Saturday 22 July 1916 – We Lost 1,201
Major General Edward Charles Ingouville-Williams (commanding 34th Division) is killed in action while reconnoitering ground in the vicinity of Mametz. He goes out soon after lunch and is shortly thereafter killed by shell file while walking back from Contalmaison. He dies at age 54.
Today’s losses include:
- A man whose father died while in command of HMS Superb in November 1914
- A grandson of Col J Lewes “The Hero of Redan”
- A member of Tolkien’s TCBS
- Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
- The son of the Headmaster of the British School, Bristol
- A Warwickshire Cricket player
- A Champion gymnast
- The son of the editor of The Observer
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- The son of a Justice of the Peace
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Martyn Tulloch Vaughan Lewes (Welsh Regiment attached Royal Flying Corps) dies of injuries received one week previous at age 21. He is the only child of the late Captain Price Vaughan Lewes, R.N, C.B., D.S.O., who died while in command of HMS Superb in November 1914, and grandson of Colonel J. Lewes, of Llanear, Cardiganshire, well known as the ‘Hero of the Redan’. Lieutenant Vaughan Lewes was gazetted to the Welsh Regiment in September 1914. He went to France the following May and was immediately attached to the Monmouthshire Regiment. He went through the heavy fighting of the spring of 191 5 around Ypres and was wounded in the engagement at Andverous, but refused to be sent to the base and returned to duty as soon as possible. After short leave home he was attached to the Royal Flying Corps and was engaged in reconnaissance work. A brilliant pilot, he brought down three enemy planes the week before his death. It was while engaged in a flight over the German lines on 15th July that he received the injuries to which he has succumbed. He lost his way in a dense fog and remained for many hours in the air, unable to land for fear of descending behind the German lines. When at last he did come down he is severely wounded by shrapnel and the aeroplane fails to work properly and gets out of control. He takes the only chance that remains and jumps from the machine, but sustains a shattered leg and internal injuries. He is taken to the hospital, but, after lingering a few days, succumbs to those injuries today
- Lieutenant Ralph Stuart Payton (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed in the only cavalry charge of the Battle of the Somme at age 22. He is a member of Tolkien’s TCBS (known as the baby) and his brother will be killed in August 1918.
- Second Lieutenant Harold Sutcliffe Greenwood (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 20. He is the son of the headmaster of the British School, Bristol.
- Private Percy Jeeves (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 28. He played fifty cricket matches for the Warwickshire Cricket Club from 1912 to 1914. P G Wodehouse’s characters Bertie Wooster and his ingenious valet Jeeves have become famous since their 1915 debut short story; Wodehouse has said that he named his Jeeves after Percy Jeeves.
- Captain Alex Arthur Francis Loch DSO (South Wales Borderers) is killed in action at age 20. He was a champion gymnast at Cheltenham College.
- Captain Warren Francis Tree (Worcestershire Regiment) dies of wounds received the previous day at ge 28. He is the middle of three brothers who are killed in the Great War.
- Captain William Henry Charlewood (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 23. His brother will be killed in March 1918.
- Captain Gerard Garvin (South Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the editor of The Observer.
- Lieutenant Edmund Downes Badcock (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed in October 1915 and they are sons of the Reverend Thomas Badcock.
- Lieutenant Reginald John Allen Palmer (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Edward John Palmer Rector of Widmerpool.
- Lieutenant Stanley Walter Burrell (Royal Army Medical Corps) is killed at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend Frederick Walter Isaacs Prebendary of St Paul’s Vicar of Chiswick.
- Lieutenant Gerald Leigh Bleeck Fayle (Royal Engineers) is killed in action at age 21. His brother will be killed in October of this year.
- Second Lieutenant Christopher St John Tyrer (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend Frank Tyrer Vicar of Moxley.
- Second Lieutenant Richard Elkanah Hawnam Healey (Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed at age 31. He is the son of the Reverend Randolph Eddowes Healey Vicar of St Thomas Coventry.
- Second Lieutenant Jeffery Wentworth Lythgoe (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed at age 26. He is the son of the Reverend George Edward Lythgoe Vicar of St Paul’s Tipton.
- Second Lieutenant Clifford Rendell (Newfoundland Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother will be killed in September 1918.
- Second Lieutenant Eric William Brodrick (Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 35. He is the son of the late Reverend Francis Edward Brodrick Rector of Farnley Warwick.
- Second Lieutenant John Allister Fleming (Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend R S Fleming.
- Sergeant John Charles Faulkner (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 30 becoming the third brother to lose his life in the past 5 months.
- Lance Sergeant Alexander James Gunn (Gordon Highlanders) is killed at age 21. He is the son of Alexander Gunn JP.
- Private Robert George Patterson (Norfolk Regiment) is killed at age 26. His two brothers will lose their lives in the Great War.
- Private John Careless (Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed. His son will be killed in July 1918.
- Second Lieutenant Fergus Gleave (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 27. His brother will be killed in the Kilmichael Ambush in Cork Ireland on 28th November 1920 as a Cadet in the Royal Irish Constabulary having earned the Distinguished Flying Cross as a Lieutenant in the Royal Air Force during the Great War.