Saturday 27 May 1916 – We Lost 293
At bombing practice at Blakdown one of the men under instruction fails to clear the parapet with his bomb which rolls down into the mud at the bottom of the trench. Lieutenant Neil Mackinnon (Highland Light Infantry) at once springs forward to seize the bomb but is impeded by the thrower who is endeavouring to get clear; he succeeds however in securing the bomb after groping for it in the mud and in throwing it clear of the trench just before it explodes. There are two men in the trench at the time besides Lieutenant Mackinnon and the bomb thrower and undoubtedly a serious accident is averted by the Lieutenant’s courage under the circumstances. For his actions Lieutenant Mackinnon will be awarded the Albert Medal.
The trawler Kimberley and three other armed trawlers sink the German submarine U-74.
Today’s losses include:
- The founder and editor of the musical quarterly Euterpe
- A family that will lose two sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Gerald Spring-Rice (Border Regiment) is killed at age 51. He is the son of the Honourable C W T Spring-Rice.
- Second Lieutenant Louis Arthur Klemantaski (Royal Berkshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 24. He is considered a gifted literary man, specializing in musical criticism. He founded and edited the musical quarterly “Euterp” and he is a cousin of the motor sport photographer Louis Klemantaski.
- Private Percival Burghope Pimm (Lancaster Regiment) is killed. His brother will be killed in less than 30 days.