Wednesday 14 October 1914 – We Lost 182
Air reconnaissance is impossible and artillery is badly hindered due to heavy mist and rain. Still the first artillery “barrage” of the Great War is fired by the highly trained gunners of the 65th Field Howitzer Battery (Royal Artillery) in support of French infantry at Vermelles.
The 8th Brigade entrenches in the positions taken the previous day while the 9th Brigade which has made less progress pushes forward on its left. British troops of the 19th Brigade and the 4th Division drive the Germans out of Bailleul which is easily occupied as are Dranoutre, Kemmel, Neuve Eglise, Wulverghem, Messines and Wytschate. The South Staffordshire Regiment reaches Ypres while units of the Cavalry Corps meet with the 3rd Cavalry Division south of Ypres completing a tenuous line of the BEF from the south of the La Bassee Canal to Ypres.
Today’s losses include:
- Major General H I W Hamilton
- Son and grandson of a general
- Families that will lose two children including one that will have a daughter die on service
- Sons of clergy
- Sons of Justices of the Peace
- A multi sport athlete
- Son of a Member of Parliament
- Son of a Baronet
- The first Australian to be killed on the Western Front
Today’s highlighted casualty is:
Major General Hubert Ian Wetherall Hamilton CVO CB DSO General Officer Commanding 3rd Division is killed at age 53 by a shell while visiting the trenches of the 8th Brigade. He and his Aide de Camp are out to the north of Vieille Chapelle to see why an advance is hung up. They are dismounted and standing on a road when a salvo of shrapnel burst right over them. One bullet hits him in the forehead and he dies almost immediately. No one else standing in the group is hit. He is the son of Lieutenant General Henry Meade Hamilton and brother of General ‘Sir’ Bruce Hamilton KCB KCVO. He served in Burma 1886-8, Nile 1897-8 and the South Africa War. His body will be returned to England for burial at Cherlton St Mary Churchyard.
- Major William Lewis Campbell Allan(King’s Own Scottish Borderers) is killed at Mont des Cats age 43. He is the son of Major General William Allan.
- Captain Arthur Milford Ker (Gordon Highlanders) is killed at age 32. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Arthur Milford Ker CIE MVO and the grandson of General T D Ker.
- Captain Cecil Glendower Percival Gilliat (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed at age 29. His brother will be killed in April of next year.
- Lieutenant Arthur Noel Whitfeld (Irish Rifles) is killed at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend Arthur Lewis Whitfeld Vicar of Hughenden.
- Lieutenant Claude Davis Sneath (Middlesex Regiment) is killed at age 25. He is the son of George Sneath JP and a member of several Hendon and Middlesex hockey, football and cricket clubs.
- Lieutenant John Stirling Ainsworth (Hussars) is killed age 24. He is the son of ‘Sir’ John Stirlng Ainsworth MP 1st Baronet and grandson of R R Macredie JP DL MP for Argyllshire.
- Lieutenant Jasper Carew (West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Henry William Carew, the Vicar of Rattery, Devon whose daughter will die on service eight days before the Armistice.
- Second Lieutenant William George Hewitt(Royal Scots) is killed 12 days before his brother will suffer the same fate. The brothers are sons of ‘the Honorable’ William James Hewitt.
- Second Lieutenant John Dossie Patteson (Dragoon Guards) is killed at age 25. He is the son of Colonel Henry Tyrwhitt Stainforth Patteson JP DL.
- Corporal of Horse William Thomas Leggett (Life Guards) is killed at Geluwe. He is the first Australian to be killed on the Western Front.
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