The Eastern Ontario Regiment is ordered forward to secure the newly captured Regina Trench which was still under heavy enemy artillery fire. Sergeant Leo Clarke VC is crouching in a hole at the rear of a trench when a shell explodes and the back of the trench caves in, burying him. His brother digs him out, but Clarke is paralyzed; the weight of the earth having crushed his back and injured his spine. Clarke is taken to No. 1 General Hospital, but he will die in eight days.
Today’s losses include:
- A grandson of the 6th Baron Vernon
- The son of a member of the clergy
- The son of an Alderman
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Second Lieutenant William Walter Vernon (Royal Engineers) is killed at age 26. He is the grandson of the 6th Baron Vernon.
- Second Lieutenant Arthur Frederick Taverner (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) is killed at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend Frederick John Winder Taverner Rector of Wing.
- Second Lieutenant John Edmund Mathias (Welsh Regiment) is killed at age 37. He is the son of the late Alderman William Henry Mathias.
- Sergeant John Casey (Middlesex Regiment) is killed in action at age 24. His brother was killed in July 1915.
- Private Benjamin Bland Booth (New Zealand Infantry) dies of wounds in England at age 23. His brother will die of wounds in France next February.
- Private John William Durham (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) dies of wounds at age 23. His brother will be killed in exactly one month.