Monday 10 April 1916 – We Lost 286

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Donald Swain Lewis

Donald Swain Lewis

Germans gain ground at St Eloi.

Today’s losses include:

  • A man killed by friendly fire
  • The man who created the ‘grid square’ map system used by British wartime cartography
  • The brother of a Victoria Cross winner
  • Multiple families who will lose three sons in the service of King and Country
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Donald Swain Lewis DSO MC (Royal Engineers attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 30 when he is shot down on observer duty by the guns of the battery with which he had been co-operating at the front becoming the second highest ranking officer in the Royal Flying Corps to be killed in action in the war. He was a developer of wireless equipment with Captain Baron Trevenen James who was killed last year. He is also credited with creating the “grid square” map system with revolutionized British wartime cartography.
  • Second Lieutenant Harold Leefe Robinson (Indian Army Reserve of Officers attached Mahratta Light Infantry) is killed in Mesopotamia at age 22. He is the brother of the Victoria Cross winner.
  • Second Lieutenant Douglas Tweedie-Smith (Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed in France at age 19. He is the middle of three brothers who are killed on war service, the last one being killed in February 1940.
  • The first of three sons of the late Reverend John Jenkins, vicar of Llantwit Fardre to be killed in the Great War, Sergeant David Jones Capenhurst Jenkins is killed at age 22 while serving in the Saskatchewan Regiment. His brothers will be killed in November of this year and August 1918.
  • Sergeant Cyril Arthur Pullen-Burry (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) dies of wounds near Arras at age 22. He is the son of Arthur Pullen-Burry JP.
  • Private Alex Henderson (Seaforth Highlanders) becomes the first of 3 brothers to be killed over the next year.