Friday 14 April 1916 – We Lost 243

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Shot at dawn memorial

Shot at dawn memorial

British forces occupy Salanga German East Africa.

Naval airplanes raid Constantinople.

Today’s losses include:

  • A man who is shot at dawn
  • Two families that will lose two sons in the Great War

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Kenneth Gunn (Black Watch) is killed at age 27. His brother will die of wounds next September.
  • Corporal George C Rosie (Seaforth Highlanders) dies of wounds at the 12th Field Ambulance at age 22. His brother will be killed in November 1917.
  • Private Edward Bolton (Cheshire Regiment) is shot at dawn for desertion. In a strange twist, while under a commuted and suspended sentence of death for a previous offense Private Bolton was allowed home leave in December 1915 and when his leave was over he remained at home and had even taken up civilian employment under a false name.  He was arrested and returned to the Arras front, where he was executed in Roclincourt Valley.