Saturday 25 September 1915 – We Lost 10,297

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Battle of Loos

Today is the first time the British use gas on the Western Front.

When ordered to take part in the first attack in the Battle of Loos units of the 47th (London) Division leave a portion of its officers, NCOs and men behind. This is done so they can form the cadre on which the unit can be rebuilt if it suffers very heavy losses. This is the first time this is done and it will gradually become standard practice for all Divisions on the Western Front.  The 142nd Brigade of the division does not attack but stands its ground to form a defensive flank. In order to add to the confusion of the enemy, alongside a gas and smoke barrage, they erect and move many wooden dummy soldiers.  At a distance through poor visibility the enemy is uncertain whether they are being attacked and waste effort, attention and ammunition on the dummies. This first ‘Chinese attack’ will later become a widely adopted method of battlefield deception.

Battalions of many Regiments lose their commanding officers in the attacks that take place today.

Today’s losses include far too many to individualize their category so I will name just a few

  • At least 13 battalion commanders and 6,602 Private soldiers
  • The author of the book “The Lost Sheep”
  • A Grandson of the sometime U S Minister in London
  • A Great Grandson of the dramatist Richard Brinsley Sheridan
  • Families that will lose 2, 3, 4 and even 5 sons in the Great War
  • Multiple winners if the Victoria Cross
  • Members of multiple Football Clubs
  • Many athletic champions
  • Relatives of Viscounts, Barons and Earls
  • Educators and Rhodes scholars

Today’s highlighted casualties are:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Richard Charles Dundas (commanding 11th Royal Scots) is killed at age 46.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Richard Davies Garnons-Williams (commanding 12th Royal Fusiliers) is killed. He is a Welsh international rugby union and forward who played club rugby for Brecon and Newport. Williams is notable for playing in the very first Wales international rugby union match in 1881. He became an officer in the British Army in 1876, and retired from regular service in 1892, though he continued to serve in a voluntary capacity until 1906. Despite the fact he was 58 at the outbreak of the Great War he rejoined the army. In 1881 Williams was selected to represent the first Wales team in their inaugural match versus England. The team itself was made up from players based more on their geographic spread of clubs they represented, and university pedigree than rugby ability. This game was Williams’ only appearance for Wales. He rejoined the British Army shortly after the outbreak of the war and was posted to his original regiment, joining the Royal Fusiliers as a major on 26th September 1914. He was promoted temporary lieutenant colonel on 3rd October 1914, and transferred back to the South Wales Borderers to command the Brecknockshire Battalion. He is commemorated on the Loos Memorial to the Missing and at 59 years of age he is the eldest of the 13 Wales international players to be killed during the war.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Walter Thomas Gaisford (commanding 7th Seaforth Highlanders) is killed at age 44. He is the son of Lady Alice Gaisford.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Harold Duke Collison-Morley (East Kent Regiment commanding 19th London Regiment) is killed at age 37.
  • Lieutenant Colonel John Ellison MacQueen (commanding 6th Gordon Highlanders) is killed at age 40.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Maurice Gordon Heath (commanding 2nd West Surrey Regiment) is killed at age 42. He served in Tirah 1897-9 and on the North West Frontier of India in 1908.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Alexander George William Grant (West Africa Regiment attached and commanding 8th Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 47.
  • Temporary Lieutenant Colonel Henry John Madocks (commanding 9th Welsh Fusiliers) is killed.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Bertram Perceval Lefroy DSO (commanding Royal Warwickshire Regiment) is killed at age 37.

Indian Regiments also suffer heavy losses.

  • Lieutenant Colonel Charles Elrington Davidson-Houston DSO (commanding 58th Vaughan’s Rifles) is killed at age 42. He is the son of the late Reverend Canon Bennett Charles Davidson-Houston.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Edmund Emerson Bousfield (Outrams Rifles commanding 1st Gurkha Rifles) dies of wounds at age 44. He is the nephew of ‘Sir’ William Emerson
  • Lieutenant Colonel William Rae Brakspear (commanding 3rd Gurkha Rifles) is killed at age 49. Brakspear was born on 8th August 1866, educated at Charterhouse, and commissioned in September 1887. Previous to the Great War he had seen considerable active service, having served in Burma, Chin Lushai, the relief of Chitral and Tirah. A Lieutenant-Colonel by 1913 he accompanied his battalion to France in 1914 and took part in the heavy fighting during the first winter, when his battalion sustained heavy casualties. Today the battalion launches an attack on the German trenches, but the wire remains uncut, and the Ghurkas are mown down by machine-gun fire, Brakspear being among the missing.
  • Major Harold Hamer Grey Stansfield (commanding 69th Punjabis) is killed at age 45. He is the son of General H H Stansfield.
  • Lieutenant Charles North Dalrymple Inglis (Indian Army Reserve of Officers attached Gurkha Rifles) is killed at age 35. His brother was killed last December and another brother was killed in the South African War.
  • Lieutenant Thomas Percival Wood (Indian Army Reserve of Officers attached Gurkha Rifles) is killed at age 33. He is the Principal of Lu Martimere College Lucknow since 1910 and has a brother who will be killed in August 1918.
  • Lieutenant and Adjutant James Henry Milligan (Vaughan’s Rifles) is killed at age 29. His brother will be killed next March.

