Wednesday 13 October 1915 – We Lost 2,501

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Charles Hamilton Sorley

Charles Hamilton Sorley

The First Army including the 46th (Territorial) Division 138th Brigade) begins a massive two-hour artillery barrage at Hohenzollern Redoubt with 540 howitzers and other guns at 12:00 and with smoke and gas being released at 13:00. At 14:00 the 5th Lincolnshire and 4th Leicestershire Regiments attack followed by the 4th Lincolnshire and 1st Monmouthshire Regiments.  At 15:00 the Germans counter-attack with bombs but the attack is beaten off while at 17:30 another attack is delivered.

Today’s losses include:

  • A man killed by friendly fire
  • A father and son killed together
  • Two and three brothers killed together
  • A Great War Poet
  • Families that will lose two, three and four sons in the Great War
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple sons of Justices of the Peace
  • A man who will lose two nephews in the War
  • Two battalion commanders
  • The brother of a Brigadier General
  • The son of the 1st Lord Stalbridge
  • The son-in-law of a Baronet
  • A member of the Archaeological Survey of India
  • A West Ham United footballer
  • A man whose son will be killed in the Second World War

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

 The casualties in the Monmouthshire Regiment in the attack include:

  • Major Oswald Michael Williams killed at age 30. His brother died of wounds last month.
  • Lieutenant William Edward Charles Daraby is killed at age 22. He is the son of the late Reverend J C S Darby.

Those killed in the Leicestershire Regiment include:

  • Second Lieutenant Basil Fullelove West Mogridge is killed at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend Henry Twells Mogridge Vicar of Sealford.
  • Private Thomas Arundel Collier Vincent killed at age 18. He is the son of the Reverend Claud A Vincent.
  • Private John Lane Mawby is killed at age 20. His brother will be killed in June 1918.

Both battalions of the Lincolnshire Regiment suffer heavy casualties:

  • Captain Charles Shortland Gray is killed at age 23. His brother will die of accidental injuries in September 1918 at age 20. They are sons of Charles Gray JP.
  • Captain Herbert Selwyn Scorer (Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed at age 29 possibly by his own men.
  • Lieutenant Arthur Conway Osborne Morgan (Royal Field Artillery attached Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed at age 30. He is the son of the Reverend Henry Arthur Morgan DD Master of Jesus College Cambridge. He was King’s Gold Medalist in 1903 at Winchester College; Chancellor’s Gold Medalist at Trinity College, Cambridge and President of the Union Society in 1906.
  • Second Lieutenant Henry Tooke Brunwin-Hales is killed at age 22. His brother will be killed in March 1917. They are sons of the Reverend Canon Greville Turner Brunwin-Hales.
  • A father and son are killed in action together Lance Corporal William John Livingstone Anderson who is killed at age 49 and his son Private William James Livingstone Anderson are commemorated on the Loos Memorial. Another son will be killed June 1917.
  • Brothers Charles, 21, and John Anderson, 23, are killed together. Their brother Robert will be killed in April 1917.
  • Killed in the same battalion are Fred, 21, and Herbert Hutchinson, 26.
  • Private Ernest Sunley is killed at age 22. He is the first of three brothers who will be killed in the Great War.

The Suffolk Regiment lost heavily also:

  • Captain Charles Hamilton Sorley (Suffolk Regiment) is killed by a sniper during the battle. The son of a professor of moral philosophy at Aberdeen University he was born in 1895. In 1913 he decided to spend a year in Germany before taking up a scholarship offer at University College, Cambridge. When war was declared last year he immediately returned to England and enlisted in the Suffolk Regiment and was sent to France last May. He leaves thirty seven complete poems, including one he finished just before he is killed, “When You See Millions of the Mouthless Dead”. Sorley’s posthumous book, “Marlborough and Other Poems” will be a popular and critical success when it is published by Cambridge University Press in 1916.
  • Lieutenant Geoffrey Dayrell Wood (Suffolk Regiment) is killed at age 24. He is the first of three brothers who are killed in the Great War. His brothers will both be killed in October next year.
  • Second Lieutenant Richard Lee (Suffolk Regiment) is killed at age 31. He is the son of the Reverend Arthur George Lee Rector of Thrandeston and has a brother who will be killed in October 1916.
  • Private Edward Percy King (Suffolk Regiment) is killed in action at age 32. His brother will be killed in July 1916.

