Wednesday 12 April 1916 – We Lost 278
During operations Subadar Sundar Singh (36th Sikhs) is severely wounded while leading two sections forward under heavy rifle and machine gun fire in Mesopotamia. Although in great pain from a shattered thigh he continues to encourage and hold together his remaining men, who have been severely tried by heavy losses and are still subjected to a heavy fire.
Australian troops break up a Turkish camp at Jifjaffa in the Sinai Peninsula.
British forces occupy Kothersheim in German East Africa.
‘Sir’ Roger Casement lands in Ireland.
Today’s losses include:
- A Brigadier General
- A battalion commander
- A man whose son was killed last year on Gallipoli
- A Baronet
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Brigadier General Frederick Aubrey Hoghton (commanding 17th Brigade, 6th Indian Division) dies of food poisoning during the siege of Kut el Amara at age 52. He is the son of the Reverend E Houghton Vicar of Woodhouse Eaves.
- Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Francis Ferguson-Davie CIE DSO (commanding 51st Sikhs Field Force) is killed in Mesopotamia at age 48. He is the 5th Baronet and his son was killed in May 1915 on Gallipoli.
- Lieutenant Colonel Henry Norrington Packard DSO (46th Brigade Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 46. Major Nevill Swire Mann (North Lancashire Regiment) is killed in action in Mesopotamia. His two brothers were both killed in action on Gallipoli on 10th August 1915.
- Private William Christopher Kewley (Nova Scotia Regiment) is killed at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend William Kewley Vicar of Millom.