Saturday 2 October 1915 – We Lost 455
Major General Frederick Drummond Vincent Wing General Officer commanding 12th Division is killed in action at age 54. He and his aide de camp Lieutenant Christopher Cecil Tower age 30 (Essex Yeomanry) are both killed by a shell near the advanced reporting station at about 15:45 while in active superintendence of operations and just after they have visited the front-line trenches near Mazingarbe. Lieutenant Tower is the son-in-law of General Herbert Conyers Surtees and has a brother who will be killed in September 1916.
Today’s losses include:
- A Major General commanding a Division
- A Battalion Commander
- A Member of Parliament and Justice of the Peace
- A son of the 3rd Marques of Bute
- The son-in-law of the 14th Viscount Gormanston
- Multiple sons of the member of clergy
- A grandson of a member of the clergy
- The son of the Chief Magistrate at Bow Street Police Court
- The son of a Major General
- A man whose brother will also lose his life in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Colonel ‘Lord Ninian’ Edward Crichton-Stuart (Scots Guards commanding 6th Welsh Regiment) is killed in action at age 32 at Hohenzollern Redoubt near La Bassee. He is the son of the 3rd Marques and Marchioness of Bute, a Member of Parliament for Cardiff from 1910 to 1915 and Justice of the Peace for the County of Fife. He is also the son in law of the 14th Viscount Gormanston. Ninian Park, the home of Cardiff City Football Club was named after Lord Ninian, following Lord Ninian’s help in agreeing to become guarantor for the new ground
- Captain James Lionel East Warren (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend John Alexander Faris Warren.
- Captain Raymond Scott Dickinson (London Regiment) is killed in action at age 22. He is the only son of ‘Sir’ John and Lady Dickinson Chief Magistrate at Bow Street Police Court.
- Lieutenant Walter Frederick Hoblyn (Coldstream Guards) is killed at age 22. He is the grandson of the Reverend Richard Dennis Hoblyn.
- Second Lieutenant Ernest Cameron Waterfield Rimington (Cheshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 20. He is the son of Major General J C Rimington CB CSI.
- Second Lieutenant Leonard Righton Burrows (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed in action when he is shot in the head going to rescue one of his men under fire at age 26. He is the son of the Right Reverend Leonard Hedley Burrows, the Bishop of Sheffield and is buried by his brother Chaplain H R Burrows.
- Lance Corporal Walter Arthur Ward (Quebec Regiment) is killed while on sentry duty at age 27. His brother will be killed in January next year.