Thursday 16 December 1915 – We Lost 218

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8th Earl de la Warr

8th Earl de la Warr

Today’s losses include:

  • The 8th Earl de la War
  • An Alderman
  • A Justice of the Peace
  • A man whose nephew will be killed in the Second World War
  • A suicide
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Gilbert George Reginald Sackville (commanding His Majesty’s Motor Launch California, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) the 8th Earl de la Warr dies in Italy at age 46. He is the Deputy Lieutenant, Justice of the Peace and Alderman for East Sussex and he served in the South African War. He is the former son in law of the 1st Lord Brassey. His nephew, son of the 9th Earl, will be killed in action in 1943 at age 20.
  • Lieutenant Ewen Arthur Cameron (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 20. He is the son of Major ‘Sir’ Maurice Cameron KCMG.
  • Sub Lieutenant Robert H Lees (minesweeper HMS Arabis Royal Naval Reserve) murders his wife and then commits suicide.
  • Sergeant George Foley (South Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 29 in Kut. His brother will be killed in August 1917.
  • Lance Corporal Robert Dyke Davies (Royal Engineers) is killed at age 26. His brother will be killed in December 1917.
  • Pioneer Dan Mainwaring (Royal Engineers) is killed at age 26. His brother will be killed in July 1918.