Monday 11 September 1916 – We Lost 635
The New Zealand infantry enter the Battle of the Somme as their division takes over the line between Delville Wood and High Wood.
Army Order is published according to which the shaving of the upper lip made optional in the future.
Today’s losses include:
- A General
- The son of a Victoria Cross winner
- A man whose nephew was previously killed
- A former battalion commander who committed suicide
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- An actor
- A medical student
- A man whose brother died on service in South Africa in 1901
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
- A family that will lose three sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Brigadier General Henry Frederick Hugh Clifford DSO General Officer Commanding 149th Brigade 50th Division is killed by a sniper at Delville Wood while inspecting advanced assembly trenches at age 49. He is the son of a Victoria Cross winner, Major General the Honorable ‘Sir’ Henry Hugh Clifford VC, KCMG, CB. His nephew was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
- Lieutenant Colonel Edwin Thomas Falkiner Sandys DSO (former commanding officer 2nd Middlesex Regiment) dies as a result of placing a gun to his head one week earlier in the Cavendish Hotel. He is distraught over the casualties suffered by his battalion on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
- Major Augustus Oliver Lash (Irish Rifles) dies of wounds at age 46. He is the son of the Reverend Augustus Henry Lash Rector of Framlingham.
- Captain Arthur John Powles-Curtis (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) dies of wounds at Queen Mary’s Hospital received eight days earlier at Beaumont Hamel at age 36. He is an actor active in both England and the United States.
- Lieutenant Edward Percival Harpur (Irish Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend William Harpur.
- Lieutenant Archibald William Robertson Dun (Black Watch) is killed on Salonika at age 25. He was a medical student at St Bartholomew’s Hospital.
- Second Lieutenant George Thomson (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) is killed at age 38. His brother died of yellow fever serving in the South African War in 1901.
- Second Lieutenant Frederick Tetheslay Noel Holles (East Lancashire Regiment) is killed in Mesopotamia at age 31. He is the son of the Reverend Frederick Edward Richard Holles.
- Second Lieutenant George Francis Hermitage Day (Royal Field Artillery attached Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Dr. E Hermitage Day.
- Private Frank Mallinson (Alberta Regiment) is killed at age 25. His brother will be killed in September 1917
- Rifleman Stephen John West (London Regiment) dies of wounds received in action at age 22. He becomes the first of three brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.
- Gunner Percy Richard William Rockall (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 24. His brother will be killed in August 1918.