Saturday 18 March 1916 – We Lost 310

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David Cuthbert Thomas

British forces drive the enemy down the Ruwa River in East Africa.

A recruiting conference is held at the War Office.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple families that will lose three son in the Great War
  • A member of the Balliol Boat Club
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A man whose father died of wounds last year on Gallipoli

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Temporary Captain John Doran MacDonald (Special List and Directorate of Graves Registration and Enquiries) dies of wounds at age 49. He is the son of ‘Sir’ John Hay Athole MacDonald. He is hit by shellfire whilst erecting crosses on the Ypres Menin road
  • Captain Leslie James Denman Standen (Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed at age 20. He is the son of Canon James Edward Standen Vicar of Gainsborough and Prebendary of Lincoln Cathedral.
  • Lieutenant David Radcliffe (Royal Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 21. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Frederick Radcliffe and had been a member of the Balliol Boat Club.
  • Lieutenant Charles Thomas McWilliam (Gordon Highlanders) is killed in action at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend Thomas McWilliam.
  • Second Lieutenant David Cuthbert Thomas (Royal Welsh Fusiliers) dies of wounds received when he is shot in throat while out with a wiring party at age 20. In spite of the fact that his battalion doctor is a throat specialist he is unable to save Thomas, who was a good friend of the poet Siegfried Sassoon. Sassoon will pattern the “Dick Tiltwood” character of his Memories of a Fox Hunting Man after him.
  • Second Lieutenant Herbert Basil Newland (Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 28. He is the son of the Reverend F W Newland.
  • Second Lieutenant Wallis Rowland Henry Rochfort-Davies (Somerset Light Infantry) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Charles Henry Rochfort-Davies.
  • Second Lieutenant Eric Lionel Stephenson (Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed at age 24. He is one of seven brothers who service in the Great War three of whom will be killed.
  • Private Harold John Mason (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed in action at age 22. His two brothers will be killed over the next two years.
  • Gunner W R Dale (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 20. His father died of wounds on Gallipoli in April 1915.