Saturday 18 November 1916 – We Lost 1,934

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Hubert Lionel Syer

Hubert Lionel Syer

On this day in 1916, British Commander in Chief Sir Douglas Haig calls a halt to his army’s offensive near the Somme River in northwestern France, ending the epic Battle of the Somme after more than four months of bloody conflict.

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of the late Chief Justice of British Guiana
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • Multiple families that will lose four sons in the Great War
  • A Rhodes scholar
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • A musical publisher
  • A Civilian Chaplain

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Oliver Crossley Rayner (Manchester Regiment) is killed at age 23. He is the son of the Honorable ‘Sir’ Crossley Rayner (late Chief Justice of British Guiana).
  • Captain Hubert Lionel Syer MC (London Regiment) dies of wounds at home received 19th September at age 38. He is the son of the Reverend Barrington Blomfield Syer Rector of Kedington.
  • Captain Lindsay Fitzmaurice (Somerset Light Infantry) is killed at age 24. His brother was killed in September 1915.
  • Lieutenant James William Williams (Quebec Regiment) is killed at age 28. He is the son of the Right Reverend Lennox Williams DD Bishop of Quebec.
  • Lieutenant George Everett MacGregor (Quebec Regiment) is killed at age 23. He is the son of the late Reverend P S MacGregor.
  • Lieutenant Arthur Leigh Collett (Gloucestershire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 27. He is a Rhodes Scholar.
  • Second Lieutenant Alexander Noel Duffy (North Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend Alexander Duffy.
  • Second Lieutenant Ralph Evan Barber (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 28. His brother will be killed in August 1918.
  • Second Lieutenant Bertram Stacpoole Bambridge (East Kent Regiment) is killed at age 21. He is the son of the late Canon Joseph John Bambridge.
  • Second Lieutenant Godfrey Twynam (Border Regiment) is killed. He is the third of four brothers who will be killed in the Great War.
  • Second Lieutenant Gilbert Benson Bolton (North Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 27. He is the son of Thomas Bolton JP and the musical publisher of a number of compositions.
  • Civilian Chaplain “the Reverend” William Alexander McLeod (Young Men’s Christian Association) dies of dysentery while serving in Salonika at age 35.
  • Sergeant James Dunlop (Highland Light Infantry) is killed at age 24. His brother will die of wounds in September 1918.
  • Corporal Stanley Robert Cox (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 22. His brother will die of wounds next July.
  • Lance Corporal Gilbert Hugh Peter Toms (Central Ontario Regiment) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed in September 1916 and they are sons of the Reverend Alfred Augustus Toms Vicar of Flixton.
  • Lewis Gunner Charles Millard (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed in action at age 17. His brother will accidentally drown next May.
  • Private Clifford Albert Andrew (Manchester Regiment) is killed at age 17. His brother was killed serving in West Africa in February 1915.
  • Private Walter Richard Busbridge (East Kent Regiment) is killed at age 30. His brother will die of wounds in October 1917.
  • Private William Smith (Suffolk Regiment) dies of wounds at age 30. His brother will be killed in March 1918.
  • Private Arthur Gleed (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed as one of four brothers who lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Private William Thomas Lodge (East Kent Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother will be killed next April.
  • Private Maurice Towers (Border Regiment) is killed. His brother will be killed next July. Private James A Blakeway (Manchester Regiment) is killed at Beaumont Hamel. He is the
  • second of four brothers who lose their lives as a result of the Great War include one who dies of stomach poisoning after serving in the production of asphyxiating gasses and one who dies of wounds in 1920.
  • rivate James Spring Smith (West Surrey Regiment) is killed at age 31. His brother was killed in November 1914.
  • Private Sydney Onslow Smith (Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother was killed last September.
  • Private Charles Mew (Dorsetshire Regiment) is killed at age 26. His brother will be killed next April.