Wednesday 15 March 1916 – We Lost 242

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South African cavalry occupy Old Moshi, which will become GHQ and a center for medical units for several weeks.

Today’s losses include:

  • A battalion commander
  • A man who has two brothers previously killed in the Great War
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Harry Maclear DSO (East Lancashire Regiment commanding 13th Royal Scots) is killed when he leaves his dugout to clean his teeth and is hit on the top of the head by a stray bullet. He served in the Chitral Campaign in 1895 with the relief force (medal with clasp), on the North West Frontier of India from 1897 to 98 (Makaland Medal and clasp) and in East Africa 1903-04 where he commanded the 9th Somaliland Camel Corps. He took part in the operations in Somaliland as Special Service Officer, Assistant to the base supply and Transport Officer, Berbera from November 1903 (medal with clasp). On the outbreak of war he returned to England and went with the East Lancashire Regiment to France disembarking there on 6th November 1914. During the Battle of Neuve Chappelle he took command of the battalion when the Commanding Officer was wounded. Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel he was attached to the 13th Royal Scots Fusiliers and served as their Commanding Officer taking part in the Battle of Loos where he was wounded in the wrist in November 1915. He is the last of three brothers who are killed in the Great War.
  • Captain George Elliott Lowes Bowlby (Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend Alfred Bowlby Vicar of St James West Stsreatham.
  • Second Lieutenant Alexander Marchetti (Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 23. His brother will be killed in November.
  • Corporal Ernest Arthur Groves (Dorsetshire Regiment) is killed at age 28. His brother will die on service next January.
  • Private John Dunn (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed last May.