Friday 6 November 1914 – We Lost 378
German troops are forced out of the village of Soupir. The village will remain very close to the front line for the greater part of the Great War.
A combined Anglo-Indian force of 600 troops is landed in the Shatt-al-Arab near the old fort at Fao which they soon capture. The remainder of Force ‘D’ sails on to a place where it can safely disembark at Sanniyeh.
The spy Karl Lody is shot at the Tower of London.
The Central fort at Tsing-tau is stormed and two hundred prisoners are taken. Captain Dudley G Johnson (South Wales Borderers) will be awarded the Distinguished Service Order for conspicuous ability during the morning of these operations and for great gallantry in rescuing several wounded men while exposed to heavy machine gun fire.
Today’s losses include:
- Member of Parliament
- Son of a Member of Parliament
- Grandson of Member of Parliament
- The father of a future Prime Minister of Northern Ireland
- Son of the 2nd Baron and father of the 3rd Baron O’Neill
- Son of the 2nd Baron Leconfield
- Son of Russian Baron DeGunzburg
- Son of the 2nd Duke of Abercorn
- Son of the 8th Viscount Downe
- Son-in-law of the 5th Marquess of Waterford
- Son-in-law of the 7th Duke of Marlborough
- Son of a Baronet
- Brother-in-law of a Victoria Cross winner
- Men who will have one and two sons killed in the Second World War
- Multiple men who will have nephew’s killed in the Second World War
- A Battalion commander
- Uncle by marriage of Winston Churchill
- Multiple families that will lose two sons
- A family that will lose three sons
- A man whose sister will be lost in the sinking of RMS Leinster in October 1918
- A man whose daughter will be born next year
- Son of an Admiral
- Son-in-law of a General
- Multiple sons of clergy
- Nephew of clergy
- Multiple sons of Justice’s of the Peace
- A former Aide-de-camp to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland
- Member of the Marylebone Cricket Club
Today’s highlighted casualty is
Captain ‘the Honorable’ Arthur Edward Bruce O’Neill (Life Guards) becomes the first Member of Parliament to be killed in the Great War when he is killed today. He is the son of the 2nd Baron O’Neill, father of the 3rd Baron who will be killed in October 1944 and the grandson of the 11th Earl of Dundonald and Member of Parliament for Mid Antrim. One son will later become Prime Minister of Northern Ireland while two others will be killed in the Second World War. He is also the son-in-law of The Marquis of Crewe and served in the South African War.
- Lieutenant Colonel Gordon Chesney WilsonMVO (commanding Royal Horse Guards) is killed at age 49. He is the eldest son of ‘Sir’ Samuel Wilson MP Kt and the son-in-law of the 7th Duke of Marlborough and by marriage the uncle of Winston Churchill. He served as Aide de camp to Major General Baden Powell from August 1899 to July 1900 in South Africa.
- Major ‘the Honorable’ Hugh DawnayDSO (Life Guards) is killed at age 39. He is the son of the 8th Viscount Downe. He is the veteran of the South African War and Somaliland in 1908-10 and the son-in-law of the 5th Marquess of Waterford. His son will be killed serving in the Royal Air Force in World War II.
- Major Edward Hawtin Phillips DSO (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds received the previous day at age 36. He was at the front three days and has previously served in 1900 in North Nigeria and Ashanti, in the South African War and again in North Nigeria in 1900. His brother will be killed next month.
- Captain Edward Charles Stafford-King-Harman(Irish Guards) is killed at age 23. His only child a daughter will be born in April of next year. He is the son of the Right Honorable ‘Sir’ Thomas Stafford-King-Harman, the 1st Baronet and his nephew Lieutenant Thomas Edward (Irish Guards) will be killed in action on 4 August 1944 at age 22. He is the grandson of the Right Honorable Edward King-Harman MP.
- Captain ‘Lord’ Arthur John Hamilton (Irish Guards). He is the son of the 2nd Duke of Abercorn KG. He is the Deputy Master of the Household. He dies at age 30 and his body will never be found. His sister will be lost in the sinking of RMS Leinster in October 1918.
- Captain Norman Neill(Hussars) is killed at age 34. He is the son in law of Major General ‘Sir’ Gerald de Courcy Morton KCIE CB and Brigade Major 6th Cavalry Brigade and he served in the South African War.
- Lieutenant William Edward Hope(Irish Guards) is killed at age 27. On the outbreak of the war, he was serving as Aide de Camp to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.
- Lieutenant Robert Randle Egerton (Royal Engineers) is killed at age 26. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Robert Eyles Egerton JP.
- Lieutenant George William Houghton Hodgson (Border Regiment) dies of wounds at age 26. He is the son of the Reverend William George Courtney Hodgson and nephew of the Bishop of Edmundsbury.
- Lieutenant Carleton Wyndham Tufnell (Grenadier Guards) is killed at age 22. He is the nephew of Rear Admiral Lionel Grant Tufnell CMG and a member of I Zingfair and MCC.
- Lieutenant George Pierse Jenings (Shropshire Light Infantry) is killed at Rue de Bois. He is the son of Lieutenant Colonel Ulick Albert Jenings JP.
- Lieutenant ‘the Honorable’ William Reginald Wyndham (Lincolnshire Yeomanry attached Life Guards) is killed at age 38. He is the third son of the late 2nd Baron Leconfield and a nephew of Lord Rosebery. He is an Irish race horse owner and member of the Jockey Club. His nephew the eldest son of the 5th Baron will be killed in action on 9 October 1942 serving in the Queen’s Royal Lancers Royal Armoured Corps.
- Second Lieutenant Alexis George DeGunzburg (Hussars attached Royal Horse Guards) the Baron is killed at age 27 while carrying a message to Colonel Gordon Wilson from General Kavanagh. He is the youngest son of the late Baron DeGunzburg and is also related to the Dowager Countess of Desart and ‘Sir’ Maurice Fitzgerald. He is Russian by birth and became a naturalized citizen to join the army in September.
- Second Lieutenant William Sincliar Petersen (Life Guards) is killed at age 22. He is brother-in-law of Major Douglas Reynolds VC (Royal Field Artillery) who is married to Petersen’s sister.
- Corporal Mark Charles Dowlen (West Surrey Regiment) is killed at age 26. His brother will be killed in April 1918.
- Private William Brennock (Irish Guards) is killed. He has two brothers who will be killed in the Great War.
- Private Cecil Herbert Facey (Coldstream Guards) is killed at age 19. His brother will be killed in January.
- Private Edward Clarke (Welsh Regiment) is killed at age 24. His brother will also be killed in the Great War.
- Able Seaman Melville Franklin (Collingwood RNVR RND) dies at home of illness at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend Edmund John Franklin.
- Private Edward Edwin Clarke (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed at age 24. His brother will be killed in the war also.
- Private Frederick James Allen (Dorsetshire Regiment) is killed at age 39. His brother Charles will also lose his life in the Great War.
- Private Edward Gregory Sangster (Sussex Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother will be killed in October 1918.
- Seaman Horace Reginald Horscroft (RNR HMS Victorian) drowns at age 41. He is the recipient of a Belgian Medal and Diploma for saving life at sea.