Friday 26 April 1918 We Lost 1,422

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Cecil Frederick Coles

Lieutenant Colonel John Ebenezar Stewart (Border Regiment attached South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 29 at Kemmel.  He is a Great War Poet.

Before Action

Over the down the road goes winding,

A ribbon of white in the corn –

The green, young corn. O, the joy of binding

The sheaves some harvest morn!

But we are called to another reaping,

A harvest that will not wait.

The sheaves will be green. O, the world of weeping

Of those without the gate!

For the road we go they may not travel,

Nor share our harvesting;

But watch and weep. O, to unravel

The riddle of this thing!

Yet over the down the white road leading

Calls; and who lage behind?

Stout are our hearts; but o, the bleeding

Of hearts we may not bind!

Today’s losses include:

  • A Great War Poet
  • A musician, composer and friend of Gustav Holst
  • A battalion commander
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A man whose son will be born in July
  • The son of a General
  • A Lancashire Cricket player
  • Multiple families that will lose two, three and four sons in the Great War
  • A man whose son was killed two years ago

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Hugh Thomas Kay Robinson (commanding the 13th Sussex Regiment) is killed in action. He is the son of the late Reverend William Kay Robinson Rector of Walwyn’s Castle.
  • Major Algernon George Parsons (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 32. He is the son of Honorable ‘Sir’ Charles A Parsons.
  • Captain Harold Faulder (York and Lancaster Regiment) is killed in action at age 33. His son will be born 5th
  • Captain Harold Godfrey Massy-Miles MC (Royal Army Medical Corps attached London Regiment) is gassed to death at age 32. He is the son of the Reverend Joseph Henry Massy-Miles Rector of Pangbourne.
  • Captain Philip Lloyd Stockley (Machine Gun Corps) is killed in action at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend Joseph John Gabbett Stockley Rector of Wolverhampton.
  • Lieutenant James Christopher Francis Lewis (HMS Castor) drowns at age 28. He is the son of Brigadier General Bridges Lewis CB DSO.
  • Lieutenant Owen Hewett Dampier Bennett (Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed at age 18. He is the son of the Reverend Owen Cyril Dampier Bennett Vicar of Abberley.
  • Lieutenant William Knowles Tyldesley (North Lancashire Regiment) is killed in action at age 30. He was a player for the Lancashire Cricket club from 1908 until 1914.
  • Sergeant and Bandmaster Cecil Frederick Coles (London Regiment) is killed as a stretcher bearer at age 29 by a sniper. He is a Scottish musician and composer and friend of Gustav Holst and dies humming Beethoven. He attended the Royal College of Music on a scholarship and also studied at Edinburgh University and Stuttgart Conservatory. After completing his studies he became assistant conductor to the Stuttgart Royal Opera and organist of St Katherine’s an English church in the city. While on active service he sent manuscripts home to Holst.
  • Lance Corporal Geoffrey Townsend (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) is killed at age 24. His brother was killed in August 1917.
  • Lance Corporal William Wallis (Cheshire Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in April 1917.
  • Lance Corporal Arthur Wrench (Cheshire Regiment) is killed at age 23. He is the middle of three brothers who are killed in the war.
  • Private George Spencer Maryon Smith (Sussex Regiment) is killed at age 32. He is the final of four brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War. Private Walter Henry Crook (Royal Fusiliers) is killed in action almost two years after his son was killed.
  • Private Edgar Stooke (Sherwood Foresters) is killed in action at age 18. He is one of four brothers who will be killed in the Great War.
  • Private George Sidney Robinson (East Kent Regiment) dies of wounds at age 19. His brother was killed in November 1916.