Losses are heavy in the Cameron Highlanders and include

  • Major Arthur David Nicholson (Cameron Highlanders) is killed at age 42. He is the son of Major General James Nicholson (Colonel Commanding, Royal Artillery). He served in the Soudan and South African campaigns.
  • Lieutenant Malcolm Gilbert Stewart Blane (Cameron Highlanders) is killed at age 22. He is the grandson of Admiral ‘the Honorable’ Keith Stewart.
  • Lieutenant Donald Cameron Deford MacMaster (Cameron Highlanders) is killed in action at age 21. He is the son of the late ‘Sir’ Donald McMaster, KC MP.
  • Second Lieutenant Colin Hamilton Terrot Dunsmure (Cameron Highlanders) is killed in action at age 21. His brother was killed in February and they are sons of Henry William Henderson Dunsmure member of His Majesties Bodyguard for Scotland.
  • Private James Hodge Speedie (Cameron Highlanders) is killed in action at Loos at age 21. He is a Hearts of Midlothian Football Club player and his older brother will be killed in action in June 1917.
  • Private Cathel John Kerr (Cameron Highlanders) is killed at age 32. His brother will be killed in December 1917.
  • Private Angus McLellan (Cameron Highlanders) is killed at age 24. His brother will be killed in November 1916.

Losses are heavy in the King’s Own Scottish Borderers and include

  •  Major Norman Chalmers Sparling (Sikhs attached King’s Own Scottish Borderers) is killed at age 31. His brother was killed last June on Gallipoli.
  • Captain David Hepburn Brown (King’s Own Scottish Borderers) is killed in action at age 29. He is the son of the Reverend David Hepburn Brown Rector of Harrismiter.
  • Captain Francis Rodes Hutt (King’s Own Scottish Borderers) is killed at age 49. He is the son of Major General ‘Sir’ George Hutt KCB.
  • Second Lieutenant Patrick Campbell Drummond (King’s Own Scottish Borderers) is killed at age 28. He played for the Stirling County Cricket Club.
  • Two brothers are killed serving in different Regiments on this day. Corporal Adam Thomson (King’s Own Scottish Borderers) is killed at age 22. His brother will be killed in November 1917.
  • Private John Fullerton (King’s Own Scottish Borderers) is killed in action seventeen days before his child is born.
  • David, 22, and Simon Clowe, 20, are killed with the King’s Own Scottish Borderers.
  • Privates Charles and William Bessell (King’s Own Scottish Borderers) are killed together.
  • Private Hiram Rennie (King’s Own Scottish Borderers) is killed at age 39. His brother will die of wounds in April 1917.

Losses are heavy in the Berkshire Regiment and include

  • Captain Charles Gordon Paramore (Berkshire Regiment) is killed at age 30. His is a Royal Academy artist.  He was the cousin of the suffragist, pacifist, Quaker Liberal artist Florence Lockwood and was frequently mentioned in her writings.
  • Captain Wynne Austin Guest-Williams (Berkshire Regiment) is killed in action. He is the son of Canon Samuel Blackwell Guest-Williams Vicar of Pittingham.
  • Captain Wilfrid Southey Dare Oldman (Berkshire Regiment) is killed at age 36. His brother will become a Major General.
  • Captain Hugh Kennedy Cassels (Berkshire Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother will be killed next July.
  • Lieutenant William Gray Haynes (Berkshire Regiment) is killed at age 24. He is the Reading School mile run record holder and played for the Berkshire Wanderers Rugby Football Club and the Berkshire Hockey Club.
  • Lieutenant Basil Perrin Hicks (Berkshire Regiment) is killed at age 22. He is fluent in French and German and his father is the Professor of physics at Sheffield University who will create the Basil Hicks Lectureship Fund in his memory.
  • Lieutenant Leslie Hermann Berlein (Berkshire Regiment) is killed at age 22 leading his platoon. His brother was killed in June.
  • Second Lieutenant Harold Charles Linford Keable (Berkshire Regiment) is killed at age 26. He is the son of the Reverend Charles Henry Keable Vicar of Wrecclesham.
  • Second Lieutenant Arthur Oswald Egerton (Shropshire Light Infantry) is killed at age 23. He is the son of Prebendary Egerton.

