Tuesday 6 June 1916 – We Lost 546

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After a three hour bombardment at 16:00 the Germans explode four mines beneath trenches occupied by the 6th Canadian Brigade during the Battle of Mount Sorrel while re-taking Hooge.

Captain John Bowen-Colthurst (North Staffordshire Regiment) is court-martialed for ordering the execution of Francis Sheehy-Skeffington during the Easter Rising.  He is found guilty but insane and incarcerated in Broadmoor Criminal Asylum where he will spend 20 months before being released and immigrating to Canada.

Today’s losses include:

  • A prospective Unionist candidate for Parliament
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The nephew of a member of the clergy
  • The son-in-law of a General
  • A man whose son will be killed in the Second World War
  • Multiple families that will two and three sons in the Great War

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant John Windsor Lewis (Welsh Guards) is killed in action at age 39. He was for three years the prospective Unionist candidate to Parliament for North Somerset, a nephew of the Bishop of Asaph, a veteran of the South African War and the son-in-law of General Charles Frederick Gregorie.
  • Lieutenant Alfred Reginald Bewes Chapman (North Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Thomas Alfred Chapman Bishop of Colchester.
  • Corporal John Scott Cavanagh (Saskatchewan Regiment) is killed at age 32. His son will be killed in the Second World War.
  • Lance Corporal J F B Condon (Alberta Regiment) is killed at age 29. He is the nephew of ‘the Honorable’ W Beehan.
  • Rifleman Percy Chance (Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 19. His brother will be killed next August.
  • Private Wilfred Deans (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed at age 24. His brother was killed in May 1915.
  • Private Edward Charles Hamshire (Essex Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother died on service in November 1914 at age 16.
  • Private Thomas Walter Boyd (Saskatchewan Regiment) is killed at age 32. His brother will be killed in April 1917.
  • Rifleman John Marriott (Rifle Brigade) is killed by a German mine explosion at age 23. He is the middle of three brothers who are killed in the Great War.
  • Midshipman Humphrey Mercer Lancelot Durrant (HMS Queen Mary) dies of wounds including a smashed thigh, burns and scalds received at the ship sinks at Jutland. He is the son of the Reverend Charles Aubrey Durrant Vicar of Weatherby.