Sunday 25 October 1914 – We Lost 426
At night during a heavy rainfall the Germans attack with great force from Bois de Biez. The Gordon Highlanders are driven from their trenches by sheer weight of numbers but the Middlesex Regiment and the Royal Fusiliers turn the enemy out of the trenches with a bayonet charge.
The seaplane carriers HMS Riviera and HMS Engadine, while attached to the Harwich Force, attempt to launch a strike on the supposed German airship base at Cuxhaven. The operation is canceled following the failure of all six Short float planes to leave the water.
South African rebels are routed at Calvinia.
Today’s casualties include:
- Chief of the Imperial General Staff and First Military Member of the Army Council
- Son of the former Vice Consul of the Netherlands and Argentina
- Son of the Lord Lieutenant of Dorset and Poole
- First student of Trinity College to fall
- Nephew of a Member of Parliament
- Son of the Head Master of Russell Scott Memorial School Denton Lancashire
- Grandson of a veteran of the Nile Campaign of 1898
- Sons of clergy
- Sons and a grandson of Generals
- Son and a grandson of an Admiral
- Son of a Justice of the Peace
- Son of a Baronet
- Cousin of a Baron
- Families that will lose two and three sons
- Police Officer
Today’s highlighted casualty is
General “Sir” Charles Whittingham Horsley Douglas GCB (Colonel, Gordon Highlanders), Chief of the Imperial General Staff and First Military Member of the Army Council dies in London at age 64. He joined the 92nd Highlanders in 1869, served in the Afghan War of 1878-80, the Boer War of 1881 and the Sudan War of 1884-5. He was the Aide de Camp to Her Majesty Queen Victoria from 1898-1901 and to His Majesty King Edward VII in 1901. The Commanded the 9th Brigade and a Field Column of the South African Field Force in 1900. From 1904-9 he was Adjutant General to the Forces and Second Military Member of the Army Council and was General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Southern Command from 1909-1911. An extract from the Annual Register of 1914 reads that he died after “having worked at the War Office, though seriously ill, until a week before his death”.
- Major Ronald Anthony Markham (Coldstream Guards) is killed at age 44. He is the grandson of ‘Sir’ Francis Grant and served in the Nile Campaign of 1898.
- Captain John Henry Strode Batten (Liverpool Regiment) is killed at age 19. He is the son of Colonel John Mount Batten CB the Lord Lieutenant of Dorset and Poole.
- Captain Barton Hope Besly(Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 35. He is a veteran of the South African War and the son of the Reverend William Blundell Besly.
- Captain Frederick Wilberforce Steele (Royal Fusiliers)is killed at age 29. His brothers Philip John Rupert and Norman Leslie will also fall in the Great War.
- Captain ‘Sir’ Francis Ernest Waller (Royal Fusiliers) JP DLis killed at age 34. He is the son of Major General ‘Sir’ George Waller, the 3rd Baronet and he served in the South African War.
- Lieutenant William Gordon Tollemache Hope-Johnstone MC (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 27. His brother will be killed in July 1917 commanding the 12th Battalion of William’s Regiment
- Lieutenant Hugh John Sladen Shields(Royal Army Medical Corps attached Irish Guards) dies of wounds at Ypres while tending a wounded man 200 yards from the enemy at age 27. He is the son of the Reverend Arthur John Shields Rector of Thurnford Dorset and he gained a rowing Blue at Cambridge and with Fairbairn also won the Lowe Double Sculls in 1910. In 1913 he was Light Heavyweight runner-up in the Army and Navy Boxing Championships.
- Lieutenant Nigel Kennedy (Scots Fusiliers) is killed at age 26. He is the son John Kennedy JP DL.
- Lieutenant Thomas Algernon Fitzgerald Foley (Norfolk Regiment) is killed at age 24. He is the only son of Vice Admiral Francis John Foley, great grandson of Admiral the Honorable Fitzgerald A C Foley and General the Honorable ‘Sir’ St George Gerald Foley. He is also the cousin of Baron Foley.
- Lieutenant Vivian Trevor Tight Rea (Irish Rifles) dies of wounds at age 23. He is the son of Henry Tight Rea the Vice Counsul of the Netherlands and Argentine Republic and he is the first student of Trinity College to fall in the Great War.
- Lieutenant Arthur Widdrington Herdman(King’s Shropshire Light Infantry) is killed at age 28. He is the only son of the late Reverend Robert Morrison Herdman Vicar of Holy Trinity North Shields.
- Lieutenant Frederick Charles Verner (Shropshire Light Intantry) is killed at age 22. He is related to Major General Thomas Edward Verner CB.
- Lieutenant Vernon Dudley Bramsdeon Bransbury (Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed at age 31 at Neuve Chapelle. He is the nephew of ‘Sir’ Bransdon MP for Portsmouth.
- Second Lieutenant Russell Willis (York and Lancaster Regiment) is killed at age 19. He is the son of William Willis Head Master of Russell Scott Memorial School Denton Lancashire.
- Second Lieutenant George Rupert Alexander Fetherstonhaugh (Royal Fusiliers)is killed in action at age 19. He is the son of Major General R S Fetherstonhaugh. His brother will be killed in May of next year.
- Lance Corporal Alfred McCullough (Berkshire Regiment) is killed at age 28. His brother will be killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
- Private Simeon Beale (East Kent Regiment) dies of wounds at age 30. His brother will die of wounds next July.
- Private Harold Speller (Grenadier Guards) a police officer is killed in action.
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