Monday 21 September 1914 – We Lost 170 (Plus 1)
Laurence Binyon’s poem “For The Fallen” is first published in TheTimes
With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.
Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres,
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.
They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England’s foam.
But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;
As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain;
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.
Today’s casualties include:
- A battalion commander
- Member of the Maryleborne Cricket Club
- Son of a Baronet
- Godson of King George
- Son of Clergy
- One son of a family that will lose two sons in the Great War
- Victoria Cross winner who was:
- attempting to escape a from prisoner-of-war camp
- the son of clergy
- the son-in-law of a Justice of the Peace
- the cousin of a Baronet
- a published author
Today’s casualty of the day is
Major Charles Allix Lavington Yate VC (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) is killed during an attempt to escape from a prisoner-of-war camp in Germany at age 42. It is believed that when challenged by German civilians, he cut his own throat with a razor. The son of the Reverend George Edward Yate, Vicar of Madeley, son-in-law of John F Brigg JP and cousin of ‘Sir’ Charles Yate the 1st Baronet had served in the South African War. He was present at the Siege of Port Arthur during the Russo Japanese War and is a Japanese Interpreter. He is the author of an article printed in the September issue of Blackwood Magazine entitled “Moral Qualities in War”. While in command of two companies in the trenches at Le Cateau on 26 August, and, when all other officers were killed or wounded and ammunition exhausted, he led his nineteen survivors against the enemy in a charge in which he is wounded and captured. For his actions on the 26th August he will be awarded the Victoria Cross.
- Lieutenant Colonel Henry Charles Pilleau DSO (commanding 1st Royal West Surrey Regiment) dies of wounds at age 48 four days after his predecessor was killed. Notwithstanding his dying condition, Lieutenant Colonel Pilleau continues for four hours to direct his men. He is the great nephew of General Thomas Addison CB, a veteran of the South African War, a lawn tennis player and member of MCC.
- Captain Reginald Whitmore Pepys (Worcestershire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 31. He is the son of the Reverend Canon Herbert George Pepys Vicar of Hallow.
- Lieutenant George Vyvyan Naylor-Leyland(Royal Horse Guards) dies of wounds at age 22. He is the son of the late ‘Sir’ Herbert Scarisbrand Naylor-Leyland, the 1st Baronet and the godson of King George.
- Private Samuel Wellings (Durham Light Infantry) is killed. His brother will be killed in July 1917 in Mesopotamia.
The Plus 1
- An Austrian swimmer at the 1906 Olympics, Leopold Mayer is killed