Friday 10 November 1916 – We Lost 326
Near the village of Ovilliers a hand grenade in a stack left in a shelter between two dugouts left by a previous regiment detonates causing the entire pile to explode. Two members of the Northamptonshire Regiment are killed and five wounded.
Flight Lieutenant Daniel Murray Galbraith (Royal Naval Air Service) successfully engages and shoots down an enemy machine.
Today’s losses include:
- A former Mayor of Kitchener Canada
- A film actor in the 1915 motion picture The Shooting of Dan McGrew
- The son of a member of the clergy
- One of the first Australians to fire a shot in the Great War
- A family that will lose five sons in the service of King and Country
- A family that will lose three sons in the Great War
- A man whose brother was killed last month
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Major George Herbert Bowlby (Canadian Army Medical Corps) is accidentally killed when he falls from a cliff at Seaford at age 51. He was the Mayor of Kitchener Canada in 1901.
- Second Lieutenant Charles Eric Macrae (Seaforth Highlanders attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed in aerial combat at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend D Macrae who will lose two others sons in the Great War.
- Sergeant William Westwood Young (Australian Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 28. He was one of the first Australians to fire a shot in the Great War. On 5th August 1914 when all German vessels in port in Australia had been interned, the SS Pfalz was observed leaving Port Phillip Bay. The crew of the F/1 gun, Neapean, (which included Corporal Young) fired at the ship – Australia’s first shot of the war. The shot landed in the water near the ship that then returned to port.
- Private Albert Edwin Leaden (Manitoba Regiment) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed last month.
- Gunner Austin Carlton Kyle (Canadian Field Artillery) is killed at age 22. He was film actor who appeared in the 1915 motion picture The Shooting of Dan McGrew.
- Private Arnold Jackson George (Norfolk Regiment) dies of wounds at age 22. He is one of five brothers who will lose their lives in service of King and Country four in the Great War and the fifth in the Second World War.