Thursday 31 August 1916 – We Lost 811

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Harry Augustus Butters

Harry Augustus Butters

H M Drifter Tuberose (Skipper John Grant RNR) is sunk by a mine off Lowestoft.  Her skipper is killed at age 40. Seven other crewmen are also lost.

Today’s losses include:

  • The subject of a published book
  • The author of a book of poetry
  • The son of a General
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The son of a military Chaplain
  • An Australian Rules footballers

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Charles Edward Stewart (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds at age 47. He is the son of Major General R C Stewart.
  • Captain John Peake Knight DSO (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 26. He was awarded his Distinguished Service Order for conspicuous and consistent gallantry in assisting infantry in November 1914.
  • Captain John Wilmshurst Granger Smith (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 24. His brother will be killed in exactly two months on the last day in October.
  • Captain Bernard St John Glanfield (Suffolk Regiment) dies of wounds at age 35. His brother was killed in November 1915.
  • Second Lieutenant L A H Barrow (Sussex Regiment) is killed at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend A H Barrow.
  • Second Lieutenant Tudor Ralph Castle (Royal West Surrey Regiment) is killed by a gas shell at Delville Wood during a heavy bombardment at age 33. He is the author of a book of poems entitled “The Gentle Shepherd and other poems”.
  • Second Lieutenant James Caulfield Tuckey (Middlesex Regiment) is killed at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend James Grove White Tuckey Assistant Chaplain General to the Forces.
  • Second Lieutenant Harry Augustus Butters (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action by a gas shell at age 24. He was the subject of a book “Harry Butters, RFA ‘An American Citizen’”, written by Mrs. Denis O’Sullivan and published by John Lane Company. It is the story of a man from California who gave his life for England.
  • Sergeant James Leslie Merson (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 32. His brother will be killed in April 1918.
  • Lance Corporal Jesse Mead (Signal Depot, Royal Engineers) dies at home at age 30. His brother will be killed next May.
  • Private Bertie Frederick Cooper (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 24. He is an Australian rules footballer who played 83 games for the South Fremantle Football Club in the West Australian Football League between 1910 and 1915, captaining the team in 1913 and 1915. He joined the Australian Imperial Force and is killed during the Battle of Mouquet Farm in Pozières.
  • Private Bertram Lonsdale Bedward (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother was killed last September.