Friday 8 September 1916 – We Lost 686
Seventy three conscientious objectors will die as a result of the treatment during the Great War. The first of those who died is Walter Roberts age 20 of Stockport. He dies today of a high fever, contracted from being constantly wet through living in the rotten and condemned tents on the muddy hill-side at Dyce. He was nursed in a stable, and was only ill for five days, dying in a broken-down cottage. His appeal for exemption from the draft was dismissed after a three minute hearing four days after it was heard.
Today’s losses include:
- A General
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- A battalion commander
- Son of a Baronet
- A man whose brother-in-law was killed earlier this year
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Brigadier General Louis Murray Phillpotts CMG DSO, Commanding Royal Artillery is killed in action at age 46 at Guillemont. He is the second son of the Reverend H J Phillpotts and he served in the South Africa War 1899-1901. Killed with him is his Brigade Major Captain Harry William Crippin MC (Royal Field Artillery) age 27.
- Lieutenant Colonel Hugo Beaumont Burnaby DSO (commanding 11th West Surrey Regiment) is killed at age 42. He is the son of the Reverend Sherrard Beaumont Burnaby Vicar of Hamstead.
- Lieutenant Colonel William Selby DSO (Indian Medical Service) dies on service in India at age 47. He is the Honorary Surgeon to the Viceroy of India.
- Squadron Commander Ian Hew Waldsgrave Stair Dalrymple-Clark (Royal Naval Air Service) is killed in a flying accident at home. He carried out the first British bombing raid of the war on 5 September 1914.
- Second Lieutenant Roderick Kyrle Matheson (Royal West Kent Regiment attached Manchester Regiment) dies of wounds received when he was shot in the chest five days earlier as a prisoner of war at age 18. He is the son of the 3rd Baronet ‘Sir’ Alexander Perceval Matheson and he has two brothers who will be killed next year and his brother-in-law was killed earlier this year.
- Second Lieutenant John Balfour Ireland (Black Watch) is killed in action at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend John A Ireland.
- Second Lieutenant Alan Francis Donald Brown (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed in action. His brother will be accidentally killed in April 1917.
- Sergeant Beresford John Gray (Gloucestershire) is killed at age 25. His brother will be killed in less than two months.
- Private Herbert Hoole (Cheshire Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother will be killed in October 1917.