Monday 13 November 1916 – We Lost 3,505

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Frederick Septimus Kelly

Frederick Septimus Kelly

The second phase of the Battle of Ancre begins and will last until the 18th.  Beaumont Hamel is captured. At 05:45 hours under the cover of the artillery barrage the leading battalions of the 63rd (Royal Naval) Division begin their attack on Ancre and Beaucourt making good progress but at the cost of severe casualties from enfilading fire. Lieutenant Colonel A S Tetley the commanding officer of the Drake Battalion is mortally wounded (he will die in two days) and the commanding officer of the Hood Battalion Lieutenant Colonel Freyberg finds himself leading not only his own men but those of Drake Battalion as well. By 06:45 hours Freyberg has managed to take his first objective along with hundreds of prisoners. On his left though the Hawke and Nelson Battalions have encountered very stiff opposition with the commanding officer of the Hawke Battalion wounded and that of the Nelson killed (Lieutenant Colonel’s Wilson and Burge). To their left the 188th Brigade are having an equally difficult time with Royal Marine Light Infantry on the extreme left losing every Company Commander in the opening charge.

Three German machine gun posts are well concealed in particular, which had escaped discovery and are not shown on any of the British maps, they cause terrible damage to the attacks made by the 188th Brigade and the left of the 189th. Following General Shute’s decision to use the 190th Brigade to press forward, the intermingling of units on the hillside becomes even greater and the confusion no less so. In the valley Freyberg advances again at 07:45 with his two battalions and part of the Honorable Artillery Company. Within an hour and a half he is confident that he can take the village of Beaucourt. However, with the left flank of the Division still hanging in the air, General Shute tells Freyberg to hold fast while the artillery continues with the bombardment and the 188th Brigade attempts further attacks across its front.

By early evening darkness has fallen and the position remains as much as it had for the afternoon with Freyberg and his assortment of troops in a line from the railway at the southern edge of Beaucourt stretching across the front of the village and into the second German communication trench – Redoubt Alley. The rest of the advance has been held up in the front line but they are in contact with the 51st Division on their left who have taken the infamous Y Ravine. In 190th Brigade it is only Honorable Artillery Company who are still recognizable as a single unit the remainder have become intermixed with other units.

Today’s losses include:

