Thursday 8 November 1917 We Lost 742
Major Charles Henry Green (South Staffordshire Regiment attached Nigeria Regiment WAFF) dies of wounds at Lindi-Massasi road, Mkwera, East Africa at age 35. He is the fourth son of ‘Sir’ Frederick Green KBE Chairman of the Orient Line, Director of the Great Eastern Railway, High Sheriff of Essex in 1918, of Hainault Lodge, Chigwell Row, and of Lady Green. Major Green was gazetted to the South Staffordshire Regiment in 1901 and from 1901 to 1908 served with the West African Frontier Force. He went to France with the 7th Division in October 1914 and was seriously wounded in the first Battle of Ypres. On recovery he went to the Cameroons and from there to East Africa, where he took part in all the fighting, until he is killed while acting as Acting Second-in-Command.
Today’s losses include:
- An England International and Kent cricketer and 1904 Wisden Cricketer of the Year
- A talented violinist
- Two Royal Flying Corps Lieutenants struck by a shell fired by the battery they were spotting for
- The great grand nephew of a General killed at Waterloo
- A son of the High Sheriff of Essex
- The son of the Chairman of the Orient Line and Director of the Great Eastern Railway
- Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
- A man whose step brother was killed
- A man whose uncle was killed
- Multiple sons of member of the clergy
- A nephew of a member of the clerg
- A 7-victory ace
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain Philip Chalmers Cowan (Manchester Regiment attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed in action at age 22. His brother was killed serving in the Royal Flying Corps in November 1916.
- Lieutenant William Godffrey Meggitt MC (Royal Flying Corps) an ace with six victories is shot down and dies of wounds as a prisoner of war at age 23.
- Lieutenant John Woodhall MC (Machine Gun Corps) is killed in Palestine. He is the son of the Reverend John Duckett Woodhall Vicar of St Margaret’s Halliwell.
- Lieutenant Joseph Longstaff Watson (Manitoba Regiment) is killed at age 26. His brother died of wounds in May 1915 on Gallipoli and they are nephews of the Bishop of St David’s.
- Second Lieutenants Frederick James McCullough and Leonard William Middleton (age 22) are killed while observing for 154th Siege Battery when their aircraft is struck by a shell fired by that battery.
- Sergeant Colin Blythe (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) is killed when a random shell falls on the railway line between Forest Hall and Pimmern at age 39. He played professional cricket for Kent from 1899 to 1914 during which he took one hundred wickets each season and in 1904 he was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year.. He also played nineteen test matches for England and was a talented violinist.
- Corporal Arthur Picton-Warlow (Military Labor Corps) dies on service in Africa at age 35. His brother has been accidentally killed in December 1914 and they are great grand nephews of General ‘Sir’ Thomas Picton GCB who was killed at Waterloo.
- Private Norman Bagnell Throneycroft (Nova Scotia Regiment) is killed in action at Passchendale. His stepbrother was killed in April of this year.
- Private George Frederick Furley (Alberta Regiment) is killed in action at age 41. His brother was killed last year and they are sons of the Reverend Henry Furley Rector of Kingsworth and his uncle was killed in 1915.
- Private Harry Dye (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) is killed at age 27. He is the last of three brothers who are killed in the Great War.