Saturday 5 August 1916 – We Lost 973
At Pozieres the Germans launch a heavy attack on the Australian 7th Brigade at 04:00. The 27th and 28th Australian Battalions, having driven the Germans back, advance and dig in on around the windmill. At 17:00 on the right flank, 26th Brigade fights off another German assault. At High Wood the Germans recapture 50 yards of Intermediate Trench from 34th Division.
British led forces counter-attack against the Turks in the battle of Romani. At dawn the Australian Light Horse and the New Zealand Wellington Mounted Rifle Regiment that have been holding the line opposite Wellington Ridge mount an attack on the Turkish positions and by 05:00 they have captured 1,000 prisoners and driven off the remainder. Everywhere along the front the Turks are either retreating or surrendering. The fight for Romani, and ultimately the Suez Canal, has now been won, largely by the Australian and New Zealand mounted troops.
Having been part of the blockade of Pola the submarine B10 returns to Venice and ties up alongside the Italian cruiser Marco Polo which is acting as a depot ship.
Today’s losses include:
- A musical composer
- A cricket player
- One half of the current Men’s Lawn Tennis Doubles Champions of Egypt
- The grandson of a Baronet
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant George Sainton Kaye Butterworth MC (Durham Light Infantry) is killed on the Somme when he is shot by a sniper at age 31. He is a composer, folk song collector, Morris dancer and cricket player. He is considered by some to be the most promising composer of his generation. A BBC radio talk which introduced a 1942 performance of his Rhapsody stated that he was “Great in what he achieved, greater still in what he promised”. He is the son of the knight, ‘Sir’ Alexander Kaye Butterworth Kt. He is one of four members of Cecil Sharp’s morris-dance demonstration team who are killed in the Great War.
- Major Henry Charles Rees (South Wales Borderers) is killed at age 32. He is a lawn tennis player and currently one half of the Men’s Doubles Champions of Egypt.
- Captain Thomas Geoffrey Brocklebank (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 33. He is the grandson of ‘Sir’ Thomas Brocklebank 1st
- Captain Harry Francis Golding Noyes (Royal Army Medical Corps) dies of wounds in Bombay at age 36. His brother was killed in July and they are the sons of the Reverend Henry Edward Noyes Vicar of St Mary’s Kilburn.
- Lieutenant Maurice Wotton Thomas (Royal Field Artillery attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed one day short of one year ago.
- Second Lieutenant Frederick Martin Wensley (London Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother will die four days after the end of the war.
- Second Lieutenant Edward Lockhart Shaw (West Surrey Regiment) is killed at age 29. He is the son of the Reverend Charles Shaw.
- Private Floresten Goodrich (Australian Infantry) is killed in action at age 23. His brother will be killed in October 1917.
- Private Victor Harold Fell (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 24. His brother will be killed in October of next year.
- Bombardier William Frederick Howard (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 24. His brother was killed in October 1914.