Saturday 13 April 1918 We Lost 2,120
During the German spring offensive, when his platoon is surrounded Second Lieutenant John Munro (Seaforth Highlanders) leads them to fight their way out, delaying the enemy long enough for the rest of the battalion to regroup and mount a successful counter-attack. For his efforts on this day Lieutenant Munro, a Scottish Poet will be awarded the Military Cross. Three days later he will be killed in action at age 28. He wrote in his native Gaelic as Iain Rothach and came to be ranked by critics alongside other Great War Poets.
Today’s losses include:
- A Victoria Cross winner
- A General
- A battalion commander
- A Norwich City footballer
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- Multiple families that will lose two, three, four and five son in the Great War
- The son of a Justice of the Peace
- A man who lost two brothers in the Great War and another brother in the Second World War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Brigadier General Robert Clements Gore CB CMG General Officer Commanding 101st Brigade 34th Division is killed in action at age 51. The headquarters of both the 101st and the 74th Brigades are occupying the same cellar in a farm on the Mont de Lille (southeast of Bailleul) when it is blown in. The explosion kills General Gore and his Signaling Officer, Major F G Avery.
- Lieutenant Colonel Francis Cyril Robert Studd DSO (East Kent Regiment commanding 22nd Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 37 when a shell falls on his dugout.
- Captain Vivian Sumner Simpson MC (York and Lancaster Regiment) is killed in action at age 33. He was a professional club football player with the Norwich City Football Club.
- Captain Thomas Tannatt Pryce VC MC (Grenadier Guards) is killed in action at age 32 performing the deeds that will win him the Victoria Cross. Two days ago at Vieux-Berquin, France, Captain Pryce lead two platoons in a successful attack on the village. Early yesterday he is occupying a position with some 40 men, the rest having become casualties. He beats off four enemy attacks during the day, but by evening the enemy is within 60 yards of his trench. A bayonet charge led early this morning by Captain Pryce drives them back some 100 yards, but he has only 17 men left with no ammunition when yet another attack comes. He again leads a bayonet charge and is last seen engaged in a fierce hand-to-hand struggle against overwhelming odds.
- Commander William Henry Farrington Warren DSO (HM TBD Parramatta, Royal Australian Navy) drowns in Italy at age 40. He is the son of the late Reverend John Maturin Warren.
- Captain Kenneth Edward Brown (Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry) dies os wounds as a prisoner of war at age 22. He is the third of four brothers who lose their lives in the Great War, the final one being killed tomorrow.
- Lieutenant Henry Kenyon Bagshaw (Army Service Corps attached Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed in action at age 26. He is the son of the Reverend Henry Fosbery Bagshaw.
- Lieutenant Montague Hearfield Bingham (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) is killed at age 20. He is the son of Edward Leonard Bingham JP.
- Lieutenant William Herbert Hamilton Steele-Nicholson (Royal Engineers) dies at home at age 43. His brother was killed in action in August 1917.
- Lieutenant Edward Alex Shepherd (Machine Gun Corps) dies of wounds received in action. He is the son of the Reverend Edwin Thomas Shepherd Vicar of Longsleddale.
- Lieutenant William Edward Barnes (Newfoundland Regiment) is killed at age 29. His brother was killed in August 1917.
- Lieutenant Arthur Charles Lionel Abrahams (Coldstream Guards) is killed in action at age 20. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Lionel and Lady Abrahams.
- Second Lieutenant Hubert Merefield Parsons (Machine Gun Corps) is killed in action at age 24. His only brother Mervyn was killed at Ypres in September 1915.
- Second Lieutenant John Cyprian Lott MC (East Lancashire Regiment) is killed in action at age 23. He is the son of the late Reverend R C, sometime Vicar of De Aar, Cape Colony and Rector of Croughton, Northants. He was educated at Trinity College, Oxford.
- Sergeant Sidney Wedd DCM (Lincolnshire Regiment) dies of wounds received in action at age 23. His brother was killed in October 1916.
- Sergeant Amos Brewster (Grenadier Guards) is killed. His brother was killed in October 1916.
- Corporal Rolland Miller Neilson (Gordon Highlanders) is killed at age 26. He is the last of three brothers who will die in the first world war and who have a younger brother who though too young to fight in this war is killed in the Gordon Highlanders in June 1940.
- Lance Corporal Sidney Parkhouse (Middlesex Regiment) dies on service at age 31. His brother was killed in November 1915.
- Private Stanley Cregeen (South Lancashire Regiment) is killed in action at age 24. His brother was killed two years earlier in April 1916.
- Private Frederick Stooke (Coldstream Guards) is killed at age 20. His is one of four brothers to lose their lives in the Great War.
- Private Walter Obadiah Lee (Coldstream Guards) is killed at age 35. His brother was killed less than three weeks ago.
- Private David James Blyth Egdell (Cameron Highlanders) is killed at age 25. His brother was killed in July 1916.
- Private Alfred Stewart (York and Lancaster Regiment) is killed at age 29. He is the last of five brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.
- Private Percy Taylor (West Surrey Regiment) is killed at age 18. He is the last of three brothers who are killed in the war.