Friday 21 April 1916 – We Lost 338

British retake ground lost at Langemarck-Ypres.

Today’s losses include:

  • A battalion commander
  • A distant cousin of Basil Rathbone who is also an actor
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Albert Harold Frederick Younghusband DSO (Bedfordshire Regiment commanding 7th Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed in Mesopotamia at age 39.
  • Captain Guy Benson Rathbone (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at Kut Mesopotamia at age 31. He is a member of Frank Benson’s Shakespeare Company a screen actor and distant cousin of Basil Rathbone.
  • Lieutenant Reginald Lucien Ward (York & Lancaster Regiment) is killed in action at age 28. He is the son of the Reverend H M Ward.
  • Probationary Flight Sub Lieutenant William Hocking (Royal Naval Air Service) is killed when he is lost flying in Humber at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend Richard Hocking Rector of Pillaton.
  • Private Harold Diplock (Sussex Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother will die on service as a result of an operation in March 1919.
  • Private William Robinson (Cheshire Regiment) is killed in Mesopotamia at age 34. His brother will be killed in September 1917 in an air raid.
  • Private Walter Elphick (West Surrey Regiment) is killed. His brother will be lost on HMS Invincible at Jutland.