Sunday 30 April 1916 – We Lost 472

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Bernard Pitt

Bernard Pitt

A Germans attack from Messines Ridge is defeated by artillery.

The Easter Rising continues to take the lives of members of the British Military.

  • Second Lieutenant Montague Bernard Browne (Sherwood Foresters) dies of wounds received two days earlier at age 39. He is the son of the late Reverend S B Browne Rector of Plumtree Notts. His brother was killed on Gallipoli last August.
  • Corporal Henry Meyrick Hewett (King Edward’s Horse) dies of wounds received in the Easter Rising in Ireland at age 42. He is the son of Lieutenant General E O Hewett CMG.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Great War poet
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Two brothers killed together
  • The son of a general
  • An Assistant Surveyor to the Geological Survey of Ireland
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Second Lieutenant Bernard Pitt (Border Regiment attached Trench Mortar Battery) is killed in action at age 34. He is a Great War poet whose poems include February in the Firing Line which ends with line “Oh! How can I be out of England when Spring is Here?”  

“Do you wonder that, reading Wordsworth this afternoon
in a clearing of the unpolluted woodlands,
and marking the lovely faded colours on the wings of hibernating butterflies,
and their soft motions,
I felt a disgust, even to sickness, of the appalling wickedness of war.”

  • Brothers Cyril, 19, and Horace Hill, 22, are killed with the 24th Canadian Infantry when they take shelter from a German artillery barrage in the garden of a local estaminet in the village of Dickebusch. A shell lands outside the entrance of the dugout and twelve soldiers die, while only one gets away unscathed.  The brothers are among the dead. They are now buried side by side in Dickebusch New Military Cemetery.
  • Lieutenant Robert Lepper Valentine (Dublin Fusiliers) dies of wounds at age 26. He is the inventory of a quick-firing improvement to the Lewis Machine Gun and assistant surveyor to the Geological Survey of Ireland.