Wednesday 23 August 1916 – We Lost 554
Today’s losses include:
- An Olympic Gold Medal Field Hockey player
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
- A man who will lose three brothers in the Great War
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- A Margate Police Reserve Officer
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain and Adjutant John Yate Robinson MC (North Staffordshire Regiment) dies of wounds at home at age 31 received in action at El Hannah, Mesopotamia. He is the son of the Reverend Edward Cecil Robinson and was a field hockey player who won a gold medal with the English team at the 1908 Summer Olympics. He was on the Oxford hockey team from 1905 to 1909 eventually serving as captain. His brother will be killed in April 1918.
- Lieutenant Francis Moran (Munster Fusiliers) is killed at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend Francis Moran.
- Second Lieutenant John Alexander Raws (Australian Infantry) is killed in action at age 22, less than one month after his younger brother has been killed serving in the same regiment. The brothers are the subject of the book “Hail and Farewell, Letters from two brothers killed in France in 1916”.
- Second Lieutenant Harold Thomas Thirlwall Gore Browne (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed in action at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Thirwall.
- BQMS Joseph Alexander Ashford (Royal Field Artillery) dies of malaria on Salonika at age 42. He is a Margate Police Reserve Officer.
- Sergeant Leslie Thomas Manning Fitzgerald (Australian Infantry) dies of wounds at age 23 four days before his cousin Harold Fitzgerald dies of wounds.
- Corporal George Hunter Taylor (Highland Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 26. He is the first of four brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.
- Private William Willsher (Royal Fusiliers) dies of wounds received in action at age 23. His brother was killed on Gallipoli in 1915.