Tuesday 20 June 1916 – We Lost 286

Miles Henry O'Donovan

Today’s losses include:

  • A Flintshire police officer
  • A South African Rugby International
  • A Silver Cup winning athlete
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • A man whose father was killed in 1915
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Miles Henry O’Donovan (Munster Fusiliers) is killed at age 20.He is the son of Morgan William O’Donovan The O’Donovan.
  • Second Lieutenant Clive William Neely (Royal Fusiliers attached North Lancashire Regiment) is killed in Mesopotamia at age 30. His brother was killed in April 1915.
  • Second Lieutenant Robert Campbell McIntyre (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) is killed in action at age 20. His father was killed in May 1915 while traveling to visit his son after he was wounded.
  • Second Lieutenant John Inch (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) is killed at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend Alex S Inch.
  • Sergeant Mortimer Francis Murphy (Lancashire Fusiliers) dies of wounds at age 27. He won two Silver Cups for sports and gymnastics.
  • Private Walter B G Sinclair (Australian Infantry) is killed in action at age 20 at Fromelles. His brother will be killed in May 1917.
  • Private Gerald W Thompson (South African Infantry) is killed at Katanga, East Africa at age 29. He took part in the 1912-13 South Africa rugby union tour earning three caps.
  • Private Robert John Hughes (Welsh Guards) is killed at age 29. His is a Flintshire policeman and his brother a Birmingham policeman will be killed next year.