Thursday 4 May 1916 – We Lost 275
British prisoners in enemy hands are reported at 37,047.
At 10:00 Zeppelin L7 is sighted by the 1st Light Cruiser Squadron and attacked by gunfire by the light cruisers HMS Galatea and HMS Phaeton. She is damaged sufficiently to cause her to descend near submarine E31 in the vicinity of the Vyl Lightship. E31 completes her destruction and rescues seven survivors.
Lieutenant Walter Howden Lyell (Gordon Highlanders) is in command of a party under instruction in throwing hand grenades when one of the men throws a grenade on to the parapet directly in front of the party placing the entire group in danger. Lieutenant Lyell at once runs up and picks up the bomb and throws it over the parapet. For his actions Lyell will be awarded the Albert Medal.
Today’s losses include:
- The son of a Jurist
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain Thomas Henderson Campbell (Cameronians) is killed in action at age 26. His brother will be killed in January 1917.
- Lieutenant John Romeyn Dennistoun (Canadian Divisional Cyclist Company attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed when his plane is shot down in flames and he and his pilot both jump to their deaths. The son of Mr. Justice R M Dennistoun of the Court of Appeal dies at age 21.
- Lance Sergeant William Ashton (Cheshire Regiment) is killed by a sniper at age 27. His brother will be killed next month.