Monday 8 April 1918 We Lost 472
Lieutenant Colonel Walter Robert Stewart DSO MC (commanding 13th Rifle Brigade) is killed by a sniper near Gommecourt in action at age 30. He is the only son of the late Major-General the Honorable Alexander Stewart the Baronet. Lieutenant Colonel Stewart on passing out of Sandhurst entered the Rifle Brigade. He went to France in May 1915 as Adjutant of the 7th Battalion and took part in the Battle of Hooge. In February 1916 he became Brigade-Major of the 41st Brigade and the following June was awarded the Military Cross. In June 1916, he was given command of the 8th Battalion, but was wounded almost immediately afterwards in the Battle of the Somme. He was mentioned in Despatches in January 1917. On returning to France after an interval of six months he was given command of the 13th Battalion and after taking part in the Battle of Arras, he was again mentioned in Despatches and awarded the DSO.
Today’s losses include:
- Multiple battalion commanders
- The son of a Baronet and General
- A Victoria Cross winner from the first month of the Great War
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- The son of the proprietor of the Manchester Evening News and High Sheriff and Deputy Lieutenant for Anglesey
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
- The Choir Master at Thornfield United Methodist Church
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Colonel Philip Laurence Kington Blair-Oliphant (commanding 11th/13th Irish Rifles) is killed at age 50.
- Major David Nelson VC (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 32. He was awarded the Victoria Cross as a sergeant in the Royal Horse Artillery in the first month of the war.
- Captain Archibald Henry Douglas (East Surrey Regiment) at age 30. He is the son of the Reverend Henry Charles Douglas.
- Captain Charles Edgar Andrew Wilson (Royal Army Medical Corps attached Rifle Brigade) dies of wounds at age 41. He is the son of the late Reverend Andrew Wilson Rector of Bedford Park Chiswick.
- Captain John Edric Russell Allen (Lancers) dies of wounds at age 27 received in the cavalry action at Moreuil Wood 30th He is the son of the proprietor of the Manchester Evening News and High Sheriff and Deputy Lieutenant for Anglesey.
- Second Lieutenant Sidney Heathcote Habershon (Suffolk Regiment) is killed. His brother was killed in September 1915 while another brother survived the war while serving as a Chaplain.
- Private Arthur Garfield Walsh (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed in action at age 36. He was the Choirmaster of Thornfield United Methodist Church following in the footsteps of his father.
- Private Sidney Charles Cleaver (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed in Palestine at age 23. His brother will be killed later this month.