Friday 20 October 1916 – We Lost 482
Following a dummy raid with heavy trench mortars and in cooperation with enterprises on our flanks, 2nd Canterbury Regiment endeavors to enter the Pont Ballot trenches, but discovers two rows of wire out of the five uncut. Unable to break through these, the patrol moves along for 100 yards, throwing bombs into the trench.
Conductor Horace Henry Glasock VC (South African Service Corps Transport and Remounts) dies in Cape Town at age 36. As a driver for Q Battery Royal Horse Artillery on 31st March this year he was awarded the Victoria Cross as the individual voted to receive the award by other members of the ranks by the troop.
Today’s losses include:
- A Victoria Cross winner
- The son of a member of the clergy
- Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
- The son of an England Football International
- A man whose mother will die in a few weeks having refused to eat after receiving news of her son’s death
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Geoffrey Burnaby (London Regiment) dies of wounds at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend John Charles Wellesley Burnaby Rector of Asfordly.
- Flight Lieutenant Arthur Robert Greenwell (Royal Naval Air Service) is accidentally killed in England at age 20. His brother was killed last month.
- Corporal Harry Hodgin (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 21. His brother will be killed in October 1918.
- Private Frederick Murfet (Hampshire Regiment) is killed at age 22 after his twin brother was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. In one year and one day another brother will die of wounds.
- Sergeant Ellis Molyneux (Liverpool Regiment) is killed. His brother was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme and they are sons of English International Football player George Molyneux.
- Private Albert Edward Crawley (Sherwood Foresters) is killed in action at age 19 on the Somme. His mother died a few weeks later as a result of her refusal to eat after hearing the news of her son’s death.