Tuesday 26 December 1916 – We Lost 218

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John Nason middle row far right

John Nason middle row far right

Captain John William Washington Nason (Sussex Regiment attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 27.  He played cricket for Sussex County at the age of 17 and received his Blue at Cambridge on is third appearance, earlier than it had ever been awarded previously.  He appeared versus Oxford in 1909 and 1910 played for Gloucester County for years.  He was also a two handicap golfer.

Today’s losses include:

  • A man shot at dawn
  • A Sussex County and Gloucester County cricketer
  • A two handicap golfer

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Private Peter Cairnie (Royal Scots Fusiliers) is shot at dawn for deserting to avoid taking part in a specific assault. The attack was to take place on 13th November against the village of Serre. During the fighting his unit sustained 201 casualties.