Tuesday 20 March 1917 – We Lost 309
Considerable bodies of infantry and cavalry cross to the east of the Somme, and a line of cavalry outposts with infantry in support is established from south of Germaine, where the British are in touch with the French, through Hancourt and Nurlu to Bus. Further north the village of Morchies is occupied.
Today’s losses include:
- Multiple Australian Rules footballers
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain Edmond Robinson (Royal Army Medical Corps attached Seaforth Highlanders) is killed at age 26. He is the son of the Reverend Edmond Robinson Vicar of Glenageary.
- Captain Eustace Richard Alan Calthrop Cox MC (Devonshire Regiment) dies of illness at home at age 30. He is the son of the Reverend W E Cox.
- Second Lieutenant Reginald Arthur Sussex (Yorkshire Regiment attached York and Lancaster Regiment) is killed at age 24. His brother will be killed in August.
- Second Lieutenant Hugh Palliser Frend (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Canon John Frend of Collingtree Rectory, Collingtree Northampton.
- Second Lieutenant Percy John Rodriguez (Australian Infantry) another Australian Rules Footballer is also killed. The 24-year old scored two goals in the 22 games he played in 1914 and 1915.
- Private James Robert Mackie (Australian Infantry) an Australian Rules Footballer is killed at age 27. He played 5 games for Melbourne in 1913.
- Private George Booth (Northamptonshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 33. His brother was killed in August 1916.