Tuesday 20 October 1914 – We Lost 728
The Indian Expeditionary Force (Cavalry, Meerut and Lahore Divisions) arrive on the Western Front. A German counter-offensive begins against 3rd Division.
The first merchant ship known to be sunk by a submarine is the British steamer SS Glitra sunk by U17. The U-boat captain gives her crew ten minutes to abandon ship then open the sea cocks sending her to the bottom. The U-boat then tows their boats several miles towards the English coast.
The 1st Australian Light Horse Regiment embarks on HMAT Star of Victoria at Sydney bound for Egypt and eventually Gallipoli.
The plan designed by Brigadier General Dobell to capture Edea, in the Cameroon begins. While a diversion is created on the Sanaga River by 150 men of the West Africa Regiment, a main force of 240 Europeans, 800 Senegalese tirailleurs with another 150 men of the West Africa Regiment, and 1,000 carriers, all under the command of a French Colonel will proceed, first by transports to the mouth of the Nyong River and then by small craft, 25 miles up the river to Dehane. Here the force will disembark and march twenty miles overland to Edea from what is hoped will be an unexpected quarter.
Today’s losses include:
- Grandson of the 7th and brother of the 9th Duke of Devonshire
- Royal Humane Society Medal for Life Saving holder
- Son and son-in-law of Baronets
- Sons of families that will lose two and three sons
- Sons of Generals
- Sons of clergy
- Amateur jockey and polo player
- Son and heir to a Baronet
- Grandson of a Baronet
- Son of the High Sheriff of Oxford
- Battalion commander
- Man whose son will be born early next year
- Man whose son will be killed in the Second World War while a brother is killed later in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualty is
Major ‘Lord’ John Spencer Cavendish DSO (Life Guards) is killed in action at age 39. He is the third son of ‘Lord’ and Lady Edward Cavendish, grandson of the 7th Duke of Devonshire and the younger brother of the 9th Duke of Devonshire. He served in the South African War.
- Major Edward Henry Edwin Daniell DSO (commanding 2nd Royal Irish Regiment) dies of wounds at Le Pilly at age 46.
- Captain (Temporary Major) Peter Martin Connellan (Hampshire Regiment) is killed at age 32. He is the only son of Major J H F H Connellan JP DL and he holds the Royal Humane Society’s Medal for saving a man in his Regiment from drowning in 1909.
- Captain Selwyn Lucas Lucas-Tooth(Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed at age 35 five weeks after his younger brother has been killed in action. They are the sons of the Baronet ‘Sir’ Robert Lucas-Tooth whose eldest son who has succeeded him as the Baronet will be killed in July 1918. Captain Lucas-Tooth is the son in law of Edward Law Durand the Baronet.
- Captain William Graham Montgomerie (Leinster Regiment) dies of wounds at age 37. He is the grandson of Dr. William Montgomerie discoverer of gutta percha and General William Anson McCleverty.
- Captain Arthur Craven Charrington (Dragoons) is killed at age 32. He is an amateur jockey who once at the Simla Race Meeting rode 13 winners and one second out of 15 mounts. He also has a fine record as a polo player.
- Captain Eric Bruce Reid(North Staffordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 34. He is the son of Major General A T Reid.
- Captain Henry Arthur Chichester (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at Canteleux at age 32. He is a first cousin of Brigadier General A A Chichester and served in the South African War.
- Captain Arthur George Tillard(Manchester Regiment) is killed at age 39. He is the son of the Reverend James Tillard and had served in the South African War. His son will be born early next year.
- Lieutenant John Lawson-Smith(West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action ten days before his brother will meet the same fate. He dies at age 22.
- Lieutenant Charles Hylton Van Neck(Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 21. His brother will be killed in six days serving in the Grenadiers Guards.
- Lieutenant Edwin Cecil Leigh Hoskyns (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed at age 24. He is the only son and heir to ‘Sir’ Leigh Hoskyns 1st Baronet JP and High Sheriff for Oxford.
- Lieutenant Edmund Spencer (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend William Edmund Spencer Vicar of St Botolph’s Colchester.
- Second Lieutenant Geoffrey Phillip Joseph Snead-Cox(Royal Welsh Fusiliers) is killed when he is shot in the head at age 19. One of his brothers will be killed in eight days and another at the Battle of Jutland.
- Second Lieutenant Mervyn Noott (East Kent Regiment) is killed at age 24. He is the grandson of ‘Sir’ Alfred Hickman Baronet.
- Second Lieutenant Almericus John Falkiner de Courcy Williams (West India Regiment attached Middlesex Regiment) is killed at age 19. He is the 1st cousin of Lord Kingsale.
- Second Lieutenant Cuthbert Temple Waldy (South Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend Arthur Garmondsway Waldy Rector of Yarm.
- Lieutenant Peter Clutterbuck (East Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 22 when his company is sent to support the Leinster Regiment between Lille and Armentiers. He is the eldest son of Peter Clutterbuck JP Lord of the Manor of Sarratt of Goldingtons, Sarratt Herts. Lieutenant Clutterbuck was gazetted to the East Yorkshire Regiment in 1911 and went to the Front on 6 September.
- Second Lieutenant Mark Robinson Pease (East Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 22. He is the son of Lieutenant Colonel Harold Robinson Pease JP DL.
- Second Lieutenant Alan James Ramsay Anderson(Royal Irish Regiment) is killed at age 21. He was educated at University College, Oxford where he was a “Blue” in Boxing vs. Cambridge for three years. He was also President of the St. Patrick’s Club and a Member of the Vincent’s Club at Oxford.
- Lance Corporal Robert Herbert Hawkswood (Grenadier Guards) is killed. His brother will be killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
- Lance Corporal Walter James March (East Kent Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother will be killed in February 1918.
- Lance Corporal Claude Hamblin (East Kent Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother will be killed in September 1917.
- Private Charles Arthur Howard (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 20. His brother will be killed in August 1916.
- Private Thomas Frain (Leinster Regiment) is killed, his brother will die on service in November 1915.
- Private Ellis Nuttall (Manchester Regiment) is killed. His son will be killed in World War II.
- Private William Hudson (Lancaster Regiment) is killed at age 26. His brother Thomas will also be killed in the war.
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