Friday 3 November 1916 – We Lost 581
The first phase of the Battle for Ancre begins and will last until the 11th.
A raiding party of thirty men of the 6th (Hauraki) company of 2nd Auckland Regiment, under Lieutenant Colin Hally, in the evening kills four Bavarians and captures two prisoners. They stay only 5 minutes in the enemy trenches and suffered no casualties. The party goes straight across, finds a gap in the wire by means of an electric torch, and enters the German line. They bomb the dugouts and take three prisoners, one of whom came to what is put down as a bad end on the return journey, owing to his subordinate behavior. The other two, very mild and inoffensive, are brought back safe and sound. No one is hurt and the only ones to suffer any inconvenience are three Canterbury men, whose bay is blown in on top of them during retaliation by German artillery. For his actions on this day Lieutenant Hally will be awarded the Military Cross. He will be killed in action serving the New Zealand Machine Gun Corps in April 1918 and his brother died of wounds in July 1915
Handley Page 0/100 #1459 of #3 Wing Royal Naval Air Service is the first of the new twin-engine heavy bombers to reach France.
Today’s losses include:
- The 8th Baron Lucas and 11th Baron Dingwall
- The son of a General
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
- A victim of the Red Baron
- An Australian Rules footballer
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain Auberon Thomas Herbert (Hampshire Yeomanry attached Royal Flying Corps) the 8th Baron Lucas and 11th Baron Dingwall dies of wounds at age 40. He is the only son of the ‘late Honorable’ Aubereon Edward Molyneux Herbert. He was shot in the foot while a Times correspondent to the South Africa War and his leg had to be amputated below the knee, though this did not slow him down as he continued to play tennis and spend a great deal of time outdoors. He became a Liberal candidate for Parliament and later Under-Secretary for War and for a short time Under-Secretary for the Colonies. In 1914 he entered the Cabinet as President of the Board of Agriculture and held the post until the formation of the Coalition Government in May 1915. When he left the government he joined the Royal Flying Corps. On this day he is shot in the neck and lands his machine and his observer safely and he will die at 18:00 in enemy hands.
- Another pilot in the Royal Flying Corps killed during operations today is 24-year old Captain Alan John MacDonald Pemberton MC (Leinster Regiment attached Royal Flying Corps). He is the son of late Major General W W Pemberton.
- Lieutenant Hugh Foster Buxton (Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 34. He is the grandson of the 1st Baron Lawrence.
- Lieutenant Eyre Frederick Morton Dann (British Columbia Regiment) dies of wounds received two days earlier. He is the son of Reverend Canon Alfred George Dann.
- Lieutenant Geoffrey Hugh Austen-Cartmell (Highland Light Infantry) is killed in action. His brother was killed last June.
- Lieutenant Hugh Forster Buxton (Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 34. He is the son of ‘the Honorable’ Mrs. Frances Buxton.
- Sergeant Cuthbert Godfrey Baldwin (Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 28 when he and his observer Second Lieutenant George Andrew Bentham are shot down by the Red Baron. He is the son of the Reverend Alan Godfrey Baldwin Vicar of Burnopfield.
- Sergeant Donald McLellan MM (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 22. His brother was killed in September 1915.
- Corporal George Rhodes (Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed ast the second of three brothers who are killed in the war.
- Lance Corporal Frederick Arthur Hart (Border Regiment) is killed at age 29. His brother was killed last July.
- Private Albert Killick (West Surrey Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed in July of this year.
- Private Albert Charles Henry Brazener (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 24. His brother will die of illness in February 1919.
- Private Edwin Baldwin (Sussex Regiment) dies of wounds at home at age 21. He is the middle of three brothers who are killed in the Great War.
- Private Edward Timms (Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed at age 25. His brother will die of wounds in August 1918.
- Private Robert Royle (Australian Machine Gun Corps) is killed by shell fire at age 28. He is an Australian rules footballer who played 3 games for Melbourne in 1898.