Monday 5 March 1917 – We Lost 441
Fresh from the triumph of re-capturing Kut-al-Amara in February, British regional Commander-in-Chief ‘Sir’ Frederick Stanley Maude halts operations at Aziziyeh, awaiting confirmation from London to proceed onwards to Baghdad, less than 70km away. The pause is brief, less than one week, and today Maude restarts his advance along the east bank of the Tigris.
- Major Jasper Bevereley Lynch DSO (Cavalry, Indian Army) is killed at age 33. He is the only son of Colonel James Beverley Lynch, late Commandant 12th Cavalry, Indian Army, and of Mrs. Lynch, daughter of General George Williams Bishop, Indian Army. Major Lynch was gazetted to the Royal Irish Fusiliers joining his Regiment in South Africa during that War. He received the King’s Medal and three clasps. Returning to England on the conclusion of peace he was transferred to the 2nd Battalion, then in India. In 1906 he won the Rackets Championship open to all India. In 1908 he was appointed to the 12th Cavalry Indian Army. At the beginning of the Great War he was appointed Assistant Embarkation Officer at Bombay and in April, 1915, proceeding to Mesopotamia as Staff Captain, being appointed to the 6th Cavalry Brigade. In January 1917 he became Brigade-Major. He was mentioned in the Gazette of 12th June 1917 for distinguished service rendered in connection with the operations at Shaiba in April 1915. He was with the 6th Cavalry Brigade in the advance on Baghdad in the autumn of 1915 and fought through the battle of Ctesiphon and the subsequent retirement. He is again with the 6th Cavalry Brigade as Brigade-Major when he is killed on this morning when he has goes forward with his Brigadier to observe the position of the retreating Turks.
- Captain William Henry Eve (Hussars) is killed at age 37 in the same engagement. He is the son of ‘the Honorable’ Justice Eve.
- Captain Alexander Gifford Ludford-Astley (Hussars) is killed in Mesopotamia at age 35. He is the son of the Reverend Benjamin Buckless Giffofrd Ludford-Astley.
Today’s losses include:
- The Assistant Scoutmaster of the 1st Holywood Troop
- The Literary Critic for The Daily Telegraph
- Multiple sons of member of the clergy
- A grandson of the 1st Editor of The Taranaki Herald and member of the 1st New Zealand General Assembly
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
- A member of the North West Mounted Police
- A battalion commander
- The son of a Jurist
- The grandson of a General
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Colonel Donald Whitley Figg DSO (London Regiment commanding 24th Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 31.
- Captain Martin Ricono (Royal Army Medical Corps attached South African Native Labor Corps) dies of cerebro-spinal meningitis at age 46. He served in the South African War and was for sixteen years a well known district surgeon at Mount Fletcher, South Africa.
- Lieutenant John Henry Storer (Manitoba Regiment) is killed at age 49. He is a member of the North West Mounties and served on the Northwest Frontier of India in 1885.
- Corporal Thomas Solly Crompton (Wellington Infantry) is killed at age 26. His brother will be killed in October of this year and they are grandsons of the 1st Editor of the Taranaki Herald and one of the 1st members of the General Assembly.
- Lance Corporal Herbert Coleridge Watson (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) dies of wounds at age 37. He is the son of the Reverend H G Watson, a barrister of the Inner Temple and Literary Critic on the staff of The Daily Telegraph.
- Rifleman William Nicholson (New Zealand Rifle Brigade) is killed. His brother was killed last December.
- Sapper Samuel John Russell (Royal Engineers) is killed at age 21. He is the Assistant Scoutmaster of the 1st Holywood Troop.