Monday 27 September 1915 – We lost 1,606
HMS Caribbean sinks in heavy sea 35 miles off Cape Wrath in Northern Scotland killing 15 crew members. Among those killed is Stoker 1st Class Stuart Chandler killed at age 22. His brother will be killed in June 1916.
Second Lieutenant John Kipling (Irish Guards) the only son of Rudyard Kipling is killed in action at Loos at age 18. His body will not be identified and he is buried in a Commonwealth War Graves Commission grave the headstone carries the words “Known Unto God”. The phrase, standard in British war cemeteries, was created by one of the first and most diligent members of the war graves commission – Rudyard Kipling. In 1992 the War Graves Commission announced that a grave in St Mary’s Military Cemetery had been identified as his.
His father wrote the following poem in honor of his son.
“Have you news of my boy Jack?”
Not this tide.
“When d’you think that he’ll come back?”
Not with this wind blowing, and this tide.
“Has anyone else had word of him?”
Not this tide.
For what is sunk will hardly swim,
Not with this wind blowing, and this tide.
“Oh, dear, what comfort can I find?”
None this tide,
Nor any tide,
Except he did not shame his kind —
Not even with that wind blowing, and that tide.
Then hold your head up all the more,
And every tide;
Because he was the son you bore,
And gave to that wind blowing and that tide!
Today’s losses include:
- The only son of Rudyard Kipling
- The uncle of Queen Elizabeth II
- The son of an Earl
- Two Generals
- Multiple sons of Generals
- The Grandson of the 1st Lord Chelmsford
- Multiple battalion commanders
- A Baronet
- The son of a different Baronet
- Two Marylebone Cricket players
- The son of the Justice of Hong Kong
- A Chaplain
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- A holder of the Humane Society Award for life saving
- Multiple examples of families that will two or three sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties are:
- Captain Fergus Bowes-Lyon (Black Watch) the son of the 14th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne is killed in action at age 26. His sister will marry the future King of England and she will become queen as such he is the uncle of Queen Elizabeth II. He was born at Glamis Castle in Angus and educated at Eton College, Berkshire. Just a fortnight after the start of World War I, he married Lady Christian Norah Dawson-Damer, daughter of the 5th Earl of Portarlington, on 17th September 1914. She bore him a daughter, Rosemary Lusia Bowes-Lyon 18th July 1915. Leading an attack on the German lines, his leg is blown off by a barrage of German artillery and he falls back into his sergeant’s arms. Bullets strike him in the chest and shoulder and he dies on the field. He is commemorated on the Loos Memorial. His mother, Cecilia Bowes-Lyon, Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne, is severely affected by the loss of her son, and after his death becomes an invalid withdrawn from public life until the marriage of her daughter Elizabeth to the future king in 1923. His brother in law will be killed in April 1917.
- Major General ‘Sir’ Thompson Capper KCMG CB DSO General Officer Commanding 7th Division dies of wounds received in action. He dies at age 48. He served with the Chitral Relief Force 1895, the Nile 1898 at the Battles of Atbara and Khartoum, the Nile 1899 and the South Africa War at the relief of Ladysmith. He was shot through the lungs the previous day by a sniper as he reconnoitered the front line during an assault by his division and dies at #6 Casualty Clearing Station.
- Major General George Handcock Thesiger General Officer commanding 9th Division is killed in action at age 46. He is the son of Lieutenant General ‘the Honorable’ Charles Thesiger and a grandson of the 1st Lord Chelmsford and he took part in the action on Wagon Hill where he was wounded on 6th January 1900. His Brigade Major and QMG (GSO 9th Division) Edward D’Albert Le Motte (age 42) DSO (Gloucestershire Regiment) and Aide de Camp Lieutenant Gilbert Edward Burney (age 24) (Gordon Highlanders) son of Brigadier General H H Burney are killed with him in the advanced position at Loos with the General.
- Lieutenant Colonel Arthur de Salis Hadow (commanding 15th Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 57 leading his men up Hill 60. His son was killed last June at age 20 serving in the 2nd His suggestion led to the formation of the Green Howards Association.
- Temporary Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Parkin (commanding 7th Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed at age 52. He served in Tirah 1897-8 and Nandi in 1900 and South Africa War.
- Temporary Lieutenant Colonel Michael William Henderson (commanding 9th Black Watch) is killed at age 44.
- Captain George Reginald Houstoun-Boswall (Grenadier Guards) is killed attacking Hill 70 Loos. He is the 4th Baronet and son of the 3rd Baronet ‘Sir’ George Lauderdale Houstoun-Boswall of Blackadder and a veteran of the South Africa War. His nephew will be killed in action in December 1941.
