Sunday 4 October 1914 – We Lost 52

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S S Florizel

S S Florizel

This evening near Vendresse Second Lieutenant Merton Beckwith Beckwith-Smith (Coldstream Guards) with a party of fifty men attacks and carries with bayonet the advanced German trenches disabling twenty of the enemy for which Beckwith-Smith will be awarded the Distinguished Service Order.  He will die as a prisoner of war of the Japanese on 11 November 1942 having been captured during the fall of Singapore 15 February as General Officer Commanding 18th Infantry Division.

SS Florizel departs Newfoundland bound for England with the first contingent of the Newfoundland Regiment.

A reconnaissance is made by Commander Strong who takes a captured German stern wheel gunboat and penetrates almost as far as Yabassi, fifty miles above Douala.   He also explores some of the tributaries of the Wuri, destroying a telephone communications center at Miang, twenty miles from Douala.

  • A member of the Great Kingshill Cricket Club

Private John Richard Tilbury (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed at age 27. At the time of his death he is serving his last year as a reservist; he had previously served eight years with the colors, six of those being spent in India.  He was a well-known sportsman and keen playing member of the Great Kingshill Cricket Club.

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