The Berkshire Regiment losses include:

  • Major William Kercheval Bayley (Berkshire Regiment) is killed at age 38. He is the son of the late William Bayley JP.
  • Captain and Adjutant Thomas Heylyn Hudson (Royal Berkshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 26. He is the son of the Reverend T W Hudson.
  • Captain Richard Markham Coote (Berkshire Regiment) is killed at age 23. His brother will be killed in May 1918.
  • Second Lieutenant Clifford Salman (Berkshire Regiment) is killed at age 22. He attended Mirfield Theological College planning to take Holy Orders.
  • Second Lieutenant William Ernest Woodthorpe (Dorsetshire Regiment attached Berkshire Regiment) is killed at age 33. His brother will be killed in October 1918.
  • Second Lieutenant Frederick James Steele (Dorsetshire Regiment attached Royal Berkshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 27. He is a Grammar School Master.
  • Brothers Francis John age 20 and William Charles Alder age 18 are killed serving in the Royal Berkshire Regiment with a bombing party when killed when the bombs they are carrying are exploded when struck by a bullet.

The East Kent Regiment was also heavily involved:

  • Major Bernard Edward Furley (East Kent Regiment) is killed. His two nephews will be killed later in the War.
  • Major Alfred Soames DSO (East Kent Regiment) is killed in action at age 53. He is the son of the Reverend Charles Soames, Rector for Mildenhall.
  • Second Lieutenant Charles Gordon Jelf (East Kent Regiment) is killed in action at age 29. He is the son of the Reverend George Edward Jelf DD.
  • Second Lieutenant Carlyle Bainbridge (East Kent Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother will be killed in September 1917.
  • Sergeant Stewart Algernon Clarke (East Kent Regiment) is killed near Hulluch at age 34. He is the son of the Reverend James Sanderson Clarke the Vicar of Goudhurst who lost another son earlier this year.
  • Private Frank Stokes (East Kent Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother will be killed in December 1917.
  • Private George Edwin Eastland (East Kent Regiment) is killed at age 30. His brother will be killed next August.
  • Private Percy Fidler Hatcher (East Kent Regiment) is killed at age 27. His brother in law will be killed in September 1916.

The North Staffordshire Regiment lost a battalion commander:

  • Lieutenant Colonel John Hall Knight (commanding 5th North Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 50.
  • Captain John Jenkinson (North Staffordshire Regiment) is killed in action. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Edward George and Lady Annabella Jenkinson KCB.
  • Captain James Hamilton Fleming (North Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 37. He is the son of ‘Sir’ James Fleming.
  • Alfred, 23, and Thomas Barlow, 24, are killed as Privates in the North Staffordshire Regiment while Arthur, 21, and Fred Dale, 19 are killed in the same Battalion.
  • Ernest, James and William Flannagan are all killed serving in the North Staffordshire Regiment
  • As are Arthur, 21, and Graham Glover, 23.
  • Two more sets of brothers are killed on this day in the same Battalion, George, 25, and Reginald Parr, 21, and John and Richard Stephens.
  • Private Frederick Abbotts (North Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 42. His son will be killed in April 1943.
  • Private William Witherow (North Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother will be killed in April 1917.

