Tuesday 5 September 1916 – We Lost 707
The 1st Bedfordshire Regiment 15th Brigade 5th Division and the 16th Warwickshire Regiment attack and capture Falfemont Farm including a fortified German strong point known as Wedge Wood.
Lieutenant John Fitzhardinge Paul Butler VC DSO (King’s Royal Rifle Corps attached Gold Coast Regiment, West Africa Frontier Force) dies of wounds at Motomba at age 27. He had been awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions in November and December of 1914 in the Cameroons. He is the nephew of Lord Gifford VC.
Today’s losses include:
- A Victoria Cross winner
- The nephew of a Victoria Cross winner
- A school master
- Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
- A man who will have two cousins killed in the Great War
- A father and son killed and buried together
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain Robert Davis Murray (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 29. His brother will be killed in September 1918.
- Second Lieutenant Arthur Roscoe MC (Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed at age 26. He is a schoolmaster by profession and an honours graduate of Cambridge in Classics and History.
- Second Lieutenant Charles Herbert Hills (Manchester Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother will be killed next March.
- Private John William Taylor (Alberta Regiment) is killed at age 31. He is the middle of three brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.
- Private William Harbour (Liverpool Regiment) is killed at age 28. He has two cousins who will lose their lives in the Great War.
- Private Herbert Payne (Berkshire Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother will be killed in March 1918.
- Sergeant George Lee, age 44 and his son Corporal Robert Frederick Lee, age 19, both members of the Royal Field Artillery are killed in action together. They are buried side by side.