Saturday 29 August 1914 – We Lost 37
The British retire to Compiegne-Soissons.
Samoa is captured by forces from New Zealand, with the aid of Rear Admiral ‘Sir’ George Patey’s China Station squadron. Only token resistance is met.
Today’s losses include:
- Brother of the future Viscount Allenbrooke
- Son of a Baronet
- Grandson of a Baron
- Son of a Justice of the Peace
- A footballer
- Son-in-law of a former Member of Parliament
- First of two brothers lost in the same family
Today’s highlighted casualty is
Victor Reginald Brooke CIE DSO (Lancers) the brother of the future of Viscount Allenbrooke is killed in action at age 41. They are sons of ‘Sir’ Victor Alexander Brooke the 3rd Baronet and Lady Brooke. He fought in the South African War where he was wounded and was a member of the British/Kabul Mission in 1904.
- Major Chandos Leigh (King’s Own Scottish Borderers) is killed at age 40. He is the son of ‘the Honorable Sir’ E Chandos Leigh KCB KC, grandson of the 1st Baron Leigh of Stoneleigh and a cousin of Lord Leigh. He served in the South African War and is the son-in-law of the Right Honorable A F Jeffreys MP. His brother will be killed next May.
- Captain Francis William Mowbray Leader (Connaught Rangers) is killed at age 32. He is the son of F H M Leader JP and nephew of W N Leader DL JP. He served in the South African War and is a football player.