Saturday 6 May 1916 – We Lost 286
As a working party under Lieutenant William Leslie Coutts Rathbone (London Regiment) is proceeding down a communications trench, they are fired upon from close quarters. Upon asking Lieutenant Rathbone determines that the shots have come from a soldier who has run amok and has posted himself with a loaded rifle and fixed bayonet further down the trench. Lieutenant Rathbone borrows a rifle and accompanied by Corporal Arthur Fenwick advances along the trench until in view of the mentally deranged man. They then advance with rifles ready the officer calling for the man to surrender. Receiving no reply they then drop their rifles and rush him and after disarming him take him to the nearest dressing station. Both men will be awarded the Albert Medal for their efforts.
Today’s losses include:
- A man whose brother will be killed in six weeks
- A man whose son will be killed in July 1917
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Private Harry George Biswell (Essex Regiment) dies of wounds after being hit by a sniper when returning to his trench at Ypres at age 20. His brother will be killed in six weeks.
- Private Herbert Brocklehurst Sr. (Sherwood Foresters) is killed in action. His son will be killed in July 1917.