Friday 23 October 1914 – We Lost 497
The first Indian Army units enter the line south of Ypres.
Drummer William Kenny (Gordon Highlanders) will be awarded the Victoria Cross for conspicuous bravery near Ypres in rescuing wounded men on five occasions under very heavy fire in the most fearless manner and for twice previously saving machine guns by carrying them out of action. On numerous occasions Drummer Kenny conveys urgent messages under very dangerous circumstances over fire swept ground.
Captain Robert Edward Rising (Gloucestershire Regiment) will be awarded the Distinguished Service Order when he goes up with supports and controls the defense of his battalion’s trenches against a determined attack by the enemy at Langemarck. But for his defense the line must have been penetrated. He will be killed in two weeks. Lieutenant Ralph Escott Hancock (Devonshire Regiment) displays conspicuous gallantry in leaving his trench under very heavy fire and going back some sixty yards over absolutely bare ground to pick up Corporal Warwick who had fallen while coming up with a party of reinforcements. Lieutenant Hancock conveyed this NCO to the cover of a haystack and then returned to his trench. For his actions on this day he will be awarded the DSO. He will be killed in six days.
Today’s losses include:
- Cousin of the future Queen Mother Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon whose brother will be killed in action next year
- Survivor of the Empress of Ireland sinking earlier this year
- Grandson of the 13th Earl of Stratchmore and 26th Earl of Crawford
- Great grandson of Field Marshall the 1st Baron Raglan who commanded British troops in the Crimean War
- Son of a former Minister for Defence and the Colonial Secretary for New Zealand
- Grandson of the 2nd Baron Carwshaw
- Great grandson of the 2nd Earl of Verulam
- Multiple sons and grandson of clergy
- Son of a General
- Son of Baronet
- Grandson of a Waterloo veteran and nephew of Redan veteran
- Great nephew of a man killed at the battle of Quatre Bras
- Father of a man who will be killed in the Second World War
- Multiple examples of families that will lose two sons
- Two Gloucester cricket players
- Somerset cricket player
Today’s highlighted casualty is
Lieutenant Charles Lindsay Claude Bowes-Lyon (Black Watch) is killed at age 29. The son of ‘the Honorable’ Francis and Lady Bowes-Lyon was a survivor of the Empress of Ireland sinking the previous May. He is the grandson of the 13th Earl of Strathmore and 26th Earl of Crawford and cousin of the future Queen Mother whose brother will be killed in action next year.
- Captain Horace Sylvester Grimston (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed at Ypres at age 22. He is the grandson of the Honorable and Reverend Francis Sylvester Grimston and great grandson of the 2nd Earl Verulam.
- Captain Edward Frederick Maltby Urquhart(Black Watch) is killed at age 37. He is the only son of the Reverend Edward William Urquhart Vicar of King’s Sutton and he served in the South African War.
- Captain Walter Russell Russell(Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed at age 33. He is the son of the late Captain ‘Sir’ William Russell Russell former Minister for Defence and Colonial Secretary of New Zealand.
- Captain Lawrence Peel(Yorkshire Regiment commanding 7th Divisional Cyclist Company) is killed at age 30. He is the husband of the Honorable Mrs. L Peel and grandson of William Brocks 2nd Baron Crawshaw of Crawshaw.
- Lieutenant Francis Lennox Holmes (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 27. He is the son of Major General Ponsonby Ross Holmes (Royal Marines), his uncle William served at the Redan and his grandfather served at Waterloo.
- Lieutenant William Stanley Yalland (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 25. He was a cricketer for Gloucestershire in the 1910 County Championship.
- Lieutenant Frederic William Joseph MacDonald Miller (Grenadier Guards) is killed at age 22. He is the son of ‘Sir’ William Frederic Miller the 5th Baronet and his great uncle Lieutenant Colonel William Miller died of wounds at the Battle of Quatre Bras on 17 July 1815.
- Lieutenant William Stanley (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed leading an attack on a German trench at age 25. He played cricket for Clifton and Gloucestershire.
- Lieutenant Ivan Boyd Sprot (Cameron Highlanders) is killed at age 25. His brother will be killed in less than three weeks. His wife is the granddaughter of ‘Sir’ William Muir.
- Second Lieutenant Cecil Kingsley (North Lancashire Regiment) is killed. He played Rugby Football for the Bedford Town Club.
- Second Lieutenant Norman Arthur Henry Somerset (Grenadier Guards) the son of Captain the Honorable Arthur Charles Edward Somerset is killed in action at age 20. He is the great grandson of Field Marshall FitzRoy James Henry Somerset the 1st Baron Raglan commanding officer of British troops in the Crimean War.
- Second Lieutenant Eric Laurene Arthur Hart Burges (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed by a shell on his 23rd He is the son of the Reverend J Hart Burges DD Rector of Devizes and grandson of the Reverend W C Burges.
- Second Lieutenant Harold Edwin Hippisley(Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at Langemarcke when two platoons hold a trench against a large enemy attack, as all the officers and sixty percent of the men are killed. He played cricket for Somerset before the war and dies at age 24.
- Private Henry Thomas Imbert(Border Regiment) is killed at age 29. His son will die on active service in Italy in July 1945.
- Private Charles Ernest Trout (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 27. His brother will be killed next May.
- Private Cecil Harry Barrett (Dorsetshire Regiment) is killed at age 30. His brother will be killed in October 1917.
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