Tuesday 9 October 1917 We Lost 3,733
The Coldstream Guards attack the German defenses south of the Houthulst Forest and in spite of appallingly thick mud, take and hold their objective.
- Captain Claude Stewart Jackson (Coldstream Guards) is killed in the attack from the Broembeke to Houthulst Forest at 05:200 at age 25. He is the fourth son of ‘Sir’ Thomas Jackson 1st Baronet and the son-in-law of the Honorable William Pearson. Captain Jackson received a Commission in the Coldstream Guards in February 1912. He went to France with the original Expeditionary Force on 12 August 1914. He was through the Retreat from Mons, and in the Battles of the Marne and the Aisne, and was severely wounded in the head in September 1914. For distinguished services at Landrecies he was mentioned in Dispatches. After recovering from his wound he held several Staff appointments in France and rejoined his Battalion in September 1917.
- Lieutenant Ralph Vivian Babington (Coldstream Guards) is killed in the attack at age 19. His brother will die on service in November 1919.
- The third of four sons of ‘the Honorable’ Mrs. Maxwell-Stuart of Dorset to die in the Great War, Second Lieutenant Henry Joseph Ignatius Maxwell-Stuart (Coldstream Guards) is killed at age 30.
- Second Lieutenant ‘the Honorable’ Denis Bertram Sydney Buxton (Coldstream Guards) is killed in action at age 19. He is the third and surviving son of the 1st Viscount and Viscountess Buxton, (later Earl and Countess Buxton).
- Second Lieutenant George Denis Harvey a brother in law of Baronet Churchman is killed.
- Lance Corporal Frank Bryant (Coldstream Guards) is killed in action at age 23. His brother was killed in April of this year.
- Private Harry Monnery (Coldstream Guards) is killed at age 35. His brother was killed in August of this year.
Jewish spy Sarah Aaronsohn working for the British and sister of notable botanist Aaron Aaronsohn shoots and kills herself using a pistol concealed in the prison where she is held by the Turks. She was arrested four days previously after her carrier pigeon with a message to the British was intercept by the Turks and the message it was carrying decrypted. She endured torture for the four days she was held prior to her suicide and she died at age 27.
At Poelcapelle, Belgium when an advance is checked by intense machine gun fire from concrete blockhouses and by snipers Corporal William Clamp (Yorkshire Regiment) attempts to rush the largest blockhouse. His first attempt fails and the two men with him become casualties but he collects some bombs and two more men and dashes forward being the first to reach the blockhouse where he hurls his bombs killing many of the occupants. He then enters the blockhouse capturing a machine gun and about 20 prisoners whom he brings back under heavy fire. He goes forward again encouraging his men until he is killed by a sniper at age 25. For his actions he will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross.
- Captain William Victor Trevor Rooper (Denbighshire Yeomanry attached Royal Flying Corps) is at age 20. His brother will be killed serving in the French Red Cross Society in May 1918.
- Lieutenant Arthur James Dashwood Torry MC (Royal Garrison Artillery attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed in aerial combat at age 30. He is the only son the Reverend Alfred Freer Torry Rector of Marston Morteyne, Beds.
- Second Lieutenant Edgar Daniel Gibson (Royal Flying Corps) is killed when his FK8 recon bomber goes into a spin at 200 feet while he is performing engine tests at age 19. His brother was killed in October 1915 they are sons of ‘Sir’ Walter Matthew Gibson Kt CVO ISO Secretary of the Privy Purse to His Majesty the King.
Today’s losses include:
- A spy who will commit suicide in prison after being caught by the Turks
- The sister of a well known botanist
- A Victoria Cross winner
- The son of the 6th Earl of Airlie who was killed at the Diamond Hill, Pretoria 1900
- The son of the 9th Earl of Carlisle
- The only son of the 1st and last Viscount Buxton
- The son of a Baronet
- The brother-in-law of a Baronet
- A 1908 Olympic Gold Medalist in rowing
- The son of a Member of Parliament and future Mayor of Bradford
- Multiple families that will lose two, three and four sons in the Great War
- A father and son killed together
- Brothers killed today serving in different regiments
- Brothers killed together
- A man whose son will be executed by the Japanese after escaping as a prisoner of war in February 1943 after being recaptured
- A man whose son will be killed in the Second World War
- The Deputy Organist at Gloucester Cathedral
- An Australian Rules Footballer
- The husband of novelist and suffragette Emily Hilda Young
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- The grandson of a member of the clergy
- The son of the Secretary to the Privy Purse to His Majesty the King
- Multiple battalion commanders
- The son of an Alderman
- A Great War Poet
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Colonel Harry Moorhouse DSO and his son Captain Ronald Wilkinson Moorhouse MC (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) are both killed. Captain Moorhouse is mortally wounded and taken to headquarters where his father insists on going to find a doctor, even after those with him and his son beg him not to go due to the nature of the machine gun/rifle fire at the time. Colonel Moorhouse then leaves and shortly after leaving the dugout is hit and killed.
- Lieutenant Colonel Robert Arthur Hudson DSO (commanding 8th West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 37.
- Captain ‘The Honorable’ Patrick Julian Harry Stanley Ogilvy MC (Irish Guards) is killed in action at age 21. He is the son of the late David William Ogilvy, 6th Earl of Airlie (Lieutenant Colonel XII Royal Lancers, who was killed in action at Diamond Hill, Pretoria, 1900 during the South Africa War).
- Captain Gerald Castleton Blandy (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed at age 30. His brother died of wounds last April.
