Sunday 22 October 1916 – We Lost 657
A French lorry loaded with 3,000 pounds of aircraft bombs in the middle of a Serbian Army camp at Ostrevo, Serbia catches fire. Efforts to beat out the flames with earth are ineffective, and after the fire has been burning for seven or eight minutes and bomb cases are already involved Major Lewis Bearne DSO (Army Service Corps) Private Albert Usher (Army Service Corps) run up with extinguishers. Both immediately crawl underneath the lorry and eventually succeed in extinguishing the flames thus averting a serious disaster at the risk of their own lives. Major Bearne is severely burned about the hands and arms. Both men will both be awarded the Albert Medal for their efforts during this event.
40th squadron pilots claim three victories in the air.
The Germans explode a mine under the trenches of the London Rifles in the area of Voormezeele and there is fighting after to control the craters created.
- Among the dead are brothers Lance Corporal Frederick John Bailey (age 24) and Private Ernest Edgar Bailey (age 20).
- Rifleman James Little (London Regiment) is killed at age 24. His wife and child were drowned on S S Lusitania in May 1915.
Today’s losses include:
- Brothers killed together
- The son of a member of the clergy
- A professional footballer
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
- A man whose wife and son were drowned in the sinking of S S Lusitania in May 1915
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Second Lieutenant Alexander Cropper (Wiltshire Regiment attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed in action at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend Charles Henry Edward Cropper Vicar of of Holy Trinity Clifton.
- Sergeant William James Baker MM (Middlesex Regiment) is killed in action at age 33. He is an English professional footballer who played 202 games in the Southern League and FA Cup for Plymouth Argyle from 1909 to 15.
- Driver William Anthony Rawcliffe (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action. His brother was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
- Private Joseph R Blamire (Border Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed last July.
- Private John Ernest Jakings (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed. His brother will die of wounds next October.