Sunday 17 October 1915 – We Lost 392
The Guards Regiments suffer heavy casualties today.
Second Lieutenant Harry Alexander (Grenadier Guards) is killed at Hulloch at age 36. He played International Rugby for England, was a county hockey player, a scratch golfer, excellent skater, professional singer and Schoolmaster at Stanmore Park Preparatory School. Second Lieutenant ‘the Honorable’ Yvo Alan Charteris (Grenadier Guards) is killed in action at age 19. He is the son of the 11th Earl of Wemyss and his brother will be killed six months later in Palestine.
Lieutenant Nicholas George Berwick Lechmere (Scots Guards) is killed in action at age 34. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Edmund Lechmere MP the 3rd Baronet. Lieutenant Cecil William Charles Shelley (Scots Guards) is killed in action at age 41. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Charles Shelley the 5th Baronet and the grand nephew of Percy Bysshe and Mary Shelley. Private Thomas Lawrence Barton (Coldstream Guards) is killed in action at age 20. His wife’s brothers were killed together serving in the same battalion on 25th January of this year. Another of her brothers went out into no man’s land to bring back as much of Private Barton’s personal effects as he could. A fourth brother will be severely wounded in the Great War and will die as a result of these wounds in 1923.
Today’s losses include:
- Grand nephew of Percy Bysshe and Mary Shelley
- A man whose wife lost two brothers together in January of this year
- A man whose father was killed in the Zulu War in 1879
- An England Rugby International
- The son of a Member of Parliament
- the son of the 3rd Baron Cottesloe
- The son of the 11th Earl of Wemyss
- Two sons of Baronets
- Two sons of Justices of the Peace
- Two families that will lose another son in the Great War
- A son of a member of the clergy
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Major Frederick John Roberts (West Surrey Regiment) is killed at age 36. His brother will be killed commanding the 14th Gloucestershire Regiment in June 1918.
- Major Morland John Greig (North Devon Hussars) is killed at age 51 on Gallipoli. He is the son of Exford Somerset JP.
- Lieutenant Andrew Douglas John Melliss (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 18. He is the son of the Reverend Andrew Mellis Vicar of Gawcott.
- Second Lieutenant Thomas Francis Halford Fremantle (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) dies of wounds at age 18. He is the eldest son of the 3rd Baron Cottesloe.
- Private William Patrick Miller (Newfoundland Regiment) is killed at age 38. His father was killed in the Zulu War in 1879.
- Private Hubert Clegg (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed at age 18. His brother will be killed in May 1918.