Thursday 6 April 1916 – We Lost 661
The 7th (Meerut) Division advances on the Fallahiyeh line before dawn and lose 1,200 men in 20 minutes. At Sanna-i-Yat, Mesopotamia, when an order is given to withdraw to a communication trench, Corporal Sidney William Ware (Seaforth Highlanders) whose cool gallantry had been very marked during an advance, is one of the few men remaining unwounded. He picks up a wounded man and carries him some 200 yards to cover and then returns for others, moving to and fro under very heavy fire for more than two hours until he has brought in all the wounded, and is completely exhausted. Corporal Ware will be wounded in four days and die of those wounds less than one week later. For his actions on this day he will be awarded the Victoria Cross.
Others killed in the action at Sanna-i-Yat include
- Captain Hunter Forbes (Sikhs, Indian Army). His brother will be killed in the same area in eleven days.
- Captain (Brevet Major) ‘the Honorable’ Joclyne Charles William Savile Foljambe (Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry) is killed at age 34 in Mesopotamia. He is the son of the 4th Earl of Liverpool.
- Captain Robert Nigel Oldfield Bartlett (East Lancashire Regiment) dies of wounds received the previous day at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend Canon Charles Oldfield Bartlett.
Lol Kissale in German East Africa is captured
Today’s losses include:
- A Scottish International and Rugby Union player for Royal High RFC
- A son of the 4th Earl of Liverpool
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Graet War
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- A military Chaplain
- A man who will have two brothers lost in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain Evelyn Saffery Marshall (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed at age 29. He is the son of Canon E T Marshall who lost another son last year.
- Chaplain Pierce John Egan (attached West Indies Regiment) dies of dysentery at Alexandria, Egypt.
- Lance Corporal George Jones (Grenadier Guards) dies of wounds at age 21. His brother was killed last September.
- Private Nigel R Miller (Central Ontario Regiment) is killed. His two brothers will be killed later in the war.
- Private David Price Williams (South Wales Borderers) is killed at age 36. His brother will be killed in July.
- Private Henry Todd (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed in Mesopotamia at age 24. His brother will be killed in August 1917.
- Private Andrew Ross (British Columbia Regiment) is killed at age 37. He is a Scottish rugby union player for Royal High RFC who earned five caps from 1905-9.