Saturday 16 September 1916 – We Lost 3,299

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Henry Blythe King Allpass

Henry Blythe King Allpass

At Courcelette the Welsh Guards after a delay of almost 4 hours attack from their trenches northwest of Guillemeont Station. The troops quickly lose their direction and the advance breaks down. The battalion fails to reach any of its objectives and digs in close near the Flers Lesboeufs Road with the enemy close.

  • Lance Corporal Augustus Harris a member of the Glamorganshire Police Force a well known local Rugby player.

The Somerset Light Infantry carries out an attack on Gird Trench, north east of Fleurs at 09:25 but under heavy fire from Gas Alley the attack fails, all 17 officers and some 387 other ranks becoming casualties.

  • Lance Corporal William Thomas (Somerset Light Infantry) is killed. His brother was killed in July 1915.
  • Private Arthur Thomas Jefferies (Somerset Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 33. His brother went missing in August and will be shot at dawn in November for desertion.

The Grenadier Guards attack in front of Ginchy without artillery support and advance as far as the high ground west of Lesboeufs suffering heavy casualties from machine gun fire from the church tower. They are forced to stop and dig in 250 yards short of their objective.

  • Captain Marteine Kemes Arundel Lloyd is killed at age 26. He is the son and heir to ‘Sir’ Marteine Owen Mowbray Lloyd 2nd Baron Kemes.
  • Lieutenant Richard William Gregory Welby is killed at age 25. He is the son of the 5th
  • Lieutenant Edward Henry John Wynne dies of wounds at age 22. He is the son of Major General E W Wynne.
  • Captain Allan Keith MacKenzie dies of wounds at age 29. He is the son of the late ‘Sir’ Allan Russell Mackenzie of Glenmuick the 2nd
  • Captain ‘the Honorable’ Richard Philip Stanhope is killed age 31. He is the son of the 6th Earl Stanhope and son-in-law of the 5th Earl of Clancarty.

Britain and France recognize the provisional Czech government.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple Rugby players
  • A member of the Glamorganshire Police Force
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • A man whose brother will be shot at dawn
  • The Heir to the 2nd Baron Kemes
  • A Great War Poet
  • A Baronet
  • Multiple sons of Baronets
  • Multiple sons of Generals
  • The son of the 6th Earl of Stanhope
  • The son-in-law of the 5th Earl of CLancarty
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A man whose son will be killed in the Second World War
  • A man whose brother-in-law will die of wounds
  • A first class cricketer
  • A reporter for the Oxford News
  • A friend of J R R Tolkien
  • A member of the Hockey Hall of Fame
  • A nephew of one of the fathers of Canadian Confederation
  • A Surrey Cricket Club player
  • A Crystal Palace Football Club player
  • A member of the Berkhamstead Boy Scouts
  • A member of the Ponsonby Rugby Football Club

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Roland Playfair Campbell (Canadian Army Medical Corps) is killed in action. He is the son of the Reverend John Campbell.
  • Captain Thomas Lewis Ingram DSO MC (Royal Army Medical Corps) is killed in action at age 41 while searching for wounded men in no man’s land.
  • Captain and Adjutant ‘Sir’ Henry Guy Trentham Butlin (Cambridgeshire Regiment) is killed at age 23. He is the 2nd Baronet and the only son of the 1st
  • Captain Arthur Innes Adam (Cambridgeshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 22. He was a scholar of Winchester College and Bailliol College, Oxford including the 1st Class Honors Moderations.
  • Captain Edgar George Fellowes Prynne (London Regiment) is killed at age 26. His brother will be killed in April 1917.
  • Captain Charles Edgar Holton Smith (Royal Army Medical Corps attached Highland Light Infantry) is killed at age 32. His son will lose his life in the Second World War.
  • Captain Michael Charles Lawrence (Coldstream Guards) dies of wounds at age 21. He is the son of General ‘the Honorable Sir’ Herbert Lawrence who lost another son in May 1915.
  • Lieutenant Charles Beatty (Munster Fusiliers) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend Edmund W Beatty.
  • Lieutenant Michael William Annesley MacMichael (Essex Regiment) is killed in action at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend William MacMichael Vicar of Lee.
  • Lieutenant John Philip Morton Carpenter (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 23 at Flers. He is the son of the Archdeacon of Sarum and his brother in law will die of wounds in Egypt in April 1918..
  • Lieutenant Andrew Haldane Murray (South African Horse) is killed at age 49. He is the son of the Reverend Dr. Andrew Murray of Wellington South Africa.
  • Lieutenant Frederic Arnold Stewart (Durham Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 23. His brother will be killed in April 1917.
  • Second Lieutenant Harry Royley (Durham Light Infantry) is killed at age 23. His brother will be killed in April 1918.
  • Second Lieutenant Michael Stapleton Frayling (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 18. He is the son of the Reverend Edwin John Fraylinjg Vicar of Harwich.
  • Second Lieutenant Rupert George Hickmott (Canterbury Regiment) is killed on the Somme at age 22. He is a First Class Cricketer playing 17 matches for Canterbury.
  • Second Lieutenant Walter Henry Sherburn Phillips (East Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend Walter Phillips Vicar of Skirlaugh.
  • Second Lieutenant Jasper George Olivier (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Canon Henry Eden Olivier Vicar of St James’ Croydon.
  • Second Lieutenant Harry Royley (Durham Light Infantry) is killed at age 23. His brother will be killed in April 1918.
  • Second Lieutenant Frank Arthur Selwyn Hart (Somerset Light Infantry) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend Jesse Hart and a reporter for the Oxford News.
  • Second Lieutenant Henry Blythe King Allpass (Essex Regiment attached Cambridgeshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend Henry Alfred Allpass a friend of J R R Tolkien and one of the Great War Poets. His brother was killed in August 1915 on Gallipoli.

