Tuesday 25 July 1916 – We Lost 1,094

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Thomas Cooke VC

Thomas Cooke VC

Private Thomas Cooke (Australian Infantry) is killed in action performing deeds that will result in him being awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross at age 35. At Pozières, France, after a Lewis gun has been disabled, Private Cooke is ordered to take his gun to a dangerous part of the line. He does fine work, but comes under very heavy fire, and finally he is the only man left. He sticks to his post and continues to fire, but when assistance finally arrives he is found dead beside his gun.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • Multiple families that will two and three sons in the Great Wara
  • The great grandfather of England Football Captain Rio Ferdinand
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A Gosforth Nomads Rugby footballer
  • The son of the Headmaster at The King’s School Parramatte
  • A grandson of a former Member of the New Zealand Parliament
  • One of the founders of the ‘Old Machen Greys Football Club’
  • A man whose son will die as a prisoner of war of the Japanese in September 1944

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Charles Pomeroy Hughes-Gibb (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds at age 33. His younger brother will be killed next year.
  • Captain Alan Estcourt Boucher (Leicestershire Regiment) dies of wounds received in action at Bazentin-le-Petit at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend Canon Charles Etcourt Boucher.
  • Lieutenant Robert Gilroy Bannerman (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 21. His brother will be killed in November of next year.
  • Lieutenant Rex Thomas Challoner MC (Royal Engineers) is killed at age 30. He is a rugby football player with the Gosforth Nomads.
  • Lieutenant Geoffrey Servante Champion (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend Arthur Hammerton Champion the headmaster at The King’s School Parramatte.  His brother will be killed in April 1918.
  • Second Lieutenant Thomas Swain (Yorkshire Regiment) dies of wounds at home at age 19. His brother will be killed in September of this year.
  • Lance Corporal George Munro (Australian Pioneers) is killed. His brother was killed on Gallipoli in March 1915.
  • Private James P Zahnleiter (Australian Infantry) is killed in action at age 28. His younger brother was killed in April 1915.
  • Private Frank Prescott (Liverpool Regiment) dies of wounds received in action at age 25. His brother was killed on the first day of this month.
  • Private James Arthur Carmichael (Highland Light Infantry) is killed at age 29. His brother will be killed in October 1917.
  • Private Alfred Reeve (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed at age 32. His younger brother was gassed to death one week ago.
  • Private Frederick Clarence Rayner Vile (New Zealand Rifle Brigade) is killed. He is the grandson of the late J Vile ex Member of Parliament for Manawatu New Zealand.
  • Gunner William Finnerty (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 21. His brothers will lose their lives in 1917.
  • Private Robert James Wheeler (South Wales Borderers) is killed at age 21. His brother will be killed in April 1918.
  • One of the founders of the ‘Old Machen Greys Football Club’ Private Sidney Mayberry (South Wales Borderers) dies of wounds received during heavy enemy shelling in Mametz Wood at age 43. Three of his comrades are killed while trying to take him to a place of safety after he has been wounded.
  • Stoker 1st Class Charles Carmichael (HMS Valiant) dies of illness on service at home at age 22. His brother was killed in October 1915.
  • Lance Corporal Alfred Perry (South Wales Borderers) dies of wounds at age 30. His brother will be killed in September.
  • Private Lawrence Wilson Hindle (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 43. His son Lance Corporal Herbert Roy Hindle will die of wounds as a prisoner of war of the Japanese in September 1944.
  • Private James Foster (Australian Infantry) is killed at Pozieres at age 38. He is the great grandfather of England Football Captain Rio Ferdinand and Sunderland football player Julian Ferdinand.
  • Private Walter Stannard (Northamptonshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 30. His two brothers will lose their lives in the Great War.