Many brothers are killed today 

  • Privates Charles George Edard, 20, and John King, 18, are killed with the Royal Berkshire Regiment.
  • Privates George (age 22) and Thomas (age 24) Hewitt (King’s Shropshire Light Infantry) are killed together. A third brother will be killed in July 1918.
  • John, 35, and William Chennell, 32, are killed with the West Surrey Regiment. Herbert, 21, and James Cooper, 25, area killed serving with the Leicestershire Regiment.
  • Lance Corporal Percival Fred, 18 and Private William George Knapman, 20, are killed with the Devonshire Regiment.
  • David, 24, and John Lloyd, 27, are killed serving with two different units many miles apart. David is killed with the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry at Bellewaarde and John with the Welsh Regiment at Rue d’Ouvert.
  • Second Lieutenants Kenneth, 25, and Melbourne Ross, 30, are killed serving in the Irish Rifles.
  • Brothers Corporal Daniel Connor and Private David Connor (Gordon Highlanders) are both killed in action serving in different battalions of the same regiment. The brothers are also buried in different cemeteries. A third brother John will be killed in April 1917.
  • Private David Guest (King’s Own Scottish Borderers) and Lance Corporal Joseph Guest (Cameronians) are both killed.
  • Major John William Considine (Munster Fusiliers) is killed at age 30. He has previously served on the Northwest Frontier and his brother died of wounds last July.

