Sunday 3 September 1916 – We Lost 4,056

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Grey de Leche Leach

The Battle of Guillemont which will last four days begins. During a heavy engagement Lieutenant John Vincent Holland (Leinster Regiment) leads his bombers through his own artillery barrage and clears a great part of the village of Guillemont.  He begins with twenty-six bombers and ends with only five and in the meantime captures 50 prisoners.  His regiment suffers 231 casualties during the assault and Lieutenant Holland will be awarded the Victoria Cross for his efforts. His son will be killed in India in 1944 while serving in the Mahratta Light Infantry.

Second Lieutenant Grey de Leche Leach (Scots Guards) is examining bombs in a building at Morlancourt, France in which two non-commissioned officers are also working when the fuse of one the bombs ignites. Shouting a warning he makes for the door carrying the bomb pressed close to his body but on reaching the door he finds other men outside so he cannot throw the bomb away without exposing others to grave danger. He continues to press the bomb to his body until it explodes mortally wounding him at age 22.  For his sacrifice he will be awarded a posthumous Albert Medal.

Today’s losses include:

  • A battalion commander
  • Two men who will have sons killed in 1944
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two, three and four sons in the Great War
  • Brothers killed together
  • A man who lost a brother and a brother-in-law in the Great War
  • The brother of novelist and poet Flora Thompson
  • The son of mystery and detective writer J E Preston Muddock who is almost as popular as Arthur Conan Doyle
  • A former police constable
  • The son of the founder of the Newlyn School of Artists
  • The 1st British Ace killed in the Great War
  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • A Welsh Rugby International
  • An England Cricket International
  • Rosslyn Park Rugby player
  • The son of a General
  • The grandson of a General
  • The son of the Vice Consul at Jerez de Fronters, Spain
  • The son of a Baronet
  • The nephew of a Titanic survivor
  • A man whose father was previously killed in the Great War
  • A man whose brother will be killed in the Second World War

