Sunday 18 October 1914 – We Lost 318
Ypres is recaptured by the Germans.
Enemy shells set alight two ricks at Beaupuits, the flames clearly showing to the enemy the position of our trenches. Under heavy fire from machine guns, Lance Corporal W H Stoneman (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) endeavors to extinguish the flames for which he will be award the Distinguished Conduct Medal.
The first destruction of a submarine by another submarine occurs when E3 (Lieutenant Commander George Francis Cholmley age 32) wanders too far into the Western Ems looking for likely targets on the third day of a patrol in the area off Borkum in Heligoland Bight. It is sighted on the surface at 10:25 by the German U27 which fires a torpedo from a range of 300 yards that cuts E3 in half sending both halves to the bottom. There are no survivors among the 28 members of the crew. ERA Charles Ellman Blake is lost at age 28. He has two brothers-in-law who will lose their lives later in the war, Thomas Gawn in 1915 and Arthur James Woodford in 1918.
British monitors under Admiral Horace Lambert Alexander Hood aid the Belgians in the battle of Yser. Admiral Hood will be killed at the Battle of Jutland.
SMS Emden finds three more victims. Number one is the cargo liner Troilus on her maiden voyage. The master, Captain George Long, is furious with the naval intelligence officer in Colombo who has told him that if he passes thirty miles north of Minicoy he will be safe. Her cargo is rubber, copper, tin and other items. The 10,000 tons in her holds and her own value make this ship the most valuable catch of Emden’s career. The loss represents probably an excess of one million pounds sterling, which in the monetary values of the period is enough to build three light cruisers. Shortly thereafter the St. Egbert carrying 6,600 tons to the United States is captured. This ship is used to carry away the crews of previously captured ships and she is released to do so. Finally at about midnight the collier Exford laden with 5,500 tons of the best Cardiff coal, destined for the Royal Navy is captured. A prize crew is put aboard and she goes into tow. SMS Emden captures her final British merchant ship, S S Chilkana with a valuable cargo of piece goods on her way to Calcutta from Britain, and is immediately sunk.
Today’s losses include:
- Son of the Earl of Glasgow
- Huddersfield Town Football player
- Olympic Silver Medalist
- British Isles Rugby International
- Three uncles lost in the Crimean War
- Two brothers-in-law
- Two sons will be killed on service (one pre-World War II and one in that war)
- Families that will lose two and three sons
- Son of a Justice of the Peace
Today’s highlighted casualty is
Captain Seymour Frederick Auckland Albert Hurt (Scots Fusiliers) is killed on his thirty-fifth birthday. He is the son of Albert Frederick Hurt JP DL. Two paternal uncles were killed in the Crimea while a maternal uncle died of wounds received at Inkerman.
- Captain ‘the Honorable’ James Boyle(Royal Scots Fusiliers) is killed at Chateau Warneton at age 34. He is the son of the 7th Earl and Countess of Glasgow. His widow will marry ‘Sir’ Hugh Trenchard.
- Lieutenant Frederick Longman (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 24. He is the grandson of ‘Sir’ John Evans.
- Lieutenant Villiers Chernocke Downes(Bedfordshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 23. His two sons will be killed on service, the first serving as a Lieutenant in the King’s Own Scottish Borderers will be killed in an airplane accident in 1938 while the other will be killed in action serving as a Lieutenant Colonel in the 2nd Royal Scots Fusiliers at Anzio on 27 May 1944 also dying at age 34. His brother will be killed next month.
- Lieutenant Thomas Cunningham Gillespie (King’s Own Scottish Borderers) is killed at age 21. His brother will be killed in September 1915. He won a Silver Medal at the 1912 Olympics as a member of the New College Rowing Eight team.
- Lieutenant Edwin Maurice Bishop (Dorsetshire Regiment attached King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) is killed. His brother will die at home on service in April 1915.
- Corporal Sidney Nelson Crowther (Royal Engineers) is killed in action at age 39. A medical doctor, he served and was killed as a motor cycle dispatch rider. He earned four caps in Rugbyfor the British Isles in the 1904 tour of Australia and New Zealand.
- Lance Corporal Harold Whitehorn Ahern (East Kent Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother will be killed in March next year.
- Lance Corporal Larrett Roebuck (York and Lancaster Regiment) is killed at age 25. He played 17 football games for Huddersfield Town last season.
- Private Percy A Shorter (East Kent Regiment) is killed at Ploegsteert. His two brothers will be killed in the Great War.
- Private George Frederick White (Lancers) is killed at age 25. His brother will be killed in September 1918.
- Private Samuel Reuben Hibbert (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 32. His brother will be killed in May 1916.
- Private Percy Turner (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) is killed at age 21. His brother Henry will lose life in the Great War.
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