Friday 13 Oct 1916 – We Lost 476

James Sanders

James Sanders

Second Lieutenant Humphrey Neville Dickinson (Royal West Kent Regiment) dies of wounds received six days earlier at age 34.  He devoted himself to literary and political work. He threw himself earnestly into the cause of Tariff Reform and wrote regularly for the World’s Work and other papers, was at one time Secretary of the Compatriots Club. Among his novels are “Things that are Caesar’s”, “Keddy” which an article in the Observer called the ‘the best, perhaps the only, novel on Oxford’ and “The Business of a Gentleman.”

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A Leeds Rugby footballer

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Thomas Heyliger Hudson (Berkshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 26. His brother will be killed in July next year and they are sons of the Reverend Thomas William Hudson Rector of Gt Shefford.
  • Captain Thomas Hope Formby (Cambridgeshire Regiment) is killed at age 27. He is the son of the Reverend Christopher Hope Formby.
  • Second Lieutenant Percy Albert Drake (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 26. His brother was killed last July.
  • RSM Alfred Keith Scott DCM (Cameron Highlanders) is killed at age 25. His brother was killed last January.
  • Private James Sanders (West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 26. He is a famous Rugby Football Player who had made his mark when only 13 years old he represented Wales in the schoolboy’s match against England in 1902.  By the age of 15 he was playing rugby professionally and at age 19 was playing for the Leeds Rugby Football Club where he helped them reach the challenge cup final against Hull.
  • Rifleman Albert Nunn (Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 37. His brother will be killed in November 1917.