Thursday 24 August 1916 – We Lost 1,014
The Australian Army council requests a special draft of 20,000 men with another 16,500 men in each of the following three months.
At Miali, Mozambique, when consolidating his new position after being heavily attacked and being forced to retire, Captain William Anderson Bloomfield (South African Mounted Brigade finds that one of the wounded – a corporal – has not been evacuated with the rest. At considerable personal risk the captain goes back over 400 yards of ground swept by machine-gun and rifle fire and manages to reach the wounded man and bring him back to safety.
Today’s losses include:
- The son in law of a Baronet who will lose three sons in the Great War
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
- Two families that will lose four sons in the Great War
- The grandson of the 7th Earl of Bessborough
- The son of a member of the clergy
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain Harold Stedman Richmond (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed in action at age 26. His brother will be killed in March 1917.
- Lieutenant Patrick Wallace Gould (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed in action. He is the son-in-law of ‘Sir’ Alexander Perceval Matheson of Lochalsh 3rd Baronet and all three of his brothers-in-law will lose their lives in the War.
- Lieutenant Cyril Thomas Ponsonby (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed by a shell at Guillemont at age 21. He is the grandson of the 7th Earl of Bessborough.
- Lieutenant Reginald Hugh Lawson MC (Rifle Brigade) is killed at Mametz at age 23. His brother was killed in September 1915.
- Second Lieutenant George Howden Macalister (Scots Fusiliers attached Machine Gun Corps) is killed on Salonika at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend George Macalister DD.
- Second Lieutenant Hugh Joseph Fleming (Dorsetshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 20. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Francis and Lady Fleming KCMG.
- Second Lieutenant Havilland Le Mesurier (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed at age 22. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Havilland Le Mesurier KCIE CSI.
- Lance Corporal Lewis Hodgkin (Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed in Mesopotamia at age 26. His brother was killed in September 1914.
- Acting Bombardier Frederick William Breed (Royal Field Artillery) dies in Mesopotamia at age 26. His brother was killed in November 1914.
- Private Solomon Zimmerman (Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry) is killed at age 19. He is the first of 4 brothers who will be killed in the Great War.
- Private Charles Edward Oliver (Black Watch) dies of wounds when a shell comes through the roof of his dugout. He is 18 years old and his brother in law will die of wounds next year.
- Private William Wilkins (Berkshire Regiment) dies of wounds. He is the third of four brothers who lose their lives in the Great War.