Saturday 21 October 1916 – We Lost 1,102

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Charles Gordon Mortimer

Charles Gordon Mortimer

The Royal Sussex Regiment takes part of an assault on the position known as Stuff trench in the battle of the Somme. Some of the one hundred thirty eight members of the Regiment killed today is

  • Lieutenant Frederick Spencer Willesley Bagot age 26. He is the grandson of Vice Admiral Henry Bagot.
  • Private George Wilfred Duke (Sussex Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed last month.
  • Private Ernest Frederick Fisher (Sussex Regiment) is killed at age 24. His brother will be killed in March 1918.
  • Private James Henry West (Sussex Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother will be killed next July.

Today’s losses include:

  • The grandson of an Admiral
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The son of the former Mayor of Christchurch, New Zealand
  • The son of the late consul in Los Angeles, California where he was born

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Henry Hutton Scott (Canadian Infantry) is killed at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend Frederick George Scott Rector of St Matthew’s Quebec.
  • Captain Leslie Victor Hulbert (New Zealand Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 29. He is the son of the former Mayor of Christchurch, New Zealand.
  • Captain Tom Drysdale Miller (Border Regiment) is killed at age 28. He is the son of the Reverend Andrew Miller.
  • Lieutenant Alexander Duff Brownlee Don (Royal Engineers) is killed at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend John Davidson Don.
  • Lieutenant Charles Gordon Mortimer (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds in Malta at age 26. He is the son of the late H B M Mortimer Consul, Los Angeles, California. He is a barrister-at-law, had been a cadet at the Royal Military College, Canada and was born in Los Angeles, California.
  • Second Lieutenant William Woodthorpe Barnard Barnard-Smith (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend Barnard Gooch.
  • Driver Charles Francis Vernon Dyson (Royal Field Artillery) is killed when a gas shell explodes at the mouth of his gun pit. He dies at age 17 and has a brother who will also die in the Great War.
  • Private Charles Herbert Payne (Quebec Regiment) is killed at age 28. His brother will die on active service in February 1919.
  • Private Frank Clough (Cheshire Regiment) is killed at age 28. His brother will be killed in September 1918.