  • An Olympic Gold Medalist
  • A pianist and composer
  • A pall bearer at Rupert Brooke’s funeral
  • Multiple battalion commanders
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • The son of Baron Glenavy
  • The son of Viscount Rothermere
  • The son of a Baronet
  • A Rosslyn Park Rugby footballer
  • An England Rugby International
  • A goalkeeper for the Buckie Thistle football club
  • A Celtic and Motherwell footballer
  • A Birmingham and Chesterfield Town footballer
  • Another professional footballer
  • An author of multiple magazine articles
  • The son of His Majesty’s Consul in Sao Paulo
  • The son of a Member of Parliament
  • The Chief Constable of Norfolk
  • The son of a writer to the Signer
  • Brothers killed together
  • The brother of a Victoria Cross winner
  • A man who will lose three brothers in the Great War
  • A family that will lose five sons in the Great War
  • A man who will have a brother and brother-in-law will be killed in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Commander Frederick Septimus Kelly DSC (Hood Division, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) DSC is killed in action at Ancre at age 35. He is a pianist composer and winner of the Diamond Sculls at Henly in 1902, 1903 and 1905, the first man ever to accomplish the feat. He was also a 1908 Olympic rower winning a Gold Medal as a member of the eight-oared shell with coxswain team from the Leander Club. He was one of the pall bearers at Rupert Brooke’s funeral.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Frederick John Saunders DSO (Anson Battalion Royal Naval Division) is killed at age 40.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Norman Ormsby Burge (commanding Nelson Battalion Royal Naval Division) is killed at age 40.
  • Captain Vere Duncombe Loxley (Royal Marines) is killed in action at age 43. One brother was killed as Captain of HMS Formidable while his second brother will die in Paris while on service in two years. They are sons of the Reverend Arthur Smart Loxley Vicar of Fairford.
  • Captain William Elmhirst (East Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 24. His brother was killed in August 1915 and they are sons of the Reverend William Heaton Elmhirst.
  • Lieutenant Philp Sidney Campbell (Drake Battalion) is killed at age 23. He is the son of Patrick Campbell 1st Baron Glenavy.
  • Lieutenant Claude Douglas Fenelon de la Mothe (Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) is killed in action at age 28. He is the son of the late Reverend Claude Haskins de la Mothe and a Rosslyn Park Rugby footballer. He suffered a Field General Court Martial earlier this year for drunkenness.
  • Lieutenant ‘the Honorable’ Vere Sidney Tudor Harmsworth (Hawke Battalion, Royal Naval Division Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) is killed in action at age 21. He is the son of the 1st Viscount Rothermere Chief Proprietor of the Daily Mail who will have another son killed in February 1918.
  • Surgeon Lieutenant Charles Humphrey Gow (Anson Battalion) is killed is killed. He is the son of the Reverend H Gow.
  • Lieutenant Henry Blamires Wilcock (Essex Regiment) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend William Henry Wilcock Rector of Tolleshunt Knights.
  • Lieutenant Alfred Frederick Maynard (Howe Battalion, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) is killed in action at age 22. He is a former England International Rugby Football player.
  • Second Lieutenant Tom Mackintosh (East Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother will be killed in September 1918.
  • Second Lieutenant Lancelot John Austen ‘Jack’ Dewar (Royal Marine Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 20. He is the son of the late Reverend David Dewar Vicar of Holy Trinity, and has a brother who will be killed in action in March 1918.
  • Sub Lieutenant Arthur Reginald Hart (Hood Battalion, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) is killed in action at age 25. He was a member of the Classical Grecians of Christ’s Hospital and subsequently took high honors at London University. He was also awarded the First Arts Scholarship at Westminster Hospital.
  • Sub Lieutenant Edmund Langstreth (Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) is killed in action at age 28. He is the son of Councillor Edmund Langstreth, Temple Villa, Scotforth Road, Lancaster.
  • Sub Lieutenant James Archibald Cook (Hawke Royal Naval Division Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend Donald Cook.
  • Second Lieutenant Louis Mander Stokes (Royal Marine Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend Dr. Stokes a Rugby Schoolboy and the book “A Dear and Noble Boy – The Life and Letters of Louis Stokes 1897-1916” will be published after the War.
  • Petty Officer Alex Davidson (Machine Gun Company RNVR, RND) is killed. He is the goalkeeper for the Buckie Thistle football club.
  • Able Seaman William Gordon Brown (‘A’ Company, ‘Hawke’ Battalion Royal Naval Division Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) is killed in action near Beaumont Hamel at age 21. He was the author of an article in Philosophical Magazine of August 1915 and of articles published in Proceedings of Royal Society of Edinburgh in July 1922.
  • Able Seaman John David Thomson (189th Brigade, Machine Gun Company, Royal Naval Division Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) is killed in action at age 22. He is the son of Matthew (His Majesty’s Consul of Sao Paulo).
  • Able Seaman Frank Barnfield (Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed in October 1915.
  • Able Seaman Burleigh St Luir Hannam (Hawke Battalion Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) is killed at age 19. His brother will die on service in Canada in October 1918. The brothers are from Brooklyn New York.
  • Private Edward Lambert (Royal Marine Light Infantry) is killed. His brother will be in April 1918. Able Seaman Ernest Howells (Hood Royal Naval Division) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
  • Able Seaman Sidney George Harris (Hood Royal Naval Division) is killed at age 19 less than one month after his brother was killed.
  • Captain Douglas Carmichael (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed at age 21. He is the son of ‘Sir’ James and Lady Carmichael KBE.
  • Second Lieutenant Raymond Alastair McLean (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed in action at age 23. He had been a Vans Dunlop Scholar at the University of Edinburgh – M A with triple honors.  He was also a divinity student.
  • Second Lieutenant Alfred Ernest Brander (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) is killed in action at age 21. His brother will die of injuries serving as a Surgeon in the Royal Navy in May 1918. They are sons of the Procurator Fiscal of Cupar, Fife and he was a dental student.
  • Second Lieutenant Patrick Rankin Monteith (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) is killed in action at age 27. He is the brother of Second Lieutenant Matthew Rankin Monteith (Royal Engineers) who was killed in action at age 20 back on 16th July of this year.
  • Private Robert McLean (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) is killed in action at age 24. His brother was killed in July of this year.
  • Private James D Malcolm (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed at age 19. His brother will die of wounds next October.