And the long list continues

  • Major Henry Charles Carden DSO (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 60. He is the son of ‘Sir’ John Carden the 4th Baronet who loses another son, Lieutenant Colonel Derrick Alfred Carden (Seaforth Highlanders commanding 7th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) who was killed on 25th May of this year at age 40. He served in the South African War.
  • Major Graham Douglas Campbell (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) is killed in action at age 35. His brother will die on service in May 1918.
  • Major Harold Bessemer Galloway (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed in action at age 47. He is a holder of the Royal Humane Society’s Medal for saving life from drowning.
  • Major Frank Peyton Skipworth (Scots Fusiliers) is killed. He is the son-in-law of the 8th Viscount Torrington.
  • Major Henry Charles Walter Hoskyns DSO (Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed at age 40. He is the son of the Reverend Charles William Hoskyns Rector of Holywell Hunts and served in the South African War.
  • Captain Henry George Charles Perry-Ayscough (Connaught Rangers attached Irish Rifles) is killed at age 40. He is the son of the late Reverend George A and the Honorable Emma Sophia Perry-Ayscough the daughter of ‘Sir’ Henry William Parnell, 3rd Baron Congleton.  He served in the South African War and the West Africa Frontier Force and was the co-author of “With the Russians In Mongolia” which was published in 1914.
  • Captain John Kekewich (East Kent Regiment) is killed in action at age 24. His brothers will be killed in October and November 1917.
  • Captain Evan Henry Baillie (Cameronians) is killed at age 22. His brother was killed last November and they are sons of ‘Sir’ David Colvin Baillie.
  • Captain Alfred Cecil Gathorne-Hardy (Cameronians) is killed in action at age 34. He is the son of the Honorable Alfred E Gathorne-Hardy.
  • Captain Ivan Richard Gibbs (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed in action at Loos at age 23. His brother will die in India on service in December 1917.
  • Captain Edward Hampton Moss (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed in action at age 37. He is the son of late Chief Clerk and Registrar of H B M Supreme Court for Japan.
  • Captain George Michael Monteith (Gordon Highlanders) is killed at age 28. His brother will be killed in two months.
  • Captain Norman Lindsay Mackie (London Regiment attached Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 24. He achieved 1st Class Honours in History at London University, 1st Class Honours in History and Jurisprudence at Oxford and was a lecturer in law at Manchester University.
  • Captain Ernest Norman Buchan DSO (Manchester Regiment) is killed in action at age 36. He is the Brigade Major of the 9th (Scottish) Division and a grandson of General Ireland.
  • Captain Anketell Moutray Read VC (Northamptonshire Regiment attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed in action at age 31.
  • Captain Vere Dawson Shortt (Northamptonshire Regiment) the author of the book “The Lost Sheep” is killed in action.
  • Captain William Frederick Temple Sheridan (Rifle Brigade) is killed leading an assault at Loos at age 36. He is the grandson of the historian and sometime United States Minister in London Lothrop Motley and great grandson of the dramatist Richard Brinsley Sheridan. His only son was born five days earlier and his brother was killed at Modderfontein South Africa. He is married to the sculptor Clalre Frewen Sheridan cousin of Winston Churchill.
  • Captain Douglas Carmichael (Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 21. He is the son of ‘Sir’ James Carmichael KBE JP.
  • Captain Hugh Montagu Butterworth (Rifle Brigade) is killed in action at age 29. He is the Master of Wanganui Collegiate School in New Zealand and a prominent North Island cricketer.
  • Captain Laurel Cecil Francis Oldfield (Rifle Brigade) is killed in action. Six years later his mother dies in South France and is buried in the same cemetery with a headstone inscription that reads “To the Revered Memory of my dear wife Catherine Lillian Oldfield…Who died in South France, November 1st 1921 she here rest near the grave, as she wished, of our beloved soldier son… with eternal love, gratitude and veneration”.
  • Captain Wilfred Dryden Pritchard (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 25. His brother will be killed in August 1918.
  • Captain Herbert Thomas Allen (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed in action when he is shot in the chest at age 32. He is the son of the late Surgeon General William Edward Allen.
  • Captain Henry Joseph De Trafford (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 38. His brother was killed in November 1914.
  • Captain Henry Joseph de Trafford(South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 38.  He is the second of two grandsons of ‘Sir’ Humphrey de Trafford to be killed in the war.  A third brother died on service during the South Africa War and four other brothers served in the military during the Great War, one being made a prisoner of war.
  • Captain Alexander Downing Johnson (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed in action. He is the son of the Reverend Henry Johnson (Canon of Kildare) and he had returned from Rhodesia where he was a mine manager at the outbreak of war.
  • Captain Basil William Edmund Hoyle (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed at age 22. He is a Radley exhibitioner and gold medalist and the son of the Reverend Joshua Fielding Hoyle Vicar of Stoke Poges.
  • Captain (Temporary Major) Charles Annesley Acton (Welsh Fusiliers) dies of wounds at Givenchy at age 39 while attempting to aid a wounded soldier. He is the High Sherriff and JP for Wicklow.  His brother will be killed in May 1916.
  • Captain Guy Greville Napier (Sikhs) dies of wounds at age 31. Wisden will declare him “one of the best medium pace bowlers seen in the University match in his generation”. He made 81 first class appearances primarily for Middlesex and Cambridge University.
