Saturday 6 January 1917 – We Lost 215
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.