Monday 28 August 1916 – We Lost 536

Shot at dawn memorial

Shot at dawn memorial

At Number One military prison at Blargies an Australian Private Alexander Little verbally abuses an NCO after the water has been cut off while he is showering. He is arrested and as he is about to placed in the punishment compound by the arresting sergeant he resists. Other soldiers in the prison camp both New Zealanders and Australians rush over, push the sergeant out of the way and release Private Little. They then hurry back to their tents before they can be identified. However Lance Corporal John Braitwaite (Otago Regiment) is a mess orderly and known by many of the NCOs and other soldiers in the camp. He and three Australians are identified as having been involved in the incident and are arrested and charged with mutiny. All four are sentenced to death but the Australians sentences are reviewed and commuted to two years imprisonment. Braitwaite has been court-martialed a number of times for desertion and his sentence is confirmed by Douglas Haig. He will be executed on 29th October the only New Zealander executed for mutiny in the Great War.

Coastal airship C-16 is sent out on her first ‘war-patrol’. After an hour, one engine has failed through a faulty magneto. Within the next hour the other fails of the same cause. Fortunately an onshore wind blows C-16 into Coldingham Bay, near Berwick, where the captain deflates the envelope and though the crew is saved, the C-16 is a complete wreck.

Today’s losses include:

  • A solider shot at dawn
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the clergy
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Albert Julian Pell (Suffolk Regiment) dies on service at home at age 52. He is the son of the Reverend Beauchamp Henry St John Pell Rector of Ickenham who has lost another son in November 1914.
  • Lieutenant Robert Burleigh (Royal Engineers and Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 23. He is the middle of three sons of war correspondent Bennet Burleigh who died in 1914 and who serviced in the Confederacy in the American Civil War who will lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Lance Corporal Albert Crich (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) is killed at age 31 becoming the last of three brothers who lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Private George Miles (Lancers) dies at home at age 18. His brother died of wounds in May 1915.
  • Private Donovan Myles Proby (East Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother will be killed in March 1918.
  • Private David Ross Ryrie (Gordon Highlanders) dies of wounds at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend William Ryrie.
  • Private John Bennett (Hampshire Regiment) is executed for cowardice at age 19.
  • Private George Edward Larking (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.