Sunday 16 April 1916 – We Lost 267
Corporal Sidney William Ware VC (Seaforth Highlanders) dies of wounds at Rawalpinda Hospital received less than one week ago and eleven days after he performed the acts that won him the Victoria Cross. During an engagement when the order was given to withdraw to the safety of a communications trench, Corporal Ware, whose cool gallantry had been very marked during the advance, was one of the few men remaining unwounded. He then picked up a wounded man and carried him some 200 yards to cover and then returned for many others, moving to and fro under very heavy fire for more than two hours, until he had brought in all of the wounded and was completely exhausted. He is one of five brothers, of a total of eight who served in the Great War, two of whom are killed. The first was killed in March 1915 and the second will be killed next July.
Today’s losses include:
- A Victoria Cross winner
- Families that will lose two, three and four sons in the Great War
- A man whose daughter will die as a civilian Canteen server next year
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Major ‘Sir’ John Christopher Willoughby DSO (commanding 1st Armored Motor Battery, Army Service Corps) dies of illness at home contracted in German East Africa at age 59.
- Captain Walter Raleigh Trevelyan (Army Service Corps) dies on service at home at age 51. His daughter will die as a civilian Canteen server in February 1917.
- Lieutenant John Byron Barber (HMS Bulldog) is lost at sea at age 24. His brother was killed in April of last year.
- Private Harold Iredale (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 20. His brother will be killed in October.
- Private Francis Trigger (Dorsetshire Regiment) is killed at age 26. His brother will die on service at home in December.
- Private Frederick Cooke (Alberta Regiment) dies of wounds at age 18. He is the first of four brothers who are killed in the war the next to die will be killed within two weeks on HMS Russell.