Thursday 4 November 1914 – We Lost 338

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Battle of Tanga

Battle of Tanga

The Royal Sovereign Class battleship HMS Hood is sunk across the southern entrance to Portland Harbor to stop U-boats from entering or firing torpedoes at the Channel Fleet ships at anchorage.

 Today’s losses include:

  • The Aide de Camp to Highness the King at Delhi Dunbar in 1911
  • An Aide de Camp to Field Marshall Edmund Allenby
  • An Aide to Camp Governor of Bombay
  • A family member who will lose ten blood relatives including a brother in the War
  • A Margate Borough Police Officer
  • Sons of Generals
  • Grandson and a nephew of Generals
  • Families that will lose two and three children in the Great War
  • Son of an Australian Member of Parliament
  • Member of the Wanderers Rugby Football Club that won the Leinster Senior Cup in 1906
  • A man whose daughter will be born next year
  • Sons of clergy
  • Sons of Justices of the Peace
  • Battalion commanders

 The renewed attack on Tanga is unsuccessful and the force re-embarks with some eight hundred casualties, leaving three hundred ninety-four dead on the field including:

  • Major Francis Joseph Braithwaite (The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment) dead at age 42.  He is the son of the Reverend Francis Joseph Braithwaite Rector of Great Waldingfield Sudbury who will lose another son in July 1916 and a daughter in March 1919. He is a veteran of the South African War.
  • Major Harold Talum (Grenadiers Indian Army) is killed at age 40. He is the grandson of Captain William Tatum Military Secretary for Barbados.
  • Captain Ivan Dayrell Meredith Hogg (Grenadiers Indian Army) is killed at age 30. He is the son of General George Forbes Hogg.
  • Captain Bruce Edward Alexander Manson (King George’s Own Pioneers) is also killed at age 35. He served in the Boxer Rebellion and was the Aid de Camp to His Majesty the King at the Delhi Durbar in 1911.
  • Captain John Henry Middleton Fuller (Wallajahbad Light Infantry attached Palamcottah Light Infantry) is killed at age 35. His daughter will be born next March and he is the son of Deputy Surgeon General John Charles Fuller.
  • Captain Burton Howard Hall (Infantry Indian Army) is killed at age 32. He is the son of the Reverend Samuel Howard Hall Rector of Sproatley and Chaplain Duke of Wellington’s Regiment.
  • Lieutenant Hubert James Tudor Hamer (Infantry Indian Army attached Grenadiers) is killed at age 31. He is the son of John Parry Hamer JP and is a hockey and polo player.

Losses elsewhere include:

  •  On the Western Front Lieutenant Colonel Beauchamp Tyndall Pell DSO (commanding 1st Royal West Surrey Regiment) dies of wounds as a prisoner of war at Zandovoorde received in action on 31st October at Gheluvelt. He is the son of the Reverend Beauchamp Henry St John Pell Rector of Ickenham who has another son who will die on service in August 1916. Lieutenant Colonel Pell is a veteran of the North West Frontier Campaign of 1897-8 and China in 1900.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Edwin Berkeley Cook MVO (commanding 1st Life Guards) dies of wounds at Sussex House received 21 October at Messines at age 45.
  • Major Aubrey John Carter DSO (North Lancashire Regiment) is killed at Ypres age 42. He is the son-in-law of Reverend G H Rigby and nephew-in-law of the Right Honorable ‘Sir’ John Rigby.
  • Major John Beaumont Corry DSO (Royal Engineers attached Sappers and Miners Indian Army) is killed at Sailly-sur-Lys at gae 40. He is the son of John Corry JP and served in both Tirah 1897-9 and Metran in 1901 where he was wounded.
  • Captain Charles Fremoult Preston Battersby(Royal Field Artillery) the only child of Major General Thomas Preston Battersby CB is killed in action at age 27.
  • Captain Lionel Archibald Forster(Cheshire Regiment) dies of wounds as a prisoner of war at age 35. He is the son of the Right Honorable William Forster MP of New South Wales Australia.
  • Captain Thomas McCann Phillips(Royal Army Medical Corps) dies of wounds received yesterday at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend John Gillis Phillips Missionary of the Irish Presbyterian Church.
  • Captain and Adjutant John Francis Allen (North Lancashire Regiment) dies of wounds received rescuing two men buried by a shell burst at age 33. He is the former Aide de Camp to Lord Sydenham, Governor of Bombay and is the son of William Henry Allen JP DL.
  • Captain Cecil Allen Taylor Conyngham (Royal Army Medical Corps) is killed at age 31. He was a member of the Wanderers Rugby Football Club that won the Leinster Senior Cup in 1906.
  • Lieutenant George Garth Marshall(Hussars) is killed at age 29.  He is the Aide de Camp to Field Marshall ‘Sir’ Edmund Allenby. He is the grandson of General ‘the Honorable’ ‘Sir’ Alexander Hamilton Gordon KCB and nephew of Major General A Hamilton Gordon.
  • Second Lieutenant James Douglas Herbert Farmer (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 21. He is the grandson of James Farmer JP and ‘Sir’ George Harris JP.
  • Second Lieutenant Rupert Coleman Laybourne Pilliner (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 23. He is the son of A M Pilliner JP and grandson of Richard Laybourne JP DL.
  • Signaler Basil Thomas Martin (Yorkshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 20. His brother will be killed next July.
  • Private Archibald Stanley Jones (Grenadier Guards) dies of wounds at age 24. He is a Margate Police Officer.
  • Drummer Andrew Spencer Hay (Cameron Highlanders) dies of wounds at age 20. He has eleven blood relations who also fall in the war including his brother who will be killed next February.