Tuesday 31 October 1916 – We Lost 484

John MacLean Rolls

John MacLean Rolls

The collier S S Adriatic goes missing and is not heard from again.  Apprentice William Alfred Cheetham is lost at age 16.  His father was on the Imperial Trans-Antartic Expedition and will be killed in August 1918 when his ship is sunk.

Today’s losses include:

  • The 2nd Baron Llangattock
  • Viscount Clive
  • A former Mayor and High Sheriff of Monmouthshire
  • The older brother of the co-founder of Rolls-Royce
  • A battalion commander
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • The son of an Earl and Baroness
  • A man whose brother will be killed in the Second World War
  • The grandson of a General
  • The son of a member of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Arthur C Vincent Clutterbuck (commanding 3rd Essex Regiment) dies at home at age 40.
  • Major John MacLean Rolls (Royal Field Artillery) the 2nd Baron Llangattock dies of wounds at age 46. In 1900 he was High Sheriff of Monmouthshire and Mayor in 1906-07. He was also a JP and Deputy Lieutenant and county councillor for Monmouthshire. He is the older brother of Charles Stewart Rolls the co-founder of Rolls-Royce, the first airman to cross and re-cross the Channel and Britain’s first aircraft fatality.
  • Captain Cyril Noel Cory (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 28. He was commissioned to the Royal Field Artillery in 1907. In 1911, when he was Whip to the Regimental Harriers at Bulford Camp, he won the Harriers Steeplechase Cup, though in the course of the race he had fallen and broken his collar-bone. He went to the front with the 72nd Battery as part of the 6th Division in September 1914. At the First Battle of Ypres this Battery formed part of the 3rd Corps, which Lord French specially commended for its great gallantry and devotion to duty. He served continuously in France with this Battery until his death, with the exception of a few weeks when he was in command of a Trench Mortar Battery. He was then given command of his original Battery and was in his dug-out at Morval when a shell fell on it and killed or wounded all the officers of the Battery.
  • Captain Christopher Mellor Ridley (Essex Regiment) is killed at age 25. His brother will be killed next July.
  • Captain Percy Robert Herbert, Viscount Clive (Welsh Guards) dies of wounds at home at age 23. He is the son of George Charles Herbert the 4th Earl of Powis and 18th Baroness Darcy de Knayth. His brother Mervyn Horatio Herbert will be killed in March 1943.
  • Lieutenant Murray Turley Smith (Central Ontario Regiment) is killed in action at age 25 exactly two months to the day after his younger brother was killed in action.
  • Lieutenant Kendal Coghill Glendower Ottley (West India Regiment) is killed in East Africa. He is the middle of three brothers and grandsons of Major General C G Ottley who are killed in the war.
  • Second Lieutenant William Douglas Bradshaw (Royal Field Artillery) is killed. His brother was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
  • Second Lieutenant Arnold Langley MacKay (Scots Fusiliers) dies of wounds at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend Angus MacKay Rector of Holy Trinity Edinburgh.
  • Sergeant Don B Sutherland (Canadian Infantry) is killed in action at Ancre. His brother will die of wounds in November 1917.