Saturday 13 May 1916 – We Lost 253

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Albert Victor Butler

Albert Victor Butler

The British government orders the call up of married men between the ages of 36 and 41.

A German attack on Ploegsteert north of Armentieres is repulsed.

Today’s losses include:

  • A man whose brother died on service in 1904
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • The son of an Admiral
  • The middle of three brothers lost in the Great War
  • A Reading and Queens Park Rangers football player

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant W K Bretherton (Indian Reserve of Officers) dies on service in India at age 44. His brother drowned in 1904 while serving as Chief Supply and Transport officer of the Tibet Expedition.
  • Second Lieutenant William Meek Falconer (Royal Scots) is killed in action at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend R H Falconer Secretary of the National Bible Society of Scotland.
  • Second Lieutenant Edward Pitcairn Jones (Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 20. He is the son of Rear Admiral Edward Pitcairn Jones CB.
  • Corporal Albert Victor Butler (Middlesex Regiment) is killed. He played professional football for the Reading Football Club.
  • Private Cecil Patrick Riley (East Kent Regiment) is killed in Mesopotamia at age 18. He is the middle of three brothers who will be killed in the War.