Saturday 8 July 1916 – We Lost 1916

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Edward Henry Trotter

Edward Henry Trotter

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple battalion commanders
  • The son of a General
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple sons of Justices of the Peace
  • A Marylebone Cricket player
  • The son of an Alderman

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Edward Henry Trotter DSO (Grenadier Guards commanding 18th Liverpool Regiment) is killed in action at age 44 when a shell lands in the entrance to brigade headquarters. He is the son of Major General ‘Sir’ Henry and the Honorable Lucy Trotter 11th of Mortonhall and 2nd of Charterhall.  His brother Captain Reginald Baird Trotter (Cameron Highlanders) has been killed in action on 9th May 1915 at age 41.
  • Lieutenant Colonel William Smith (commanding 18th Manchester Regiment) is mortally wounded by the same shell and he will die tomorrow. Major (Acting Lieutenant Colonel) Albermarle Cator Annesley (commanding 8th Royal Fusiliers) dies of wounds at age 42. He served in the South Africa War.
  • Captain Dawyck Moberly Veitch Veitch (Skinner’s Horse attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed in action east of Arras when his Sopwith Strutter is shot down in flames. On 21st March 1915 he and his pilot were shot down and captured and he later escaped. He is 27 years old and the son of the Manager of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank. He and his observer Lieutenant John Leo Whitty (Leinster Regiment attached) are the first casualties suffered by 70th Squadron in action.  Lieutenant Whitty is the son of Lieutenant Colonel M J Whitty (Royal Army Medical Corps) who will die on service in March 1917.
  • Second Lieutenant Andrew John Tuke Cruickshank (Royal Garrison Artillery attached Royal Flying Corps) dies of wounds received over Cambrai at age 18. His brother was killed in April of this year. His pilot Captain Guy Lindsay Cruikshank (Gordon Highlanders attached) will himself be killed in action on 15th September of this year having had a brother killed in action in September 1914.
  • Captain John Wilfred Fisher DSO (Sherwood Foresters) dies of wounds at age 23. His brother died of wounds last October.
  • Lieutenant William Dickinson Hubbard (Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 23. He is the son of the late Charles William Hubbard JP.
  • Second Lieutenant Hugh Blackhall Laird (Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 25. He is the son of the late Reverend David M W Laird.
  • Second Lieutenant William Beaumont Burns (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed at age 32. He played 1st team cricket for both Worcester and the Marylebone Cricket Club from 1903-13 in a total of 217 matches.
  • Second Lieutenant Sydney Jams Knott (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed at age 32. He is the son-in-law of Alderman R B Cheverton JP.
  • Second Lieutenant Alfred Eric Hampson (Cheshire Regiment attachd Trench Mortar Battery) is killed at age 24. He is the son of Reverend Herbert Hampson, Vicar of St. George’s, Stalybridge.
  • Sergeant Thomas Church (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed. His brother will be killed in April 1917.
  • Private Reginald Backshall (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed. His brother will die on service in April of next year.
  • Private Gladstone Wren (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed at age 24. His brother was killed in March 1915.