 

  • Lieutenant Colonel Archibald Samuel Hamilton (Sherwood Foresters commanding 14th Durham Light Infantry) dies of wounds received 26th September near Bois Hugo at age 50. His brother will die of illness in December 1918 as a Brigadier General.
  • Captain ‘the Honorable’ Richard Eustace Grosvenor MC (Royal Horse Artillery) is killed in action at age 32. He is the son of the 1st Lord Stalbridge.
  • Captain Francis Mount (Berkshire Regiment) is killed at age 43. He is the son-in-law of ‘Sir’ John Talbot Dillwyn-Llewelyn 1st
  • Lieutenant Robert Hamilton Hutchsion (Black Watch) is killed in action. He is the son of the Reverend Robert Hutchison Rector of Wood Easton.
  • Lieutenant Arthur Lawrence Badcock (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) is killed at age 21. His brother will be killed in July 1916 and they are sons of the Reverend Thomas Badcock.
  • Lieutenant Thomas Whittingham (Leicestershire Regiment) is killed at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend Walter Godfrey Whittingham Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich.
  • Lieutenant Gordon Sanderson (Gurkha Rifles) is killed at age 28. He is a member of the Archaeological Survey of India.
  • Second Lieutenant Alan Morton Tweedie-Smith (West Surrey Regiment) is killed at age 21. He is the first of three brothers who will die as a result of war service the next in April next year and their younger brother in February 1940.
  • Second Lieutenant Frank Arnold Bright (Sherwood Foresters) is killed at age 28 attempting to save the life of his Sergeant Major. He is the son of ‘Sir’ John Bright.
  • Second Lieutenant James Ley Paton (Black Watch) is killed at age 23. His brother will be killed in May 1917.
  • Second Lieutenant Alan Edward Green (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 20. He was educated at King’s College Choir School in Cambridge and at Felsted School, where he was a member of the Officer Training Corps. Green was commissioned in the South Staffordshire Regiment in April 1914. Second-Lieutenant Green’s brother, John Leslie Green, was commissioned into the Royal Army Medical Corps shortly after war was declared and also served with the South Staffordshire before eventually becoming the Regimental Medical Officer to the Sherwood Foresters. Captain Green was awarded a Victoria Cross posthumously for trying to save the life of an officer at Gommecourt on 1st July 1916.
  • Sergeant Frederick Wallace Watson (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother will be killed in October 1918.
  • Sergeant Walter James Sandford age 25 and his brother Private Ernest Alfred Sandford age 21 are killed together serving in the East Surrey Regiment.
  • Lance Corporal William Kennedy (London Regiment) is killed at age 25. He played football for West Ham United until he suffered a serious knee injury in an FA Cup match against Middlesbrough in February 1912.
  • Lance Corporal Thomas Bunting (Berkshire Regiment) is killed at age 30. His son will lose his life in the Second World War.
  • Lance Corporal Donald MacKenzie (Cameron Highlanders) is killed at age 25 as the middle of three brothers to be killed in the war.
  • Lance Corporal Charles Middlemore Teague (London Regiment) is killed at age 27. His brother was killed on Gallipoli at age 27. They are sons of Chaplain of the Collegiate Church Crediton the Reverend John Jessop Teague.
  • Private Guy Cecil Ford (London Regiment) is killed by a sniper at age 38. He is a former a Captain in the Regiment but resigned to take Holy Orders. He enlisted at the outbreak of the war and is serving as a stretcher bearer.
  • Private Joseph Charles Allcock (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 24. His brother will be killed in December 1916.
  • Private T Carmichael (South Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother will die on service in July 1916.
  • Private George Frederick Goate (Norfolk Regiment) is killed at Loos at age 32. His nephew was killed at age 14 in January of this year in the Zeppelin raid on King’s Lynn and his brother will be killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
  • Private William Arthur Peart (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 23. His brother will be killed in September 1916.
  • Private William Edward Wheeler (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother will be killed in September 1918.
  • Private John William Clarke Brocklehurst (East Surrey Regiment) is killed at age 25. His brother will die on service in December 1917.
  • Private Stanley Blakeway (Liverpool Regiment) is killed in action. He is the first of four brothers who lose their lives as a result of the Great War including one who is a special war worker producing asphyxiating gasses who develops stomach poisoning and one who dies of war wounds in 1920.