Tuesday 4 July 1916 – We Lost 859
British troops continue their advance in La Boiselle.
Today’s losses include:
- The son of one of Ireland’s first fatal road accidents
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
- The son of a Justice of the Peace
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Frederick Henry Norris Lee (Irish Guards) dies of gangrene at age 30. He is the second son of the Reverend John Theodore Norris Lee Vicar of Broad Oak, Essex. He entered the Cape Colony civil service at the age 16 in 1902, and was assistant magistrate at Umtata when war broke out in 1914. Joining the Tembuland Mounted Rifles, he fought against the rebels in the Orange Free State and, having been transferred to the Kalahari Light Horse, he took part in the expedition which, starting from Kimberley, took the German’s in the rear and compelled them to give battle to Mackenzie’s forces at Gibeon. This trek ended at Windhoek extending in all to 1,500 miles. At the close of the campaign in G.S.W. Africa, the Civil Authorities extended his leave to enable him to serve in France. Returning to England he was commissioned into the Irish Guards in October 1915, and shortly afterwards left for the front. On 18th June1916 he was wounded in the leg whilst leading a night patrol to look at the enemy’s wire. He was carried back by Corporal Redmond, but the wound proved fatal and he dies of gangrene. Lance Sergeant Redmond will be killed next September.
- Lieutenant George Cedric Hodgkinson (Yorkshire Regiment attached York and Lancs Regiment) is killed at age 20. He is the son of Reginald Edward Hodgkinson JP.
- Lieutenant John Harold Ryle Jones (South Lancashire Regiment) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend John Roger Jones Rector of Gt Sankey.
- Second Lieutenant Albert Theodore Vardy (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed at age 27. He is the son of the Reverend Albert Richard Vardy Headmaster of King Edward’s School Birmingham.
- Second Lieutenant Lewis John Dalgleish Butt (Rifle Brigade) is killed. His brother was killed last month and they are sons of the Reverend Canon George Holden Butt.
- Private Edgar F Foster (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed in action while serving in the same regiment as his father had served for thirty years. He dies at age 20 and two years after his older brother was killed at the same age.
- Private Robert Thomas (Cheshire Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed last October.
- Private Alfred Goodall (Cheshire Regiment) is killed at age 31.His brother was killed last August on Gallipoli.
- Private Frank Canovan (Cheshire Regiment) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed yesterday.
- Private John Vellender (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother will be killed next April.
- Private Ernest Goodwin (Sherwood Foresters) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed last August on Gallipoli.
- Lieutenant Isaac William Usher (Royal Irish Regiment) is killed during an attack on an enemy trench. He is the son of Dr. Isaac William Usher who will be killed next February in one of Ireland’s first fatal road accidents when a car running in reverse runs him over near the local railway station. Dr. Usher is a Protestant doctor who was beloved in Dundrum, Dublin for the care he gave to Catholics. Ironically a memorial put up in his name will become a source of strife between Catholics and Protestants.