Wednesday 14 March 1917 – We Lost 619

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Leonard William Smith

Leonard William Smith

The 4th (North Midland) Division 137th Infantry Brigade and the 7th Division, 91st Infantry Brigade attack Bucquoy Trench and Hill 155. The attack fails due to its encountering heavy machine gun fire and thick uncut wire. Ninety are killed including 12 officers while almost 500 men are wounded or missing. Among the dead:

  • Second Lieutenant Eric Goward Abbott (South Staffordshire Regiment) killed in action at age 24. He is the son of the late Councilor E T Abbott.
  • Lance Sergeant Leonard William Smith (South Staffordshire Regiment) at age 21. His father will write and published the following poem in honor of his son.

Boy of mine, boy of mine

Sinew, bone and flesh of mine;

Memory sees a babe snow-clad,

Then a spade and knickered lad,

Boy of mine.

 Sees a ‘prentice, youth in line,

March to war, brave boy of mine,

Nobly answering country’s call,

Going freely, giving all,

Boy of mine.

Then, Ah then, life’s crimson wine

Flowed for us dear boy of mine;

Lay thee down mud khaki clad,

Rise robed white an Angel lad,

Boy of mine.

Today’s losses include:

  • A member of the Melbourne Cricket Club
  • Son of a Councilor
  • A man whose brother will be killed later this year
  • The son of a member of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Edward George Bradshaw Miller-Stirling (Black Watch) is killed at age 26 in Mesopotamia. His brother will be killed in seven months in East Africa.
  • Lieutenant Arthur William Limbrick (West Surrey Regiment) is killed at age 29. He is the son of the Reverend A D Limbrick.
  • Private James Francis Foy (Australian Infantry) is killed in action. He is a member of the Melbourne Cricket Club.