Thursday 30 September 1915 – We Lost 668
Captain ‘the Honorable’ Thomas Charles Reginald Agar-Robartes (Buckinghamshire Hussars attached Coldstream Guards) a Member of Parliament for St Austell and Mid Cornwall since 1908 dies of wounds at age 35. He is a son of the 6th Viscount Clifden. He was recommended for the Victoria Cross for saving a wounded comrade in the action which will lead to his death.
Second Lieutenant Rupert Price Hallowes VC MC (Middlesex Regiment) is killed at age 34. He will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross for conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty during the fighting at Hooge between 25th September and today. Second Lieutenant Hallowes displays throughout these days the greatest bravery and untiring energy, and sets a magnificent example to his men during four heavy and prolonged bombardments. On more than one occasion he climbs up on the parapet, utterly regardless of danger, in order to put fresh heart into his men. He makes daring reconnaissances of the German positions in our lines. When the supply of bombs is running short he goes back under very heavy shell fire and brings up a fresh supply. Even after he is mortally wounded he continues to cheer those around him and to inspire them with fresh courage.
Second Lieutenant Ernest William Hammond (Honorable Artillery Company) although severely wounded in the right side this afternoon and unable to use his right arm during a bomb fight at Sanctuary Wood remains at the front using his left arm until after nightfall when his wounds compels him to retire. For his actions on this day Lieutenant Hammond will be awarded the Military Cross. He will be killed at Bullecourt on 3rd May 1917.
Today’s losses include:
- A Member of Parliament
- Multiple Victoria Cross winners
- The 16th Baron Petre
- The son-in-law of the 13th Earl of Winchelsea
- Grandson of the 3rd Earl of Belmore
- Son of a Baronet
- A man whose daughter will be born in December
- Multiple sons of Justice of the Peace
- Families that will lose two and three sons
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- The son of a Generfal
- A man whose son will be killed in Normandy in 1944
- A man whose brother will be killed as a member of the Commandos in 1943 outside Tripoli
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Temporary Captain Lionel George Carroll ‘Lord’ Petre (Coldstream Guards) dies of wounds at age 24. He is the 16th Baron Petre. His second child and only daughter will be born on 13th
- Captain Archibald Thomas Bostock (Northumberland Fusiliers) dies of wounds received four days earlier at age 28. He is the son of Dr. Edward Ingram Bostock JP and a veteran of the South African War.
- Captain Robert Bingley Herbert (Royal Engineers) is killed in action at age 32. He is a member of the Stock Exchange and a partner is the Firm of G S Herbert and Sons.
- Captain Norman Sinclair Stewart (Royal Scots) is killed at Hooge at age 30. His brother will be accidentally killed in the Royal Flying Corps in October 1917 and they are sons of Captain M P Stewart JP.
- Captain Osmond Trahairn Deudraeth Williams DSO (Welsh Guards) dies of woudns at age 32. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Arthur Osmond Williams 1st Baronet, the son-in-law of 13th Earl of Winchilsea and was a veteran of the South Africa War.
- Lieutenant Frederick Richard Henry Lowry-Corry (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds received in action five days earlier at age 25. He is the son of Colonel ‘the Honorable’ Henry Corry and grandson of the 3rd Earl of Belmore.
- Lieutenant William Hyde Eagleson Gordon (Gordon Highlanders) dies of wounds received in action at Loos at age 22. He was studying for Holy Orders when war broke out and at once joined up and his brother will died as a result of his military service in 1932.
- Lieutenant Richard Francis Richardson (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend Edward Taswell Richardson Vicar of Moreton Morrell.
- Lieutenant Stephen Cormack Swayne (East Kent Regiment) is killed in action at age 30. He is the son of Major General J D Swayne.
- Second Lieutenant Charles Lindsey Gwydyr Law Suffolk Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother will be killed next August and they are sons of the Reverend Henry Kiburn Law Rector of Dolton.
- Second Lieutenant Charles Douglas-James (South Staffordshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 30. His brother was killed five days earlier and they are sons of C H James JP.
- Second Lieutenant H E E Williams (Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 27. He is the son of the Reverend C Eccles Williams.
- Lance Corporal John McFarlane (King’s Own Scottish Borderers) is killed at age 31. He is the middle of three sons of Private John McFarlane (Royal Defence Corps) to be killed before their father dies on service.
- Gunner John Frederick Hewitt (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 34. His brother also fell.
- Private Herbert Ernest Townrow (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 21. His brother will be killed in October 1917.
- Private Sydney Lamacraft (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 36. His brother was killed in the sinking of HMS Goliath.
- Private Alfred Edgar Willing (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 29. His brother will be killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
- Private Charles Carter (Sherwood Foresters) is killed at age 19. His brother will be killed next month.
- Private Harold Milburn (East Yorkshire Regiment) is killed. His son will be killed in Normandy in June 1944.
- Private Harry Marriott (Border Regiment) is killed at age 18. He is the first of three brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.
- Private Eddie Lenihan (Irish Guards) a member of Second Lieutenant John Kipling’s platoon is killed in action at age 25. He has three sons one will join the Irish Republican Army while the other two will join the British Army. The two who join the Army will both die on service the first on cerebro-spinal meningitis in 1931 while the second will be killed as a member of the Commandos in 1943 outside Tripoli.