Monday 27 May 1918 We Lost 2,727

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James Bertram Falkner Cartland

The hired transport S S Leasowe Castle (Captain E J Holl) is torpedoed and sunk one hundred and four miles west by north from Alexandria, Egypt. The bodies of eighty-three soldiers (mainly of Yeomanry regiments), who are among the one hundred and one dead are not recovered.

  • Among the dead is the ship’s captain.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Hugh Annesley Gray-Cheape DSO (commanding Worcestershire Yeomanry) at age 39. He is the former joint Master of the Berwickshire Hunt and led the last cavalry charge of the British Army at Huj in the Sinai on 8th November 1917 when 181 horses of the Worcester Yeomanry ridden by men armed with rifles and sabres successfully charged a force of 20,000 Turks, 21 German field guns and three Austrian howitzers. This is the action that resulted in his being awarded the Distinguished Service Order.
  • Lieutenant Ivan Jephson Gardiner (Norfolk Regiment attached Royal Air Force) is also lost. He gave his place in a lifeboat to allow others to be saved.  His brother was killed last April in Gaza.

 Today’s losses include:

  • A General
  • The son of a General
  • Multiple battalion commanders
  • Multiple sons of member of the clergy
  • A man who has two sons will be killed in the Second World War
  • The father of both the author Barbara Cartland and a Member of Parliament
  • A 47-victory ace (Australia’s #1 scoring ace of all time)
  • A 20-victory ace
  • The son of a Baronet
  • The former joint Master of the Berwickshire Hunt
  • The man who lead the last cavalry charge of the British Army in Sinai on 8 Nov 1917
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • A man whose son is also killed in the Great War
  • The son of an Admiral
  • A man whose survived the Lusitania sinking with his wife but lose their infant son
  • A military Chaplain and author
  • A Norwich City Footballer

