Sunday 9 April 1916 – We lost 817
At Sanna-I-Yat, Mesopotamia, Chaplain the Reverend William Addison carries a wounded man to the cover of a trench and helps several others to the same cover after binding up their wounds under heavy rifle and machine-gun fire. In addition to these unaided efforts, his splendid example and utter disregard, encourages stretcher-bearers to go forward under heavy fire and collect the wounded. For his actions on this day he will be awarded the Victoria Cross.
Today’s losses include:
- A battalion commander
- The son of a Baronet
- The nephew of a Baronet
- The son of a Justice of the Peace
- The son of Constabulary District Inspector
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- The son of a Chaplain
- The grandson of a member of the clergy
- The son of a Major General
- The grandson of the 3rd Earl of Clancarty
- The son-in-law of a Surgeon General
- Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Colonel Richard Courtenay Brabazon Throckmorton (Welsh Fusiliers commanding 5th Wiltshire Regiment) is killed in the Persian Gulf at age 49. He is the nephew of ‘Sir’ William Throckmorton, the Baronet and is the only Throckmorton killed in the Great War serving in the British Army.
- Captain John Wingate Greany (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed at age 23. He is the son of the late Surgeon General John Philip Greany (IMS).
- Captain Arthur Edward Carrow Baines (Lincolnshire Regiment attached Royal Welsh Fusiliers) is killed in action in Mesopotamia at age 23. He is the son of Chaplain the Reverend Charles Frederick Baines DSO Assistant Chaplain General.
- Captain Gilbert Lloyd Sinnett-Jones (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 23 in Mesopotamia. He is the son of the Reverend James Sinnett-Jones Rector of Caerwys who will lose another son in July.
- Captain Nigel Clement Charles Hadden (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds in Mesopotamia at age 23. He is the son of Major General ‘Sir’ Charles and Lady Hadden.
- Captain Edward Ambrose Gordon Rogers (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed in an auto accident at home at age 29. His brother will be killed next September.
- Captain William Morris Armes (Suffolk Regiment) is killed in Mesopotamia. His brother was killed on Gallipoli last August.
- Lieutenant the Honorable Frederick Power le Poer Trench (Leinster Regiment attached Dublin Fusiliers) dies of wounds at age 24. He is the grandson of the 3rd Earl of Clancarty.
- Lieutenant Daniel Dickinson Hudson-Kinahan (Irish Guards) is killed in action at age 38. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Edward Hudson-Kinahan, the 1st Baronet who has already lost a son in December 1915 and a son-in-law killed in September 1914.
- Second Lieutenant Gordon Ulick King (Cheshire Regiment) is killed at age 22 in Mesopotamia. His brother was killed last year on Gallipoli.
- Second Lieutenant William Gilmour (Cameronians) is killed at age 26. He is the son of W P Gilmour JP.
- Second Lieutenant Donald Edward Cruickshank (Border Regiment attached Wiltshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 28 at Sanna-I-Yat, Middle East. His brother will die of wounds in July.
- Second Lieutenant Edward Lowry Tottenham (North Lancashire Regiment) is killed in Mesopotamia at age 21. His brother will be killed in July and they are sons of the Irish Constabulary District Inspector and grandsons of the Venerable William Creek Archdeacon of Kilmore.
- Second Lieutenant George Hubbard Reynolds (South Lancashire Regiment) is killed in action at age 22. His brother will be in July.
- Second Lieutenant John Frederick Johnson (King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment) is killed in Mesopotamia age 19. His brothers will be killed later in the Great War.
- Second Lieutenant Benjamin James Polack (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed at age 26. He is the son of the Reverend Joseph Polack and Modern Language Master at Batterssea Grammar School.
- Second Lieutenant Harold Montagu Brown (East Lancashire Regiment) is killed in action in Mesopotamia at age 28. His brother will be killed in August of this year.
- CSM Thomas R Dundas DCM (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed at age 24. He is the first of three brothers who will be killed before the end of the Great War.