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Thursday 16 August 1917 We Lost 4,119

Arthur Conway Young

Flight Lieutenant William Melville Alexander (Royal Naval Air Service) attacks two hostile scouts at about 3,000 feet, one of which, after a short combat, falls completely out of control.

British forces attack on a front of over nine miles of the Ypres-Meinin Road, capturing their first objectives and carrying the village of Langemarck fighting for a distance half a mile beyond the village taking over 1,800 prisoners.

  • Lieutenant Colonel Audley Charles Pratt DSO (commanding 11th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers) dies of wounds at age 43 as a result of shell bursting outside his dugout. He is the second son the Joseph Pratt DL JP of Enniscoe, Crossmolina, Ireland, and is a South African War veteran. Lieutenant Colonel Pratt was gazetted to the Royal Scots in 1895, and was promoted Lieutenant in 1896, and Captain in 1902. He served with his Battalion in the South African War, was mentioned in Despatches, and received the Queen’s Medal with three clasps, and the King’s Medal with two clasps. He retired in 1913. On the outbreak of the War he rejoined the Service as Second-in-Command of a Battalion of the Royal Irish Fusiliers, and in August 1916, he was given command of the 11th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He was twice mentioned in Despatches and received the DSO.
  • Lieutenant Colonel ‘Sir’ Robert Benyon Nevill Gunter (Yorkshire Regiment) the 2nd Baronet dies on active service at age 26. He is a veteran of the South African War.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Stafford James Somerville (Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers commanding 9th Royal Irish Fusiliers) dies of wounds at age 46. His son has been killed in action in 1916 and he is the son of the Reverend Dudley Gunter Chaplain to the Forces.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Frank George Greir Morris DSO (Border Regiment) is killed in action at age 48. He is the son of Major General Robert Morris IA.

