Monday 19 June 1916 – We Lost 259
British and South African troops march into Handeni German East Africa.
SS Messanabie departs Canada bound for Liverpool with troops for the Western Front including Filip Konowal (77th Canadian Infantry) who will win the Victoria Cross in August 1917.
Today’s losses include:
- A man whose brother was killed as a member of the crew of RMS Lusitania
- Families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Clifford Spearing Cole (Gloucestershire Regiment) becomes the first officer in his battalion to be killed in the Great War when he dies at age 20.
- Private Alfred Edward Taylor (Suffolk Regiment) is killed at age 24. His younger brother will die of wounds in September 1918.
- Ordinary Seaman Maxwell Hill Morrice (Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) dies at home at age 31. His brother was lost in the sinking of S S Lusitania as a crew member.
Private Alexander noble (48th Canadian Highlanders) dies at home at age 25. He is the last of three brothers who are lost in the Great War.