Thursday 14 December 1916 – We Lost 262
Lieutenant Henry James Boyton (Grenadier Guards) is killed in action at age 25. He is the only son of ‘Sir’ James Boyton MP for East Marylebone. He rowed in the Henley Regatta of 1914 rowing bow in the 2nd Eight, which was runner up in the final for the Thames Challenge Cup and was a member of the Marlow and London Rowing Clubs. Lieutenant Boyton took a Commission in the Royal Fusiliers while still at Cambridge and was promoted Lieutenant in January 1914. Soon after the outbreak of War he went to Malta with his Regiment and returned with them to France in March 1915. He was wounded on 9th May 1915 and on his recovery was posted to a Reserve Battalion of his Regiment, in which he became Captain and Adjutant. In July 1916 he transferred to the Grenadier Guards and left for the Front the following October.
Today’s losses include:
- The son of the Member of Parliament for East Marylebone
- A military Chaplain
- The middle son of three that will lose their lives in a six month period
- A family that will lose four sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Chaplain William Herbert Freestone MC dies of wounds received in a air raid on Salonika at age 34.
- Private John D G Sutherland (Australian Infantry) is killed in action on the Somme at age 35. He is the second of three brothers to be killed in a six-month period.
- Private Sydney James Gratton (Australian Infantry) dies of asthma at age 33. He is the third of four brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.