After the capture of a position, the enemy mass in force and counter-attacked. The situation becomes very critical, all wires being cut. It is of the utmost importance to get word back to Headquarters. Private Harry W Brown (Albert Regiment) and one other are given a message with orders to deliver it at all costs. The other messenger is killed. Private Brown has his arm shattered but continues on through an intense barrage until he arrives at the close support lines and finds an officer. He is so spent that he falls down the dug-out steps, but retains consciousness long enough to hand over his message, saying “Important message.” He then falls unconscious and will die in the dressing station tomorrow. For his efforts Private Brown will be awarded the posthumous Victoria Cross.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple battalion commanders
  • A Baronet
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • A man whose son was killed in 1916
  • Multiple men whose sons will be killed in the Second World War
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The son of a General
  • A Victoria Cross winer
  • The son-in-law of the 3rd Earl of Dartrey
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • A 14-victory ace the victim of Werner Voss
  • A Rhodes scholar
  • The Assistant Master of South District School
  • The grandson of Dr Samuel Smiles of self help fame
  • A London News Agency journalist
  • A man whose headstone read Sacrificed To The Fallacy That War Can End War
  • A print, journalist and former editor of Manxman
  • A man whose two uncles were killed in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Temporary Captain Gerald Vansittart Neave (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed at age 32. He is the great grandson of ‘Sir’ Thomas Neave 2nd Baronet and related to Airey Middleton Sheffield Neave MP who will be assassinated in March 1979 by the Irish National Liberation Army in a car bombing.
  • Captain Arthur John Ross (Irish Rifles) is killed in action. He is the son-in-law of 3rd Earl of Dartrey and his son will be killed in October 1940 serving in the Royal Navy.
  • Captain Hubert Allan Churchward (Westminster Dragoons attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend Marcus Wellesley Churchward.
  • Captain John Nugent Cahill (Irish Rifles) is killed at age 27. He is one of three brothers who are killed in the war.
  • Captain James Owen Williams Shine (Dublin Fusiliers) is killed at age 26. He is the last of three brothers who are killed over the first three years of the Great War.
  • Captain Henry Jepson Paddison MC (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed leading his company in an attack at age 20. His brother was killed in July 1915.
  • Captain Noel William Ward Webb MC (Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 20 when he is shot down by Werner Voss over Polygon Wood. He is a 14-victory ace who was the first pilot to gain a victory in the Sopwith Camel.
  • Captain John Stanley Beck MC (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed at age 29. His two brothers have been previously killed in the Great War.
  • Captain Alfred Francis James Steele-Nicholson (Royal Irish Rifles) is killed in action at age 31. His brother will die in April 1918 at home.
  • Lieutenant Theodore Arthur Carnegie (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) a Rhodes Scholar is killed at age 21.
  • Lieutenant William Graham Boyd (Royal Irish Fusiliers) is killed by shell fire at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend R H Boyd.
  • Second Lieutenant Gordon Dill Long Smyth (Royal Irish Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 21. He is the son of the late Reverend James Smyth.
  • Second Lieutenant George Stride Falkiner (Dublin Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 19. He older brother will be killed in action five days later.
  • Second Lieutenant Vincent Robert Wordingham (Worcestershire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 27. He is the former Assistant Master of the South District School March.
  • Second Lieutenant Kenneth Shorland Abernethy (New Zealand Rifle Brigade) is killed in action at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend Christopher Abernethy and has a brother who will be killed in September 1918.
  • Second Lieutenant William Ewart Woodburn Bamberger (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed in action at age 26. His brother was killed in December 1914.
  • Second Lieutenant Frederick John Gwynn Ellison (Royal Irish Rifles) is killed in action at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend W F A Ellison.
  • Second Lieutenant Samuel Smiles (Royal Irish Rifles) is killed at age 36. He is a grandson of Dr. Samuel Smiles of self-help fame and has a brother that was killed in July 1916.
  • Second Lieutenant Robert Kirkpatrick Neill (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 20. His brother died of wounds in July last year.
  • Second Lieutenant John Murray (King’s Own Scottish Borderers) is killed at age 19. He is the only son of the late Reverend George Murray DD.
  • Second Lieutenant Alfred Richard Williams (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 23. The London News Agency journalist is the son of the Reverend John Williams.
  • Second Lieutenant Neville Vernon Evans (South Wales Borderers) is killed at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend John David Evans Vicar of Treherbert.
  • Second Lieutenant Charles Everard Thorne MC (Royal Engineers) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend Charles William Thorne.
  • Second Lieutenant Arthur Conway Young (Royal Irish Fusiliers) is killed at age 26. His headstone in Tyne Cot Cemetery reads “Sacrificed to the fallacy that war can end war”.            
  • Corporal Albert Woonton (Royal Irish Rifles) is killed at age 22. His brother will be killed in June 1918.
  • Lance Corporal Henry Greer Mills (Irish Rifles) is killed at age 27. His brother was killed in September 1915.
  • Private Alfred Thomas Newell (Lincolnshire Regiment) dies at age 23. His brother was killed in action in February 1915.
  • Rifleman John Biggart (Royal Irish Rifles) is killed at age 19. His brother will be killed in April 1918.
  • Rifleman Joe Hey (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed in action at age 30. His brother will be killed in November of this year.
  • Private Douglas Hartley (Machine Gun Corps) is killed in action at age 19. He is a printer and journalist and the former editor of “Manxman”. His brother will be killed in May 1918.
  • Private Henry James Depear (Berkshire Regiment) is killed at age 21. His mother also lost two brothers in the Great War.
  • Private Thomas William Bamford (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed. His brother was killed in April of this year on Salonika.
  • Rifleman Wilfred Henry Moore (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed last May.
  • Private Archibald Richard Hayman (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed at age 22. His brother will be killed in December.
  • Gunner Frederick Shingler (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed. His brother died of wounds in April 1916.
  • Private Gilbert Arthur Wagg (London Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother will die of gassing in May 1918.
  • Rifleman William John Hall (Irish Rifles) is killed at age 26. His brother was killed in April.
  • Private John Tame (Berkshire Regiment) is killed. His brothers were killed together in May 1915 serving in the same Regiment).
  • Private Christopher Gillions (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed at ag e23. His brother will be killed in May 1918.
  • Private Joseph Clulow (Irish Fusiliers) is killed in action. His son will be killed in August 1944 in the Second World War.
  • Private Norman Richardson (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 28. His son will be killed in the Second World War.
  • Private Harold Smith (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed at age 22 less than one month after his brother was killed.
  • Private Frank Foley (Somerset Light Infantry) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed in December 1915 at Kut.
  • Rifleman Richard H Treffry (London Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in October 1914.

