Friday 14 July 1916 – We Lost 2,671
The Battle of Bazentin Ridge which will last four days begins.
At 04:30 a battalion of the Northamptonshire Regiment leads an attack on Trones Wood. At 06:00 they rush the redoubt in the southern part of Central Trench in the face of strong resistance. The wood is under British control by 09:00.
- Private William Cobb (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed at Trones Wood at age 34. His older brother was killed last January.
- Private Bertram Reuben Aldridge (Northamptonshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 21 received in the attack. His brother will be killed in August 1918.
The Leicestershire Regiment suffers heavy losses today at Mametz.
- Captain Tobias Mortimer Moll killed at age 26. He is a South African rugby union player who was awarded a single cap on 27th August 1910 against the British Isles team on their 1910 tour of South Africa.
- Captain David Westcott Brown killed at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend George Gibson Brown of Mary’s Rectory, Bedford and is one of the Great War Poets.
- Captain Frederic Herbert Emmet is killed at age 26. He is the Assistant Master at Allen House School Woking and the son of the Reverend William Edward Emmet Vicar of Whaddon.
- Lieutenant Lionel Pilkington Abbott is killed in Mametz Wood at age 28. He is a school master at 1st Bramcote School and later at Glebe House School and the only son of the Reverend Arthur Abbott Vicar of Corby.
- Lieutenant Noel Compton-Burnett is also killed. His sister Ivy will become a world famous novelist.
- Lieutenant Mark Carr Hill is killed at age 22. His brother was killed at Jutland.
- Lieutenant Geoffrey Thomas Lovick Ellwood is killed at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend Charles Edward Ellwood Rector of Cottesmore.
- Private George Templar is killed at age 24. His brother will be killed in 3 days.
- Private Harold Chilton is killed. His two brothers will also lose their lives in the Great War, the first 7 days ago.
- Private Francis John Bland is killed at age 23. His brother will die of wounds in October 1917.
- Private Harry Hewer is killed. His brother was killed in January of this year in Mesopotamia.
- Private Frederick Webb (Leicestershire Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother will be killed in October 1917.
- Private George Holmden Hart (Leicestershire Regiment) is killed. His brother will be killed in November.
The Submarine H5 (Lieutenant Cromwell Hanford Varley) torpedoes the German submarine U-51 in the Ems Estuary.
British troops take Mwanza a German port on Lake Tanganyika.
Today’s losses include:
- A battalion commander
- A Welsh International Rugby union player
- A South African International Rugby union player
- A Great War Poet
- The brother of novelist Ivy Compton-Burnett
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
- The son of a Baronet
- A Rhodes scholar
- The brother of a Rhodes scholar
- A Northamptonshire County constable
- The Headmaster of County Grammar School Sudbury Suffolk
- The School Master at Glebe House School
- An Assistant Master at Allen House School Woking
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Colonel Dudley George Blois DSO (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 41. He is the son of ‘Sir’ John Ralph Blois 8th Baronet and a veteran of the South Africa War.
- Major Gerald Maitland Clark (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed at age 35. He is the son of the Reverend William Maitland Clark Vicar of Kilmeston.
- Major Wilfred Noel Leggett (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed in action at age 30. He is the second son of Colonel Leggett to be killed in the Great War and his older brother will be killed later this month becoming the third brother to die.
- Captain Marcus Herbert Goodall (York and Lancs Regiment) is killed at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend Canon Goodall Vicar of Rotherham.
- Captain Cyril Francis Harrison Oliver (West Yorkshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 35. He is the son of the Reverend Henry Francis Oliver Vicar of Fenny Stratford.
- Captain Robert Stewart R Smylie (Scots Fusiliers) is killed. He is the headmaster of the County Grammar School Sudbury Suffolk.
- Lieutenant Robert Grant Crosse (Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend Canon Thomas George Crosse Rector of Ickham and his brother was killed eleven days ago.
- Second Lieutenant Andrew Blyth McCulloch Bogle (Royal Scots) is killed at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend Andrew Nisbet Bogle DD.
- Second Lieutenant Arthur Bright Marston (West Surrey Regiment) is killed at age 18. His brother will die of gas wounds less than one week before the Armistice is signed in November 1918.
- Second Lieutenant Francis George Brian Lys (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed in action. He is the son of the Reverend Alleyne Fitzherbert Lys Chaplain in India.
- Second Lieutenant Noel Crawford Hamilton (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed at age 24. His brother will be killed in November 1917. They are sons of the Reverend Frederick John Hamilton.
- Second Lieutenant A Stanley Clutterbuck (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother will be killed next April.
- Second Lieutenant Edward DeQuincey Mears (Essex Regiment) is killed at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend Edward Mears Rector of Little Bradfield.
- Second Lieutenant Noel McDougall Hathorn (Indian Army Reserve of Officers attached Punjabis) is killed in Mesopotamia at age 24. His brother was killed in the sinking of the Formidable on 1st January 1915.
- Second Lieutenant John Meikle Bain (Cameronians) a schoolmaster is killed at age 36.
- Second Lieutenant Athol Hudson (New Zealand Rifle Brigade) is killed by a sniper at age 22. He was the Rhodes Scholar for New Zealand this year and he is also a notable long-distance runner.
- Gunner Bertram Wallace (New Zealand Field Artillery) the brother of another Rhodes Scholar from New Zealand is killed at age 22. His brother was killed in May 1915 on Gallipoli.
- Sergeant Frank Godfrey Glastonbury (Otago Infantry) is killed during a night raid on enemy trenches at age 23. His brother will die on service in December 1916.
- Corporal David Watts (King’s Shropshire Light Infantry) is killed at age 30 at Bazentin Ridge. He is a Welsh international rugby union forward who played club rugby for Maesteg. He won four caps for Wales, all in 1914. Watts came to prominence in Welsh rugby when he was part of the Maesteg team that won the Glamorgan Challenge Cup in 1912. In 1914 Watts was selected to represent Wales as part of the Five Nations Championship. His first game was in the 17th January game against England at Twickenham. Wales lost the opening game but won the final three games of the tournament. Of all Watts’ matches, the most notable was the final game at the Balmoral Show Grounds against Ireland. Watts played one final game for his country, in a exhibition game against the Barbarians in 1915. The game against Ireland was the final Welsh international game before the outbreak of the Great War.
- Lance Corporal George Plant (Northamptonshire Regiment) becomes the first of three brothers who are killed in the war.
- Private Fred Barker (Leicestershire Regiment) is killed at age 22. He is one of three brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.
- Private Percy Benjamin MM (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed at age 21. He is a member of the Northamptonshire County Constabulary and his brother was killed three days ago.
- Private Edward Hunt (West Surrey Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother will be killed in August 1917.
- Private George Robert Hornsby (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) dies of wounds received in action the previous day. His brother will be killed in September of this year.
- Private John Henry Cannell (Liverpool Regiment) is killed in action at age 25. His brother will be killed in November of next year.
- Private Charles M Munro (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed at age 15. Private Arthur John Wilding (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed last August.
- Private Edmund Seare (Shropshire Light Infantry) is killed at age 27. His son with the same name will die on service in September 1940.
- Private Thomas Walsh (Royal Irish Regiment) is killed in action. His brother was killed in November 1914.