Tuesday 18 April 1916 – We Lost 391
Lord Milner advocates universal military service in the House of Lords.
Turkish counter attacks force back the British 500 yards at Sanna-i-yat.
For the past two days members of the Liverpool Regiment have been engaged in cutting wire close the enemy’s trenches. Second Lieutenant Edward Felix Baxter while assisting in the wire cutting held a bomb in his hand with the pin pulled prepared to throw it should it become necessary. On one occasion the bomb slips and falls to the ground but he instantly picks it up, unscrews the base plug and takes out the detonator, which he smothers in the ground thereby preventing noise which undoubtedly saves many lives. Later he leads the left storming part in a trench raid and is the first man into the trench shooting the sentry with his revolver. He then assists to bomb dug-outs and finally climbs out of the trench and assists the last man over the parapet on the return to our lines. After this he is not seen again though search parties go out to look for him. He is the only casualty suffered in the raid and will be awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously dying at age 30. He was injured in the 1910 Isle of Man TT race which caused him to give up motor cycle racing.
Today’s losses include:
- A Victoria Cross winner
- The son of a Baronet
- The great grandson of the Baron of Gravesend
- The son of a member of the clergy
- A man whose sister will die serving in the Nursing Service
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain Stephen Frederick Hammick (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) dies of wounds in Mesopotamia at age 45. He is the son of Colonel St Vincent A Hammick the 3rd
- Lieutenant Austin Joseph Geoffrey Graves (1st Canadian Mounted Rifles) is killed at age 22. He is the great grandson of the 2nd Lord Graves Baron of Gravesend.
- Second Lieutenant Bernard Craig Keble Job (Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed at age 27. He is the son of the Reverend Frederick William Job Vicar of Lower Gornal.
- Second Lieutenant Charles Reginald Boue-Blandy (South Lancashire Regiment) dies of wounds at home at age 26. His sister will die serving the Nursing Service at home in January 1919.
- Private Francis Henry Ware (Berkshire Regiment) is killed at age 25. His brother George will also be killed in the Great War.
- Private Robert Adams (Highland Light Infantry) is killed in Mesopotamia. His brother will be killed in September.