  • Captain St Ruan Robertson Kerr-Cook (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed in action. He is the son-in-law of the 9th Earl of Drogheda.
  • Captain Arthur Legge Samson MC (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed at age 33. He is the son of the Reverend Edward Samson Rector of Armitage.
  • Captain William Francis Waugh Shields (Shropshire Light Infantry) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend William Henry Shields Rector of Hughley.
  • Captain Arthur Harrison Allard Vann (West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 31. His brother Bernard William Vann will be awarded the Victoria Cross and be killed in October 1918.
  • Captain Geoffrey Mervyn Underhill Wilson (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 20. One brother will be killed in four days while a second will be killed in January 1917.
  • Captain Joseph Edward Lynch (Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 35. He played cricket for the Irish National Team twice in 1909.
  • Captain Francis Henry Romilly DSO (Leicestershire Regiment) is killed at age 36. His brother was killed in October 1914 and they they are sons of Captain Francis J Romilly who was killed in the Soudan.
  • Captain Ernest Cotton Deane MC (Royal Army Medical Corps attached Leicestershire Regiment) an Irish International Rugby player is killed at age 22.
  • Captain Richard Ernest Harvey (Black Watch) is killed at age 24. His brother was killed sixteen days ago and they are sons of Prebenclary F Clyde Harvey Vicar of Hailsham.
  • Captain James Reid (Highland Light Infantry) is killed at age 26. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Hugh Reid the 1st
  • Captain Arthur Forbes Gordon Kilby VC MC (South Staffordshire Regiment) volunteers to attack with his company a strong enemy redoubt. They charge along a narrow towpath lead by Captain Kilby who though wounded at the outset but continues to lead his men right up to the enemy wire under a devastating machine gun fire and shower of bombs. At this point he is shot and although his foot is blown off he continues to cheer on his men and use a rifle. He is killed during this action for which he will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross at age 30.
  • Lieutenant Charles Harry Norman Scholey (Rifle Brigade) dies of wounds at age 23. He is a Rosslyn Park Rugby footballer.
  • Lieutenant Frank Harry Bethell (Connaught Rangers attached Irish Rifles) is killed leading a charge at age 19. He is the son of the 1st Baron and Lady Bethel.
  • Lieutenant Kenneth Vernon Dodgson (Devonshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 24. He is the son the Reverend Francis Vivian Dodgson Vicar of Tysoe Warwickshire and grandson of General David Scott Dodgson KCB who entered Lucknow with Havelock on 25th September 1857. He was educated at King’s School, Canterbury.  A. Pembroke College, Oxford and was intending to take Holy Orders but instead joined the day war was declared.
  • Lieutenant Kenneth Gordon Campbell (Highland Light Infantry) is killed at age 20. He was head of his house at Winchester and a classical scholar of Trinity Hall Cambridge.
  • Lieutenant Harold Ethelstan Edwards (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend T H Edwards.
  • Lieutenant H S Sanderson (Black Watch) is killed at age 22. His brother will die of wounds in August 1916.
  • Lieutenant Averell Digges La Touche (Royal Irish Rifles) is killed in action in Ypres at age 30. He is a well-known golfer in Ireland being a two time finalist in the Irish Close Championship. is brother has been killed in August 1915 at Gallipoli.
  • Lieutenant William Neve Monteith (Rifle Brigade) is killed. His brother will be killed next week. They are sons of the late Reverend John Monteith.
  • Lieutenant Lawrence Vaughan Chapman (Rifle Brigade) is killed in a bomb explosion holding a captured trench for four hours in spite of counter attacks at age 28. He is a prizeman, medalist and exhibitioner at London University and the grandson of the Reverend I M Chapman.
  • Lieutenant John Aubrey Parke (Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 23. His brother a first class cricketer was killed last October.
  • Lieutenant Elliot Blair Grasett (Punjabis) is killed in action at age 26. He is the son of the Reverend James Elliot Grasett.
  • Lieutenant John Owen Iles (South Staffordshire Regiment attached Royal Welsh Fusiliers) is killed at age 22. He is the only son of H M Divisional Inspector of Schools and won an open mathmatics scholarship to Caius College, Cambridge and took honors in the 1st part of the mathmatics Tripos and Law Tripos. He also represented his University in Chess.
  • Lieutenant Charles Fleming Jelinger Symons (Royal Welsh Fusiliers) is killed at age 32. He is the son of the Reverend Jelinger Edward Symons.  He was a Clerk in Holy Orders.
  • Lieutenant James Elliott Balfour-Melville (Black Watch) is killed at age 33. He belonged to the Corinthians and Old Malvernians football clubs, Oxford Authentics and Grange Cricket Clubs and was a member of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, St Andrews. He is the son of the 1895 British Amateur Golf Champion, a Scottish Lawn Tennis Champion in 1879 and a Scottish Billiards Champion.
  • Lieutenant William Douglass James (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed. His brother will die of wounds in April 1917.
  • Lieutenant James Grant Allen (Gordon Highlanders) is killed in action at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend W G Allen.
  • Second Lieutenant Henry Barnes (Gordon Highlanders) is killed in action at age 26. He is the son of the Right Honorable G N Barnes.
  • Lieutenant Francis John Nicoll (Highland Light Infantry) is killed at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend John Nicoll Parish Minister of Benholme.
