Monday 2 October 1916 – We Lost 861
Major Henry Duncan Bentinck (Coldstream Guards) dies of wounds in hospital at Rouen at age 35 after being wounded in several places last month. A serious wound in the thigh necessitated his leg being amputated. He is the son of the late Lieutenant Colonel Henry Charles Adolphus Frederick William and Countess A Bentinck. His father, grandfather, and grand-uncle were all in the Coldstream Guards, the latter leading the Guards at the Battle of the Alma. He represented Cambridge at Water Polo against Oxford every year he was in residence, represented Cambridge at boxing, and in 1911 won the Army and Navy Boxing Championship. Major Bentinck joined the Coldstream Guards in 1903 and served at Cairo and Khartoum from 1906-1910. In 1913 he was seconded for service in the Egyptian Army. On the outbreak of the War he obtained leave to give up the Egyptian Army in order to join his Regiment and went to the Front in April 1915 where he remained as Company Commander, or as Second-in-Command, until his death. He was mentioned in Despatches and obtained his Brevet Majority in January 1916.
Today’s losses include:
- Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
- The son of a member of the clergy
- The son-in-law of a member of the clergy
- A former Chaplain
- A man whose brother was killed in the South Africa War
- A man shot at dawn
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Major Arthur Cyril Hudson (Royal Fusiliers) dies of wounds received in action at age 37. He is the son-in-law of the Reverend H Clifford and his younger brother was killed in September 1914.
- Major Edward Victor Colley William Wellesley MC (Royal Engineers) is accidentally killed at home. His brother will be killed in the collision of submarines K4 and K7 in January 1918.
- Lieutenant Basil Drage Royston (Royal Garrison Artillery) dies of wounds. His brother will die of pneumonia in November 1918.
- Lieutenant Walter Douglas Miller (Royal Garrison Artillery attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend Hugh Miller.
- Lieutenant Harry Bolton Riley (Canterbury Infantry) is killed at age 41. His brother was killed on Gallipoli in August 1915.
- Second Lieutenant George Ashworth (Sherwood Foresters attached The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment) is killed in action. In two years his brother will be killed as a Second Lieutenant in the York and Lancaster Regiment.
- Second Lieutenant the Reverend Henry Somerset Allan (London Regiment) dies of wounds at age 33. He is the son of the Reverend George Alexander Allan. He is a former Chaplain of the Holy Evangelists.
- Second Lieutenant Frank Spinney (Royal Scots) is killed on Salonika at age 27. His brother was killed in July of this year.
- Corporal John Wilfred Essex (Leicestershire Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed in July.
- Lance Corporal Percy George Gifford (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) is killed at age 38. His brother was killed in the South Africa War.
- Private George Thomas Cooper (Royal Army Medical Corps) dies of wounds at age 24. His brother will die on service in October 1917.
- Private Frederick William Ballard (Royal Fusiliers) dies of wounds at age 23. He is the first of three brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War. The brother’s cousin was killed in August 1915.
- Private John Walter Lock Mackie (Quebec Regiment) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Edmund St Gascoigne Mackie.
- Private John Joseph Sweeney (Otago Regiment) is shot for desertion at age 37 for desertion. He is an Australian whose brother will die on service in 1918 and his father will commute suicide in 1925 just before details of the execution are made public.