Wednesday 15 November 1916 – We Lost 933
Major Allen Llewellen Palmer (Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry) dies in hospital at Amiens from peritonitis following an operation for appendicitis at age 34. He is the eldest son of Colonel George Llewellen Palmer (Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry) the Unionist candidate for the West Wilts Division, of Lackham, Lacock Wiltshire. Major Palmer received his Commission in the 14th (King’s Own) Hussars in May 1901. He served in the South African War in 1902 (King’s Medal, two clasps). After the declaration of peace his Regiment was sent to India and from there he was invalided home, and returned in 1907 with the rank of Captain. In the following year he was gazetted to the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry. In 1910-11 he was ADC to the Honorable ‘Sir’ Arthur Lawley, Governor of Bombay, and on his return to England acted as joint Master of the Cattistock Hounds. He was interested in various agricultural societies in Wiltshire and was always a keen follower of hounds. While at Ootacamund with ‘Sir’ Arthur Lawley he acted as Master of the Ootacamund Hounds.
Today’s losses include:
- The son of the 4th Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia
- The son of a Unionist Candidate for Parliament
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- The son of an Admiral
- Two members of the clergy
- The grandson of a Justice of the Peace
- An Australian Rules footballer
- An Australian Rugby International
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
- A family that will lose four sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain Charles Lloyd Sanctuary MC (Suffolk Regiment) is killed at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend Charles Lloyd Sanctuary Vicar of Frampton.
- Captain Hubert Wyatt Hay Rawson (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 29. He is the son of Admiral ‘Sir’ Harry Rawson KCB MVO CB.
- Captain John Wilfred Robinson (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 22. His brother will die of wounds in April 1918.
- Lieutenant Robert Freeman Andrews (North Lancashire Regiment) is killed at Beaumont Hamel at age 24. He is a Wesleyan Minister and the grandson of Robert Alcock JP.
- Second Lieutenant Desmond Gavan Duffy (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 27. He is the son of the Right Honorable ‘Sir’ Frank Gavan Duffy KCMG PC QD the 4th Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia.
- Second Lieutenant Ralph Aldwinckle (Lancaster Regiment attached North Lancashire Regiment) is killed at Beaumont Hamel at age 27. His brother will be killed in October 1917 at Passchendaele Ridge.
- Second Lieutenant the Reverend Norman Crichton (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed at age 28.
- Second Lieutenant Randil Hugh Frederick Carlisle (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 37. He is the son of the Reverend Joseph Carlisle.
- Lance Corporal George Herbert Bastable (Royal Engineers) is killed on the Somme at age 25. His brother will be killed in March 1917.
- Sapper Jack Freeman (Australian Engineers) an Australian Rules Footballer dies of wounds on his 25th He was the top scorer for South Melbourne in 1914 and lost both his legs after being wounded dying in a military hospital. He scored 39 goals in 22 games in 1913 to 1914 being their top scorer in 1914.
- Private Alfred McArthur Gwynne (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) is killed. His brother was killed last March.
- Private Robert Richardson Tidyman (Australian Infantry) is killed. He is a New South Wales Rugby League player who played two Test for Australia including the ‘Rorke’s Drift’ Test of 1914.
- Rifleman John Hamilton Rogerson (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) dies of wounds at home. He is the son of the Reverend George Rogerson Vicar of Peak Forest.
- Private Robert Tocher (Gordon Highlanders) dies of wounds at age 34. He is the last of four brothers who are killed in the war.