Sunday 6 September 1914 – We lost 153

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Royal Naval Division

The Admiralty announces the organization of the Royal Naval Division.

The relatively small force of the Royal Flying Corps offers such a high quality of intelligence about the German movements that the French command feels able to make a counter attack against them.  Joffre’s staff pays tribute to the fact that “the British Flying Corps had played a prominent, in fact vital, part in watching and following this all important movement on which so much depended.  Thanks to the British aviators Joffre had been kept accurately and constantly informed of Kluck’s movements.  To them he owed the certainty which had enabled him to make his plans in good time.”

The mayor of Accrington decides to raise his own battalion.  Over 1,000 men will enlist in the next ten days.  Thirty-six officers are appointed and the Accrington “Pals” comes into being. This is one of what will become some four hundred service battalions in Kitchener’s “New Army”.  The Accrington Pals have the distinction of being; first the only battalions raised by a non-county borough, and second the only one with the name of its town as part of its official title.

Today’s losses include:

  • Son of a Member of Parliament
  • Son of a Viscount
  • Multiple examples of the first of two sons lost in a family

 Today’s highlighted casualty

 Staff Sergeant ‘the Honorable’ Francis Geoffrey Pearson (Royal Army Service Corps) the youngest son of Weetman Dickinson Pearson, MP (1st Viscount Cowdray) and President of the Air Board in 1917 is killed attempting to escape Germans while acting as a motorcycle dispatch rider.  He is killed at age 23.

  • The British suffer a reverse near Nsanakang, Cameroon. Lieutenant Alexander Charles Holme(Gloucestershire Regiment attached Nigeria Regiment, West Africa Frontier Force) is killed in this action. His brother will be killed in November in France.
  • Lieutenant Guy Christopher Ottley Oldfield (West Surrey Regiment attached King’s Africa Rifles) is killed at Tsavo at age 25 defending the Mombasa-Nairobi Railway. He is the grandson of ‘Sir’ Robert Oldfield.
  • Private John Wagg (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed. His brother will die after being accidentally shot in the trenches in May 1916.
  • Private John Stubbin (West Surrey Regiment) dies on service at age 19. His step brother will be killed next September.

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