Monday 17 July 1916 – We Lost 966

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Gordon Kerr Montagu Butler

Gordon Kerr Montagu Butler

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple families that will lose two, three and four sons in the Great War
  • The grandson of a Baronet
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Guy Dickins (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed at age 34. He was working at the British School of Archaeology in Athens before coming home to enlist.
  • Lieutenant Gordon Kerr Montagu Butler (Scottish Horse) dies of blood poisoning in Egypt at age 24. He is the son the Very Reverend Henry Montagu Butler DD Master of Trinity College Cambridge and former Honorary Chaplain to Queen Victoria.
  • Lieutenant Martin Arthur Ashtown MC (Royal Fusiliers) dies of wounds at age 24. His brother will die of wounds in August next year and they are grandsons of the Right Honorable ‘Sir’ William Heathcote 5th
  • Lieutenant Ernest Emaual Polack (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 23. He is the son of Reverend Joseph Polack and his brother was killed last April.
  • Second Lieutenant Theodore Stewart Wolton Warren (Durham Light Infantry) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Charles Theodore Warren Rector of Chilthorne Domer.
  • Sergeant William Edward Lynn (Irish Fusiliers) is killed at age 21. He is one of four brothers who will lose their lives as a result the Great War.
  • Corporal Kendrick Jones (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed at age 27. He is the son of the Reverend I E Jones.
  • Corporal Alfred Cecil Arnold (West Yorkshire Regiment) dies of wounds received in action the previous day at age 24 near Thiepval while trying to repel a German bombing party. His younger brother will be killed in May 1917.
  • Private John Rosenberg (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed in action at the age of 22. His younger brother will be killed in action in five weeks. Both will be commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.
  • Private William Joshua Bates (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 26. His brother will be accidentally killed in May 1917.
  • Private James MacGregor (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at Delville Wood. His two brothers will also be killed in the Great War the first in September 1915 while the second will be killed next April.
  • Private Jacob Templar (Leicestershire Regiment) is killed three days after his brother.
  • Private Thomas Baldwin (Sussex Regiment) dies of wounds at home. He is the first of three brothers who lose their lives in the Great War the second of which also died at home and is buried in the same grave.
  • Private John Davidson Greenlees (Cheshire Regiment) becomes the third brother to be killed in the Great War.
  • Private George William Harlow (East Kent Regiment) is killed in Salonika at age 31. His brother will be killed in August 1918.