Saturday 24 October 1914 – We Lost 616
The First Battle of Langemarck ends. At Reutel, just north of the Menin Road, the 2nd battalion of the Wiltshire Regiment is all but wiped out with the 450 survivors being taken prisoner.
The 4th Guards Brigade, with the Coldstream Guards leading, attacks some high ground covering Langemarck. In spite of fierce German opposition, the feature is taken, and held until the Battalions are relieved in two days.
Drummer Spencer John Bent (East Lancashire Regiment) brings up ammunition under heavy shellfire.
The importation of sugar into Britain is prohibited.
DeWet and Beyers are in overt rebellion in South Africa.
Captain John Edmund Valentine Isaac (Rifle Brigade) is wounded while guiding a unit to a critical point and with great skill which resulted in checking the enemy. For his actions on this day he will be awarded the Distinguished Service Order. He will be killed in May 1915.
Today’s losses include:
- Battalion commanders
- Sons and sons-in-law of clergy
- Father of ten children, including two sets of twins, one of which will die in the Second World War
- Master of Kinnaird (son of the Baron)
- Aide-de-camp to the former Lieutenant Governor of Burma
- Baronet and son of Baronet
- Son of a General
- Rosslyn Park rugby footballer
- Son of a Justice of the Peace
- Two brothers killed together
- Multiple families that will lose two and three sons
Today’s highlighted casualty is
Lieutenant Colonel Walter Latham Loring (commanding 2nd Warwickshire Regiment) is killed at age 46. He is the son of the Reverend Edward Henry Loring Rector of Gillingham (one of three sons of his to be killed) and son-in-law of the Reverend R M Marshall Rector of Hedensham Norfolk. He leaves ten children including two sets of twins. His son Lieutenant Henry Latham Loring will lose his life in the first year of the Second World War.
- Lieutenant Colonel William Stirling Bannatyne (commanding 1st Liverpool Regiment) is killed when he is the shot in the heart at age 45. He is the son-in-law of the Reverend H H Windwood of Bath and brother-in-law of Lieutenant Colonel W Q Winwood DSO (Dragoon Guards).
- Captain ‘the Honorable’ Douglas Arthur Kinnaird (Scots Guards) the Master of Kinnaird son of the 11th Baron is killed in action at age 35. His brother will be killed in 1917 and they are related to the Duke of Leinster, the Earl of Gainsborough and ‘Sir’ Andrew Agnew.
- Captain William Geoffrey Vyvyan (Welsh Fusiliers) dies of wounds at age 38. He is the son of the Reverend Herbert Frederick Vyvyan Rector of Withiel.
- Captain William Cecil Holt Cree (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds at age 32. He is the son of the Reverend William Cree of St Matthias and son-in-law of the Reverend Canon T S Hichens.
- Captain Lachlan Gordon-Duff(Gordon Highlanders) is killed in action at age 34. He is the son of Thomas Gordon-Duff JP DL and grandson of ‘Sir’ Charles Tennant Baronet. He served in the South African War.
- Captain Julian Silver Strickland Dunlop(South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 38 leading a bayonet charge near Ypres. He was the ADC to ‘Sir’ Frederick Fryer, Lieutenant Governor of Burma from 1899-1903. He has four brothers who serve in the military, two of whom will be killed one in November 1914 the other in September 1915.
- Lieutenant ‘Sir’ Richard William Levinge (Life Guards) the 10th Baronet is killed in action at age 36. He is the son of the late ‘Sir’ William Henry Levinge and he served in the South African War.
- Lieutenant Douglas Wardleworth(Royal Army Medical Corps) drowns at age 34 while taking his regular constitutional swim at Le Havre. He is the only son of Douglas Wardleworth MD JP and his son will be born today.
- Lieutenant Gerald Ferrers Nixon (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 33. He is the son of Major General A I Nixon DL.
- Lieutenant Edmund Antrobus (Grenadier Guards) is killed at age 27. He is the son of the 4th Baronet ‘Sir’ Edmund Antrobus.
- Lieutenant Bruce Duffus Costin (West Yorkshire Regiment) dies of wounds received four days earlier at age 25. He played rugby football for Rosslyn Park.
- Lieutenant Cecil Smeathman (Leicestershire Regiment) dies of wounds received the previous day by a shell in the trenches at Rue du Bois at age 25. His brother Lieutenant Julian Missenden Smeathman (Royal Engineers) is killed in action on the same day at age 26.
- Second Lieutenant Robert Craig Cowan (Royal Scots) is killed La Plinche at age 20. He is the grandson of C W Cowan DL.
- Lance Sergeant Frederick Henry Mills (Scots Fusiliers) is killed at age 25. His two brothers will be killed in 1917.
- Private Ernest Cobb (Liverpool Regiment) is killed at age 24. His brother will be killed in January 1918.
- Brothers Private Harry and Private Thomas Hedges are killed in action while serving together with the Wiltshire Regiment. Harry dies at age 23 and Thomas dies at 28. Both are commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.
- Also killed while serving in the Wiltshire Regiment and commemorated on the Ypres Memorial this day is Corporal Edwin Pagetkilled at age 27. He has two brothers who will be killed in late 1918.