Wednesday 12 July 1916 – We Lost 780

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Oswald Swift Flower

As dawn breaks the units of the 62nd Brigade (21st Division) enter Mametz Wood to relieve the tired troops of the 38th (Welsh) Division and in no time at all they move through the Wood – hardly surprising since the Germans have already left the area.  The fighting for Mametz Wood is over.  It has cost the 38th (Welsh) Division 4,000 casualties – about a third of the infantry strength. The Division is relieved to a quiet part of the line.

  • Lieutenant Colonel Oswald Swift Flower (commanding 13th Royal Welsh Fusiliers) dies of wounds at age 45 received the previous day when he is struck by a British artillery shell that falls short in Mametz Wood. He is the brother of the Mayor of Stratford upon Avon and another brother Lieutenant Fordham Flower was killed in the South Africa War.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple battalion commanders
  • A man whose brother was killed in the South African War
  • The brother of the Mayor of Stratford-Upon-Avon
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The son of a Burma Jurist
  • A Welsh International Rugby footballer
  • An Assistant Master at Edinburgh Academy
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons
  • A man whose twin was killed earlier in the Great War

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Frederick Thesiger Williams (commanding 2nd Northamptonshire Regiment) dies of wounds at Rouen at age 38.
  • Captain John Henry Dyke Acland (Royal Army Medical Corps attached Somerset Light Infantry) is killed by a sniper attempting to aid a wounded man in no-man’s land at Bertrancourt at age 36. He is the son of the late Reverend Henry Dyke Acland.
  • Captain Hugh Godber (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 25. He is the son of George Edward Godber Judge of the Burma Provincial Civil Service.
  • Captain John Lewis Williams (Welsh Regiment) is killed in action at age 34. He is a former Cardiff and Welsh International Rugby Football player who earned seventeen caps.
  • Captain H F Thompson (Rifle Brigade) is killed in action at age 38. He was the Assistant Master at Edinburgh Academy.
  • Rifleman Herbert George Stillman (Rifle Brigade) is killed. His brother will be killed next April.
  • Lieutenant T George Rutherford (Alberta Regiment) dies of wounds received at the battle of the Somme at age 36. He is the son of the Reverend T Rutherford.
  • Second Lieutenant Arnold Bradley Taylor (Leicestershire Regiment) is killed at age 22. He is the first and youngest of three brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Lance Corporal Arthur H Hendon (Somerset Light Infantry) is killed at age 21. His twin brother was killed in the sinking of HMS Goliath in May 1915.
  • Private Vincent McNabb (Otago Infantry) is killed in action at age 28. He is a forward for the City Football Club and had two brothers who were killed in April 1915 on Gallipoli.
  • Private Alfred Percival Douglas Fehrenbach (Welsh Regiment) is killed at age 31. His brother will be killed next March.
  • Private T A A Holman (Essex Regiment) dies of wounds at age 18. His brother was killed one week earlier.
  • Private David Crone (Irish Guards) is killed in action. His brother will be killed in 1918 serving the United States Army.
  • Rifleman Herbert George Stillman (Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 24. His brother will be killed in April next year.