Sunday 26 September 1915 – We Lost 2,648
Townshend orders the 30th Brigade to make a feint attack against Turkish positions at Es Seinn of the left bank of the Tigris while the main force moves around the flank of the weaker positions on the right. Moving up on foot by night the British achieve complete surprise but find success difficult. The column that is to outflank the Turks loses its way and is seen moving away from the battlefield. Delaimain’s 18th Brigade are compelled to attack the Turkish positions frontally and without the benefit of the flank attack in their support. The front trenches are captured but advance soon slows. In the 120 degree heat the exhausted men have had not food or water since early morning. Coaxed into one last charge as dusk falls the British advance 1,000 yards more and the Turks begin a general retreat. Over the next days the British attempt to continue their advance but with insufficient boats and transport they are compelled to halt. Kut-al-Amara is occupied without a fight. The Turks dig in before Cteiphon.
Today’s losses include:
- A Brigadier General
- Six Battalion commanders
- A Victoria Cross winner
- A man whose son will be killed later in the Great War
- The son of a General
- The grandson of General
- Multiple examples of families that will lose two or three sons including families that loose two sons together today
- Two sons of Baronets
- The son of a Baron
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- The son of a Justice of the Peace
- A writer for the Morning Post
- A member of the Essex Cricket Club
- A school master
Today’s highlighted casualties are:
- Brigadier General Norman Tom Nickalls (Lancers commanding 63rd Infantry Brigade, 21st Division) is killed in action at age 51 near the Chalk Pit during the Battle of Loos. His body will not be found and he is commemorated on the Loos Memorial to the Missing. He was promoted to Brigadier General on 5th August 1914 and appointed to his Brigade.
- Colonel Frederick Howard Fairtlough CMG (commanding 8th Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment) is killed in action at age 54. His son Captain Gerald Howard Fairtclough MC will die of wounds in June 1918.
- Colonel Frederick Charles Romer CB CMG (East Kent Regiment commanding 8th Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed at age 64.
- Lieutenant Colonel Angus Falconer Douglas-Hamilton (commanding 6th Cameron Highlanders) is killed when shot in the head on Hill 70 at age 52. For his acts on this and the previous day he will be awarded the posthumous Victoria Cross. Today when the battalions on his right and left have retired, he rallies his battalion again and again and leads his men forward four times. The final time he leads all that remain consisting of fifty men in a most gallant manner and is killed at their lead. He is the son of the late Major General Octavius Douglas-Hamilton.
- Lieutenant Colonel Bertram Henry Leatham (Yorkshire Regiment commanding 2nd Wiltshire Regiment) is killed at age 34.
- Lieutenant Colonel Edward Townshend Logan DSO (Cheshire Regiment commanding 15th Durham Light Infantry) is killed at age 49. He is a veteran of the South Africa War.
- Lieutenant Colonel Charles Edward Radclyffe DSO (Rifle Brigade commanding 11th Essex Regiment) is killed.
- Major Hugh Murray Forster (King’s Own Scottish Borderers) is killed in action at age 32. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Ralph C Forster the 1st
- Major Wilfrid Harry Dent (Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 48. He is the son of the Reverend Canon J J D Dent and a veteran of the Chin Hills and China 1900.
- Brigade Major Montague Charles Dobson (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 35. His brother will be killed next April.
- Captain Stamp Brooksbank (Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 28. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Edward Clitheroe Brooksbank the 1st Baronet and has a brother who died of wounds in December 1914.
- Captain Lionel Charles Alfred Curties (General List attached Machine Gun Corps) is killed in action at age 30. He is the son of the Reverend Thomas Arthur Curties Vicar of St Michael’s Wakefield.
- Captain Anthony May Capron Hollist (East Kent Regiment) is killed in action at age 42. He is the son of Lieutenant Colonel E O Hollist JP, DL.
- Captain Noel Spicer Simson (officer commanding 21st Anti-Aircraft Section Royal Garrison Artillery) dies of wounds at age 34. He is the brother of Geoffrey Spicer-Simson who conducted operations on Lake Tanganyika during the war.
- Captain Arthur Ernest Bullock (Royal Army Medical Corps attached Middlesex Regiment) is killed at age 26. At St Paul’s School he won the Public Schools Championship Shield for gymnastics and represented his hospital at football and swimming.
- Captain Edward Gerald James Moyna (Scots Fusiliers) is killed at age 35. He was Head of the Modern side at Rugby and an exhibitioner in Modern Languages at New College Oxford where he took 1st class history honors. He was also a University boxer and lead writer for the Morning Post.
- Captain Geoffrey Boisseller Davies (Essex Regiment) is killed in action at age 22. He played cricket for the Essex Cricket Club and Cambridge University.
- Captain Patrick Maitland Robertson-Ross (Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed at age 27. He is the grandson of Major General P Robertson-Ross.
- Captain Cecil Hugh Antrobus (Cameron Highlanders) is killed at age 38. His younger brother was killed in April of this year.
- Lieutenant Maurice Austin Murray (Essex Regiment) is killed in action at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Frederick Auriol Murray 25th of Kincraig.
- Lieutenant Henry Thomas Thomson (South Staffordshire Regiment) dies at home at age 41. He is a former Balliol student and barrister at law.
