Sunday 24 October 1915 – We Lost 185
Brigadier General ‘the Honorable’ John Frederick Hepburn-Stuart-Forbes-Trefusis DSO (Irish Guards, commanding 20th Brigade, 7th Division) is killed in action at Givenchy when shot through the forehead by a sniper at age 37. He is the son of Lord and Dowager Lady Clinton.
HM Drifter (Skipper John Bruce) Charity disappears on a passage from Great Yarmouth to Poole. Nothing is ever heard from any member of her 8 crew.
Today’s losses include:
- A Brigadier General
- The son of Lord Clinton
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- Multiple families that will lose two, three or four sons
- The son of a Chaplain who will die on service in January 1918
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain William Loring (Scottish Horse Yeomanry) dies of wounds on Gallipoli. He is the third son of the Reverend Edward Henry Loring Vicar of Gillingham the first of which was killed one year ago today.
- Lieutenant George Ferris Whidborne MC (Coldstream Guards) dies of wounds received the previous day at age 25. He is the middle of three sons of Reverend George Ferris Whidborne Vicar of St George’s Battersea.
- Second Lieutenant Robert Carlyle Baile (Royal Engineers) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend George William Baile who will die as a Chaplain attached to the 64th Casualty Clearing Station in January 1918.
- Trooper Walter Steward Johnson (Norfolk Yeomanry) dies of dysentery at sea at age 25. His brother will die of wounds in September 1918.
- Private William Arthur Stewart (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed on Gallipoli at age 29. He is the first of four brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.
- Private Edward George Brain (Australian Infantry) is killed on Gallipoli. He is the son of the Reverend Alfred Brain Rector of Korumburra, Victoria.