Thursday 28 September 1916 – We Lost 889
Flight Sub Lieutenant Daniel Murray Galbraith (Royal Naval Air Service) attacks a large enemy two-seater seaplane. Though his machine is severely damaged by gunfire from the enemy machine, the enemy aircraft finally blows up in the air.
Today’s losses include:
- The son of a member of the clergy
- A District Scout Master of the East Surrey Boy Scouts
- The son of a Justice of the Peace
- The brother of the composer ‘Sir’ Arthur George Drummond Bliss
- The son of a General
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
- A family that will lose five sons in the Great War
- A man whose fiancé will marry his brother
- A man whose brother-in-law will be killed
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Colonel Francis Charles Bartholomew West (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 33. He is the son of the Reverend Charles Frederick Cumber West.
- Captain Henry Lloyd Martin (West Surrey Regiment) is killed by a shell at age 36. He is the District Scout Master of the East Surrey Boy Scout Association and Scoutmaster of the Lingfield and Dormanland Troop.
- Lieutenant James Tait Johnstone (Border Regiment) is killed at age 27. He is the son of James Tait Johnstone JP.
- Second Lieutenant Francis Kennard Bliss (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action. He is the brother of the composer ‘Sir’ Arthur George Drummond Bliss who served in the Royal Fusiliers and Grenadier Guards. His 1930 symphony “Morning Hero’s” will be written to honor his brother and other casualties of the Great War.
- Second Lieutenant Arthur Worsley Blackden (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 18. He is the son of Brigadier General Shadwell Blackden CBE.
- Second Lieutenant William Cowie (Royal Scots) dies of wounds received in action. His brother was killed eleven days earlier.
- Second Lieutenant Oliver Herbert Ball (Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 25. His brother was killed last November.
- Lance Corporal William Francis Spurstow Miller (Wellington Regiment) is killed at age 23. He is the son of Admiral F S Miller.
- Private Robert James Stark (Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment) is killed in action in the Battle for the Schwaben Redoubt near Thiepval at age 23. His fiancé eventually will marry his brother in 1924, though she will wear Robert’s engagement ring on her right hand until she dies in 1968.
- Private John William Rudd (Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 26. His brother will die of wounds in the last month of the Great War.
- Private George Frederic Craik (New Brunswick Regiment) dies of wounds received in action at age 20. He is one of five brothers who served.
- Private Philip Beckley (London Regiment) dies of wounds received in action at age 22. His wife’s brother Leonard Wiseman will be killed in March 1918