Tuesday 15 September 1914 – We Lost 318 (Plus 1)
The British Expeditionary Force begins building trenches on the Western Front.
Bombardier Ernest George Horlock (Royal Field Artillery) will be awarded the Victoria Cross for conspicuous gallantry near Vendressse. When his battery is in action under a heavy shellfire in that although twice wounded he persists on each occasion in returning to lay his gun after his wounds have been dressed. He will be killed in the sinking of the troopship Aragon in December 1917.
Lieutenant George Frederick Prettyman (Royal Flying Corps) carries out the first ever photo reconnaissance flight, exposing five plates over Belgium.
A South African rebellion against the Allied cause begins. The rebels meet at Potchestroom. Lieutenant Colonel Maritz who is in command of the troops set to invade German Southwest Africa refuses General Smuts summons to Pretoria and will resign in ten days.
Today’s losses include:
- Son of a Member of Parliament
- Son of an Admiral
- Grandson of a Baron
- First son to lose his life of a family that will lose two sons
- Son and son-in-law of clergy
- A man whose daughter will be born next January
- A man who will be in the first class of Military Cross winners when they are awarded in January
- Nephew of the novelist ‘Sir’ Henry Rider Haggard creator of the character Allan Quartermain
Today’s highlighted casualty is
Major Charles Elmhirst Luard DSO (Norfolk Regiment) is killed at age 38. His brother died on service in 1903 of fever in Africa and they are the only sons of Major General Charles Edward Luard who committed suicide by jumping in front of a train less than one month after his wife was murdered in late August 1908. The murder of his mother was never solved and is known as the “Seal Chart Murder” and his father received many accusations that he was the murderer before his suicide. He is the son-in-law of Major William Barrett JP DL and he was wounded in the Ashanti campaign of 1900.
- Major John Trefusis Carpenter-Garnier(Scots Guards) dies of wounds received the previous day at age 40. He is the son of Mr. John T Carpenter-Garnier JP DL MP and the ‘Honorable’ Mrs. Mary Louisa Carpenter-Garnier and the grandson of the 19th Baron Clinton. He is a veteran of the South African War.
- Captain Bertram Noel Denison(King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) dies of wounds as a prisoner of war at age 30. He is the son of Admiral John Denison. He served in South Africa in the Royal Naval Division.
- Captain Mark Haggard(Welsh Regiment) dies of the wounds he received the previous day at age 38. He is the nephew of a well-known novelist ‘Sir’ Henry Rider-Haggard and ‘Sir” W D Haggard. He served in the South Africa War.
- Lieutenant John Rudolph Wissman (Royal Field Artillery) a German interpreter is killed at age 23. He is the son-in-law of the Reverend Worthington Jukes Rector of Shobrooke near Credition and his daughter will be born on 9th January 1915.
- Lieutenant Frederic Hornby Lever Rushton (Irish Regiment) is killed at age 26. He is among the first 99 officers to be awarded the Military Cross on 1st January 1915.
- Lance Sergeant Leonard Henry Russell Gray (Ceylon Planters Rifle Corps) dies on service at age 21 in Ceylon. He is the son of the Reverend A W Gray.
- Corporal C E Neill (Black Watch) is killed at age 23. His brother will also lose his life in the Great War.
The Plus 1
- Eduard von Lutchken killed at age 31. He is a German equestrian rider who as a member of the 1912 Olympic team for his country won a silver medal in the team event.
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