Monday 24 July 1915 – We Lost 905

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Richard Molesworth Denny

Richard Molesworth Denny

Captain Richard Molesworth Dennys (Loyal North Lancashire Regiment) dies of wounds received at the Battle of the Somme on 12th July at age 32. He is Winchester College and St Bartholomew’s Hospital educated.  He is a Great War Poet his poems being published in There is No Death.

The Question

Soldier-boy, at the edge of wood

Stretched on th tufty grass,

With a red wound there in your tangled hair

And Never a friend to pass,

The Sky isdark, it will rain tonight

And you are not very old,

So I bring green branches to cover you

And shelter you from the cold.  

Soldier-boy, it’s a grim old world

(Deny it, he who can),

Who knows that your life would have happier been

Had you lived to be a man?

Today’s losses include:

  • A Great War Poet
  • A writer of musical comedies and publisher of many songs
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • The brother of a posthumous Victoria Cross winner
  • Multiple members of the clergy
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • The son of a Surgeon General

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Charles Comyn Scott Scott-Gatty (Hertfordshire Regiment) a son of ‘Sir’ Alfred Scott-Gatty, KCVO, Garter Principal King of Arms, and Lady Scott-Gatty, dies of an illness contract on service at home at age 33. In collaboration with his wife Muriel he wrote the words and music to several musical comedies and many published songs.
  • Captain Henry Brian Brooke (Gordon Highlanders) dies of wounds received on the 1st day of the Battle of the Somme at home at age 27. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Harry Vesey and Lady Brook.  His brother Captain James Brooke was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross in 1914 and another brother will die in 1917 at home.
  • Captain Harcourt Sutcliffe Farebrother MC (Norfolk Regiment) dies of wounds at London at age 26. He is the grandson of the Reverend C. Farebrother, M.A., Rector of Truham-cum-Corby, and Chaplain to the Duke of Cambridge. He was commissioned in the Norfolk Regiment in November 1909, and served at Gibraltar, in Belgium, in India, and in Mesopotamia. He went to the Front in November 1914, and was three times mentioned in Despatches, and was awarded the Military Cross for conspicuous bravery at Shaiba, in Mesopotamia where on 12th April 1915 he received the wounds from which he dies.
  • Captain Noel Cairns Clery MC (Headquarters, Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 23. He is the son of the late Surgeon General J A Clery CB.
  • Captain Alexander Torrance Laing (Northumberland Fusiliers) dies of wounds received in action on 3th July at age 27. He is a Deacon in Holy Orders.
  • Lieutenant Frances Paul Hamilton Layton (Central Ontario Regiment) is killed in action at age 28. He was confirmed into the Anglican Church on 6th April 1914 along with Tom Pollard.  Pollard will be killed in May 1917.
  • Second Lieutenant Ian Stewart Falconar-Stewart (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) is killed at age 24. His brother will be killed on Salonika in September 1918.
  • Private Victor George Dallimore (Royal Army Medical Corps) is killed in action at age 29 by shellfire while tending the wounded. His brother will be killed in July 1917.
  • Private Sidney John Isted (Royal Sussex Regiment) is killed at age 21. His older brother was killed in May 1915 at Gallipoli.
  • Private Wildred Cockroft (West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother will be killed in December of this year.
  • Private Herbert Briers (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed in action. His brother was killed in May 1915.
  • Private John Gretland Veall (Australian Infantry) is killed in action. His brother will be killed in six weeks.
  • Private Arthur Walter Gotts (Lancashire Fusiliers) dies of wounds at age 21. His brother will be killed in March 1918.