  • Lieutenant Clement Aubrey Symonds (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 22. He is a schoolmaster.
  • Lieutenant ‘Viscount’ Andrew (Royal Scots Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 34. He is the son and heir of the 6th Earl of Castlestewart.  His nephews will both be killed on service in World War II.
  • Lieutenant Cecil de Vere Pery (Middlesex Regiment) is killed at age 34. He is the grandson of the 2nd Earl of Limerick.
  • Lieutenant Geoffrey Wathen Robinson (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 20. He is the first of three brothers who are killed before the end of the year including one tomorrow.
  • Lieutenant Hugh Frederick Bromley (Sussex Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother will die on service in September 1919.
  • Lieutenant William Douglas-James (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed. His brother will died of wounds in less than one week. They are sons of C H James JP.
  • Lieutenant Andrew John Stuart (Viscount Stuart) is killed at age 34. His brother was killed last November, they are sons of the 6th Earl Castle Stewart and grandsons of General Arthur Stevens and the Right Reverend the Honorable Andrew Godfrey Stuart.
  • Lieutenant Samuel Sanford Forsyth (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 30. He is the middle of three brothers who are killed in the Great War.
  • Lieutenant Fothergill Rex Elderton (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed at age 23. He is an all-round athlete who competed in international events.  He spent a year in workshops in Switzerland where he won the hurdles race and was second in the high jump at the International Sports meeting in Zurich a fortnight before war broke out.
  • Second Lieutenant Osric Osmond Staples (King Edward’s Horse attached Scots Fusiliers) is killed at age 23. He is a Rhodes Scholar.
  • Second Lieutenant Colin Alexander John MacKinnon (Middlesex Regiment) is killed at age 18. His brother was killed last July in Aden.
  • Second Lieutenant James Gordon Caruth (Irish Rifles) is killed at age 19. He was a member of the Ballymena Cricket Club.
  • Second Lieutenant Ian MacGregor Knox Brown (Royal Scots) is killed in action at age 21. He is the son of the late Reverend J Knox Brown.
  • Second Lieutenant John Harold Clark (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed at age 24. He is the only son of J W Clark JP and Mrs. G S Clark JP.
  • Second Lieutenant John Leslie Hartnell-Sinclair (East Surrey Regiment attached Welsh Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother died of wounds while serving in the Australian Infantry last month.
  • Second Lieutenant James McMurchy Moir (Black Watch) is killed leading an attack at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend John Moir.
  • Second Lieutenant G E H Denison (Rifle Brigade) is killed in action at age 22. He is the son of Commander ‘the Honorable’ Conyngham A Denison (Royal Navy, retired).
  • Second Lieutenant Claude Eustace Chetwynd Talbot (Somerset Light Infantry) is killed at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend Percival Burney Talbot Vicar of Gt Abington.
  • Second Lieutenant John Scudamore (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed in action at age 19. He is the son of Brigadier General Charles Philip Scudamore CB CMG DSO DL.
  • Second Lieutenant Elton Cyril Wanstall (East Kent Regiment) dies of wounds at age 23. His brother will be killed on New Year’s Eve next year.
  • Second Lieutenant Ernest Philip Morris Panes (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend John Benjamin Panes Rector of Torver who will lose another son in August 1917.
  • Second Lieutenant Julian David Eaton Richards (Sussex Regiment) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend John Francis Richards Rector of South Lufenham.
  • Second Lieutenant Philip Charles Owen (Shropshire Light Infantry) is killed in action. He is the son of the Reverend Loftus Meade Owen Rector of Stockton.
  • Second Lieutenant Cecil Hurst-Brown (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 21. His brother was killed in June of this year.
  • Second Lieutenant George Buchanan Smith (Gordon Highlanders) is killed at age 24. He is the son of the Very Reverend ‘Sir” George Adam Smith who will lose another son in June 1917.
  • Second Lieutenant William Murray Porritt (South Lancashire Regiment attached North Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 21. He is the son of Charles James Porritt JP.
  • Second Lieutenant P H Habershon (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed. His brother will be killed in April 1918.
  • Second Lieutenant Frank Laing Macrae (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed at Loos at age 34. He is the son of Deputy Chairman of the London, Bright and South Coast Railway Charles Colin Macrae JP.
  • Second Lieutenant Arthur Colin Frost (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) is killed by a sniper at age 18. His brother will be killed in July 1916.
  • Second Lieutenant Hervey Lancelot St George Swallow (York and Lancaster Regiment) is killed at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend William Swallow Rector of Weston Flavell.
  • Second Lieutenant Lionel Frederick Southwell Sotheby (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) is killed when struck by a grenade after being wounded at Aubers Ridge at age 20. He is the grandson of Admiral ‘Sir” Edward Sotheby and his diary will be published after the War by his family.
  • Second Lieutenant Robert Alexander Stuart (Cameron Highlanders) is killed at age 22. His brother will be killed in April 1917 and they are sons of the Reverend W Stuart.
  • Second Lieutenant Robert Barbour Whyte (Black Watch) is killed in action at age 23. He is the son of the Principal of New College, Edinburgh and attended Balliol. He was a founder of the New Liberal Club at Oxford.
  • Second Lieutenant William Leonard Brown (Sherwood Foresters) is killed. His brother will be killed in April 1917.
