Saturday 6 January 1917 – We Lost 215

Cap badge of the Durham Light  Infantry

Cap badge of the Durham Light Infantry

The 10th Durham Light Infantry attack in the Arras vicinity at 15:00 and when the German line is reached Mills and Phosphorous bombs are thrown but no Germans are encountered. The second and third German trenches are reached and bombed by a small party.  The British are now attacked from both sides and the order is given to withdraw. The battalion’s losses are 2 officers wounded and 44 other ranks killed wounded or missing.

  • Among the dead is Private John Edward Howden who is killed at age 19. His brother will be killed in October 1918.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • The son of a member of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major John Richard Ramsay (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in Amara, Mesopotamia at age 32. His brother was killed in November 1914.
  • Second Lieutenant Thomas Onslow (Shropshire Light Infantry) is killed at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend Matthew Richard Septimus Onslow Rector of Stoke Edith.