Monday 5 March 1917 – We Lost 441

William Henry Eve

William Henry Eve

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.

Sunday 25 February 1917 – We Lost 632

Basil Elmo Atkins

Basil Elmo Atkins

British forces retake Kut.

  • Captain Basil Elmo Atkins (North Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 24. The Rhodes Scholar has been previously wounded four times.
  • Captain Peter Douglas Colin Eliot (Jat Lancers) is killed at age 31. He is the son of the late ‘Sir’ John Eliot, KCIE.
  • Second Lieutenant Daniel Cottle Green (London Regiment attached Machine Gun Corps) is killed. His brother will die of wounds in August.
  • Second Lieutenant Arthur Gordon Jackson (South Lancashire Regiment) is killed. His brother was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme and they are sons of the Reverend Sydney Jackson.
  • Lance Corporal Ronald Roy (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother will be killed in March 1918.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Rhodes Scholar
  • A family that will lose two son in the Great War
  • A man that will two brothers killed in the Great War and a third brother killed in a German air raid in 1940

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lance Corporal Arthur Stanley Hoodless (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 23. His brother will die of wounds in May of this year.
  • Rifleman Frederick J Desaleux (London Regiment) is killed in action. Two of his brothers will be killed later this year and a third will be killed in a German Air Raid in September 1940 along with his wife and two children.
  • Private James Kidd (Royal Defence Corps) dies at home at age 24. His brother will die of wounds in July 1918.

Thursday 22 February 1917 – We Lost 572

Charles Alfred Vigurs

Charles Alfred Vigurs

Today’s losses include:

  • An Olympic gymnast
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • A cricketer
  • A man whose father will die on service next year
  • Families that will two and three sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Robert Wilfred Fairey Jesson (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed in action near Kut at age 30. He played cricket for Hampshire and Oxford University in 1907 & 1908.
  • Captain Clement Richard Folliott Sandford MC (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) is killed. He is the son of the Archdeacon of Doncaster.
  • Second Lieutenant Fred Peirson Newbury (Punjabis) is killed in Mesopotamia at age 25. His father will die on service in May 1918.
  • Trooper Edward Romaine Thompson (Household Battalion) is killed at age 29. His brother will be killed in August 1917.
  • Private Percy Rhodes (Royal Fusiliers) dies of wounds received five days before. He is the last of three brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Private Charles Alfred Vigurs (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed at age 28. He was a gymnast who competed in the 1908 and 1912 Olympics. He was a member of the bronze medal winning team in the European system event in 1912..

Thursday 1 February 1917 – We lost 730

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The daylight bomber offensive versus England code named Turk’s Cross is scheduled to begin today with the planned availability of thirty Gotha bombers.  Material shortages, production and technical problems plus realistic training impose a three months delay.

8 (Naval) squadron hands it’s Sopwith Pups over to 3 (Naval) Squadron which takes its place in the line with the Royal Flying Corps while Naval Eighth’s personnel are sent back to Dunkirk to reform with the more formidable fighting machine – the Sopwith Triplane.

Germany resumes unrestricted U-boat warfare.

Manfred von Richthofen achieves his 19th victory when he shoots down a BE2d south of Thelus. Both crew members will die of wounds the next day as prisoners of war.

  • Lieutenant Percival William Murray (Durham Light Infantry attached Royal Flying Corps) dies at age 20.
  • Lieutenant Duncan John McRae (Alberta Regiment attached Royal Flying Corps) dies at age 24.

