Thursday 18 April 1918 We Lost 1,417

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John Williams Sayer VC

A random shell strikes 26th Brigade Headquarters killing four officers.  Lieutenant Colonel Robert Horn DSO MC (commanding 7th Seaforth Highlanders) is killed at age 36. He served on the Northwest Frontier in 1906. Chaplain the Reverend Charles Gustave Clarke Meister MC (attached Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) is killed at age 36. He is the Assistant Priest at Old St Paul’s Edinburgh. Also killed by this shell is Major Hugh Alexander Leslie Rose, the Brigade Major of Artillery, Captain Reginald Somers-Cocks MC (Somerset Light Infantry Staff Divisional Headquarters Captain attached 26th Infantry Brigade) will die of wounds within a week at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend Henry Lawrence Somers-Cocks Rector of Eastnor.

Lance Corporal John William Sayer VC (Royal West Surrey Regiment) dies of wounds as a prisoner of war received 21st March at Le Verguier where he held the flank of a small isolated post for two hours while inflicting heavy losses while exposed to heavy fire until nearly all the garrison has been killed and himself wounded and captured. For his actions he will be awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple battalion commanders
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A Military Chaplain
  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • The grandson of a Member of Parliament
  • The son of the Consul General Calais
  • The son of a former England National Cricket Captain
  • The son of a General
  • A man whose father will die on service next December

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major St John Shandon Quarry (Royal Berkshire Regiment, commanding 1st Royal Warwickshire Regiment) is killed in an attack on a house occupied by the enemy from which he is sniping at age 30, one day after taking command of the battalion the previous evening. Loses in the attack amount to 89 killed wounded and missing and are so heavy that the house cannot be held.
  • Captain Denys Cooke (Black Watch) is killed at age 26. He is the son of the Reverend Canon C E Cooke Warden and Chaplain of Whittington College.
  • Captain Ronald Charters MacPherson (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 21. He is the son of ‘Sir’ J Molesworth MacPherson.
  • Captain Arthur Stephen Greener MC (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed in February 1915.
  • Captain Ralph Eustace Smith (Northumberland Fusiliers attached Royal Air Force) is killed in action at age 28. He is the grandson of the late Thomas Eustace for many years MP for North Shields and Tynemouth.
  • Lieutenant Charles Mervyn Payton (Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed at age 23. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Charles A Payton MVO Consul General Calais.
  • Lieutenant John Haythorne Steel (HMS Munster, Royal Navy) drowns when washed overboard at sea at age 28. He is the son of Allan Gibson Steel, KC (Recorder of Oldham) and former English National Cricket Captain in 1886. His brother was killed last October
  • Second Lieutenant Godfrey Burnside Hudson (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed in action at Givenchy at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend Arthur Reginald the Rector of Huntsham who also lost another son in March of this year.
  • Second Lieutenant William Henry Stokes (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed in action at age 30. He was an honors student at Cambridge.
  • Second Lieutenant Ernest Kenneth Moncreiff Paul (Royal Garrison Artillery) dies of wounds received in action the previous day at age 20. He is the son of Brigadier General E M Paul.
  • Sergeant Charles Stroyan (Cameron Highlanders) is killed in action at age 22. His two brothers have been killed in 1914 and 1916.
  • Corporal James Gravers Hurley (New Zealand Entrenching Battalion) is killed in action at age 25. His brother was killed in September 1916.
  • Private Albert Joseph Campkin (Hertfordshire Regiment) dies of wounds received in action at age 33. He has two brothers who also are killed in the Great War, one in 1917 the other later this year.
  • Private Wilfred Harold Chandler (East Kent Regiment) dies on service in India at age 19. His two older brothers will be killed in the Great War, the first in 1916 the second in just six more days.
  • Private Albert Bertie Newstead (Norfolk Regiment) dies at home at age 25. His brother died of wounds in January 1916.
  • Private William Creed (Gloucestershire Regiment) dies of wounds. His father will die on service in December.
  • Private Harold Bendik Pittersen (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed one year ago.
  • Sapper Owen Jones (Royal Engineers) is killed on his 34th birthd