  • Second Lieutenant Charles Alvarez Vaughan (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed at age 23. He is a Rosslyn Park Rugby footballer and his brother will be killed in August 1916.
  • Second Lieutenant Bernard Urmston Hare (Middlesex Regiment) is killed at age 22. He is the Scout Master for the 66th North London Troop of the Boy Scouts. His brother was killed last March.
  • Second Lieutenant Robert Duncan Mearns (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed at age 29. He is the son of the late James Rose Macpherson Parish Minister of Dengwall and he held the record for hammer throwing for Scottish Universities and the Gold Medal of the Inter-Territorial Sports Sydenham 1910.
  • Second Lieutenant Ronald Anson Vlassow Cheers (South Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 26. His brother will be accidentally killed in April 1918.
  • Second Lieutenant Laurian Anthony Deane Arnot (Gordon Highlanders) is killed at age 21. His brother will be killed in March 1918.
  • Near Le Rutoire, Loos when the platoon officer has been killed, Sergeant Harry Wells (Sussex Regiment) takes command and leads his men forward to within 15 yards of the German wire. Nearly half the platoon are killed or wounded and the remaining are shaken but Sergeant Wells rallies them and leads them on. Finally, when very few are left, he stands up and urges them forward once again and while doing this he is killed. For his actions he will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross.
  • Sergeant Sidney Dyer (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 25. His brother will be killed in April 1917.
  • Sergeant William Thomas Brazier (East Kent Regiment) dies of sunstroke on service in Aden at age 42. His son will die of wounds in August 1918.
  • Sergeant John Douglas Watson (Gordon Highlanders) is killed at age 28. He is writer to the Signet and son of the Reverend John Watson.
  • Sergeant William Constable (Sussex Regiment) is killed at age 24. He is the third of four brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Sergeant Barnard Reene Beechey (Lincolnshire Regiment) is the first of five brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War when he is killed at age 38. They are sons of the Reverend Prince William Beechey Rector of Freisthorpe.
  • Sergeant Horace Garner (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 36. His brother will be killed next August.
  • Lance Sergeant Frank Maurice Driscoll (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother will be killed in August 1917.
  • Corporal Charles Lamond Cuthbert (Black Watch) is killed at Loos at age 40. His brother will die on service in India in June 1919.
  • During very heavy fighting, when the front line is compelled to retire in order to reorganize, Private George Stanley Peachment VC (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) sees his company commander lying wounded and crawls to help him. The enemy fire is intense but although there is a shell-hole quite close in which a few men have taken cover, Private Peachment never thinks of saving himself. He knees in the open by his officer and tries to help him, but while doing so is first wounded by a bomb and a minute later mortally wounded by a rifle bullet. For his efforts Private Peachment will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross.
  • Private Donald Campbell McDonald (Highland Light Infantry) is killed at age 25. His brother will be killed in less than two weeks.
  • Private Patrick Lavery (Highland Light Infantry) is killed at age 19. He is a Hull City footballer who made two appearances for the club.
  • Private David John Cunnington (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed. His brother will be executed for desertion in May 1917.
  • Rifleman James Bland (Royal Irish Rifles) is killed in action at age 28. He was a well-known football player having played for the Grange Tradesmen and also for the Lindale and Cartmel clubs.
  • Private Alexander Taylor (Gordon Highlanders) is killed in action at age 22. His brother will be killed in April 1918.
  • Private William Lorimer McCall (Gordon Highlanders) is killed. His brother will die at home in November 1919 while on service.
  • Private Thomas Brogden (Berkshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 28. He has two brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War, the first was killed in November 1914 the second will die of pneumonia in March 1916.
  • Private Alfred Dewsbury (Cameronians) is killed. His brother will be killed in October 1918.
  • Private Frank Hyde (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed. His brother will be killed in May 1917.
  • Private William Henry Bedward (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 23. His brother will be killed in August 1916.
  • Private Walter Ayres (Northamptonshire Regiment) becomes the second of three brothers to lose his life in the Great War.
  • Private Colin Frederick Braggins (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed at age 27. His brother will be killed in April 1918.
  • Private Ernest Wolfenden (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed in action. His two step brothers will be killed in 1917 & 1918.
  • Private Frederick Leonard Creasey (Sussex Regiment) is killed at age 25. His brother will be killed next September.
  • Private Albert Percival Martin (York and Lancs Regiment) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend William Alfred Martin Vicar of Emmanuel Sheffield.
  • Private Gerald Cowper (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed at age 23. His brother will die on service at home in February 1918.
  • Private Albert Kaikie (Seaforth Highlanders) dies of wounds in Salonika at age 19. His brother will be killed in the sinking of S S Persia in December of this year.
  • Private Sinclair Murray (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed on Hill 70 at age 26. His brother will be killed in August 1918.
  • Private Alexander C McGregor (Highland Light Infantry) is killed. He has two brother who be killed later in the war.
