During the Battle of Ancre Heights a company of the Manitoba Regiment is held up by very strong wire and comes under intense fire. Private Piper James Cleland Richardson who has obtained permission to play the company over the top strides up and down outside the wire playing his pipes which so inspire the company that the wire is rushed and the position captured. Later he is detailed to take back a wounded comrade and some prisoners but after proceeding some distance he insists on turning back to recover his pipes which he has left behind. He will not be seen again. For his actions he will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross.
Today’s losses include:
- A Battalion Commander
- A Victoria Cross winner
- Multiple families that will two and three sons in the Great War
- A man whose son will be killed in November 1940
- A man whose nephew sill be killed in July 1940
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- An International footballer
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Colonel Richard Poingdestre Wood MC (commanding 2nd York and Lancaster Regiment) is killed at age 26. He is the middle of three brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War, the last being killed in three days.
- Major Gerald Arthur Stacey DSO (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 34. His son will be killed serving in the Royal Navy on the submarine Swordfish in November 1940.
- Lieutenant George Shankster (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 23. His brother was killed in July 1916.
- Sergeant William Arthur Rouston DCM (London Rifle Brigade) is killed in action at age 35. He is the son of a Wesleyan Minister.
- Lance Corporal Frank Dell (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed last month.
- Private Thomas Alexander Jackson (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) is killed in action at age 39. He is an International football player who was also an excellent bowler and billiards player.
- Private Sidney Charles Huckle (London Regiment) is killed in action at age 20. His brother will be killed in November 1918.
- Private Leonard John Wallis (Cambridgeshire Regiment) is killed. His brother died of wounds nine days ago.
- Private Cecil William J Layton (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 25. His brother will be killed next April.
- Private Albert Edward Addison (Berkshire Regiment) is killed at age 18. His brother will be killed next year.
- Private Thomas Godfrey (East Surrey Regiment) is killed at age 27. His brother will be killed in April 1918.
- Private Clifford Ernest Hobday (Machine Gun Corps) dies of wounds at age 28 five days after his younger brother was killed in action.
- Private John Howard Monypenny (Albert Regiment) is killed at age 35. He is the son of the Reverend Phillips Howard Monypenny Vicar of Hadlow. His nephew will be killed in July 1940 as a Squadron Leader in the Royal Air Force.
- Gunner John Pickles (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 23. His brother will be killed in two years.
- Private Gilbert Shipton Clinch (London Regiment) is killed. His brother was killed in December 1914.