Friday 27 November 1914 – We Lost 95

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Cap badge of the Artists Rifles

Cap badge of the Artists Rifles

The Artists Rifles (28th London Regiment) come under enemy shell fire while digging trenches by the Brewery Inn in Neuve Eglise.

Today’s losses include:

  • The man who held the highest cricket aggregate for a match in England at that time
  • Families that will lose one or two more sons in the Great War
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • The grandson of a former editor of The Field
  • A member of the Hampshire Cricket Club

 Today’s highlighted casualty is

Rifleman John Thomas Gregory (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed in action near Zonnebeke, Belgium at age 27.  He is a member of the Hampshire Cricket Club and in 1913 scored 1,477 runs for 32 wickets against Oxford University at Southampton the second highest aggregate for a match in England at the time.

  • Major Launcelot St Vincent Rose (Royal Engineers) is killed at age 39. His brother was killed last month serving in the Cameronians.
  • Lieutenant Arthur Woodland Toms (Devonshire Regiment attached Cameronians) is accidentally killed at age 23. He is the grandson of Frederick Toms former editor of “The Field”.
  • Second Lieutenant Eric Arthur Mitchell (South Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend William Mann Mitchell Vicar of Elson.
  • Private Frederick Thorley Finucane (Manchester Regiment) dies on service at Cairo at age 15. His brother will die on service in exactly one year from today.
  • Private Isaac Lamb (Berkshire Regiment) is killed at age 23. His brother will be killed in May 1916.
  • Private James Murphy (Sherwood Foresters) is killed at age 27, less than a week after his brother died of wounds at home. He is the second of three brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Private William Wooding (Sherwood Foresters) is killed. His brother will be killed in March 1918.