Thursday 11 May 1916 – We Lost 393
When his pilot, Captain A R Tillie (Royal Flying Corps) is killed by anti-aircraft fire south of Armentieres at 4,000 feet, while performing artillery registration, Second Lieutenant John Gwynne Howell climbs into the pilot’s seat and, standing in front of him, he manages a forced landing of their B.E.2c, three hundred yards west of our lines.
German forces take British trenches northeast of Vermelles at La Bassee.
Today’s losses include:
- Two battalion commanders
- Multiple sons of members of the cleregy
- A Baronet
- A man whose brother will be killed in the Second World War
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Colonel Herbert Graham Stainforth (commanding 4th Indian Cavalry) is killed in Mesopotamia at age 50.
- Lieutenant Colonel Richard Bassett Cockburn Raban (Skinner’s Horse Indian Army commanding 13th Royal Scots) is killed at age 35. He is the son of the Reverend George Ferguson Cockburn Raban Vicar of Bishop’s Hull. He is the former Aide-de-Camp to the King at the Delhi Durbar.
- Major ‘Sir’ Eustace James Clarke-Jervoise (Hampshire Regiment) the 6th Baronet dies of wounds at home at age 46.
- Major H F M Worthington-Wilmer (Royal Scots) is killed in action at age 27. His brother will be killed serving in the Royal Air Force in July 1940.
- Captain Ian Alexander Grant Ferguson (Royal Scots) is killed in action at age 18. He is the son of the late Reverend John Grant-Ferguson who lost another son last May.
- Corporal Robert Bain (Royal Scots) is killed in action at age 22. His older brother will be killed in less than three weeks at the Battle of Jutland.
- Private Albert Edward Smith (Royal West Surrey Regiment) is killed in action at age 19. His brother will be killed in September of this year.
- Private Leonard Austin (King’s Own Scottish Borderers) is killed at age 19. His brother will be killed in October 1917.