Wednesday 9 August 1916 – We Lost 1,255

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James Robert Denniston

In Macedonia tonight a company of the Royal Berkshire Regiment seizes ‘Kidney Hill’.

Captain Noel Godfrey Chavasse VC and Bar, MC (Royal Army Medical Corps attached Liverpool Scottish) is one of only three people to be awarded a Victoria Cross twice.  Chavasse will be awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions today at Guillemont, France when he attends to the wounded all day under heavy fire, frequently in view of the enemy. During the night, he continues searching for wounded in front of the enemy’s lines. Tomorrow under heavy shell fire, he and a stretcher bearer carriy an urgent case 500 yards to safety, being wounded himself during the journey. The same night, with 20 volunteers, he rescues three wounded men from a shell-hole 36 yards from enemy trenches, buries the bodies of two officers and collects many identity discs. Altogether he saved the lives of some 20 wounded men.  He will die of wounds 4th August 1917 as a result of wounds received performing duties which will win him a bar to his Victoria Cross.

  • Lieutenant Leonard Binning Mill (Liverpool Regiment) is killed at age 26. He is the son of the Director of the Everton Football Club.
  • Second Lieutenant Herbert Lancelot Woodland (Liverpool Regiment) is killed in action at age 32. He is the son of the late Reverend Clement.
  • Second Lieutenant Archibald Charles Watson Buck (Liverpool Regiment) a notable athlete is also killed.
  • Lance Corporal John Abbott King (Liverpool Regiment) is killed at age 32. He is a former England rugby football international.
  • Private George Herbert Wilbraham (Liverpool Regiment) is killed in action at age 19. His brother will be killed in September 1917.

While tied up to the Italian cruiser Marco Polo the submarine B10 is hit by aircraft bombs of the Austrian Naval Air Service during a raid on the port of Venice and it settles on the seabed.

Flight Sub-Lieutenant Donald Ernest Harkness and Flight Sub-Lieutenant Ralph Harold Collett will both be awarded the DSC in recognition of their services this morning when they drop bombs on the airship sheds at Evere and Berchem St Agathe.

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of the Director of the Everton Football Club
  • Two Bradford City footballers
  • An England Rugby International
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A notable athlete
  • Multiple families that will lose two, three and four sons in the Great War
  • A member of Scott’s Antarctic Expedition
  • Brothers killed together
  • The on of a Justice of the Peace
  • A military chaplain
  • A man whose widow’s second husband will be killed in September 1918
  • An Australian Rules footballer
  • A candidate Parliament in New Zealand

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Reginald Swithun De Blaby (North Lancashire Regiment) is killed in action at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend W G R De Blaby.
  • Lieutenant James Robert Denniston (Royal Flying Corps) dies of wounds as a prisoner of war in Ohrdruf, Germany. He was shot down and wounded in the Arras area on 26th June and was a member of Scott’s Antarctic Expedition of 1910-11.
  • Lieutenant John Anderson Mann MC (Cameronians attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed in action at age 21. He is the son of ‘Sir’ John Mann KBE.
  • Brothers Lieutenant Ernest and Second Lieutenant Edward Blackburn (North Lancashire Regiment) are killed together and their bodies never identified. Ernest dies at age 27 while Edward is 23.
  • Second Lieutenant Geoffrey Hugh Alington (Sussex Regiment) is killed on the Somme at age 27. He is the son of the Reverend Edward Hugh Alington.
  • Second Lieutenant James Oswald Haldane (Rifle Brigade) is killed in action on the Somme caring for a wounded man at age 37. He is the District Commissioner, Uganda Protectorate Civil Service, had served in the South African War and was the son of Robert Haldane, JP.
  • Second Lieutenant Eric Walter Carpenter Turner (Hampshire Regiment) is killed at age 21. He is the son of Canon John Carpenter Turner Rector of Overton.
  • Second Lieutenant Norman Cecil Collins (Suffolk Regiment) is killed at age 18. He is the middle of three brothers who lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Chaplain 4th Class Hubert Octavius Spink attached 55th (West Lancashire) Division is killed at age 38. He was wounded several times previously.
  • Lance Corporal Albert Hewitt (Sherwood Foresters) is killed at the Battle of Delville Wood one year to the day that he arrived in France. His widow’s second husband will be killed in September 1918.
  • Private Edward Charles Skinner (Suffolk Regiment) is killed in action at age 24. His brother Frank was killed on the 1st July 1916 and his other brother will be killed in April 1918.
  • Private Samuel George Pearson (Sherwood Foresters) is killed at age 22. His brother was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
  • Private James Cromrie (Northumberland Fusiliers) dies of wounds at age 35. He played for the Bradford City Football Club.
  • Private John Lynn (Inniskilling Fusiliers) is killed at age 26. He is one of three brothers who will be killed in the Great War while a fourth will die as a result of his war service in 1920.
  • Private Francis De Boynton (Australian Imperial Forces) is killed in action at age 20 less than two weeks after his brother has suffered the same fate. Within a year a third brother will also be killed in the service of the King.
  • Private James Comrie (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 35. He is a professional footballer who made 213 appearances for Third Lanark, Reading, Glossop, Lincoln and Bradford City scoring 24 goals.
  • Private James Thomas Farnan (Australian Infantry0 is killed at age 41. He played one game in the Victorian Football League for Kilda in 1899.
  • Private Samuel George Pearson (Sherwood Foresters) dies of wounds at age 22. His brother was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

Those killed in Egypt in the last day of the Battle of Romani

  • Captain Olaf Percival Johnson (Auckland Mounted Rifles) is killed at age 24. He is the son of J E Johnson who ran for the Bay of Islands seat in the Parliament of New Zealand for the Reform Party.
  • Captain Kenneth Christopher George Wray (South Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 25. He is the son of Reverend George Daniel Wray Rector of Easton Grey.
  • Squadron Sergeant Major Douglas Hepburn Gamble (Auckland Mounted Rifles) a prominent member of the Remuera Football Club who is killed at age 20.
  • Private Frank Dann (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 20. His brother will die of wounds next year.
  • Private Geoffrey Carmichael Griffith (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 26. His brother will die on service in March 1919.