Thursday 1 October 1914 – We Lost 53

by greatwarliveslost

II Corps of the British Expeditionary Force comes out of the Aisne and starts to move towards the west and then the north.

Major William Algernon Ireland Kay (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) makes a personal reconnaissance of great value reaching a point within 100 yards of the enemy’s outposts.  For his actions this day he will be awarded the DSO. He will be killed serving as the Brigadier General 3rd Infantry Brigade in October 1918.

The first Canadian troops sail for England in thirty-one ships with an escort of one Lion class battle cruiser, two pre-dreadnoughts and four Eclipse class cruisers.

Canadian Poster

  • The total figures for the First Contingent follow:
    • 1,547 officers
    • 29,070 men
    • 7,679 horses
    • 70 guns
    • 110 motor vehicles
    • 705 horsed vehicles
    • 82 bicycles

Today’s losses include:

  • Son killed in World War II
  • Son of a Justice of the Peace


  • Lieutenant Samuel Barbour Combe (North Irish Horse) is killed age 34. He is the son of Abram Combe JP.
  • Rifleman Walter Culip Blackman (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed at age 33. His son will be killed in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in February 1944.

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