Thursday 24 December 1914 – We Lost 134
A hard frost hits the Western Front. 98 British soldiers die on the Western Front today, many the victims of sniper fire. During the afternoon and early evening British infantry are amazed to see many Christmas trees with candles and paper lanterns on the enemy parapets. There is much singing of carols, hymns and popular songs and a gradual exchange of communication and even meetings in some areas. In other places firing continues.
British forces bomb German air sheds at Brussels.
The first enemy bomb on British soil is dropped at 10:45 the twenty-two pound bomb forms a crater ten feet across and four feet deep in the garden of Thomas A Terson, near Dover Castle. There is little damage beyond broken windows. A single seaplane carries out the raid.
Today’s losses include:
- The Chief Commissioner of the Boy Scouts in Lincolnshire
- A Baronet
- Son of another Baronet
- Nephew of yet another Baronet
- Multiple sons of clergy
- Two families that will lose another son in the Great War
- The son of a General
Today’s highlighted casualty is
Captain ‘Sir’ Montague Aubrey Rowley Cholmeley JP (Grenadier Guards) the 4th Baronet is killed when he is shot in the head at age 38. He is a veteran of the South African War and the Chief Commissioner of the Boy Scouts in Lincolnshire.
- Colonel Walter Lambert (Royal Army Ordnance Corps) dies at home at age 55. He is the son of Major General W R Lambert.
- Captain Edward Martin Crawley-Boevey(Sussex Regiment attached Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 41. He is one of two sons of ‘Sir’ Thomas Crawley-Boevey the 5th Baronet to be killed in the Great War. His wife is the grand-daughter of Admiral of the Fleet ‘Sir’ George Rose Sartorius KCB.
- Captain George Richard Wyld(Wiltshire Regiment attached Buckinghamshire Hussars) is killed at age 37. He is the son of Canon Wyld Vicar of Melksham, Wiltshire and he served in the South African War.
- Second Lieutenant William E Maitland (Seaforth Highlanders attached Black Watch) dies of wounds received three days prior at age 25. He is the nephew of ‘Sir’ Joseph P Maclay Baronet.
- Second Lieutenant Herbert Ronald Farrar(Leicestershire Regiment attached Manchester Regiment) is killed at age 27. He is the son of the Reverend Herbert William Farrar Rector of Barcombe.