- Captain Thomas Fleetwood Joseph Nicol Trout (Grenadier Guards) is killed. He has two cousins who will be killed later in the war.
- Captain James Harold Cuthbert DSO (Scots Guards) is killed at age 39. His widow will become Lady Rayleigh OBE of Beaufront Castle.
- Captain Arthur Jaques (West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 27. He played sixty matches for the Marylebone and Hampshire Cricket Clubs from 1912 to 1914.
- Captain Bernard Henry Holloway (Sussex Regiment) is killed at Loos at age 27. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Henry and Lady Holloway and he played cricket for Marylebone and the Sussex Cricket Clubs.
- Captain Edward Worrell Carrington MC (Royal Army Medical Corps attached Worcestershire Regiment) is killed at age 27. He is the son of the late ‘Sir’ John Worrell Carrington Chief Justice of Hong Kong.
- Captain Herbert Wardlaw Milne (Punjabis attached Cameron Highlanders) is killed at age 32. His brother will die on service in June 1919 in India.
- Captain William Murray Geddes (Wiltshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 27. His brother will die of wounds in Rawalpindi next year.
- Chaplain the Reverend Frederick Whitmore Hewitt is killed in action at age 35. He is the vicar of Brixton, Plymouth.
- Lieutenant Campbell Tempest Eyre Crabbe (Grenadier Guards) is killed at age 18. He is the son of the late Brigadier General Eyre Crabbe CB.
- Lieutenant Edwin George Mawby (Welsh Guards) is killed at age 36. He saved a life from drowning in the Thames and was awarded The Humane Society Award for life saving and also wrote a manual on bayonet exercises which is widely used in training the ‘New Armies’.
- Lieutenant Frank Merewether Wayet (Cameronians) is killed at age 26. He is the son of the Reverend Frank Field Wayet Vicar of Pinchbeck.
- Lieutenant Albert William Buchan Carless (Middlesex Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother will be killed in April 1917.
- Lieutenant James Campbell Henderson-Hamilton (Black Watch) is killed at age 31. He is the son of the Reverend Charles Greenhill Henderson-Hamilton late Rector of St Mary’s Hamilton who lost another son last month.
- Lieutenant Gilbert Edward Burney (Gordon Highlanders) is killed in action at age 24. He is the son of Brigadier General H H Burney.
- Second Lieutenant James Conroy Fair (Coldstream Guards) is killed in action at age 24. His brother will be killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
- Second Lieutenant Ralph Smith (Welsh Guards) is killed at age 32. He is the son of the late ‘Sir’ Archibald L Smith Master of the Rolls.
- Second Lieutenant John William Forrest (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed at age 21. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Charles Forrest the 5th
- Second Lieutenant Marlborough Thorne (East Surrey Regiment) is killed near Fricourt at age 20. His brother will be killed next September.
- Second Lieutenant Walter Francis Joseph Clifford (Irish Guards) is killed at age 21. He is the elder brother of ‘Sir’ Lewis Arthur Joseph Clifford the 5th Baronet and another brother George Gilbert Joseph Clifford will be killed as a Captain in the Pioneer Corps on 21st May 1940 at age 47.
- Second Lieutenant Edgar Geoffrey Mack (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend Edgar Shapheard Paston Mack.
- Lance Corporal Samuel Jones (Grenadier Guards) is killed at age 29. His brother will die of wounds in April of next year.
- Private Albert Searle (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 32. His brother will be killed in May 1917.
- Private George Edward Hogg (Scots Guards) is killed in action at age 20. His brother will be killed in August 1916.
- Private John James Duckett (Scots Guards) is killed at the Chalk Pit. His two cousins will be killed later the War.
- Private Leslie Moore Head (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother died last year on service in England.
- Private John Bright (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed at Loos. His brother will be killed next August.
- Private John Thomas Cobley (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother will be killed in April 1918.
- Private William Whiteman (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed in action as the middle of three brothers who will be killed in the War.
- Private George Edgar Hall (Sherwood Foresters) is killed at age 23. His brother will be killed in August 1920 serving in Ireland.
- Private Percy Hill (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed at age 24. His brother was killed last January.
- Private William John Gardner (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed. His brother will be killed in March 1917.
- Private Eric James Lock (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother was killed last May.
- Private Alfred Rawlings (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed. His brother will die of wounds as a prisoner of war in July 1918.
- Private Charles Joseph Luff (Scots Guards) is killed. His son will lose his life in the Second World War.