Sunday 21 July 1918 We Lost 512
Sergeant Charles Allum (Inniskilling Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 41. He is the former boxing champion of England. Charlie Allum 1876-1918 Champion of England from fight record compiled by the boxing historian Harold Alderman. In 1896 he joined the Rugby Club boxing section and won the Rugby amateur boxing club ‘old guards’ challenge cup at catch weight (any weight). In a later Polytechnic boxing club fight at the Turnhalle in Kings Cross, according to The Mirror of Life he ‘shaped like a professional, which Brewer accused him of being.’ 1899 In another Mirror report, he boxed at the opening show of the season Kensington boy’s club’s competition at the Drill Hall, Wood Lane, Shepherd’s Bush. Then he joined the 2nd Royal Fusiliers after the outbreak of the Boer War.
Today’s losses include:
- A former boxing champion of England
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
- The son of a member of the clergy
- The son of the Chief Constable of Aberdeen
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain Robert Chichester Durnford DSO (Hampshire Regiment) is killed on the bridge near Iman Zadeh Hashim Northwest Persia. His brother was killed in July 1915 and they are sons of the Bishop of Durnford.
- Captain John Cameron Thomson Teggart (Royal Army Medical Corps attached Royal Field Artillery) is killed. His twin was killed last October.
- Second Lieutenant Henry Angus Anderson (Gordon Highlanders) is killed in action at age 20. He is the son of the Chief Constable of Aberdeen.
- Second Lieutenant William Dunglinson (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 33. His brother was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
- Private Arthur James Etherington (Sussex Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother was killed in May 1915.
- Private Samuel Henry Evans (Welsh Regiment) dies of wounds at a prisoner of war at age 21. His brother was killed in August 1916.