Saturday 25 March 1916 – We Lost 213
Seaplanes bomb Sylt and coast of Schleswit-Holstein.
The destroyer HMS Medusa founders after being rammed by HMS Laverock in the North Sea.
The Military Medal is instituted and awarded to NCOs and men of the Army for individual or associated acts of bravery not of sufficient heroism as to merit the DCM. In June 1916 it will be extended to women, two of the earliest awards being to civilian ladies for their conduct during the Easter Rising in Dublin this year.
Just after midnight the Germans fire a mine in front of a trench being held by the the Sherwood Foresters. The Germans then occupy the crater. The Foresters counter-attack at 20:00 the same evening with a party of bombers (grenadiers) with a Lewis gun covering them from the right. This was a ‘small’ action from which neither side gains anything but it cost the Sherwood Foresters 11 men killed, 5 missing and 51 wounded.
- Captain Stewart John Aldous (Sherwood Foresters) is killed at age 38. He is the son of the Reverend John Clement Primrose Aldous Rector of Sywell who will lose another son in July.
Today’s losses include:
- A man who was in the first class of those awarded the Military Cross
- The son of a member of the clergy
- A man whose brother will be killed in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain Geoffrey Spencer Bull MC (Vaughan’s Rifles) is killed at age 35. He was among those who were awarded the first Military Cross.
- Captain George Edward Ram (North Staffordshire Regiment) dies on service at age 37. He is the son of the Reverend Prebendary Robert Digby Ram Vicar of Hampton Middlesex and Prebendary of St Paul’s Cathedral.
- Lance Corporal Harold D Cansfield (Grenadier Guards) is killed at age 22. His brother was killed last month.