  • Private Thomas Alfred Button (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed at age 37. His brother will be killed in less than two months serving in the same Regiment.
  • Private Arthur Thomas Bignell (Sussex Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother will die of dysentery as a prisoner of war in September next year.
  • Private Joseph Allen (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed at age 24. His brother will be killed in October next year.
  • Private Samuel John Evans (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed at Loos at age 40. He is the son of the Reverend William Evans the Vicar of Tregoer Monmouth. After school he entered the mercantile marine and during his last voyage his ship was wrecked off Cape Cod and he was the sole survivor of a crew of twenty-six.
  • Private William Rivers (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother will die of wounds in January 1917.
  • Private George Mitchell (Welsh Regiment) is killed at age 26. His brother will be killed in July 1916.
  • Private Albert William Hughes (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed. His brother will be killed next September.
  • Private Edmund Wadey (Queens West Surrey Regiment) is killed at age 18. He is the middle of three brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Rifleman George Stewart Sutherland McKenzie (Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 30. His brother will die of wounds in Egypt in two weeks.
  • Private John Shellam (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed at age 39. He is the first of three brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Private George Harrison Neil (Black Watch) is killed at age 25. Two of his brothers were killed together in May of this year and a fourth brother will die on service after the Armistice in 1919.
  • Private Robert Alexander Milne (Cameron Highlanders) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend A Milne.
  • Private Ernest Edward Daniells (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother will die on service in January 1919.
  • Private Richard Fitzmaurice (London Regiment) is killed at age 24. His brother will be killed in November 1916.
  • Private George Kemp Saunders (Gordon Highlanders) is killed at age 23. He is a medical student preparing for missionary work in China and the son of the Reverend Alexander R Saunders.
  • Private Norman M Garden (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed at age 18.l He is the first of three brothers who will be killed in the Great War.
  • Private Andrew Calder (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed at age 19. He is one of three brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War the first being killed 10 days ago.
  • Private James Rugg (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother will die on service at home in November 1916.
  • Private Alfred Courtier (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother will be killed in October 1918.
  • Private Eli Ball (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 26. His brother will be killed in May 1917.
  • Private Robert Arthur Coxon (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed at age 24. His brother will be killed din June 1918.
  • Private Colton Bond (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed at age 22. His brother will be killed in April 1917.
  • Private Thomas Vernon Haselock (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 23. His brother will be killed in October 1917.
  • Private David McClelland (Gordon Highlanders) is killed at age 28. He is the second of four brothers who will be killed in the war.
  • Private Albert Edward Todd (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed at age 28. His brother will be killed in July 1916.
  • Private Harry Wootton (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed at age 30. His brother will be killed next March.
  • Private Ernest Bath (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed at age 34. His brother will be killed in February 1917.
  • Private Alexander Clark McDonald (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed at age 18. His brother will be killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
  • Rifleman Evan Thomas (Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 35. His son will be killed in the loss of HMS Glorious in June 1940.
  • Private John Edward Reynolds (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 27. His son will be killed in the Second World War.
  • Private Herbert Charles Moyce (London Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother will be killed next month.
  • Private Charles Stuart (Devonshire Regiment) is killed. He is the first of three brothers who are killed in the Great War.
  • Private George Harrison Neil (Black Watch) is killed at age 25. He is one of four sons of Susan Neil of Dundee who will lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Three sons of Andrew and Margaret Mochrie of Kilbirnie, Ayrshire are killed today serving in different units. Corporal James Mochrie (Gordon Highlanders) is killed at age 28. Private Matthew Mochrie (Cameronians) is killed at age 21 and Private Robert Mochrie (Scots Fusiliers) is killed at age 19. All three have no known grave and are commemorated on the Loos Memorial. In addition a fourth son Private Andrew Mochrie (Cameronians) will be killed in June 1917 at age 38.
  • Private Patrick Divers (Royal Scots) is killed in action at age 19. His brother William was killed in June.

 

Lieutenant Commander Henry Thomas Gartside-Tipping (commanding HM Yacht Sanda) is killed at age 67 when his ship and its crew of thirteen is sunk by shore batteries off Zeebrugge. Yesterday he was presented by Admiral ‘Sir’ Reginald Bacon to King George during his visit to Dover. His wife will be shot to death by a deranged French soldier while serving in the Women’s Emergency Corps in March 1917.