Tuesday 16 May 1916 – We Lost 265

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ANZAC troops storm the Turkish camp at Bayud in the Sinai.

Private David Sutherland (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed during a raid on the German trenches in the area north of Arras.  The experience of this raid had a profound effect on Lieutenant Ewart Alan Mackintosh and the death of Private Sutherland inspires him to write the poem “In Memoriam”.  Lieutenant Mackintosh will be killed on 21 November 1917.

So you were David’s father,
And he was your only son,
And the new-cut peats are rotting
And the work is left undone,
Because of an old man weeping,
Just an old man in pain,
For David, his son David,
That will not come again.

Oh, the letters he wrote you,
And I can see them still,
Not a word of the fighting,
But just the sheep on the hill
And how you should get the crops in
Ere the year get stormier,
And the Bosches have got his body,
And I was his officer.

You were only David’s father,
But I had fifty sons
When we went up in the evening
Under the arch of the guns,
And we came back at twilight –
O God! I heard them call
To me for help and pity
That could not help at all.

Oh, never will I forget you,
My men that trusted me,
More my sons than your fathers’,
For they could only see
The little helpless babies
And the young men in their pride.
They could not see you dying,
And hold you while you died.

Happy and young and gallant,
They saw their first-born go,
But not the strong limbs broken
And the beautiful men brought low,
The piteous writhing bodies,
They screamed “Don’t leave me, sir”,
For they were only your fathers
But I was your officer.

  Today’s Losses Include:

  • A victim of Max Immelmann
  • A grandson of a Baronet and member of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Second Lieutenant Morden Maxwell Mowat (Royal Flying Corps) dies of wounds received in action as a prisoner of war when his Bristol C Scout is shot down by Max Immelmann while on an offensive patrol. He is Immelmann’s 15th victim and is barely alive when troops of the German infantry reach him he dies in captivity within a few minutes. His brother will die on service in January 1919.
  • Second Lieutenant Ernest Lumley Hammick (Carnatic Infantry) dies on service in India at age 26. His brother will die on service in October 1918 and they are grandsons of the Reverend ‘Sir’ St Vincent Love Hammick 2nd
  • Second Lieutenant Edward Herbert Jewell (Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed in January.
  • Rifleman Alfred Walter Elvy (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed at age 26. His brother will be killed in September next year.
  • Private Sidney Arthur Crundwell (West Surrey Regiment) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed in November 1914.