Tuesday 13 November 1917 We Lost 594

by greatwarliveslost

George Leonard Trapp

In Palestine at 14:30 orders are received for the 6th Mounted Brigade 52nd Division to capture Mughar Ridge. On the ridge are two prominent spurs, the Bucks Yeomanry is to attack the right hand spur and the Dorset Yeomanry the left hand spur. At 15:00 the Bucks Yeomanry emerges from the wadi to cross some 3,000 yards of open shot-over ground to reach their objective. The Dorset Yeomanry also emerges on their left to cover some 4,000 yards of similar ground. A squadron is ordered to gallop the spur and then attack dismounted. B and C Squadrons follow to where the dismounted horses are being held, dismount, fix bayonets and also charged up the hill. The Dorset Yeomanry takes their spur, captures eight machine guns and many prisoners.

  • Captain Richard Buller Kitson (Vaughan’s Rifles) is killed at age 32 in the battle. He is the son of the Reverend John Buller Kitson Rector of Lanreath.

Among those wounded who will die as a result of their wounds who will die of their wounds this week

  • Major Evelyn Achille de Rothschild (Royal Buckinghamshire Hussars)
  • Captain Neil James Archibald Primrose MC PC MP (Buckinghamshire Hussars) age 34 and the son of the 5th Earl of Rosebero the former Prime Minister. He is the Privy Councillor and Member of Parliament for Wisbech Division Cambridgeshire since 1910.

Yebna is about 64 kilometers north of Beersheba and 19 kilometers south of Jaffa, on the Gaza-Jaffa railway line.  The Imperial Camel Corps and Yeomanry capture it on this day.

Flight Commander Joseph S T Fall (Royal Naval Air Service) again successfully engages three enemy machines.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Member of Parliament
  • The son of a former Prime Minister
  • A 6-victory ace
  • Multiple families that will lose two, three and four sons in the Great War
  • The brother-in-law of Raymond Collishaw VC
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A well known acrobat family member

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Flight Sub Lieutenant George Leonard Trapp (Royal Naval Air Service) is killed in action at age 24. The six-victory-ace is the second of three brothers who will die while serving in the Air Forces during the Great War. His sister is married to Raymond Collishaw VC.
  • Gunner George Herbert Headlam (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed on the Western Front at age 40. He is the son of the Reverend Alfred Headlam.
  • Sapper Charles Forrest Patterson (Canadian Engineers) is killed at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend J R Patterson Pastor of Simpson Avenue Methodist Church.
  • Private John Huggan (British Columbia Regiment) is killed at age 33. His brother was killed last June and their cousin will die of wounds less than one week before the Armistice is signed next November.
  • Private Lhassan Houssein (South Wales Borderers) is killed at age 35. He is a member of the well-known Houssein family of acrobats.
  • Private N Davidson (King’s Own Scottish Borderers) is killed at age 26. He is the last of four brothers who are killed in the Great War.