Friday 17 March 1916 – We Lost 193
The Western Frontier Force column of forty-five vehicles, consisting of twelve armored cars, Ford tenders, and a string of ambulances, under the command of Major Hugh Richard Arthur, Duke of Westminster (Cheshire Yeomanry) depart Sollum. Their mission is to travel 120-miles into the desert and conduct a raid on Bir el Hakim and rescue the crews of HMS Tara and the Moorina. The mission will be so successful that the 91 prisoners are rescued without loss of life. Major Arthur will be awarded the Distinguised Service Order for his efforts in this exploit.
Today’s losses include:
- The son of a Judge of the Supreme Court Edinburgh
- The son of a General
- The son of a member of the clergy
- The grandson of a member of the clergy
- A man whose brother will be killed in the Great War
- A Rovers Club footballer in New Zealand
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Colonel ‘Sir’ Charles Bent Ball the 1st Baronet (Royal Army Medical Corps) dies at home on service at age 65.
- Captain Ian Dalrymple Dewar (Cameron Highlanders) dies of wounds at home at age 22. He is the son of Lord Dewar, Judge of the Supreme Court, Edinburgh.
- Lieutenant Edward Arnold Abigail (Royal Marine Artillery) dies of wounds at Dunkirk. He is the son of the Reverend William James Abigail.
- Lieutenant Edward Michael Hopton (Shropshire Yeomanry) dies of pneumonia in Alexandria at age 31. He is the son of Lieutenant General ‘Sir’ Edward Hopton who lost another son in July last year.
- Second Lieutenant Valentine Anstruther Farrar (Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed at age 20. He is the grandson of the Very Reverend Frederick William Farrar.
- Private Samuel Greer (Auckland Infantry) dies of wounds received 21st February at age 19. He had won several medals at Napier Street School and was an enthusiastic football player for the Rovers Club.