  • Private George M Henderson (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed. He is one of three brothers who will be killed in the Great War. Privates Alexander, 19, and George Henderson, 22, are killed together serving in the Seaforth Highlanders in the attack on Beaumont Hamel.
  • Captain Cyril Stanley Rattigan (Royal Fusiliers) is killed by a sniper at age 32. He is the youngest son of the late ‘Sir’ William Henry Rattigan KC LLD MP for Lanarkshire, and of Lady Rattigan. In 1909 he was appointed Honorary Attaché in His Majesty’s Diplomatic Service, and the same year accompanied the mission under ‘Sir’ Reginald Lister to Fez. Captain Rattigan was on the Staff of the Garrison Commander at Falmouth from September 1914, for more than a year, but preferring to be with his Battalion he resigned his appointment, and though offered another Staff billet he refused it, writing that he “could not leave his Regiment and the men he loved, all of whom are such fine fellows”.
  • Corporal Philip G Steer (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at Beaumont Hamel at age 26. He is the son of the Reverend Thomas Steer.
  • Private Owen Plummer (Royal Fusiliers 63rd Royal Naval Division) is killed at Ancre at age 33. His two brothers will also lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Private Edward Minty Miller (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 34. He is the son Archdeacon Miller.
  • One hundred seven members of the Royal Scots are killed including Sergeant Patrick Slavin (Royal Scots) who is killed in action on the Somme. He is a football player for the Celtic Football Club and Motherwell Football Club.
  • Private Peter Hume Brown (Royal Scots) is killed in action at age 26. His brother Robert also fell in the Great War.
  • Major Egbert Napier (General List attached Gordon Highlanders) is killed in action at age 49. At the outbreak of the war he was the Chief Constable of Norfolk.
  • Lieutenant Herbert Victor Sewell (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 27. His brother will be killed winning the Victoria Cross in November 1918 and a third brother will be killed in August 1917.
  • Second Lieutenant Herbert Gordon Thomas (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed at age 31. He is the son of the Reverend T Thomas.
  • Second Lieutenant Kenneth Cuthbert Fisher-Brown (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed in action at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend John Fisher-Brown Rector of Folkton.
  • Second Lieutenant George Morton Cairns (Black Watch) is killed at age 35. He is the son of Henry Cairns a writer to the Signet.
  • Company Sergeant Major Joseph Enoch Smith (Middlesex Regiment) is killed at age 27. He is a footballer who made 38 appearances for Birmingham and Chesterfield Town.
  • Sergeant James McColgin (Cheshire Regiment) is killed at age 25. His brother died of wounds in August 1915.
  • Lance Sergeant Charles Arthur Findlater (Dublin Fusiliers) is killed at age 46. His brother was killed in August 1915 on Gallipoli.
  • Lance Corporal Robert Reid (Gordon Highlanders) is killed at age 20. He is the first of four brothers who are killed in the war.
  • Lance Corporal Hugh Gordon Stamper (Dublin Fusiliers) is killed at age 32. He is the son of the Reverend J Stamper.
  • Lance Corporal Albert Edward Haynes (Berkshire Regiment) is killed at age 30. His brother will be killed in June 1918.
  • Lance Corporal Robert Houston (Middlesex Regiment) a professional footballer is killed at age 22.
  • Private Reginald Moss (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed. His brother died on service last November.
  • Private Herbert Charles Webb (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 23. His brother will be killed in October 1918.
  • Private Henry Thomas Diggins (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 19. His older brother will be killed in August 1918.
  • Private Arthur Walling Kisby (South Staffordshire Regiment) becomes the second of three brothers to be killed in the Great War when he dies at age 29. His younger brother was killed last July while his older brother will be killed in October of next year.
  • Private Thomas Tyers Underwood (Honourable Artillery Company) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed in July.
  • Private Thomas Clarke (Dublin Fusiliers) is killed at age 23. His brother will be killed in March 1918.
  • Private D Carmichael (Highland Light Infantry) is killed at age 21. His brother will be killed in September 1918.
  • Private Douglas Henry Fayle (Grenadier Guards) is killed at age 23. His brother will be killed next November in Palestine.
  • Private Peter Edward Savage (Dublin Fusiliers) is killed at age 22. His brother will be killed in March 1918.
  • Private James Lyons (Dublin Fusiliers) is killed. His brother was killed in May 1915.
  • Private Lancelot Harris (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed at age 25. His brother will be killed in the sinking of the Aragon in December 1917.
  • Private Eric Harold Peck (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother will die on service in May 1919.
  • Private George David Gurr (Sussex Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother will be killed next October.
  • Private Adam Lindsay Cranston is killed at age 30. He is the third of five brothers who will their lives in the Great War becoming the third this year.
  • Private Arthur Drewitt (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed at age 32. His brother will be killed in August 1917 while his brother-in-law will also lose his life in the war.
  • Private Harry Goldstone (Essex Regiment) is killed at age 25. His brother will be killed in March 1918.
  • An assault is made on the German fortification known as the Schwaben Redoubt. The 1st Hertfordshire Regiment attacks the Hansa Line of German trenches at 05:45 in the dark and in a heavy mist.  The first objective is soon take with many enemy killed and captured.  The final objective is taken at 07:20 and despite heavy shelling and determined counter attacks the battalion manages to hold onto and consolidate their positions but suffer many casualties. Among those killed is Private Cuthbert Victor Albone (Hertfordshire Regiment) who is killed at age 20. His brother was killed on the Somme in mid-July.
  • Lieutenant Dominick Mervyn Archdale (King’s Africa Rifles attached Nyasaland Volunteer Reserve) dies in Tanganyika at age 24. He is the son the 1st Baronet the Right Honorable ‘Sir’ Edward Mervyn Archdale.
  • Captain James Murray Round MC (Essex Regiment) is killed at age 22 becoming the middle of three brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Captain Leonard Osborne Habershon (East Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed last February.
  • Lieutenant (Temporary Captain) Anthony Godfrey Dorman MC (East Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 30. His brother Private Arthur Gilbert Decimus Dorman (Royal Fusiliers) is killed on the same day at age 20. Neither has a known grave and they both are commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing.
  • Second Lieutenant Ashley Peters (East Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action at Serre by machine-gun fire at age 19. His twin brother was killed one month earlier.
  • Private Victor Ayres (East Yorkshire Regiment) is killed. His two brothers have been killed previously in the Great War.
  • Private Harold Altoft (East Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at Beaumont Hamel at age 20. His brother will be killed next July.
  • Private John Frank Yeoman (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 21. His brother will be killed in August 1918.