- Captain Cecil Llewelyn Norton Roberts (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend Albert Pryor Roberts Vicar of St Margaret’s Birmingham who lost another son on Gallipoli in July 1915.
- Captain John William Egerton-Green (Rifle Brigade) dies of wounds at age 25. His brother Charles was killed on the 1st day of the Battle of the Somme in 1916.
- Captain Martin Bowen MC (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 21. His brother will be killed in January 1918.Captain Arthur Norcross (East Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 24. His brother was killed in July 1916.Captain Alfred Ernest Mander (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed at age 38. He is the son of Alderman H Mander of Spon House Coventry.
- Captain Eric Fitzwater Wilkinson MC (West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 26. He is a Great War Poet.
To a Choir of Birds
Green are the trees, and green the summer grass,
Beneath the sun, the tinest leaf hangs still:
The flowers in languor droop, and tired men pass
All somnolent, while death whines loud and shrill.
fine, full throated choir invisible,
Whose sudden burst of rapture fills the ear!
Are ye insensible to mortal fear,
That such a stream of melody ye spill,
While murk of battle drifts on Auber’s hill,
And mankind dreams of slaughter? What wild glee
Has filled your throbbing throats with sound, until
Its strains are poured from every bush and tree,
And sad hearts swell with hope, and fierce eyes fill?
The world is stark with blood and hate – but ye –
Sing on! Sing on! In careless ecstasy.
- Lieutenant Andrew John Hay Hobson (West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend John Philip Hobson Vicar of Legourne.
- Lieutenant Benjamin Bollingham (Australian Infantry is killed. His step-brother will be killed next April.
- Lieutenant Bryon Fitzgerald Nicholas MC (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 24. His brother was killed last November.
- Lieutenant Eric Joseph Woods (West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 22. He is the son of the late Reverend Francis Henry Woods Rector of Bainton and grandson of the Reverend C E Pritchard.
- Lieutenant Charles Cedric Gordon Allom (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds at age 21 at Rouen. He is the only son of ‘Sir’ Charles Allom.
- Lieutenant Duncan MacKinnon (Scots Guards) is killed at age 30. He was a member of the British boat that won the Men’s coxless fours gold medal at the 1908 Summer Olympics.
- Second Lieutenant Hubert Ratcliffe Felton (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed in action. He is the son of the Reverend Walter Felton Vicar of St John’s Walsall.
- Second Lieutenant Harold Charles Organ (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed in action at age 28. He was the one time Deputy Organist at Gloucester Cathedral.
- Second Lieutenant Aylmer Eade (Yorkshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 25 at Poelcapelle. He is the son of the Reverend Charles John Aylmer Eade.
- Second Lieutenant Arthur Charles Vaughan Smith (East Yorkshire Regiment attached Duke of Wellington’s Regiment is killed at age 24. His brother will be killed next January and they are sons of the Reverend Walter Edward Smith Vicar of Andover.
- Second Lieutenant Alexander Robert McDowell (Australian Infantry) is killed. He played two first grade games for Newtown in 1915.
- Company Sergeant Major Robert Rayner (Manchester Regiment) is killed in action. He is the middle of three brothers who are killed in successive Octobers.
- Sergeant Samuel Ernest Burley (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 27. His brother will be killed in September 1918.
- Corporal Bernard Palin (Army Cyclist Corps) is killed in action at age 19. He is the son a Member of Parliament and the future Lord Mayor of Bradford.
- Lance Corporal Harry Fitzroy (Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed in action nine days short of one year after his brother has been killed as a member of the Liverpool Regiment. He is 19-years old.
- Lance Corporal John Burke Houghton (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed in February 1916.
- Privates and brothers Charles Herbert (age 30) and Reginald Herbert (age 29) are both killed on Passchaendale Ridge while serving in different regiments. Charles is in the Australian Infantry while Reginald is serving in the Lancashire Fusiliers. Their younger brother was killed in April 1915.
- Another set of brothers killed this day are Privates Albert and Joseph Godson (Royal Warwickshire Regiment).
- Private Raymond William Eggleton (Gloucester Regiment) is killed at age 32. His brother will die of illness in February 1919.
- Private Thomas Palmer (Middlesex Regiment) dies of wounds at age 35. His brother will be killed next May.
- Private ‘The Honorable’ Michael Francis Stafford Howard (Honorable Artillery Company) is killed at age 37. He is the son of the 9th Earl of Carlisle and a South Africa War veteran. His son will be executed by the Japanese after escaping a POW camp in February 1943 and being recaptured.
- Private George Baker (Newfoundland Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother will be killed in two months.
- Rifleman Percival Buckle (West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 27. Private James Henry Davis (Grenadier Guards) is killed at age 17. His brother will die of wounds in April 1918.
- Private Raymond William Eggleton (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 32. His brother will die on service in February 1919.
- Private George Harris Pitchford (Machine Gun Corps) is killed. His brother will drown in the sinking of the transport Aragon on the next to the last day of this year.
- Private Wesley Watts (Newfoundland Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed in October 1916.
- Private Leaten Simms (Newfoundland Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother was killed last July.
- Private George S Clarke (Newfoundland Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother will be killed next April.
- Private Frank Columbus (Newfoundland Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother died on service two years ago on the same day.
- Private Samuel Oldham (Manchester Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed less than two weeks earlier.
- Private Shorrock Ashurst (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed in action. His son will be killed in March 1944.
- Private William Knock (Worcestershire Regiment) is the second of three brothers who will be killed in the Great War.
- Private Arthur Daniell (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed. He is the husband of Emily Hilda Young the novelist and supporter of the suffragette movement.