Today’s losses include:

  • A man whose two brothers will be killed as Generals in the Second World War
  • The son of a General
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • A man who will have two brothers killed in the Great War
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • A Bedfordshire Constable
  • A church organist
  • A family that will lose for sons as a result of Great War service

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Harry Kendal Walpole Bruce MC (Gurkha Rifles) is killed at age 37. He is the son of Lieutenant General ‘Sir’ Henry LeGeyt Bruce KCB.
  • Captain Geoffrey Howard Atkinson (Rattray’s Sikhs) is killed in Mesopotamia ate 26. His brother was killed in December 1914.
  • Lieutenant Francis St Leger Greer MC (Irish Guards) dies of wounds at age 22. His brother will be killed in July commanding the 2nd Battalion Irish Guards and they are sons of ‘Sir’ John Henry Greer.
  • Second Lieutenant E L J Barstow (Sikhs) is killed in action at age 21. His two brothers will be killed serving as Generals in the Second World War.
  • Second Lieutenant George Mitchell (Sikhs) is killed at age 20 in Mesopotamia. He is the son of the Reverend Robert James Mitchell.
  • Second Lieutenant Thomas Edwards Brydon (Royal Engineers) dies of wounds at Kut at age 28. He is the nephew of ‘Sir’ Henry Ballantyne.
  • Sergeant Henry William Gordon (Grenadier Guards) dies of wounds at age 25. He is a member of the Bedfordshire Constabulary.
  • Private Henry Bruce (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 26. His brother will be killed in September of this year.
  • Private John Isherwood (Manchester Regiment) dies of wounds at age 27. His two brothers have already been killed in the Great War.
  • Sapper John Shaw Challenger (Royal Engineers) is killed at age 35. He is the organist and choir master at the Foundry Street Primitive Methodist Church.
  • Driver Frederick Burgess (Royal Field Artillery) becomes the third of four sons of Thomas and Mary Ann Burgess to lose their lives in the Great War when he is killed at age 18. The fourth brother will die as a result of war service in 1920.

Thursday 25 January 1917 – We Lost 993

Edward Elvers Delaval Henderson VC

Edward Elvers Delaval Henderson VC

German warships raid the Suffolk coast causing some loss of life.

The armed merchant cruiser HMS Laurentic leaves Bucrana at 17:00 bound for Halifax with a secret cargo of five million pounds sterling of gold bullion (3,211 gold bars) to pay for munitions. Under the command of Captain Reginald Arthur Norton the Laurentic in bitingly cold weather strikes a mine off Fanad Head on the port side. The ensuing explosion is followed quickly by a second in the engine room. The ship sinks in forty-five minutes in one hundred ten feet of water, with three hundred fifty four of the four hundred seventy five on board being killed.  Although fifteen lifeboats manage to get clear, many of the crew will die of exposure.

  • Lieutenant William A McNeill drowns. His brother will die on service in less than one week and they are sons of Reverend Daniel McNeill.
  • Engineer Lieutenant James Carlisle (Royal Naval Reserve) also drowns at age 43. He is the son of the late Rear Admiral (Engineer) James Carlisle.
  • Sub Lieutenant Allan Boyle De Blaquiere (HMS Antrim) dies at age 21. He is the son of the 6th Baron and has had a brother killed in action in March 1915.
  • Private Harry Hartill (Royal Marines Light Infantry) is killed at age 22. His brother will be killed in April.
  • Seaman Thomas McGregor is killed at age 31. His son will be killed serving in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in May 1944.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • A nephew of the 3rd Baron Ashtown
  • A man whose nephew will be killed in 1942
  • A battalion commander
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • The son of an Admiral
  • The son of the 6th Baron De Blaquiere
  • A man whose son will be killed in May 1944