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Brigadier General Cuthbert Thomas Martin (Highland Light Infantry) General Officer Commanding 151st Brigade, 50th Division is killed in action at age 40. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Acquin and Lady Martin.  Brigadier General Riddell was at 151st Brigade Headquarters with Brigadier General Martin, when the enemy is reported to be close. As the two Brigadiers hurriedly leave their dugout they find themselves surrounded. As they begin to fight their way through, the Germans are scattered by a salvo from their own artillery, but one, however, bursts overhead and General Martin is instantly killed and General Riddell wounded.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Jerome Boileau Allsopp DSO (commanding 2nd South Lancashire Regiment) is killed in action at age 38. He is the son of the Reverend and Mrs. R W Allsopp.  He served in the South African War with the Imperial Yeomanry.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Galbraith Buckle DSO MC (commanding 2nd Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed. He is the son of Major General Christopher Reginald Buckle CB CMG DSO.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Edward Dawson Kent (commanding 4th Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action.
  • Major James Bertram Falkner Cartland (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed in action at age 42. He has two sons who will be killed in action in World War II, one day apart in May 1940. One of his sons is a Member of Parliament. His daughter, Barbara, will become one of the world’s most prolific authors.
  • Captain Robert Alexander ‘Bob’ Little (Royal Air Force) DSO DSC is killed at age 22 while attempting to intercept German Gothas making a night raid near Filescamp Farm, Noeux. It seems that he is killed by one of the Gotha’s defensive gunners, while blinded by a searchlight beam.  The forty-seven-victory ace is considered Australia’s foremost fighter pilot.  His totals make him not only the highest scoring Australian ace of the Great War but also the highest scoring Australian ace ever as no one in any other war has ever achieved greater battle success.
  • Captain Douglas John Bell MC (Royal Air Force) is killed at age 24 when he dives on an enemy two-seater with two comrades for his twentieth win. He is killed by machine gun fire from the aircraft’s observer. His wartime tally of 20 victories consisted of 1 (and 1 shared) balloons destroyed, 7 (and 4 shared) aircraft destroyed, and 6 (and 1 shared) ‘out of control’. While serving on Home Defense in England he engaged a Gotha bomber on 25th September 1917. After nearly fifteen minutes of machine-gunning the Gotha crashed into the North Sea. His claim for this victory went unconfirmed; it would have been Home Defense’s first victory.
  • Captain Hamilton Stewart Walford (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend Walter Shirley Walford Rector of Sproatley.
  • Captain Robert Henry Lindsay Dashwood (West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 20. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Robert Dashwood the 9th
  • Captain John Arthur Greenshields MC (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) is killed at age 27. His brother was killed in November 1916.
  • Captain Frederick Arthur John Robertson Brooke (Royal Army Medical Corps attached Wiltshire Regiment) is killed in action, thirteen months and three days after his son has been killed in action.
  • Captain George Walter Young (East Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 21. His younger brother was killed less than two months prior.
  • Captain David Heaton-Ellis MC (Rifle Brigade) is killed in action at age 21. He is the son of Vice Admiral ‘Sir’ Edward Heaton-Ellis KBE and his brother will die on service in January 1919.
  • Lieutenant Francis Aylmer Richardson (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 35. He is the son of the Reverend Francis Richardson.
  • Lieutenant Robert William Mills Close (Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action. He is the son of the Reverend Arthur Wilfrid Mills Close Vicar of Hutton Magna.
  • Lieutenant Cecil Willie Laws (Sherwood Foresters) is killed in action at age 23. His brother was killed in May 1915.
  • Lieutenant George Bertrand Coote (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 22. His brother was killed in October 1915.
  • Second Lieutenant James MacMeeken (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend James MacMeeken.
  • Second Lieutenant Hugh Reginald White (Middlesex Regiment) is killed by a shell at age 19. He is he son of the Reverend Charles Edward White Vicar of Holy Trinity Sloane St.
  • Second Lieutenant Thomas Edward George Davies (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed in action at the explosion of a mine at age 28. He is the son of the late Reverend T Davies, Pastor of Bethany Baptist Church, West Cross.
  • Second Lieutenant Francis James Neville Dicks (Worcestershire Regiment) dies of wounds in the Aisne area. His brother will be killed in the Royal Navy in one month and one day.
  • Second Lieutenant Cyril Elmore Pells (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 27. He and his wife were in the 2nd class dining saloon when the Lusitania was torpedoed. They both survived the sinking but their infant son John was lost.
  • Second Lieutenant Owen Loftus Desages (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed last March.
  • Chaplain George Bernard Hamilton Bishop (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 34. He is the author of “The Religion in Russia”.
  • Sergeant William Fiske (Border Regiment) is killed in action at age 31. He is a professional football player for the Norwich City Club.
  • Lance Corporal Albert Fenwick (Royal Engineers) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed in October 1916.
  • Private Walter Maurice Bartram (Bedfordshire Yeomanry) is killed in action at age 33. His brother will be killed in September of this year.
  • Private Henry Lovett (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 19. His brother was killed in September 1916.
  • Private James Parrott (Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed. His brother was killed in February 1916.
  • Private Harry Pollard (Leicestershire Regiment) is killed at age 23. His brother fell six weeks earlier.
  • Private Harry Clarke (Yorkshire Regiment) is killed. His brother was killed in April 1917.
  • Private John Thomas Stanford (Durham Light Infantry) is killed at age 19. His brother will be killed in August of this year.
  • Private James Raitt (Durham Light Infantry) is killed at age 23. His twin brother will be killed in October 1918.
  • Private Charles Valentine Botting (Royal West Kent Regiment) dies of disease at age 36. His brother was killed in August of last year.
  • Private Reginald Thomas Nield (Leicestershire Regiment) is killed. His brother was killed in July 1916.
  • Private Arnold Vickers (Leicestershire Regiment) is killed at age 19. He is the middle of three brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Private Herbert Lambert (Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed at age 24. His two brothers were killed in July 1916.
  • Gunner John Edward Palmer (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 37. His brother died of wounds last October.
  • Private Alfred Binks (Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed in action. His two brothers also lost their lives as a result of war service including one who will die in Salonika next New Year’s Day.
  • Private Victor John Gillions (Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in August 1917.
  • Private James Raitt (Durham Light Infantry) is killed at age 23. His twin brother will be killed in October 1918.
  • Private James Badger (East Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 24. His brother was killed in October 1917.