Tuesday 29 September 1914 – We Lost 91

by greatwarliveslost

East coast ports of Britain are closed to foreign trawlers.

Today’s casualties include:

  • Son of a Baron
  • Battalion commander
  • A daughter born next year
  • Buried by his brother
  • A family that will lose four sons
  • Nineteen members of the 9th Lancers including an example of a family that will lose another son
Regimental Badge of the 9th Lancers

Regimental Badge of the 9th Lancers

Today’s highlighted casualties are:

Nineteen members of the 9th Lancers are killed when their billets at Longueval are shelled by long range artillery. Among the dead is Lance Corporal George Scotcher, whose brother will die in the last month of the war.

  • Lieutenant Colonel Richard Erle Benson (commanding 1st East Yorkshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 51. He is the son of General H R Benson and his wife is the daughter of General Rideout and great grand-daughter of Admiral Montressor. His daughter will be born 2 January next year.
  • Lieutenant Arthur Clegg Fanshawe Royle (North Staffordshire Regiment) dies of wounds received one week before at age 31. He is the nephew of Rear Admiral H L Fanshawe Royle DSO and the Reverend Vernon Royle.
  • Second Lieutenant ‘the Honorable’ Simon Fraser (Gordon Highlanders) is killed by a shell at Ypres at age 26. He is the 3rd son of the 18th Baron Saltoun Alexander William Frederick Fraser JP DL and is buried by his brother who is serving in the same battalion.
  • Private James Fraser (Gordon Highlanders) is killed. He is the first of four brothers who are killed in the war.


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