Wednesday 11 October 1916 – We Lost 551
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.