers) is killed as the middle of three brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.
- Sergeant Louis Augustus Phillips (Royal Fusiliers) a Welsh International Rugby player and winner of the 1907 and 1912 Welsh Amateur Golf Championship is killed in action at age 38.
- Private Albert Davis Souls (Machine Gun Corps) is killed in action at age 20. He is the first of five brothers who will be killed in the Great War.