Friday 31 March 1916 – We Lost 279

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Alfred Thomas Shaughnessy

About 25 NCO’s and men of the 1st South Wales Borderers are buried in their dug out during a three hour artillery attack near Loos.  Twelve are killed and three wounded

 Today’s losses include:

  • The father of the future Baron Shaughnessy and President of the Canadian Pacific Railways
  • The grandfather of the actor Charles Shaughnessy
  • The middle son of a family that will lose three sons in the Great War
  • The son of a member of the clergy

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain ‘the Honorable’ Alfred Thomas Shaughnessy (Canadian Infantry) is killed one week before his son his born. His son will become the 1st Baron Shaughnessy President of the Canadian Pacific Railways and father of Charles Shaughnessy the actor who will play Maxwell Sheffield on the television series “The Nanny”.
  • Second Lieutenant Henry Tristam Almond (Gordon Highlanders) is killed in action by a German sniper near Carnoy at age 35. He is the second and middle of three brothers to be killed in the Great War.
  • Gunner Jess Crich (Royal Field Artillery) is killed becoming the middle of three brothers who lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Private Francis Whitwell Owen (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend Edward Charles Everard Owen Rector of Bucknell.