Tuesday 5 December 1916 – We Lost 254
Herbert H Asquith resigns as Prime Minister and is replaced by David Lloyd George.
During bombing practice at Cleethorpes a live grenade which is thrown by one of the men fails to clear the parapet. The bomb is picked up and thrown a second time but again fails to clear the parapet. By this time the fuse has burned nearly to the end but Lieutenant Eric Arnold Shacklady (Manchester Regiment) runs forward, picks up the grenade and is about to throw it when it explodes blowing off his hand. For his actions Lieutenant Shacklady will be awarded the Albert Medal.
Today’s losses include:
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- An Australian Rules footballer
- A man whose brother was killed last July
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain Arthur Michael Durrant MC (Royal Engineers) dies of wounds received in action. He was the son of the Reverend Arthur, vicar of Leverstock Green. While attached to the tunneling section he is in charge of as a mining party which accidentally breaks into a German mine about to explode. He prevents the Germans from exploding their mine by exploding his first for which he was awarded the Military Cross.
- Second Lieutenant Cecil John Hastings Mouritz (Leinster Regiment) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend Stafford Mouritz Rector of Mayne Westmeath.
- Sergeant Percy Edward Rowe (Australian Infantry) dies of shrapnel wounds at age 27. He is an Australian Rules Footballer who scored 28 goals in 82 games playing for Collingwood from 1911 to 1915.
- Private Alfred George Glastonbury (New Zealand Rifle Brigade) dies in England of gastritis at age 34. His brother was killed in July during a raid on a German trench.