Sunday 24 December 1916 – We Lost 298
Captain Richard Alfred Beresford Chancellor (Royal Berkshire Regiment) dies of wounds from the effects of shell wounds while leading his men in a raid on enemy trenches the previous evening on enemy trenches at age 21 in Greece. At Harrow he won the Shakespeare Medal and the Bourchier History Prize. G Townsend Warner dedicated his book “The Writing of English” to him. Instead of going into residence at Oxford he obtained a commission in the Royal Berkshire Regiment on the outbreak of the War. Three months later he became Lieutenant and Captain in March 1916. He went to France with his Regiment in September 1915 where they were in reserve at Loos, and in the following December he moved with the Regiment to Salonika. Caring only for the conduct of the raid, he insists that the wounded men of his company be carried back first, and he remains “joking and cheering on his men, with absolute disregard for himself”.
Today’s losses include:
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- A man whose brother was killed last October
- A man whose two brothers will also lose their lives in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Second Lieutenant Ernest Harold Hamley Woodward (West Surrey Regiment) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend Alfred Ernest Woodward Vicar of Ugley.
- Second Lieutenant Pieter Hendrick Schalk Bezuidenhout MC (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 22. He is the eldest son of the Reverend Pieter Schalk.
- Private William Frederick Young (South Wales Borderers) dies on service in Egypt at age 25. His brother was killed in October of this year.
- Private E G Young (Sussex Regiment) is killed. He has two brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.