Wednesday 13 September 1916 – We Lost 590
British forces attack the Germans at Machukova Macedonia but the attack fails with heavy losses.
Private Charles Depper (Berkshire Regiment) is shot at dawn at age 30 for desertion. Early in August 1916 he deserted prior to an attack on the Somme. Leaving his rifle and equipment in a reserve trench at Ovillers, he made his way to Amiens, only to be arrested the same day. Depper told the Military Police that he was on his way to Rouen to catch a boat for England the reason for his disaffecton was that he was tired of serving in the trenches.
Today’s losses include:
- Son of a Justice
- Missionary Priest and former Military Chaplain
- A member of the Royal Irish Constabulary
- 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:
- Staff Surgeon James Keough Murphy (HMS Vivid Royal Naval Barracks Devonport RNVR) dies on service the day after his 47th He is the son of the Right Honourable Mr. Justice Murphy.
- Second Lieutenant Robert Furley Callaway (Sherwood Foresters) is killed age 44. He is a Missionary Priest to the Diocese of St John’s Kaffraria in charge of the Holy Cross Pondoland South Africa who was originally served as a Chaplain but resigned to join the forces.
- Private Harold George Okey (Royal Army Medical Corps) dies of wounds at home at age 30. His two brothers will also lose their lives in the Great War.
- Private Charles Mann (Suffolk Regiment) is killed at age 21 ten days after his brother was killed.
- Private Martin Malloy (Irish Guards) is killed at age 29. He is a member of the Royal Irish Constabulary.
- Private Peter Duncan (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed in action. His brother will be killed in August 1917.
- Private David Fotheringham (Black Watch) is killed on Salonika at age 38. His brother will be killed in October 1918.