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Edward Elers Delaval Henderson VC (North Staffordshire Regiment commanding 9th Warwickshire Regiment) brings up his battalion up to our two front line trenches which are under intense fire at Kut and the battalion suffers heavy casualties when the enemy makes a heavy counter-attack and succeeds in penetrating our line in several places. As the situation is becoming critical and although shot through his arm Lieutenant Colonel Henderson jumps on the parapet and advances alone some distance in front of the battalion cheering them on under intense fire over 500 yards of open ground. Again wounded he nevertheless continues to lead his men on in the most gallant manner finally capturing the position in a bayonet charge. He is again twice wounded and will of those wounds when he is eventually brought in. For his actions Colonel Henderson will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross.
  • Captain Percy Richard Oliver Trench (West Surrey Regiment) is killed in action at age 22. He is the son of ‘the Honorable’ William C Trench who is a younger brother of the 3rd Baron Ashtown. His nephew will be killed serving in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in 1942.
  • Captain Armytage Percy Bosanquet MC (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) is killed in Mesopotamia at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend Claude Charles Courthope Bosanquet Vicar of St Stephen’s by Saltash, Cornwall.

Sunday 14 January 1917 – We Lost 250

James Wilfrid Haynes Park

James Wilfrid Haynes Park

The special service ship HMS Penhurst (Commander F H Grenfell DSO) sinks the German submarine UB-37 in the English Channel. Two crew members of the Penhurst are killed.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The son of a General
  • A family that will lose three sons in the Great War
  • A man whose son will be killed in the Second World War
  • A member of the Essex County Constabulary
  • A man whose brother will be killed next October

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain James Wilfrid Haynes Park (Sam Browne’s Cavalry Frontier Force) is killed in Mesopotamia at age 28. He is the son of the Reverend James Park Rector of Gosforth.
  • Captain Frederick Herbert Cumberland Wilcox (Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed at age 28. He is the son of Major General E R C Wilcox who has already lost two sons in the Great War.
  • Second Lieutenant Hubert Darrell Hughes (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed at Kut at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend Llewellyn R Hughes Chaplain to the Forces at Conway Camp.
  • Corporal Frank Leslie Olver (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed. His son will lose his life in the Second World War.
  • Lance Corporal William Martin (Scots Guards attached Machine Gun Corps) is killed. He is a member of the Essex County Constabulary.
  • Private Joseph Westfell Heavan (Norfolk Regiment) is killed in action. His brother will be killed next October.

Wednesday 7 June 1916 – We Lost 299

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Second Lieutenant Ronald MacKenzie Benton (Sikhs) is killed in action in Mesopotamia as a member of the Kut relief force at age 21. He is the son of ‘Sir’ John Benton KCIE.
  • Second Lieutenant Ralph de Warrenne Harvey (Dorsetshire Regiment attached King’s Royal Rifle Corps) dies of wounds received at Vimy Ridge at age 18. His brother also dies while serving with the Australian Infantry this year.
  • Private Stanton Emile Thomas McGreer (Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry) is killed at age 24. His brother will be killed in October 1918.

Saturday 29 April 1916 – We Lost 566

Kut el Amara

Kut el Amara falls. Nearly 12,000 British and Indian soldiers and followers, weak and ill, are taken prisoner, and more than 4,000 of these will die in enemy hands.  The garrison has suffered 3,776 casualties, including 1,800 dead, prior to the surrender.

On the last day of the Battle of Hulluch the Germans attack with gas again, but this time the wind blows the gas back upon their own troops, crippling a great number.  Hulluch is one of the most heavily-concentrated gas attacks of the war.  In the three days of the battle British losses are 538 dead and 1,590 wounded.

At Hulloch Private John Naylor (Dublin Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 36. His wife Margaret Naylor will be shot today during the Easter Rebellion while crossing the Ringsend Drawbridge in Dublin with her three children. She will die of her wounds on 1 May.

Martial law in Ireland is lifted and the rebellion is officially over with the surrender of Irish nationalists to British authorities in Dublin. Second Lieutenant Algernon Lucas (King Edward’s Horse) is found at the Guinness brewery by Sergeant Robert Flood (Dublin Fusiliers). After a brief interrogation he is discovered to be wearing civilian clothing under his British officers tunic and his ‘strong American accent aroused further suspicions. He and a civilian employee of Guinness discovered with Lucas are executed by Sergeant Flood who is convinced his position is about to be attacked. Flood is court-martialed and cleared murder charges. Sergeant Flood will be killed on active service in Salonika in May 1917.

