Thursday 3 August 1916 – We Lost 568

George Herbert Fearnley-Whittingstall

The Battle of Romani begins near the Egyptian town of that name 23 miles east of the Suez Canal near the Mediterranean shore of the Sinai Peninsula. During the night a Turkish force of some 8,000, having advanced from southern Palestine, attacks the British defences at Romani which control the northern approach across the Sinai to the canal.

Today’s losses include:

  • Two Australian Rules footballers
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two, three and four sons in the Great War
  • A Rosslyn Park footballer
  • A Hearts of Midlothian footballer
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Charles Henry Langtree (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds at age 32. He is an Australian Rules Footballer who played 1 game for Collingwood in 1900.
  • Major George Hallam-Botham (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 43. He is the son of the Reverend George William Botham Rector of Anderby.
  • Lieutenant George William Knight (Fort Garry Horse) is killed at age 32. His brother will die in July of next year.
  • Lieutenant George Herbert Fearnley-Whittingstall (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend Herbert Oakes Fernley-Whittingstall Rector of Chalfton St Giles.
  • Second Lieutenant Arthur Douglas Garnett Odell Kerr (Middlesex Regiment attached Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed at age 21. He is a Rosslyn Park Rugby footballer.
  • Sergeant Henry Blockley (Leicestershire Regiment) is killed at age 23. His brother will be killed in April 1917.
  • Sergeant James McGill DCM (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds received in action at age 38. His brother will drown in an accident in August 1917.
  • Lance Corporal James Boyd (Royal Scots) is killed in action at age 21. He was a footballer for the Hearts of Midlothian Football Club along with his brother.
  • Private Irving Douglas (Fort Garry Horse) is killed. His brother will be killed in the same month next year.
  • Private Wilfred Charles Garraway (Royal Fusiliers) is killed. He is the first of four sons of Samuel Joseph and Kate Garraway who will lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Trooper Colin Donald McLeod (Auckland Mounted Rifles) is killed at age 34. His brother was killed on Gallipoli in June 1915.
  • Private Ernest Bond (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed. His brother will be killed in September 1918.
  • Private George Hardy (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 29. He played on the wing in Newcastle’s first team of 1908.
  • Lance Sergeant Albert Guttridge (West Yorkshire Regiment) dies of wounds received on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. He found himself in Bethnall Green Hospital, London where he dies after his leg was amputated.  He was a prominent member of the Leeds Athletic Harriers and in 1911 he defeated a field of over 200 to win the Yorkshire Junior Championship.
  • Seaman Paul Casimir Trevor Maria Grisewood (Royal Naval Division) dies of tuberculosis at age 28. He is the last of three sons of Harman Grisewood JP and his wife Concetta the daughter of Count Messina of Malta who will lose their lives this year.