Sunday 16 July 1916 – We Lost 950
Captain Ernest Cowper Slade (Gloucestershire Regiment) organizes with great skill bombing attacks in order to reach two companies which are isolated in a trench further north. Tomorrow he will be buried twice by shells but will dig himself out and carry on as if nothing has happened. He will be killed on 4th May 1918.
Today’s losses include:
- Multiple battalion commanders
- A polo player
- The son-in-law of the 5th Earl of Donoughmore
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- Multiple families that will lose two and three sons
- A great great uncle of Kate Middleton
- A son of the Sheriff Substitute of Lanarkshire
- A military chaplain
- A family that will lose five sons
- The former Mayor of Mulgoa, Wales
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Colonel William Digby Oswald DSO (Dragoon Guards commanding 13th West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 36.
- Temporary Colonel ‘Sir’ Victor Alexander Haden Horsley CB (Royal Army Medical Corps) dies in Mesopotamia at age 59. His son will be accidentally killed in August 1918 serving in the Royal Air Force.
- Lieutenant Colonel Harold Ernest Brassey (Royal Horse Guards commanding 8th South Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 39. He is a well known polo player and the son-in-law of the 5th Earl of Donoughmore of Knocklofty and has a nephew who will be killed in August 1918.
- Lieutenant Colonel Carroll Charles MacNamara (commanding 1st Royal Irish Rifles) is killed at age 41.
- Captain Herbert Philip Deedes (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed at age 34. He is the son of the Reverend Canon Philip Deedes Rector of Little Parndon.
- Lieutenant Thomas Eyre Barton (Irish Regiment) is killed at age 31. His brother will be killed in August 1918.
- Lieutenant Harold Reginald Morris Christie (Cameronians) is killed at age 29. A creek in the North Thompson Valley of British Columbia is named in his honor.
- Lieutenant Lionel Martineau Lupton (Royal Field Artillery) is killed by a shell at age 24. His two brothers will also be killed in the Great War. Their great great niece Kate Middleton will become the fiancée of Prince William of Wales.
- Second Lieutenant Frederick James Hawker (Gloucestershire Regiment) dies of wounds received in action at age 26. His brother will die during the Great Influenza outbreak in December 1918.
- Second Lieutenant Matthew Rankin Monteith (Royal Engineers) is killed in action at age 20. His brother Second Lieutenant Patrick (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) will be killed in November of this year at age 27.
- Second Lieutenant Gilbert Fyfe (Highland Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 18. He is the son of the Sheriff Substitute of Lanarkshire and has a brother who will be killed in August 1918 at age 25.
- Second Lieutenant John Lecky (Irish Rifles) is killed at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend Alexander Gourlay Lecky.
- Second Lieutenant Henry Robert Miles (Connaught Rangers) is killed at age 48. He is the son of the Reverend Philip Edward Miles Rector of Odstock.
- Second Lieutenant John Hector Rouquette (Royal West Surrey Regiment) is killed in action at age 22. His brother will die in Egypt four days after the Armistice during the influenza outbreak.
- Chaplain the Reverend J A Hartigan dies on service in Mesopotamia at age 33.
- Company Sergeant Major John Buchan Cranston (Cameron Highlanders) is killed at age 34. He is one of five brothers who are killed in the Great War.
- Corporal Bertram Robert Newberry (Hertfordshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 24. He is the first of three brothers to lose their lives in the Great War.
- Gunner William Coldham Lawrence (Royal Garrison Artillery) dies of wounds received in action at age 28. His brother will die in October 1918.
- Lieutenant Richard Henry Beindge Baynes (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 26. He is the son of long serving alderman with the Municipality of Mulgoa, Wales, serving as mayor from 1909-1912.
- Private Tom Atkiss (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 25. His brother will be killed in October 1918.
- Private Gideon James Vincent (Sussex Regiments) dies of wounds at age 21. His brother will be killed in October 1917.
- Private George Stokes (Cheshire Regiment) dies of fever in Mesopotamia at age 20. His brother was killed in May 1915.