Thursday 20 July 1916 – We Lost 2,292
Attacks on High Wood which will last until 30 July begin.
Major William La Touche Congreve VC DSO MC (Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 25. He is the son of Lieutenant General ‘Sir’ Walter Norris Congreve VC KCB MVO. During the previous two weeks at Longueval, France, Major Congreve constantly inspired those round him by numerous acts of gallantry. As Brigade Major he not only conducted battalions up to their positions but when the Brigade headquarters was heavily shelled he went out with the medical officer to remove the wounded to places of safety, although he himself was suffering from gas and other shell effects. He went out again on a subsequent occasion tending the wounded under heavy shell fire. Finally, on returning to the front line to ascertain the position after an unsuccessful attack, he is shot and dies instantly. He was married six week prior and his brother will lose his life in the Second World War.
Today’s losses include:
- A Victoria Cross winner
- The son of a Victoria Cross winner
- The brother of a Victoria Cross winner
- A battalion commander
- Multiple families that will two and three sons in the Great War
- Multiple brothers who are killed together
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- The son of a Jurist
- A man whose father will die on service later in the war
- A Military Chaplain
- A Hereford cricketer
- A Somerset cricket player and rugby footballer
- An Australian Rules footballer
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Colonel E L Maxwell (commanding 11th King Edward’s Own Lancers, Indian Army) is killed. His brother a winner of the Victoria Cross will be killed in September 1917.
- Captain Arthur Newstead Falkner (North Lancashire Regiment) dies of wounds received in action at age 43. He is the son of the Reverend Robert Henry Falkner Rector of Woodham Walter and had served with Roberts’ Horse during the South African War.
- Captain Edwared George Clarkson Bagshawe (Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action around Locre at age 36. He is the son of the late Judge Bagshawe KC.
- Captain Arthur Leslie Platts (Suffolk Regiment) is killed in action at the Somme. His brother will die of burns caused by an accident at a chemical works at home in 1918.
- Lieutenant Charles Percy Phipps (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed at age 20. His brother will die on service in 1919 and they are sons of the Reverend Canon Constantine Osborne Phipps Vicar of Lee Great Missenden.
- Lieutenant Charles Edward Victor Cree (Sherwood Foresters) is killed at age 29. His brother was killed in May 1915.
- Lieutenant Reginald Julian Albany Bowles (Royal Welsh Fusiliers) is killed at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend Henry Albany Bowles Vicar of Christ Church Epsom Common.
- Lieutenant Frank Lionel Cassels (Royal Engineers) is killed in Mametz Wood. His brother was killed in September 1915.
- Lieutenant Charles Stewart Bell (South African Scottish) is killed at age 37. He is the son of Sheriff Substitute at Falkirk and a veteran of the South African War and the Campaign in German South West Africa.
- Lieutenant Michael Arthur Raymond Barthorp (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed at age 19. His father will die on service while commanding the Regimental Depot of the Northamptonshire Regiment in June 1918.
- Second Lieutenant Charles Reginald Winckley (Sherwood Foresters) is killed at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend Charles Richard Thorold Winckley Vicar of Billngborough.
- Second Lieutenant Francis Stephen Bibby (Cameronians) is killed in action at age 20. His older brother has been killed in March 1915.
- Second Lieutenant Frank Leslie Reynolds (Sherwood Foresters) is killed in action at age 22. His brother was killed in April of this year.
- Second Lieutenant Edward Douglas Murray (Black Watch) is killed at age 32. He is the son of the Reverend Richard Paget Murray Rector of Waddesdon.
- Chaplain 4th class ‘the Reverend’ Francis Henry Tuke (attached 53rd Brigade) is killed in action at age 49. He is Vicar of Holmer, Hereford, and has played cricket occasionally for Herefordshire.
- Sergeant Ernest Shorrocks (Royal Fusiliers) is killed. He played cricket and rugby football for Somerset County.
- Sergeant Arthur Page (Suffolk Regiment) is killed. His brother was killed last March.
- Corporal Herbert Thomas Bolt (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 22. He is a pioneer Australian rugby league player who played 42 games for Newtown from 1912 to 1915. He is one of 75 Australian soldiers whose remains will be identified by name in 2010 by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission as part of the Fromelles Military Cemetery
- Lance Corporal Edward Walker Egdell (Cameron Highlanders) is killed at age 35. His brother will be killed in April 1918.
- Lance Corporal Thomas Finney (Cameronians) is killed at age 26. His brother will be killed in May 1918.
- Private John George Lambert (Suffolk Regiment) is killed at age 35. His two brothers are also killed in the Great War.
- Private Michael Leonard (Cameronians) is killed in action. His brother will be killed in October of this year.
- Private Samuel Jude (Australian Infantry) dies of wounds in Woolwich at age 29 having been wounded on 14 May. His brother will be killed next month.
- Private John Joseph Cyril Nield (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed at age 20. His brother will be killed in May 1918.
- Private William Hugh Greenacre (Norfolk Regiment) dies of wounds. His brother will be killed next April.
- Privates and brothers Harvey James Lowe (age 26) and Charles Henry Lowe (Worcestershire Regiment) are killed in the same heavy bombardment.
- Private Victor Abraham Bass (Royal Fusiliers) is killed in High Wood at age 27. His brother will be killed in August 1917.
- Privates and brothers Raymond Hadden Choat and Archibald Percy Choat (Australian Infantry) are killed in the same action that their brother Wesley is captured. Wesley will escape his prisoner of war camp in October 1917 and make his way back to England in five weeks. He is an Australian Diarist of the Great War. Raymond is killed at 24 while Archibald is 18.
- Private John Alfred McMillan (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 26. He is the middle of three brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.
- Private Sidney Crowley (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 21. His twin brother was killed last month.