Friday 24 November 1916 – We Lost 357
In France as a result of a serious railway accident a man is pinned down by the legs under some heavy girders. The wreckage is on fire and the flames have already reached the man’s ankles. Captain Charles Reginald Hoskyn (Royal Army Medical Corps) crawls into a cavity in the flaming wreckage and after releasing one of the man’s legs, amputates the other, whereupon the man is drawn out alive Captain Hoskyn retaining hold of the main artery until a tourniquet can be put on.
The Hejaz railway on the far side of the Dead Sea is bombed by two Martinsydes of 14 and 67 Squadron.
The trawler Dhoon (Skipper Allan McDonald Ramsay) is sunk by a mine near the Newarp Light Vessel, Great Yarmouth. In addition to her skipper being killed at age 42
- Signalman John Gibb Lawrie is killed at age 21. His two brothers also will be killed in the Great War. They are two of the twelve lost in the sinking.
Today’s losses include:
- The son of a member of the clergy
- Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Second Lieutenant Charles George Conrad Moncrieff (East Yorkshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend James Moncrieff a Congregational Minister.
- Private George Maynard (West Surrey Regiment) dies of wounds. His brother was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
- Private Raymond Holstein Pflaum (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 19. His brother will be killed in September 1917.