Monday 21 August 1916 – We Lost 743
Forty squadron Royal Flying Corps makes its first contact with enemy aircraft as Second Lieutenant Kenneth Selby Henderson comes across it on a morning patrol at 11,000 feet but is unable to catch it. Captain Henderson will be killed in action in June 1918.
The submarine E54 (Lieutenant Commander Robert H T Raikes) torpedoes and sinks the German submarine UC-10 near the Schouwen Bank.
Today’s losses include:
- Son of a Baronet
- Grandson of a Baronet
- Son of a General
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
- A cricket player
- Brothers killed together
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant John Eadred Tollemache (West Surrey Regiment) is killed at age 24 while leading a bombing party. He is the son ‘Sir’ Lyonel Felix Carteret Eugene Tollemache 4th
- Lieutenant Neil Shaw-Stewart (Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 22. He is the grandson of ‘Sir’ Michael Robert Shaw-Stewart of Greenock and Blackhall 7th
- Lieutenant Richard Henry Villiers Kellett (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 20. He is the son of Major General R O Kellett.
- Second Lieutenant Edmund Sanctuary Turner (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend William Turner Vicar of Blacktoft.
- Second Lieutenant Alban Wentworth Powell DCM (West Surrey Regiment) is killed at age 27. He is the son of the Reverend Arthur Wentworth Powell Vicar of Minley.
- Second Lieutenant Francis Cunningham Shapira (Australian Flying Corps) is accidentally killed in England at age 29. He is the son of the Reverend A W Shapira.
- Second Lieutenant Basil Armitage Carver (Dragoons) is killed in action at age 19. His older brother, who was the holder of an Olympic Bronze medal for rowing, was killed last year at Gallipoli.
- Second Lieutenant Sydney Thomas Askham (Suffolk Regiment) is killed at age 19 leading an attack on enemy lines. His brother will be killed in April 1918 and they are both cricket players.
- Lance Corporal B G Shorter (West Surrey Regiment) is killed. His two brothers will also be killed in the Great War. Brothers Private Ernest and Private Herbert Philby are killed in action while serving in the Middlesex Regiment.
- A pair of brothers is killed in the Manitoba Regiment. Private Frederick George Wild age 27 and Private Reginald Wild age 21 are killed together on this day.
- Private Harold Frederick Chapman (Suffolk Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother will die of wounds in June 1917.
- Private Andrew Donald Graham Fraser (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 18. His brother was killed in May 1915.
- Private Herbert Edward Boulter (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed. His brother was killed last April.
- Private Samuel Sharp (Suffolk Regiment) is killed. His brother was killed in March 1915.