Monday 27 March 1916 – We Lost 432
Two lines of German trenches are captured at St Eloi, Ypres.
A 70-pound millstone is dropped to the besieged 6th (Poona) Division at Kut-el-Amara. This is the first time supplies have been dropped to ground troops from an airplane. A large grain store has been discovered in the town, but during their retreat the Turks have removed the millstones. This is the first of 140 air sorties flown dropping in addition 16,000 pounds of sugar, flour, salt, mail and others supplies to Kut.
Today’s losses include:
- The grandson of the Count Messina of Malta
- A family that will lose two sons in the Great War
- Two families that will lose three sons in the Great War
- The son of a Justice of the Peace
- The son of a member of the clergy
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain George Joseph Alphonso Maria Grisewood (Sussex Regiment) dies of pneumonia. One brother will be killed in June of this year while a second will die of tuberculosis in August. They are sons of Harman Grisewood JP and grandsons of Count Messina of Malta.
- Temporary Captain Ronald Riach Davidson (Royal Scots) is killed at age 20. His brother will die of wounds in September 1918.
- Lieutenant Charles John McKinnon Thompson (Northumberland Fusiliers) dies of wounds received two days prior at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend Samuel McKinnon Thompson.
- Sergeant Christopher Rogers (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 34. The Dublin native will be Mentioned in Despatches.
- Private Daniel Dunnett (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed at age 16. His two older brothers were killed last June.