Friday 9 June 1916 – We Lost 222
British forces capture Ukerewe Island on Lake Victoria. The steamer Usoga lands the Baganda Rifles, East African Scouts and the machine guns of the 98th Infantry Indian Army, on the eastern end of the island which lies north-east of Mwanza. At the same time a German garrison is moved onto the island from the Musoma area to secure the rice crop. The British force immediately bayonet charges the 50-strong German advance party, forcing it back onto the mainland. The King’s African Rifles, the Uganda Battalion, have meanwhile landed farther to the west and the island is soon cleared of Schutztruppe, the rice being harvested for British troops.
Meanwhile there is fighting at Kondoa Irangi in German East Africa.
Today’s losses include:
- A rugby footballer for Swansea RFC and Cardiff RFC
- A man whose brother will be killed in less than a month and whose nephew was killed at Jutland
- A man shot at dawn
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Charles Bernard Davies (Dublin Fusiliers) dies of wounds as a prisoner of war at age 22. He played rugby football for Swansea RFC and Cardiff RFC.
- Sergeant Kayley Earnshaw (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed at age 36. His brother will be killed in less than one month on the first day of the battle of the Somme. Their nephew was killed on HMS Defence at Jutland 10 days ago.
- Driver James William Swaine (Royal Field Artillery) is shot at dawn for desertion after he overstayed his home Christmas leave in 1915.