HONOUR TO WHOM HONOUR

When dim in the far time

It shall not be war-time,

And life be not death, and pleasures increase ;

When dazzle the cheering,

And the end of the fearing

And the manifold blessings of Commerce and Peace.

 

When pulpits are crowing,

And wine is a-flowing,

And friends are a-meeting who long have not met ;

When fair is Earth’s promise,

And you patronise ” Tommies “

In the day of rejoicing you shall not forget :

‘Tis Ours that you’re reaping,

Ours, who lie sleeping.

Princes of Ypres and Loos and the Aisne :

To us be the glory.

Us, mangled and gory,

First honour to Us, whom you honour in vain.

 

Then, sorrowing greatly.

Your Jubilee stately

You shall keep for a fast to the friends who are fled ;

And solemnly voicing

Shall cease your rejoicing

To toast and keep toasting the health of The Dead.

  • Lieutenant Francis Clarence McGee (Eastern Ontario Regiment) is killed in action at age 28. He is a legendary ice hockey player during the early days of hockey for the Ottawa Hockey Club. Although McGee was blind in one eye, he scored 14 goals in one Stanley Cup game and five or more goals in a game eight times. He led the Ottawa Club in its reign as Stanley Cup champions for four seasons (1903–06). He will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1945. His brother was killed in May 1915. He is the nephew of Thomas D’Arcy McFee, a Father of Confederation and the only Canadian federal politician to be assassinated. According to William Houston’s biography of McGee in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online “it is a mystery how McGee got into the army with sight in only one eye”. According to his nephew his uncle tricked the doctor. When he was asked to cover one eye and read the chart he covered his blind eye and when required to cover the other eye he switched hands instead of eyes.
  • Sergeant Thomas George King (Coldstream Guards) dies of wounds at age 25. His brother was killed in the first weeks of the War.
  • Corporal Edwin Bertram Myers (London Regiment) is killed at age 28. He played professional cricket and footballer for Surrey Cricket Club and Crystal Palace Football Club.
  • Corporal Bertram Le Rougetel (Royal Canadian Regiment) is killed at age 29. His brother will be killed next February.
  • Lance Corporal Edwin Forman (Sherwood Foresters) is killed at age 24. His brother will be killed next month.
  • Lance Corporal Albert Cecil Roberts (London Regiment) is killed. His brother was killed less than one week ago.
  • Lance Corporal George Parr (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed at age 30. His two brothers will also lose their lives in the war.
  • Private Reginald Frederick Heathman (London Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother will be killed in September 1918.
  • Private Ben Ellis (London Regiment) is killed. He is the last of three brothers who are killed in 1916.
  • Private William Brown (Royal Canadian Regiment) is killed at age 31. His brother will be killed in October 1917.
  • Lance Corporal Oswald Charles Skidmore (London Regiment) is killed. His brother will be killed in October 1917.
  • Private Thomas Geary (Middlesex Regiment) dies of wounds at Birkenhead Hospital at age 18. He was a member of the 1st Berkhamstead Boy Scouts.
  • Private Cecil Louis Walker (Auckland Infantry) is killed at age 28. He is a member of the Ponsonby Rugby Football Club.
  • Private Samuel Mattocks (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) is killed at age 31. His brother was killed in May 1915.
  • Private Edgar Archibald Stuart (Coldstream Guards) is killed at age 24. His brother was killed last July.
  • Private Phillip Tait (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) is killed at age 18. His brother will be killed in July 1918.