Thursday 15 November 1917 We Lost 467
Captain Neil James Archibald Primrose MC PC MP (Buckinghamshire Hussars), a Member of Parliament for Wisbech Division, Cambridgeshire since 1910 dies of wounds at age 34. He is the second son of the 5th Earl of Rosebery (the former Prime Minister) and brother of the writer Lady Sybil Grant and has served previously as Privy Councilor. His cousin Evelyn de Rothschild will die of wounds in two days. On 7th April 1915, he married Lady Victoria Stanley, daughter of Edward Stanley, 17th Earl of Derby. The couple has one daughter: Primrose was commissioned into the Royal Buckinghamshire Hussars in 1909. Promoted Captain in 1915 and was awarded the Military Cross in 1916. According to Vladimir Jabotinsky’s “The Story of the Jewish Legion”, Primrose came very close to joining the Jewish Legion but did not because of a miscommunication.
Today’s losses include:
- A Member of Parliament
- The son of a former Prime Minister
- A man whose cousin will die of wounds in two days
- The son-in-law of the 17th Earl of Derby
- A man whose brother was killed in the South Africa War
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
- A Baronet
- The brother of a Baronet
- Men who will lose one and two sons in the Second World War
- Multiple men whose sons were previously killed in the Great War
- The son of an Admiral
- A YMCA Chaplain
- The son of a member of the clergy
Today’s highlighted casualties include
- Major Francis Morphet Twisleton (Auckland Mounted Rifles) dies of wounds he received in the abdomen the previous day at age 44. His brother Thomas was killed in South Africa in 1901.
- Captain Harold Christian (HMS President Royal Navy) dies at home at age 50. He is the son of Admiral Henry Christian MVO.
- Captain ‘Sir’ George Everard Arthur Cayley (Royal Defence Corps) the 9th Baronet dies at age 56. His son F D E Christian has been killed in action previously.
- Lieutenant Frederick Caesar Hawkins (South African Horse attached King’s African Rifles) is killed in East Africa at age 30. His brother will be killed in April 1918 and they are younger brothers of the 6th
- YMCA Chaplain ‘the Reverend’ Oswald Chambers dies of a ruptured appendix in Egypt while serving the forces at age 43.
- Corporal Frank Pennock (Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action. His son will be killed serving in the Royal Air Force in May 1941.
- Private Mark Hewett (Manitoba Regiment) is killed at age 24. His brother was killed on HMS Goliath in May 1915.
- Private Wilfrid Entwisle Bury (Canadian Mounted Rifles) is killed at age 36. He is the son of the Reverend Edward Bury Vicar of New Ferry.
- Private Frank Pennock (Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action on the Western Front. He has two sons who will be killed in the Second World War.
- Private Joseph Stanley Claydon MM (Cambridgeshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 19. His brother died of wounds in September 1916.
- Private James F Moore (New Brunswick Regiment) is killed at age 48 two weeks after his son died of wounds.
- Private Thomas Hemshall (East Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed last July.