Today’s losses include:

  • A member of the clergy
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • A man who will have two brothers killed in the Great War
  • Multiple families that will lose two son in the Great War
  • A man whose brother will be killed in 1943 in the Blitz

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Patrol Officer the Reverend Robert Dorrien Kirby (KIAP) dies of wounds inflicted by cannibals in the Kikori River area of Papua New Guinea at age 33. He is leading a patrol sent to arrest someone wanted for tribal killings that is fired upon by villagers when he is struck in the sternum and dies four days later after being take to the Roman Catholic Mission on Yule Island. His brother will die on service in Scotland in February 1918 and they are sons of the Reverend Augustus George Kirby Vicar of South Weald York.
  • Private Neil McGlade (King’s Own Scottish Borderers) dies of wounds as a prisoner of war in Mesopotamia. His two brothers will also die in the Great War, one at Gallipoli the other in France.
  • Private Reginald Jack Honiatt (Middlesex Regiment) is killed at age 23. His brother will be killed in November.
  • Private Michael O’Neill (Dublin Fusiliers) is killed at age 20. His brother will be killed as a Fire Guard in 1943 during the blitz.

Wednesday 26 April 1916 – We Lost 449

Francis Sheehy-Skeffington

Francis Sheehy-Skeffington

During the Easter Rising well-known pacifist writer, ardent supporter of women’s rights and a bit of an ‘eccentric’ Francis Sheehy-Skeffington is shot by firing squad at Portobello Barracks ordered by a mentally unstable British officer, Captain Bowen-Colthurst.  Sheehy-Skeffington took no part in the rising, but was ordered shot by Bowen-Colthurst who is carrying on his own private campaign against “Sinn Feiners”.  At first the British attempt to cover up Colthurst’s actions but continued protests lead to his formal court-martial on 6th June.

The British gunboat Helga bombards Dublin destroying Liberty Hall headquarters of the Labour Party and other buildings.  Shells from Helga and British artillery kill civilians and start fires in the city.  British troops land at Kingstown and march towards Dublin.

The last attempt to raise the siege of Kut is abandoned, after more than 23,000 officers and men have become casualties.

Flying an unarmed BE2c, Captain Donald Alastair Davidson (Royal Flying Corps) is badly wounded in a fight with a Fokker while dropping supplies to besieged Kut el Amara.  In spite of the fact that his machine is heavily damaged, the controls being shot away, and he is wounded in three places he succeeds in reaching his aerodrome and landing safely, after which he is lifted out of his aircraft and carried to the hospital.

Today’s losses include:

  • A man whose fourth child and only son was born four days earlier
  • A family that will lose four sons in the Great War
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Claude Burrard Lewes Dashwood (Northumberland Fusiliers) dies of wounds at age 33 four days after his fourth child and only son is born. He is the son of the Reverend Robert Lewes Dashwood Rector of Stanford on Soar.
  • Captain Thomas Lewis Blatchford (Canadian Infantry) is killed at age 31. He is the son of the Reverend Thomas W Blatchford and his brother will be killed in August 1918.
  • Lieutenant Edmund Joseph Maxwell-Stuart (Royal Engineers) is killed in action at age 23. He is one of four sons of Mrs. “The Honorable” Maxwell-Stuart to die in the Great War.
  • Lieutenant John Howe (Quebec Regiment) is killed in action at age 25. He is the grandnephew of the late Honorable Joseph Howe.
  • Lieutenant Robert Bertram Taylor (Eastern Ontario Regiment) is killed in action at age 29. He was the son of the Reverend R E Taylor Vicar of Cresswell, Northumberland.
  • Second Lieutenant Alexander Keith Gorrie (Highland Light Infantry) is killed at age 32. His brother will die of pneumonia in October 1918.
  • Private David George Melrose Watt (Royal Army Medical Corps) dies of illness at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend William Watt.
  • Private Percy Eve (Essex Regiment) is killed at age 22 one year to the day after his older brother was killed.