Sunday 30 July 1916 – We Lost 2,397

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Wallace Fraser

Wallace Fraser

A second major push ‘over the top’ takes place at the village of Guillemont in which approximately 460 Liverpool Pals officers and men are killed and about 600 others are wounded, captured or missing.  Among those killed is

  • Captain and Adjutant Wallace Fraser. He is the Captain of the Northern Cricket Club. Lieutenant Reginald Ernest Melly is killed at age 28. He is a hockey player for Warwickshire, the Midlands, Yorkshire and the North of England.
  • Lieutenant Richard William Vaughan-Roberts is killed at age 24. He is a member of the Northern Cricket Club and the Liverpool Ramblers Football Club.
  • Private Samuel Hunt is killed at age 25. The regiment is virtually wiped out.

Forty squadron Royal Flying Corps departs Fort Grange for the Western Front and their new base at Treizennes near Aire.

Today’s losses include:

  • Two members including the Captain of the Northern Cricket Club
  • A North of England hockey player
  • A member of the Liverpool Ramblers football clue
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • The son of the former Lord Provost of Aberdeen
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • A man whose father will die on service
  • A former Member of the Australian House of Representatives
  • A battalion commander
  • The son of a Major General
  • A Great War poet
  • A nephew of Lord Nunbumholme
  • A Rhodes scholar
  • A member of the London Scottish Rugby football club

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Robert Lyon (Gordon Highlanders) is killed in action at age 24. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Alexander Lyon Kt JP ex Lord Provost of Aberdeen.
  • Lieutenant Albert John Guthrie (Gordon Highlanders) is killed in action at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend W G Guthrie and his brother will be killed in July 1917.
  • Second Lieutenant Philip Mansell Alexander (Gordon Highlanders) is killed by a shrapnel wound to the head at age 23. His brother will be killed in Palestine in December 1917.
  • Sergeant John Sim (Gordon Highlanders) is killed in action at age 27 three days after his brother has been killed.
  • Lieutenant Noel Stuart Harrison (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed at age 19. His father will die on service one week before the armistice.
  • Acting Corporal Frank Beesley (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 21. His brother was killed in September 1915.
  • Lance Corporal William Edmunds (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed. He is one of three brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Lance Corporal Clarence J Parker (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed. His brother was killed in March 1915.
  • Private Arthur Benjamin Nicholls (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother will be killed in June of next year.
  • Private Alfred John Covington (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 24. His brother will be killed in October.
  • Private William James Johnson MP (Australian Infantry) dies of wounds at age 45. He is the former Australian House of Representatives Labor Member for Robertson. Two weeks ago his Division was addressed by Prime Minister Billy Hughes and former Prime Minister Andrew Fisher when Hughes recognized Johnson in the crowd and the three are seen laughing together.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Edmund Flower Rainey (Punjabis) dies on service in India at age 51. He is the son of Major General A M Rainey.
  • Major Eric Henry Goodwin Leggett (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action a little over two weeks after his brother has died in action, becoming the third son of Colonel Leggett to be killed in the Great War. He dies at age 35.
  • Captain Percy Alfred Blythe MC (Manchester Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother will be killed in five days.
  • Captain David Westcott Brown (Leicestershire Regiment) is killed at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend George Gibson Brown and a Great War Poet.
  • Captain and Adjutant Andrew Currie Begg (Black Watch) is killed at age 36. He is the son of the late Reverend Bruce B Begg DD.
  • Lieutenant Ernest Beauchamp Walters (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend George Ernest Walters Vicar of Keynsham.
  • Lieutenant David Wilson MC (Royal Flying Corps) dies of injuries at age 23. He is the son of the late Reverend David Wilson and nephew of Lord Nunburnholme.
  • Second Lieutenant Frank Norcross (Manchester Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother will be killed in October 1917.
  • Second Lieutenant Francis Cecil Orr Twist (Manchester Regiment) is killed in action at age 20. He had been obtained a Classical Scholarship to Balliol in 1914 and was the Captain of Rugby School 1914-15.
  • Second Lieutenant Edmund Poole Underwood (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 29. His brother was killed in November of last year.
  • Second Lieutenant Lawrence Grant Robertson (King’s Own Scottish Borderers) is killed at age 36. He was on the staff of the Ministry of Health and his brother will die of wounds as a prisoner of war in June of next year.
  • Second Lieutenant Richard George Hart (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed at age 24. He is a Rhodes Scholar.
  • Second Lieutenant Kenneth Richmond Cook (Black Watch) is killed. He is a fine swimmer and a member of the London Scottish Rugby Football Club.
  • Henry William Williamson (Essex Regiment) is killed at age 28. His brother will be killed next June.
  • Private William Borthwick (Royal Scots Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 21. His brother will be killed in Salonika in October 1918.
  • Private William Dimbleby (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother will be killed in October.
  • Private Albert Henry Wakefield (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother was killed two weeks earlier.
  • Private William Dance (Berkshire Regiment) is killed at age 37. His brother died of wounds in November 1914.
  • Private George Brubach (Lancaster Regiment) is killed at age 24. He is the second of four brothers who are killed in the Great War.