Saturday 12 September 1914 – We lost 43
It is announced that a total of 478,893 men have enlisted as volunteers in the six weeks since the outbreak of the Great War.
By this evening, after sharp fighting in places the British Army has crossed the Vesle and is close to the Aisne. The weather is cold and a hard rain is falling. The village of Braine is captured by dismounted units of the 1st Cavalry Brigade and #5 Casualty Clearing Station is posted to the town. The 3rd Division crosses the Aisne River at Vailly-Sur-Aisne. Terrible gales strike the Royal Flying Corps at Fere en Tardenois, wrecking several aircraft.
Today’s losses include:
- Son of clergy
- Son-in-law of a Justice of the Peace office holder
- Another family that loses the first of two sons that will die in the war
Today’s highlighted casualty
Captain Edward Gerald Mytton Thornycroft (Lancaster Regiment attached King’s African Rifles) is killed in action near Kisuma British East Africa at 28. He is the son of the late Reverend J Mylton Thornycroft. His brother will be killed next month.
- Captain Archibald Bertram Priestley (Dorsetshire Regiment attached Nigeria Regiment West Africa Frontier Force) dies of wounds received three days before at age 32. He is the son-in-law of John Daker JP.