Thursday 22 October 1914 – We Lost 466
As part of the First Battle of Ypres, the Coldstream Guards, as part of the 4th Guards Brigade, attacks the high ground covering Langemarck and hold it until relieved tomorrow.
Private Henry May (Cameronians) will be awarded the Victoria Cross for most conspicuous bravery near La Boutillerie in voluntarily endeavoring to rescue under heavy fire a wounded man who is killed before Private May can save him. Subsequently on this day he carries a wounded officer a distance of three hundred yards into safety while exposed to very severe fire.
Drummer Spencer John Bent (East Lancashire Regiment) brings up ammunition under heavy shellfire.
Admiral Cradock leaves Port Stanley in HMS Good Hope to join the rest of his squadron on the west coast of South America.
Rebels in South Africa are routed at Keimoes.
Today’s casualties include:
- A Welsh Amateur Golf Champion
- Sons and grandsons of clergy
- Battalion commander
- Nephew of a man killed in the Zulu War
- Son of Baron Burnham
- Sons of Baronets
- Grandsons of Generals
- Son of a Victoria Cross winner
- Son-in-law and great grandson of Justice’s of the Peace
- Multiple families that will lose two sons
Today’s highlighted casualty is
Second Lieutenant Henry Noel Atkinson DSO (Cheshire Regiment) dies of wounds received two days earlier at age 25, when a German attack near Violaines succeeded in driving the Cheshire Regiment out of the village. He is the son of the late Reverend Canon Arthur Atkinson and grandson of the Bishop of Calcutta. He was the Welsh Amateur Golf Champion in 1913.
- Lieutenant Colonel Bertram Edmund Ward (commanding 1st Middlesex Regiment) dies of wounds at age 50 in an ambulance train near Boulogne received near La Boutillerie the previous day at Le Maisnil. He is the great grandson of the Reverend John Savile Ogle.
- Major William Northey DSO (Durham Light Infantry) dies of wounds at age 38. He is the son of the Reverend Edward William Northey and his uncle Lieutenant Colonel F W Northey was killed in the Zulu War while in command of the 3rd King’s Royal Rifle Corps while his brother Lieutenant Colonel E Northey commanded the 1st King’s Royal Rifle Corps and was wounded at Aisne. He also served in the South African War.
- Captain Thomas Henry Rivers Bulkeley CMG MVO (Scots Guards) is killed at age 38. He is a veteran of the South African War and the son-in-law of Lady Lillian Yorke Lady in Waiting to H R H the Duchess of Connaught and the late ‘Sir’ Henry Pelly 3rd
- Captain Mervyn Keats Sandys (York and Lancs Regiment) is killed at age 30. He is the grandson of Lieutenant General George Sandys and great grandson of Myles Sandys JP DL.
- Captain Ronald Hugh Walrond Rose (Cameronians) is killed at age 34. His brother will be killed next month serving in the Royal Engineers.
- Captain William Arthur Mould Temple(Gloucestershire Regiment) dies of wounds received the previous day in the lung at age 42. He served in the South African War and is the son of Colonel William Temple VC and grandson of Major General Mould CB. He is the son-in-law of J P L Hazledine JP.
- Lieutenant William St John Coventry (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 21. He is the grandson of the Reverend John Coventry.
- Lieutenant William Bernard Webster Lawson(Scots Guards) is killed in action at age 21. He is the son of Colonel ‘the Honorable’ William Webster Levy-Lawson DSO the 3rd Baron Burnham.
- Lieutenant Charles Roger Ripley(York and Lancaster Regiment) is killed in action at age 25. He is the son of the late ‘Sir’ Frederick Ripley, the 1st Baronet and grandson of ‘Sir’ Henry Ripley.
- Lieutenant Frederick Robert Pollock (Coldstream Guards) dies of wounds received in action one day short of his 29th He is the eldest son of the late Robert Erskine Pollock KC.
- Private Arthur William Carman (West Surrey Regiment) is killed. His brother will be killed in June 1916.
- Private Henry Stillman (Somerset Light Infantry) is killed at age 37. His brother will be killed next month in the explosion of HMS Bulwark.