Thursday 10 August 1916 – We Lost 541
The 25th Division early in August relieved the 8th Division after the latter had been held up in its attack on the Westhoek Ridge. The combination of bombardment and rain had reduced the trenches to a fearful state, the mud thigh deep in places and movement impossible. Added to this the working parties are shelled by artillery and machine-gunned by aircraft. Today the 25th Division takes the ridge, B Company of the 6th South Wales Borderers do splendid work in consolidation. Its runner is conspicuous for his gallantry. Though hit in one eye, and besides being buried three times when taking a message back, he persists in duly delivering it before getting his wounds attended to.
Today’s losses include:
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
- The grandson of a General and Baronet
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Major Henry Bartle Compton Arthur (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 36. He is the grandson of Lieutenant General the Right Honorable ‘Sir’ George Arthur 1st
- Captain Edward Vivian Dearman Birchall DSO (Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry) dies of wounds at age 32. His brother was killed in April 1915.
- Second Lieutenant Fred Borthwick Sanderson (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds at age 27. His brother was killed in September 1915.
- Private F Lumbard (Devonshire Regiment) is killed in action in Mesopotamia. His brother will be killed in September 1918.
- Private John Ballard (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed on Gallipoli. His brother was killed last February.