Tuesday 22 December 1914 – We Lost 395
“The Kaiser knows the Munsters,
by the Shamrock on their caps,
And the famous Bengal Tiger, ever ready for a scrap,
And all his big battalions, Prussian Guards and grenadiers,
Fear to face the flashing bayonets of the Munster Fusiliers.”
Fighting dies down around Givenchy with the front lines restored to their original positions when the battle began five days ago. British casualties are 4,000 compared to half that number for the Germans.
Major William Oxenham Cautley (Suffolk Regiment) will be awarded the DSO for conspicuous gallantry today near La Quinque Rue. He will be killed in less than five months.
Second Lieutenant Claude Frank Lethbridge Templer (Gloucestershire Regiment) is captured during a raid on an enemy trench. He will make thirteen attempts to escape finally succeeding in 1917. He will receive a private audience with His Majesty the King and then return to the front where he will be killed in June 1918 after returning from another raid on an enemy trench.
Today’s casualties include:
- A man whose wife will lose three brothers in the service of King and Country
- Multiple sons of clergy
- The son-in-law of a member of the clergy
- Multiple families that will lose two sons
- The son of a General
- The Great grandson of a General
- The son of a Victoria Cross winner
- A man whose brother-in-law will be kileld
- Multiple sons of Justices of the Peace
- The Captain of the Cambridge University Shooting Eight
- A great nephew of Samuel Taylor Coleridge
- An Olympic competitor from both the 1908 and 1912 games
- Son of hte Principal of Williams College – Isle of Man
- Son and heir to a Baronet
- Son of a Member of Parliament
- Son of the former Chairman of Lloyd’s of London
- A grandson of the 1st Baron Tollemache
- Great grandson of the 3rd Earl of Clare
Today’s highlighted casualty is
Captain Hugh Conor Henry O’Brien (Munster Fusiliers) is killed at age 34. His wife will lose three brothers in the service of their King and Country. The first an Irish International Rugby player died of dysentery in January 1902 during the South African War. Two others will be killed in the Great War, the first having been killed last October and the last will be killed in June 1917.
- Major Charles Bliss CIE (Gurkha Rifles) dies of wounds received the previous day at age 42. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Henry W Bliss KCIE.
- Captain Francis William Durand(Royal Munster Fusiliers) is killed leading a charge at age 39. He is the son the late Reverend Havilland Durand (Vicar of Earley, Berks) and has a brother who will be killed in April 1915 on Gallipoli. He served in 1896 at Matabeleland 1897 Mashonaland and is the son-in-law of the Reverend John W Hartrey.
- Captain Geoffrey Stewart (Coldstream Guards) is killed at age 36. He is the son of Major General ‘Sir’ Herbert Stewart KCB and had been a Page of Honour to her Majesty Queen Victoria. He also served in the South African War.
- Captain George Henry Smart (West Yorkshire Regiment attached North Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 31. He is the son of Major General G J Smart.
- Captain James Grant Malcolmson(London Regiment) dies at home at age 52. He is the son of the late Captain John Malcolmson VC.
- Lieutenant Godfrey Lionel John Cavendish (Deccan Infantry) dies of wounds received two days prior at age 30. He is the great grandson of General the Honorable H F C Cavendish and the 3rd Earl of Clare. His brother in law will be killed in 1918.
- Lieutenant Geoffrey Montagu Bradley(Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 21. He was a scholar of Jesus College, Cambridge and ex-Captain of the Cambridge University Shooting Eight. He is the third son of Edwin Bradley JP.
- Second Lieutenant Bevil Douglas Tollemache(Coldstream Guards) is killed at age 32. He is the son of ‘the Honorable’ Douglas Tollemache and grandson of the 1st Baron Tollemache.
- Second Lieutenant Edward Archibald Beauchamp (Coldstream Guards) dies of wounds received the previous day at age 23. He is the son and heir of ‘Sir’ Edward Beauchamp MP 1st Baronet the former of Chairman of Lloyd’s of London from 1905-13.
- Second Lieutenant Luke Frederick Rennell Coleridge (Coldstream Guards) is killed at age 22. He was a student of modern languages and aspired to a Foreign Office career. He is also the great nephew of Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
- Second Lieutenant Geoffrey Chauner Wainwright (Northamptonshire Regiment) dies of wounds received the previous day at age 19. He is the son Charles Henry Wainwright JP.
- Second Lieutenant John Richard Baggallay Weeding (Welsh Regiment) is killed at age 32. His brother will be killed in August 1917 and they are sons of the Clerk to the County Council in Surrey.
- Second Lieutenant Edward Charles Walters (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend Frank Bridgman Walters Principal of Williams College Isle of Man.
- Sergeant Richard Francis Charles Yorke (London Scottish) is killed at age 29. He competed in the 1908 and 1912 Olympics being eliminated in the first round of 3200 meter steeplechase in 1908 and the first round of the 800 meters and 1500 meters in 1912.
- Sergeant James Murphy (South Wales Borderers) is killed in action. His brother will be killed in November 1917.
- Lance Corporal Walter Gowers (Cameronians) is killed at age 22. His brother will be killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
- Private Samuel Burns(Cameron Highlanders) is killed. His brother-in-law was killed last month.