Sunday 26 March 1916 – We Lost 234
The Turkish base at Bir-el-Hassa, North Africa is destroyed by an air raid.
Today’s losses include:
- The son of a member of the clergy
- A Chaplain who will die on service
- A man whose brother will be killed
- A man who is shot at dawn
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Athol Robertson (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) is killed by a sniper at age 18. He is the son of the Reverend John Anderson Robertson.
- Second Lieutenant Ernest Ford Ranken (King’s Own Scottish Borderers) is killed at age 27. His brother was killed in June 1915 and their parents will donate the Ranken Memorial Trophy which will be awarded to the winner of the mile race at George Watson’s College.
- Chaplain Ernest Newham Green dies at home.
- Private Fortunat Auger (Montreal Regiment) is executed by firing squad for desertion at age 25. He had been tried twice previously for going absent without leave and was found on another occasion guilty of being AWOL while under a charge of desertion. His sentence of 12 months hard labor was suspended and he was returned to his battalion in January. He went absent on the 8th of that month and was arrested 3 days later.