Sunday 23 April 1916 – We Lost 397
British bombard the Belgian coast.
Turks raid Qatia Sinai and destroy two British posts. The 5th Midland Brigade loses 3½ squadrons of Yeomanry.
Today’s losses include:
- Lord Elcho
- Viscount Quenington
- The son of the 11th Earl of Wemyss
- The son of the 1st Earl St Aldwyn
- The son-in-law of the 18th Baron Willoughby de Broke
- A Member of Parliament
- A bronze medal winning artist
- An England Polo International
- A member of the Worcestershire County Police
- A Gloucestershire cricket player
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain Hugo Francis Charteris (Gloucester Hussars) ‘Lord Elcho’ is killed at age 32. He played cricket for Gloucestershire is the son of the 11th Earl of Wemyss and his brother has been killed in action six months earlier.
- Captain Michael Granville Lloyd-Baker (Gloucester Hussars) is killed at age 43. He is the son-in-law of the 18th Baron Willoughby de Broke.
- Captain Leslie St Clair Cheape (Dragoon Guards) is killed at age 33. He was a member of the England Polo Team that visited Meadowbrook in 1911 and 1913 and his teammate Arthur Edwards was killed in May 1915.
- Lieutenant and Adjutant Michael Hugh Hicks-Beach (Viscount Quenington) (Gloucester Hussars), a Member of Parliament for Tewksburty dies of wounds at age 38. He is the son of the 1st Earl and Countess St Aldwyn. His wife died at Cairo on 5th March and is buried by his side.
- Second Lieutenant Brian Hatton (Queen’s Worcestershire Hussars) is killed at age 28. He is an artist who won a bronze medal from the Royal Drawing Society at age 8 and later has “The Turnip Cutters” displayed at the British Museum. He was also a member of the Chelsea Arts Club.
- Second Lieutenant George Herbert Fox (Royal Field Artillery attached GHQ Intelligence Branch) is killed at age 35. He is a Judge of the Native Courts at Tanta Egypt.