Saturday 29 July 1916 – We Lost 1,185

Claude Charles Castleton

Claude Charles Castleton

Dodoma, German East Africa is occupied by South African troops.

Early this morning near Pozières, during a night attack the Australian infantry is temporarily driven back by the intense machine-gun fire from the enemy trenches. Many wounded are left in ‘No Man’s Land’ lying in shell holes. Sergeant Claude Charles Castleton (Australian Infantry) goes out twice in the face of this intense fire, and each time brings in a wounded man on his back. He goes out a third time and is bringing in another wounded man when he is himself hit in the back and killed instantly. For his actions this morning he will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross. He is killed at age 23.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • An Australian Rules footballer
  • A Bury Cricket Club and Rugby football player
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • The son of a High Sheriff
  • An Assistant Librarian at Stepney Borough Libraries

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Corporal William De Boynton (Australian Infantry) is killed in action at age 29. He is the first of three brothers who will be killed within the next year.
  • Lance Corporal Frank Leslie Lugton (Australian Infantry) is killed. He is an Australian sportsman who played 1st class cricket for Sheffield and Australian Rules Football for Melbourne. His brother will be killed in August 1918.
  • Private James Alexander McDonald (Australian Infantry) is killed. He has two brothers who will be killed next year.
  • Private Henry Lethbridge Tingcombe (Australian Infantry) dies of wounds at age 23. His brother will be killed in less than a week.
  • Private James Edward Blyth (Australian Infantry) is killed. His brother was killed in April of last year.
  • Private Frank Gordon Griffiths (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 20. He is the first of three brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Captain Joseph Baines (Middlesex Regiment) is killed at age 34. He has two other brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Lieutenant Ion Keith Millar (East Surrey Regiment) is killed at age 29. His brother will be accidentally killed at home in the Royal Air Force in April 1918.
  • Second Lieutenant Reginald Ramsbottom (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 32. He is a member of both the Bury Cricket Club and Bury Rugby Football Club.
  • Second Lieutenant Charles Montague Williams (Manchester Regiment) dies of wounds received in the neighborhood of Amierns at age 26. He is the eldest son of Montague Scott Williams JP for Dorset, High Sheriff 1894 late Major (Honorary Lieutenant Colonel) Dorset Yeomanry. He was farming in Canada, returned to England on the outbreak of the War and obtained a Commission in the Manchester Regiment. He went out to France on 15th July 1916.
  • Sergeant Andrew Ross (Otago Regiment) is killed in action at age 37. His brother will die of gassing in July 1918.
  • Gunner Samuel Bacon (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 28. He is an assistant librarian at Stepney Borough Libraries.
  • Private Thomas Goodson Roberts (Leicestershire Regiment) is killed. His brother will be killed in November.
  • Private Ernest James Triggs Carder (Devonshire Regiment) dies on service at age 37. His two brothers will lose their lives next year.
  • Private Walter Thorley (Cheshire Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother will die of wounds in September 1917.
  • Private Ernest Bull (Manchester Regiment) is killed at age 20 four weeks after his brother will killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.