Saturday 29 April 1916 – We Lost 566
Kut el Amara falls. Nearly 12,000 British and Indian soldiers and followers, weak and ill, are taken prisoner, and more than 4,000 of these will die in enemy hands. The garrison has suffered 3,776 casualties, including 1,800 dead, prior to the surrender.
On the last day of the Battle of Hulluch the Germans attack with gas again, but this time the wind blows the gas back upon their own troops, crippling a great number. Hulluch is one of the most heavily-concentrated gas attacks of the war. In the three days of the battle British losses are 538 dead and 1,590 wounded.
At Hulloch Private John Naylor (Dublin Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 36. His wife Margaret Naylor will be shot today during the Easter Rebellion while crossing the Ringsend Drawbridge in Dublin with her three children. She will die of her wounds on 1 May.
Martial law in Ireland is lifted and the rebellion is officially over with the surrender of Irish nationalists to British authorities in Dublin. Second Lieutenant Algernon Lucas (King Edward’s Horse) is found at the Guinness brewery by Sergeant Robert Flood (Dublin Fusiliers). After a brief interrogation he is discovered to be wearing civilian clothing under his British officers tunic and his ‘strong American accent aroused further suspicions. He and a civilian employee of Guinness discovered with Lucas are executed by Sergeant Flood who is convinced his position is about to be attacked. Flood is court-martialed and cleared murder charges. Sergeant Flood will be killed on active service in Salonika in May 1917.
Today’s losses include:
- A member of the clergy
- The son of a member of the clergy
- A man who will have two brothers killed in the Great War
- Multiple families that will lose two son in the Great War
- A man whose brother will be killed in 1943 in the Blitz
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Patrol Officer the Reverend Robert Dorrien Kirby (KIAP) dies of wounds inflicted by cannibals in the Kikori River area of Papua New Guinea at age 33. He is leading a patrol sent to arrest someone wanted for tribal killings that is fired upon by villagers when he is struck in the sternum and dies four days later after being take to the Roman Catholic Mission on Yule Island. His brother will die on service in Scotland in February 1918 and they are sons of the Reverend Augustus George Kirby Vicar of South Weald York.
- Private Neil McGlade (King’s Own Scottish Borderers) dies of wounds as a prisoner of war in Mesopotamia. His two brothers will also die in the Great War, one at Gallipoli the other in France.
- Private Reginald Jack Honiatt (Middlesex Regiment) is killed at age 23. His brother will be killed in November.
- Private Michael O’Neill (Dublin Fusiliers) is killed at age 20. His brother will be killed as a Fire Guard in 1943 during the blitz.