Sunday 21 May 1916 – We Lost 574
The Daylight Savings Bill takes effect.
Lieutenant Richard Basil Brandram Jones (Loyal North Lancashire Regiment) is holding with his platoon a crater recently captured from the enemy. At about 19:30 the enemy explode a mine forty yards to his right and at the same time put a heavy barrage of fire on our trenches, thus isolating his platoon. They then attack in overwhelming numbers. Lieutenant Jones keeps his men together, steadying them by his fine example, as he shoots no less than fifteen of the enemy as they advance, counting them out loud as he does so to cheer his men. When his ammunition is expended he takes a bomb, but is shot through the head while getting up to throw it. For his actions he will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross.
Today’s losses include:
- A winner of the Victoria Cross
- The son of a Baronet
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
- The son of a General
- A man whose son will be killed in the next war in 1943
- A man whose father died on service two months earlier
- The Private Secretary to the First Commissioner of Works
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain Harold Charles Norman Taylor (London Regiment) is killed at age 23. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Frederick Taylor 1st
- Lieutenant James Henry Van Den Bergh (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 23. His older brother will be killed in October 1917 in Palestine.
- Lieutenant James Miller (London Regiment) is killed at age 32. He is the son of Major General James Miller.
- Sergeant Samuel Grayson (North Lancashire Regiment) is killed. His son will be killed in April 1943.
- Gunner William James Hiles (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 23. His father died on service just over two months ago.
- Private Archibald Thomas Bishop (London Regiment) is killed in action at age 21. His brother William will also fall in the Great War.
- Private Arthur Illtyd Prichard (London Regiment) is killed at age 35. He is the Private Secretary to the First Commissioner of Works.