Thursday 14 October 1915 – We Lost 383
The Machine Gun Corps is created by Royal Warrant.
Lance Corporal George Alderson (Durham Light Infantry) with two other non-commissioned officers is moving some bombs into a room in a farmhouse where they are to be stored. While the bombs are being stacked one of them falls to the floor and the percussion cap is fired. Corporal Anderson knowing that the bomb will explode in seconds and that to throw it out of the window will endanger the men who are outside, picks up and tries to reach the door. Before he can get out of the door the bomb explodes inflicting wounds from which he will die the following day. For his actions Corporal Anderson will be awarded a posthumous Albert Medal.
Today’s losses include:
- An Albert Medal winner
- A Master at Victoria Boys School
- An England Football International
- Blackburn Rover footballer
- A Scout Master
- A man whose wife will remarry and have her second husband killed in May 1918
- Families that will lose two, three or four sons in the Great War
- Two sons of members of the clergy
- The brother of a member of the clergy
- The son of a General
- The son of a Justice of the Peace
- A man whose brother-in-law and best friend was killed last May
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Major Colin Napier Buchanan Dunlop DSO (Royal Horse Artillery) is killed by a shell. His brother is the Vicar of St Leonard’s.
- Captain Gerald Arthur O’Callaghan (Irish Regiment) is killed at age 35. He is the son of Major General ‘Sir’ Desmond O’Callaghan KCVO and a veteran of the South Africa War.
- Captain Frederic George Alleyne Arkwright (Hussars attached Royal Flying Corps) accidentally killed at age 29. His brother in law and best friend Captain Guy Bonham-Carter was killed last May.
- Captain Reginald Alfred Faire (Leicestershire Regiment) is killed in action at age 25. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Arthur Faire CBE DL JP.
- Lieutenant Vivian George Starkey (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) is killed at age 33. He is the son of the late Reverend G A Starkey.
- Flight Lieutenant Cyril George Lan-Davis (Royal Naval Air Service HMS Ark Royal) dies on service at age 28. He is an inventor and writer on telephotography.
- Second Lieutenant Gordon Stratford Woodhouse (Royal Field Artillery) becomes the last of four brothers who give their lives for their King and Country when he is killed in action at age 26. One brother was killed in 1902 in South Africa and he becomes the third to be killed in the Great War.
- Lance Sergeant Alec David Collis (London Regiment) is killed at age 26. He is the master at Victoria Boys School.
- Lance Sergeant Clarence George Willmott (Essex Regiment) is killed at age 22. He is the Scout Master for the 6th Ilford Troop.
- Lance Corporal Frederick C Daniel (North Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 23. His brother will die on service in 1921.
- Gunner Edward G Latheron (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 27. He played 285 games for the Blackburn Rovers and 2 times was an England International.
- Private Geoffrey Mitchell Hodgson (Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry) is killed at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend John Henry Hodgson.
- Private George Henry Berry (Durham Light Infantry) is killed in action. His widow will marry Private Robert Herring who will be killed in May 1918.
- Private Stanley Wood (Scots Guards) is killed as the middle of three brothers who are killed in the Great War.