Friday 12 May 1916 – We Lost 291
Today’s losses include:
- A General
- A New South Wales Rugby League player
- The son of a member of the clergy
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Brigadier General Henry Buchanan Kirk (Commanding 93rd Infantry Brigade) dies at the front of meningitis at age 49.
- Lieutenant Francis Bowman Cheadle (Australian Infantry) dies of wounds received when he is shot through the head at age 30. He is a New South Wales Rugby League Player who played in the inaugural series of matches between New South Wales and Baskerville’s touring “All Gold’s” in 1907. He represented both New South Wales and Australia in six test matches in 1908 and 1909.
- Lieutenant Richard Houlbrock Whitfield (Royal Engineers) is killed at age 29. His brother died of wounds last January.
- Second Lieutenant John MacDonald Smith (Cameronians) is killed in action at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend Kenneth Smith.
- Private Harry Walter Waterfield (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed last May.