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel John Staples Molesworth Lenox-Conyngham (commanding 6th Connaught Rangers) is killed at age 54. His brother will die in March 1918 and they are sons of Colonel ‘Sir’ William Lenox-Conyngham.
  • Lieutenant Colonel William Beresford Gibbs (commanding 3rd Worcestershire Regiment) is killed at age 35. He is the son of the Reverend William Cobham Gibbs Rector of Clyst St George who will lose another son serving as a Chaplain in March 1918 and a veteran of the South Africa War.
  • Lieutenant Colonel George Henry Bell (commanding 27th Punjabis) dies on service in India at age 47. He previously served in Egypt in 1914 and in France in 1915.
  • Major Montague Nathan Abrahams (Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 41. He is the son-in-law of ‘Sir’ Joseph Duveen.
  • Captain Harry King (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed at age 25. He is the adopted son of Canon Knox Little.
  • Captain Francis Dacres Byng (Rifle Brigade) is killed in action at age 36. He is the son of ‘the Honorable’ Sydney Dacres and he has a son who will be killed in July 1944 at age 27 while serving in the Royal Field Artillery.
  • Captain Edwin Tudor Jones (Royal Welsh Fusiliers) is killed at age 47. He is the son of Lieutenant General Griffith Turner Jones.
  • Captain Edmund Hilton Dadd MC (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed. His brother was killed on Gallipoli in July 1915.
  • Captain Edward Stafford Northcote (Sussex Regiment) is killed at age 30. His brother was killed last April and they are sons of Prebendary the Honorable John Staffofrd Northcote.
  • Captain Laurence William Tuttiett (Sussex Regiment) is killed at age 26. He is the son of the Reverend Laurence Rayner Tuttiett Rector of Kelvedon Hatch.
  • Lieutenant Kenneth Lotherington Hutchings (Liverpool Regiment) is killed in action at La Ginchy at age 33. He is an amateur cricket player for Kent and also played seven test matches for England. He is regarded as the most graceful English batsman of the so-called ‘Golden Age’ of English cricket.
  • Lieutenant Robert de Hougham Mark Bell (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed in action at age 20. He is the son of Colonel Mark Bell VC CB ADC Royal Engineers.
  • Lieutenant Leonard Keid (Australian Infantry) is killed. His two brothers will also be killed in the war, the first tomorrow.
  • Lieutenant Bertram Forstere Buck (Sherwood Foresters) is killed in action at age 45. He is the only son of the British Vice Consul at Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.
  • Lieutenant David William Arnott (Royal Warwickshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 32. His received his Bachelor of Arts Degree at Caius College and was a member of the Ceylon Civil Service.
  • Lieutenant William Stewart Robertson MC (Black Watch) is killed at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend Dr. D R Robertson.
  • Lieutenant Cosmo Lewis Duff-Gordon (Herefordshire Regiment attached Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 19. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Henry William Duff-Gordon 6th Baronet and the nephew of ‘Sir’ Cosmo Duff-Gordon who is best known for surviving the Titanic sinking under questionable circumstances.
  • Second Lieutenant Arthur John Basil Butcher (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed at age 32. He is the son of Colonel Henry Townsend Butcher (Royal Field Artillery) who was killed last September and the grandson of the late Major General Athur Butcher (RM). His brother will be killed in December 1942 in Tunisia serving as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Royal Army Medical Corps.
  • Second Lieutenant Austin Lancelot Forrest (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed at age 23. His brother will be killed in May next year and they are sons of Canon Ernest Francis Forrest Vicar of Pemberton.
  • Second Lieutenant Francis James Ormsby (Sussex Regiment) is killed at age 32. He is a Rosslyn Park Rugby player and his brother was killed in June 1915.
  • Second Lieutenant Thomas Firminger (East Kent Regiment) is killed at aged 30. He is the son of the Reverend Thomas David Charles Firminger Vicar of Charlton Adam.
  • Second Lieutenant Horace Wyndham Thomas (Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 26. He is the son of the Reverend Morgan Thomas and a Welsh Rugby International.
  • Second Lieutenant Ernest Andrade Haines (East Surrey Regiment) is killed at age 28. He is the son of the Reverend Marcus Haines.
  • Second Lieutenant Henry Cope Evans DSO (General List attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 37. He is the first British Ace to be killed in the Great War and is a veteran of the South African War.
  • Second Lieutenant Godfrey Robert Greene (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Canon Godfrey George Greene.
  • Second Lieutenant Reginald Bennett (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed in action at age 27. He is the son of the Reverend Joseph Bennett Vicar of Stanton.
  • Second Lieutenant Hubert Lionel Houssemayne Du Boulay (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother will die during the influenza outbreak in October 1918.
  • Second Lieutenant William Alexander Stanhope Forbes (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) is killed in action on Guillemont at age 23. He is the son of the famous founder of the Newlyn School of artists and his father painted his portrait last month.  The portrait now hangs in the Regimental museum of the Cornwall’s as a memorial to the officers of the regiment who lost their lives in the Great War. The inscription on his grave: He saw beyond the filth of battle and thought death a fair price to pay to belong to the company of these fellows. 
  • Corporal Edward Dwyer VC (East Surrey Regiment) who was awarded the Victoria Cross for actions on 20th April 1915 in the Ypres Salient is killed in action.
  • Lance Corporal Leonard Buckle (West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 23. His brothers will be killed over the next two Octobers.
  • Corporal Frank Thistlewood (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed. His brother will be killed next August.
  • Lance Corporal Henry Tom Preece (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) dies of wounds at home. His brother was killed last July.
  • Lance Corporal Oliver James Haines (Corps of Military Police) by shell fire at age 22. He is a former police constable.
  • Lance Corporal Ernest Stanley Creasey (Sussex Regiment) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed last September.
  • Private Leonard Waterfall (Sherwood Foresters) becomes the second of four brothers to be killed in the Great War when he is killed in action at age 29.
  • Private David John Hatton (East Kent Regiment) is killed in action at age 21. His brother will be killed in August 1918 in Bulgaria.
  • Private Ralph Blair Hornsby (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed in action. His brother was killed in July of this year.
  • Private George C Hannay (Black Watch) is killed at age 19 near Hamel. His brother died serving in the Black Watch at Saltcoats, India on 30 August 1911 at age 28.
  • Private Alexander Bell Mitchell (Black Watch) killed at age 30. His brother will be killed in April 1918 while his brother-in-law will be killed next month.
  • Private Horace Fensome (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 24. His brother will be killed in March 1918. Rifleman Edward Quinn (Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 21. He is the first of four sons of Mrs. A N Quinn of Lower Sydenham to lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Brothers Charles, 39, and Thomas Porter, 37 are killed serving in the Somerset Light Infantry.
  • Private Alfred Mann (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed ten days before his brother will meet the same fate.
  • Private Alec Cuthbert Johnson (Hampshire Regiment) is killed at Becourt at age 18. His two brothers are also killed in the Great War.
  • Private Walter Simpson (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed. His brother will be killed in October 1918.
  • Private Edgar Charles Ashton (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed at age 25. His brother was killed in the opening days of the war.
  • Private Edward Robinson (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed in action. His brother died on service in February 1915.
  • Private James Marcham (Berkshire Regiment) is killed at age 25. His brother was killed last October.
  • Private John William Turner (Sherwood Foresters) is killed at age 24. His brother will be killed in July 1917.
  • Private William Freebury (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed at age 35. His brother was killed in December 1914.
  • Private Frank Arthur (West Surrey Regiment) dies of wounds at age 20. His brother will die on Salonika in October 1918.
  • Private C H Smith (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed at age 21. He is the first of three brothers who will die as a result of war service.
  • Private Sidney Arthur Halford (Warwickshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 20. His brother will be killed next June.
  • Private Arthur Henry Smith (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 33. His brothers were killed earlier this year.
  • Private Harry Hockenhull (Cheshire Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother will be killed next June.
  • Private Edwin Beckett Hide (Sussex Regiment) dies of wounds received at Doullens at age 30. His brother will be killed later this month.
  • Private William Henry Duke (Sussex Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother will be killed next month.
  • Private George Mould (King’s Own Scottish Borderers) is killed. His brother will be killed three days before the Armistice.
  • Private Edward Reginald Preston Muddock (Central Ontario Regiment) is killed at age 30. His brother will be killed in November 1917 and they are sons of the author J E Preston Muddock who wrote nearly 300 detective and mystery stories that are almost as popular as the works of Arthur Conan Doyle in their time.
  • Private Walter Simpson (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother will be killed in October 1918.
  • Private James Dell (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed at age 23. His brother will be killed next month. Private Edward Dipper (Hampshire Regiment) is killed. He is the favorite brother of novelist and poet Flora Thompson famous for her semi-autobiographical trilogy about the English countryside Lark Rise to Candleford.
  • Private Miles Gill (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed in action. His brother will be killed next year.