- Lieutenant Burnet George James (Royal Field Artillery attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed in action at age 28 after he and his pilot develop engine problems in their BE2c while on an air recon over Langemark. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Edward James Kt and he played three cricket matches for Gloucestershire last year.
- Lieutenant Thomas Sydney Schafer (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 24. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Edward Sharpey H Schafer.
- Lieutenant William Cadge (Norfolk Regiment) is killed at age 26. His brother was killed last April.
- Lieutenant Michael William Maxwell Windle (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend William Henry Windle Vicar of All Saint’s Prince’s Park Liverpool.
- Lieutenant Herbert Otho Hamilton (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed in action. He is the son of the Reverend William Frederick Tucker Hamilton Vicar of Cromer.
- Lieutenant Arthur Herbert Raynes (Essex Regiment) is killed at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend Herbert Alfred Raynes Vicar of St. Saviour’s Nottingham.
- Second Lieutenant Cecil Wilson Morton White (Norfolk Regiment) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Wilson Woodhouse White Rector of Brockdish.
- Second Lieutenant James Richard Anderton Rigby (Yorkshire Regiment) is killed by a sniper. He is the son of the Reverend James Rigby Vicar of the Sheriff Hutton.
- Second Lieutenant Edward Colston Robinson (Somerset Light Infantry) is killed at age 21 one day after his brother is killed. A third brother will die of wounds in December.
- Second Lieutenant Oswald Langley Pulling (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend Chaplain Edward Herbert Pulling CBE.
- Second Lieutenant Llewellyn Haslope Oldham (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed. His brother will be killed in the explosion of HMS Vanguard in July 1917 and they are sons of the Reverend Egerton Rector of Stanford on Teme.
- Second Lieutenant James Henry Rowland Hanning (Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed at age 18. He is the son of the Reverend Clement Hugh Hanning Rector of Branston.
- Second Lieutenant ‘the Honorable’ Hercules Edward Joseph Robinson (East Kent Regiment) dies of wounds at age 20. He is the son of Hercules Arthur Temple the 2nd Baron Rosmead.
- Second Lieutenant Sydney John Armstrong (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 32. He is a schoolmaster at Wigan Grammar School.
- Second Lieutenant Arthur William Winterton Turnour (Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 21. He is the son of the late Reverend Arthur Henry Turnour Vicar of St Augustine’s Stockport and has a brother who will be killed in October 1917.
- Second Lieutenant Kenneth Strickland Dunlop (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 33. He has four brothers who also fought, two of whom were killed, both in 1914, one in October the other in November.
- Second Lieutenant Alexander Douglas Gillespie (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) is killed at age 26. His brother was killed last October.
- Second Lieutenant Cecil David Norton Lawson (Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother will be killed next August.
- Corporal Richard Preston (Royal Scots) is killed at age 21. He is the first of 3 brothers who will lose their lives in the War. Lance
- Corporal Ralph Gould (Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed at age 24. His brother will be killed in the last month of the war.
- Private Joel Piper (Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed at age 30. His brother will be killed in July 1916.
- Private James Lyon Liddell (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) is killed at age 22. His two brothers will be killed in 1917 and 1918.
- Private William Alfred Coxsell (Royal Scots) is killed in action at age 23. His brother will be killed in October 1917.
- Private Albert Eustace Day DCM (London Regiment) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend John Day.
- Private William John Tonkin (Welsh Regiment) is killed at age 21. His sister will die on service in October 1918.
- Private Percy Silvester (London Regiment) is killed at age 28. His brother will be killed in June 1917.
- Private George Upshall (Border Regiment) dies at home at age 19. His brother was killed in the first month of the war.
- Brothers Private Archibald (35) and Lance Corporal Richard Dunn (26) are killed while serving with the Cameron Highlanders along with another hundred members of their battalion during the valiant counter-attacks against superior numbers of the enemy infiltrating through Chalet Wood.
Brothers killed together serving in the Lincolnshire Regiment
- Second Lieutenant Arthur and Lieutenant Philip Bosworth both age thirty are killed with the Lincolnshire Regiment.
- Two other sets of brothers are killed while serving in the same Battalion, Charles Edward, 21, and Tom Lunn, 20 and James, 20, and William Siggee, 28. A third brother of theirs will be killed in April 1917.
- Private Sydney Morris Smith (Essex Regiment) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed in June on Gallipoli. He wrote the following poem which will be published in the Southend Standard three days after he is killed.
Twas early in September
I saw it, by the way
“Your King and Country need you,
Enlist my lad today”
I thought the matter over
A soldier I would be,
And help across the water,
To keep old England free.
So off I went to Southend,
A pleasant town nearby,
I saw the colour Sergeant,
And told him I would try.
I went before the doctor,
And – Well, you know the rest
He put me on the scales mate,
And measured round my chest.
Ah well!! A years gone by,
Things are changed with you and me,
But still I am busy fighting,
Somewhere far across the sea.
So “Land of Hope and Glory”,
Forever we will sing,
May God give England Victory
And save our gracious King.
The pilot boat Vigilant (Master David Charrington) sinks after striking a mine south east of Shipwash Buoy. Fourteen are killed including her master.