Sunday 28 October 1917 We Lost 709
Brigadier General Cecil Godfrey Rawling CMG CIE DSO (62nd Brigade, 21st Division) is killed in action at age 47 by a shell in Hooge Crater. He is killed as he was talking with friends outside his brigade headquarters. He was the author of The Great Plateau in 1905 and The Land of the New Guinea Pygmies in 1913. He received the Patron’s Gold Medal of the Royal Geographical Society. He served on the Northwest Frontier in 1897-8 and in the Tibet Expedition of 1904.
Today’s losses include:
- A General and author
- The son of a General
- Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
- An Essex 1st Class Essex player
- A man whose young brother will be killed in the Second World War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain George Kekewich (London Yeomanry) dies of wounds at age 28. His younger brother was killed in September 1915 and his older brother will be killed in two weeks.
- Captain John Charles Ashford Caunter (Welsh Regiment attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 30. He is the only son of Brigadier General J E Caunter CB CBE.
- Lieutenant James Valiant (Welsh Fusiliers) dies of wounds in Palestine at age 33. He played one first class cricket match for Essex in 1912.
- Sergeant James Hadden Neilson (Cameron Highlanders) dies of malaria on Salonika at age 29. He is the middle of three brothers who lose their lives in the Great War while their youngest brother who is too young to fight in the war will be killed in June 1940.
- Gunner Harry Farrant (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed in action at age 37. His brother was killed in October 1914.
- Private William Roote (Army Service Corps) dies at home at age 38. His brother will die at home in April 1919 and they will be buried in the same grave.
- Private Arthur John Levett (Army Service Corps) dies in East Africa at age 24. His brother was killed serving in HMS Black Prince at Jutland.
- Private Frederick White (Worcestershire Regiment) dies at home after discharge at age 28. His brother was killed in May 1915.