Wednesday 16 January 1918 We Lost 242

Cap badge of the Highland Light Infantry

Second Lieutenant Alan Arnett McLeod (General List attached Royal Flying Corps) crosses the lines at La Bassee, and observes a group of men around an anti-aircraft gun, descends to within 50 feet from the ground and fires 150 rounds; one man standing near the gun falls while the other men take cover.  McLeod will be awarded the Victoria Cross for actions performed in March of this year and will die of the Spanish influenza in November after returned to his native Canada.

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • A family that will lose four sons in the Great War

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Second Lieutenant Arthur Charlewood Turner (Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 37. He is the son of the Right Reverend Charles Henry Turner DD Bishop Suffragan of Islington.
  • Private T J Roseburgh (Highland Light Infantry) is accidentally killed at age 19. He has four brothers who served in the Great War.