Wednesday 19 April 1916 – We Lost 552
Germans capture two craters at St Eloi and positions north of Langemarck-Ypres.
South African Forces take Kondoa Irangi German East Africa.
Second Lieutenant Basil George Hope MacLear (Grenadier Guards) will be awarded the Military Cross for successfully leading a patrol which helps to secure a gap in the British line which occurrs during a German attack. When ordered to establish communication with another battalion, he does so over 250 yards of ground in the face of very heavy shell fire, establishing bombing posts as he proceeds” Lieutenant MacLear will be killed on 26th July.
Today’s losses include:
- The son of a Jurist
- The son of a member of the clergy
- Multiple families that will two and three sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant William Henry Flett MC (Black Watch) dies of wounds at age 34. He is the middle of three brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.
- Lieutenant J M Hazen (Canadian Field Artillery) dies on service. He is the son of the Honorable ‘Sir’ Douglas Hazen of the Judges Chambers St John New Brunswick.
- Second Lieutenant Hubert William Corke (Gloucestershire Regiment attached Trench Mortar Battery) is killed at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend Hubert Alfred Corke Vicar of Holy Apostles Cheltenham.
- Second Lieutenant Norman Blackburn Brearley (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed during an attack on a Turkish trench at Beit Aiessa on the Tigris. He is wounded and falls in marshy ground and drowns. His brother will be killed June 1917.
- Private Ernest Lancelot Lionel Moxey (Warwickshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 18. His brother will die of wounds in September 1918.
- Private John Latter (Shropshire Light Infantry) is killed at age 37 becoming the first of three brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.