Tuesday 24 October 1916 – We Lost 425
Barcroft Joseph Leech Fayle
The merchant ship North Wales (Master Griffith Owen) is attacked and sunk by a submarine off the Scily Islands. Her entire crew of 30 is killed including her master age 45. Master Owen was in command of a collier ironically named North Wales on 16th November 1914 when it was sunk off Valpariso Chile by the Dresden and was taken prisoner at that time. He was released after the Battle of the Falkland Islands.
The steamer Framfield (Master Sampson Still Clark) strikes a mine three miles northeast of the Sunk Light Vessel and sinks, Six of crew are killed including her master who dies at 29.
Today’s losses include:
- A man whose father will die on service in 1919
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
- A man who will have two brothers killed in the Great War
- The son of a member of the clergy
- A player for the Clifton Rugby football club
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Major Charles Alexander Moss (Central Ontario Regiment) dies of wounds received in action 8th October at age 44. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Charles and Lady Moss of Toronto.
- Captain James Wilfred Battersby MC (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 26. His father will die on service in April 1919.
- Captain Barcroft Joseph Leech Fayle (Royal Army Medical Corps attached West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 26. He graduated with honors in natural science from Emmanuel College, Cambridge. His brother was killed in July of this year. He was a Clifton Rugby footballer
- Lieutenant Arthur William Campbell Connal (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 21. His younger brother will be killed in April 1918. Both men are killed together while on a recon for their battery.
- Second Lieutenant Charles Joseph Pattison (South African Forces) is killed at age 24. His brother was killed last July and they are sons of the Reverend Joseph Pattison Rector of Southwell.
- Sergeant Phillip John Gurney (Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed in May 1915.
- Private Ernest Harry George (Highland Light Infantry) is killed at age 20. His brother is also killed in the Great War.
- Private Charles D Mowat (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed at age 22. His brother will be killed in March 1918.