Friday 28 April 1916 – We Lost 406

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Dublin General Post Office

Dublin General Post Office

Irish rebels abandon the General Post Office in Dublin.  British troops chase them down King’s Street. Engine Room Artificer Robert Glaister (HMS Colleen Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) is murdered during the Easter Rising at age 45.  His killer Private Henry Joseph Wyatt (Lancers) will be convicted of manslaughter in June and sentenced to 5 years penal servitude.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Naval Chaplain
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A family that will lose four sons in the Great War
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Chaplain Reverend George Anthony Greig (HMS Russell) dies one day after his ship sank off Malta at age 28.
  • Second Lieutenant Hugh Farrar Northcote (Indian Army Reserve of Officers attached Dogras) is killed at age 32. His brother will be killed in September and they are sons of Prebendary the Honorable John Stafford Northcote.
  • Second Lieutenant Reginald John Carey Leader (Durham Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend G C Leader.
  • Second Lieutenant Leslie Kelham Sands (Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend Hubert Sands Vicar of Vurbage Canon of Birmingham.
  • Private Archibald Thorne (Bedfordshire Regiment) dies of wounds received in action at age 24. His brother will be killed in April 1917.
  • Private Alexander Joseph McCheyne (Cameron Highlanders) is killed at age 19. He is one of four brothers who will be killed in the Great War.
  • Private Cecil Hewitt (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed in action at Vimy Ridge at age 22. His twin brother was serving with him at the time and attempts to pull him from underneath the earth and debris from a large German mine explosion. His twin brother will be killed himself next January in Mesopotamia.