Thursday 8 June 1916 – We Lost 270
Skipper George William Baldry (Royal Naval Reserve HM Trawler Kaphrida) is killed when his ship is sunk by a mine near the Corton Light vessel. The crew of nine is lost.
Trooper Ethelbert Mickleburgh (Royal Canadian Dragoons) is shot to death at age 25 by Trooper Alexander Butler. Butler will be executed for murder next month. While the unit is resting behind the front lines near Hesdin, France, Butler, apparently without provocation, fires five shots into the chest of Mickleburgh, killing him instantly. Butler was immediately placed under arrest, court-martialed and subsequently executed by firing squad.
Today’s losses include:
- A battalion commander
- A man whose son will be killed in the Second World War
- The son of a member of the clergy
- A man whose brother will be killed in less than one month
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Colonel Gerard Chipchase Roberts (commanding 14th Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 42. His son will be killed in 1940.
- Captain Harry Alfred Butt (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed. He is the son of the late Reverend Canon George Holden Butt formerly Canon of Georgetown British Guiana and Rural Dean of Berbice and nephew of the late ‘Sir’ Charles Parker Butt, President of the Probate, Divorce and Admiraly Division. He was educated at Bromsgrove School and Jesus College, Cambridge. He was appointed to the staff of Clifton College in 1908 and on the outbreak of war joined the OTC. In April 1915 he received a commission in the Gloucestershire Regiment and two months later was selected with two other officers to undertake the training of a new battalion. He was given a captaincy in August of that year. He went to the front early this year. In the words of a brother officer, “He died, as he lived, a very gallant English gentleman”. His brother will be killed in less than one month.