Thursday 27 July 1916 – We Lost 1,400
The Bedfordshire Regiment suffers heavy casualties from gas shelling during an attack on Longueval.
- Brothers and Privates in the Berkshire Regiment Harry and William Bernard Whiting are killed while serving together. Harry dies at age 32. Their stepfather will be killed in November 1917.
At Delville Wood the enemy makes a very strong counter-attack on the right flank of the King’s Royal Rifle Corps and rush the bombing post aftger killing all the company’s bombers. Sergeant Albert Gill rallies the remnants of his platoon, none of whom are skilled bombers and reorganizes his defences. Soon afterwards the enemy nearly surrounds his men and starts sniping at about 20-yards range. Although it almost certainly means his death, Sergeant Gill stands bolding up in order to direct the fire of his men. He is killed almost immediately, but his gallant action held up the enemy advance. For this action Sergeant Gill will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross.
Master Charles Algernon Fryatt (SS Brussels) is executed by the Germans after being convicted of being a pirate for attempting to ram a submarine that has attempted to sink his ship. He is 43 years old.
Today’s losses include:
• A Victoria Cross winner
• Brothers killed together whose step father will be killed in November 1917
• The son of a member of the clergy
• The grandson of a member of the clergy
• The son of a Justice of the Peace
• An Australian Rules footballer
• Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
• A member of the Ulster Cricket club
• A Brigadier General
• The son of a Major General
• The son of a Jurist
• The brother of a Great War poet
• The son of an Irish Constabulary District Inspector
• A Clapton Orient footballer
• The son-in-law of a Baronet
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
• Lieutenant Bruce Lawson Monie (Australian Infantry) is killed. His brother will be killed next April.
• Second Lieutenant William Scott Kemmis (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 29. He is the son of the Reverend Canon William Henry Kemmis.
• Sergeant John Preston Walker (Australian Infantry) an Australian Rules Footballer is killed at age 23. He scored 2 goals in 4 games for St Kilda in 1910 and 1911.
• Private David Henry Bindoff (Australian Infantry) is killed. His brother died of wounds in Egypt in September 1915.
• Lance Corporal Edward Huntley (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 38. He is the son the R E Huntley MD, JP.
• Lance Corporal Percy Adams (Royal Fusiliers) dies of wounds at age 23. His brother will be killed in July 1917.
• Private George Jackson (Royal Fusiliers) is killed. He was a member of the Ulster Cricket Club and his brother will be killed in four days.
• Private Sydney George Lewis (Royal Fusiliers) dies of wounds at age 29. His brother will be killed in the sinking of the steamer Minnehaha in September 1917.
• Private Henry MacKenzie (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed in High Wood. His brother died on service in March of this year.
• Private Benjamin Johnson (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed at age 24. His brother will be killed in April 1918.
• Private William MacDonald (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed at age 21. His brother died of wounds in October 1914.
• Brigadier General Edwin H Hazelton the Principal Veterinary Officer in India since April of this year dies on service.
• Major Ernest Cave Rowcroft DSO (Indian Army) dies on service in India at age 49. He is the son of Major General G C Rowcroft.
• Captain Edmund Lally Howell (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed in action at age 41. He is the son of the Honorable Hector Howell Chief Justice of Manitoba.
• Lieutenant John Angus Nicolson McEwen Scobie (Royal Engineers) is killed at age 21. His brother, a “Great War Poet” will be killed in England in October 1918.
• Second Lieutenant Alfred Tottenham (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed in April of this year and they are sons of the Irish Constabulary District Inspector and grandsons of the Venerable William Creek Archdeacon of Kilmore.
• Corporal Edmund Lloyd Parkins (West Surrey Regiment) is killed at age 23. His brother will be killed next April.
• Lance Corporal Thomas Sim (Gordon Highlanders) is killed in action at age 33. His brother will be killed in three days.
• Private Richard Henry Ellis (South Africa Infantry) dies of wounds received on 18th July at age 40. His two brothers are also killed in 1916.
• Private William Jonas (Middlesex Regiment) is killed at age 26. He scored 23 goals in 74 matches for the Clapton Orient and Havanna Rovers Football Clubs. He became trapped in a trench with his Orient team-mate Richard McFadden while fighting at Delville Wood. Under heavy fire, he says goodbye to McFadden, jumped out of the trench and is killed instantly. McFadden will be killed in less than three months.
• Private Charles C Carter (Devonshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 20. His brother will be killed in March 1918.
• Private Bertie Smith (Norfolk Regiment) is killed. His brother will be killed in the same regiment in four days.
• Private Wilfred Crowe (Cheshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 19. His brother will be killed in March 1918.
• Private Alfred Bakewell (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother will be killed next May.
• Private Harold George Summers (Gloucestershire Regiment) dies of wounds as a prisoner of war at age 21. His brother will die on service at home in February 1917.
• Private Albert Rhucroft (Hampshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 20. His brother will be killed in March 1917.
• Private Martin Robertson-Glasgow (Machine Gun Section Royal Fusiliers) is killed at Delville Wood at age 34. He was commissioned a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy and the son in law of ‘Sir’ Richard Carnac Temple 2nd Baronet.