Monday 4 December 1916 – We Lost 241

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James Cowie Simpson

James Cowie Simpson

Air activity is high on the Tigris front in Mesopotamia.

The Anchor Line “Caledonia” is torpedoed by a submarine in the Mediterranean the crew is saved but Captain Blaikie is taken prisoner.

The King approves the re-construction of the Government.

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of Baron Rowallan
  • A son-in-law of Lord Belhaven
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War 

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Flight Sub Lieutenant ‘The Honorable’ Arthur Cameron Corbett (Royal Naval Air Service) is killed in action in France at age 18. He is the son of the 1st Baron Rowallan.
  • Second Lieutenant James Cowie Simpson (Royal Engineers) is killed at age 31. He is one of three son-in-laws of the 9th Lord Belhaven to lose his life in the Great War.
  • Second Lieutenant Arthur Patrick Donnell (Northumberland Fusiliers attached Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed in Norfolk at age 18. He is the son of the Reverend Charles Ernest Havelock Donnell Vicar of Stamfordham who lost another son on HMS Shark at Jutland.
  • Sergeant William Arthur Cannon (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds at age 32. His brother will be killed next July.
  • Private Charles Bostock (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 35. His brother will be killed next May.