Wednesday 18 October 1916 – We Lost 993
Casualties are sustained in an attack at Gueudecourt when the Norfolk Regiment is able to seize a German trench (Mild Trench) and hold it against sustained counter-attacks.
- Second Lieutenant Harold John Badcock (Norfolk Regiment) killed at age 28. He is the son of the principal teacher at Boxmoore School House.
Today’s losses include:
- The son of the principal teacher at Boxmoore School House
- A Rosslyn Park Rugby footballer
- Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
- A family that will lose five sons in the Great War
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- A man who will have two nephews killed in the retreat to Dunkirk in May 1940
- A man whose son will be killed in December 1941
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain Edward Percy Wallis (Sussex Regiment) is killed at age 22. He is a Rosslyn Park Rugby footballer.
- Captain Alexander Ellice (Cameron Highlanders) is killed in action at age 21. His brothers were killed on HMS Bulwark in 1914 and in September 1916.
- Lieutenant Arthur Edmund Owen (Northamptonshire Regiment attached Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed in action at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Arthur F Owen.
- Lieutenant John Handyside (Liverpool Regiment) dies of wounds while rallying his men during an attack at age 33. His is a distinguished graduate of Edinburgh and Exford and since 1912 has been a lecturer in philosophy at the University of Liverpool. He will be published posthumously.
- Lieutenant Andrew Montgomery Rees (Essex Regiment) is killed in action at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend Robert Montgomery Rees.
- Second Lieutenant Robert Arthur Cecil Mathews (East Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed in November 1914.
- Second Lieutenant George Kenward Elton (Hampshire Regiment) is killed at age 18. He is the son of the Reverend George Goodenough Elton Vicar of Nether Wallop.
- Second Lieutenant Duncan Colvin McColl (Cameron Highlanders) is killed at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend John McColl.
- Second Lieutenant Kenneth Overend Howard Smith-Howard (Royal Sussex Regiment) is killed in action at age 23. He had been an ordination candidate prior to the war.
- Second Lieutenant John Follamsbee Bredin Delap (Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend Louis Bredin Delap Vicar of Benhall.
- Second Lieutenant Errol Victor Tatham (South African Infantry) is killed at age 24. He is the son of Lieutenant Colonel the Honorable F S Tatham DSO who lost another son three days ago when submarine H3 is lost.
- Corporal Thomas Leonard Cromwell (Liverpool Regiment) is killed at age 26. His two nephews will be killed in May 1940 during the retreat serving the Royal Engineers.
- Private Frederick Fitzroy (Liverpool Regiment) is killed in action one year before his brother meets the same fate.
- Private Arthur Hopkins (Machine Gun Corps) is killed in action. His brother will be killed in June 1917.
- Private Walter Henry Wills (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother will die on service in January 1920.
- Private Joseph Hamburger (Royal Fusiliers) is killed. His son will lose his life serving in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in December 1941.
- Private Albert Victor George (Norfolk Regiment) is killed at age 20. He is one of five brothers who will lose their lives in service of their King and Country. Four will die in the Great War while the fifth will be killed in the Second World War.