Friday 29 March 1918 We Lost 1,306
Major General Edward Feetham CB CMG General Officer Commanding 39th Division dies of wounds at age 52. At about 12 noon, the enemy commences a bombardment of Demuin while the General and his General Staff Officer are walking up the main street. One shell bursts on the houses they are passing and a fragment strikes Major General Feetham in the neck. The son of the Reverend William Feetham Vicar of Penrhos dies of wounds shortly thereafter. He is a veteran of the South African War. For the second time in eleven days the 39th Division has lost a commanding officer.
Brigadier General Harry Townsend Fulton CMG DSO General Officer Commanding 3rd New Zealand Brigade New Zealand Division dies of a concussion received the previous day at age 48. During the previous day there has been a marked increase in the enemy’s artillery as well as machine-gun fire. In the evening an unlucky 5.9-inch shell scores a direct hit on the cellar that is the New Zealand Rifle Brigade’s headquarters at Collincamps. The entire place is wrecked and its occupants completely buried. General Fulton, who has arrived back the previous day, succumbs to the effects of the concussion today. He is the son of Lieutenant General John Fulton, RA and served on the India Frontier in 1897, South Africa War in 1900 Samoa in 1914 and Egypt in 1915.
Today’s losses include:
- Two Generals
- An Aston Villa footballer
- The son of a General
- A battalion commander
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
- A member of Miss Florence Harris’ Shakespearean Company
- A man whose sister will die serving in the Voluntary Aide Detachment
- A Military Chaplain
- A man killed on his 21st birthday
- A man whose son will be killed in the Second World War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Colonel Cecil Buckley Morgan CMG DSO (commanding 22nd Durham Light Infantry) dies of wounds received at age 58 at Proyart Somme.
- Major Harold Frederic Barker (Royal Garrison Artillery attached 126th Battery, Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action five days after his brother met the same fate. Harold is killed at age 27
- Major Leycester Penryn Storr DSO (Liverpool Regiment attached Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) is killed at age 38. He is the son of the Reverend John Storr and husband of the Honorable Mrs Leycester Storr.
- Captain George Thorold Waters (Suffolk Regiment) is killed at age 44. He is the son of the Reverend Thomas Waters Rector of Staverton.
- Captain William Humphrey Ronald Rayson (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend William Robert Rayson Vicar of Coatham.
- Captain Norman McConnochie MC (Hampshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 34. He is the son of the late Reverend J McConnochie.
- Captain Alfred Cyril Parsons (Somerset Light Infantry) is killed at age 25. His brother was killed in April 1917.
- Lieutenant Walter Owen Edis (Bedfordshire Yeomanry) is killed at age 25. He is a member of Miss Florence Harris’s Shakespearean Company and his brother will be killed in August of this year.
- Lieutenant George Muir Warnock (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) is killed at age 25. His sister will die on service in France in May serving in the Voluntary Aid Detachment.
- Lieutenant Alexander Scott Harvey (Gordon Highlanders) dies of wounds at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend Thomas Harvey Minister of St David’s UF Church, Edinburgh and had been wounded twice previously. After being wounded this day he is carried in after dark under conditions of great bravery and fidelity by Private J Scott.
- Chaplain ‘the Reverend’ Edward Reginald Gibbs (attached Grenadier Guards) is killed at age 32 when a shell lands close to him as he is returning from conducting the funeral of a soldier. He is the son of the Reverend William Cobham Gibbs Rector of Clyst St George who lost another son earlier in the War.
- Second Lieutenant Ernest Graham Humphrey (South Lancashire Regiment attached Royal Flying Corps) dies of wounds at age 21 received the previous day flying low and defending a road near Amiens. He is the son of the late Reverend William John Humphrey formerly Principal of Fourah Bay College Sierra Leone.
- Second Lieutenant Norman Bayley Wilkes (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed on his 21st He is the only son of the Reverend Thomas William Wilkes of St Peter’s Church.
- Lance Corporal Arthur Cowley (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 33. His brother was killed in April 1918.
- Gunner Horace Bywaters (Royal Garrison Artillery) dies of wounds received in action at age 21. He is the third brother to die in the Great War.
- Trooper Sydney James Crozier (Australian Light Horse) is killed in action at age 23 in Mesopotamia. His brother died of wounds in August 1916.
- Private Henry Arthur Dobson (North Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 24. He played 6 league matches for Aston Villa and also played football for Chesterton Foresters and Audley North Staffs.
- Private Ernest Alexander Lawes (Sussex Regiment) dies of wounds at age 21. His brother was killed in October 1914.
- Private John Kirk Adlard (East Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 27. His son will be killed in April 1944.