Monday 23 October 1916 – We lost 1,512

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HMS Genista

HMS Genista

The minesweeping sloop HMS Genista (Lieutenant Commander John White) strikes a mine off the west coast of Ireland and sinks. There are twelve survivors, while seventy-eight of her crew including her Captain are killed.

At 14:30 two companies of the Hampshire Regiment attack Boritska Trench at Lesboeufs. Immediately they come under very heavy machine gun and rifle fire. The right flank eventually enters the German front line trenches but after holding them for a few hours they are forced to retire. Casualties number 202 officers and men.

  • Captain Henry Julian Cromie killed at age 20. He has one brother killed in action and a second brother killed as the Naval Attache in Petrograd in August 1918. He is a school master at Down College Alresford Hants and they are sons of Charles Francis Cromie former British Vice Consul at Dar-al-Baida.
  • Second Lieutenant Eric Horace Wood is killed in action at age 27. He received a Bachelor of Arts with Honors at London (1908) and Cambridge (1911).
  • Private Charles Earl is killed in action at age 25. He has two brothers who will be killed later in the Great War. Their bodies are never found and they are commemorated on different memorials.

The Cameronians and Middlesex Regiment attack Zenith Trench near Flers but are forced to retire under heavy artillery fire after entering Orion Trench.

  • Second Lieutenant John Ferguson (Cameronians) is killed at age 24. He is a member of the Third Lanark Football Club.
  • Second Lieutenant Frederick Owen Kemp (Middlesex Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother will be killed next February.
  • CSM Richard McFadden MM (Middlesex Regiment) dies of wounds at age 27. He is a member of the Clapton Orient and Wallsend Park Villa Football Clubs scoring 68 goals in 142 matches leading Clapton in scoring for four consecutive seasons from 1911 to 1914. Prior to joining the forces he saved the life of a small boy who was drowning in the river Lea and was awarded a medal from the Mayor of Hackney.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • A school master at Down College
  • The son of the former British Vice Consul at Dar-al-Baida
  • A Third Lanark footballer
  • A footballer for Clapton Orient and Wallsend Park Villa
  • A medal winning life saver
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The grandson of a member of the clergy
  • A Rhodes scholar
  • A Hampshire cricket player

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Ernest Charles Harris (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend James Harris Rector of Paglesham.
  • Captain Eyre Bolton Massy Delmege MC (East Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 25. He is the grandson of the Reverend John Delmege.
  • Captain Archibald Dimock Montagu Brown (Royal Lancaster Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother will be killed in January 1918
  • Lieutenant Hastings Grevatt Killingley (Dublin Fusiliers) is killed at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend David Francis Killingley Vicar of Whitechurch.
  • Lieutenant Thomas Ellis Parry (Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 29. His brother will be killed in September 1917. They are sons of the Reverend J Hywel Parry.
  • Second Lieutenant Dudley Sydney Laurence (Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend Frederick Spencer Laurence Vicar of Holy Trinity Cambridge.
  • Second Lieutenant Harold Ernest Whiteman (Hampshire Regiment attached Royal Flying Corps) a Rhodes Scholar is accidentally killed in England at age 21.
  • Sergeant Henry James Hack (Royal Engineers) dies of wounds at age 29. His brother was killed at Jutland. Lance Corporal Sydney George Fenwick (Royal Engineers) is killed at age 21. His brother will be killed in May 1918.
  • Lance Corporal Charles Rasmus (Essex Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother will be killed in April 1918.
  • Private Alfred Walter Holmes (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed. His brother was killed last August.
  • Private James Joseph Leonard (Rifle Brigade) is killed in action three months after his brother was killed.
  • Seven men are killed in Salonika when the dugout they are in collapses. One of those killed is Driver Joseph Patten (Royal Field Artillery) age 20. His brother will be killed next July.
  • Sapper John Forth Makey (Royal Engineers) is killed. His brother will be killed in April 1917.
  • Private Charles Henry Yaldren (Hampshire Regiment) is killed at age 25. He played cricket for Hampshire in 1912.