Lieutenant John Peake Knight (Royal Field Artillery) consistently shows conspicuous gallantry in assisting infantry. For his actions especially on this day he will be awarded the Distinguished Service Order. Lieutenant Knight will be killed in action in August 1916 at age 26.
In what is believed to be an act of vengeance against an unpopular sergeant by a disgruntled soldier, a live hand grenade is thrown at a Royal Flying Corps lorry at St. Omer. The lorry does not blow up but the explosion wounds five men one of whom later dies in hospital. A court of inquiry is held, but the matter is never explained and the bomb thrower is never found.
Today’s losses include:
- The first member of the House of Lords to fall in the Great War
- 5th Baron Congleton
- Son of the 7th Duke of Richmond and Gordon
- A man whose widow will be killed in the Blitz in 1944
- Battalion commander
- A Member of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews
- Multiple examples of families that will lose two and three sons
- Brother-in-law killed
- Nephew of a man who will be killed tomorrow
- Cousin of a man previously killed
- Son of a General
- Grandson of a General
- Great grandson of a General
- Grandson of a Baronet
- Son-in-law of a Baronet
- Grandson of a participant in the Charge at Balaclava
Today’s highlighted casualty is
Captain William Alexander Henderson (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) is killed at age 37 in Ploegsteert Wood. He is the son of Alexander Edward Henderson the Advocate Sheriff Substitute of Edinburgh and the Lothians. He received his commission in February 1900 and served previously in the South African Campaign. He is a keen cricketer and an exceptionally good golfer member of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews. In 1909 at the Amateur Championship Meeting at Muirfield he defeated the American amateur champion Jerome Travers, winner of the United States Amateur four times before the war. Travers will become only the second amateur to win the U S Open when he wins it next year.
- Major ‘Lord’ Bernard Charles Gordon-Lennox (Grenadier Guards) is killed at age 36. He is the son of the 7th Duke of Richmond and Gordon and he served in the South African War. His widow will be killed during an air raid on London on 18 June 1944 at age 66.
- Major Harold Herny Norman (commanding 1st Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed at age 46.
- Captain John Francis Hodgkinson (Dragoon Guards) dies of wounds at age 35. He is related to Edward Hodgkinson JP.
- Captain William Charles Rait KerrDSO (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 28. His brother will be killed next May. They are grandsons of Major General Hutchinson CB.
- Captain Thomas Cecil de Trafford (Royal Fusiliers) dies of wounds received in action. He is the son-in-law of ‘Sir’ Joseph Edward Radcliffe 4th Baronet and the first grandson of the late ‘Sir’ Humphrey de Trafford, the Baronet, to die in the Great War. His brother will be killed in September 1915.
- Lieutenant Albert Tyler (Royal Engineers) is killed at age 21. He is the grandson of ‘Sir’ H W Tyler MP and the great grandson of General ‘Sir’ C W Pasley KCB. His uncle will be killed tomorrow at the same place also serving in the Royal Engineers.
- Lieutenant ‘the Right Honorable’ Henry Bligh Fortesque Parnell (Grenadier Guards) 5th Baron Congleton is killed at Ypres at age 24 becoming the first member of the House of Lords to lose his life in the Great War. His brother will be killed in September 1916. They are sons of the late 4th Baron Major General Henry Parnell and distant cousins of Irish Policitan Charles Stewart Parnell.
- Lieutenant Michael George Stocks(Grenadier Guards) is killed at age 21 just short of one month after his cousin has been killed. He is the grandson of Colonel ‘Sir’ Richard Ellison and Major Stocks who took part in the charge at Balaclava and as a thank offering his family built the Church of St. Mary’s Halifax.
- Corporal Lewis Waters (Leinster Regiment) is killed at age 26. His brother will die on service in India in November 1918.
- Lance Corporal Samuel Whiteman (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed at age 23. He is the first of three brothers who will be killed in the War.
- Private James Joseph Mallyon (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) dies of wounds at age 39. His stepbrother drowned on service in August while his brother will be killed in July 1917.
- Private Robert Kilpatrick(Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders) is killed. His brother-in-law will be killed in December of this year.