Thursday 21 October 1915 – We Lost 223
Before dawn a bombing attack mounted by the Irish Guards is driven back to its barricade by the enemy and the officer in charge Lieutenant Tallents is wounded. Second Lieutenant Francis Patrick Hamilton Synge (Irish Guards) is sent out to relieve him and he arrives in time to assist Lieutenant Tallants organize a counter attack. When the attack goes forward Lieutenant Synge follows it in the face of heavy bomb and rifle and fire showing exceptional gallantry. He helps consolidate the ground gained by building a new barricade and clearing the captured trench of wounded and debris while the bombing continues just a few yards further on. He is slightly wounded through the ear early in the action but never relaxes his efforts until his task is completed. Lieutenant Synge will be killed in action on 29th July 1917 have gained the rank of Captain
Today’s losses include:
- A Middlesex cricketer
- A man who will have two brothers killed in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain John Wyndham Hamilton McCulloch (Border Regiment) is killed at age 20. He is a right-handed batsman for the Middlesex cricket club in 1914.
- Private Harry James Prior (Sussex Regiment) becomes the first of three brothers to lose their lives in the Great War when he is killed at age 23.