Tuesday 27 August 1918 We Lost 1,922

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Gerard Charles Brassey

Second Lieutenant William Arthur Barr (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at Croiselles by a shell case he was firing exploding in the gun turret as a result of an enemy shell landing nearby.  The 36-year old is a journalist, author and traveler who wrote for the Idler magazine and was the editor of The Aeroplane.

Vis-En-Artois and Haurcourt are taken by the Canadian Corps.

  • Lieutenant Colonel ‘Lord’ Alfred Eden Browne DSO (186th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 39 when in command of his Brigade near Vis-en-Artois while supporting the Canadian attack. He is the son of the 5th Marquess of Sligo.
  • Lieutenant Hugh D’Alton Livingston (Central Ontario Regiment) is killed leading an attack on Bois de Vert at age 27. With Oswald Grant (killed in June 1916) they were the Canadian Inter-Collegiate Tennis Champions representing the University of Toronto in 1912.
  • Acting Sergeant Ewart Arthur Blatchford (Central Ontario Regiment) is killed at age 25 when hit by machine gun bullets. He is the son of the Reverend Thomas W Blatchford who lost another son in April 1916.

Today’s losses include:

  • A journalist, author, traveler and editor of The Aeroplane
  • The son of the 5th Marquess of Sligo
  • The son of a Member of Parliament and Baronet
  • The 1912 Canadian Inter Collegiate Doubles Tennis Champion
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • A 7-victory ace
  • A member of the Penarth Rugby Club

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain John Arthur Gascoyne-Cecil MC (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 25. He is the son of the Right Reverend ‘Sir’ William Gascoyne-Cecil, the Bishop of Exeter and has two brothers who been previously killed in the Great War.
  • Lieutenant Cyril Gwyer (Grenadier Guards) is killed at age 32. His brother was killed in August 1915.
  • Lieutenant Hugh Reginald Baldwin (Irish Guards) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed on HMS Queen Mary at Jutland.
  • Lieutenant Francis Wycliffe Russell MC (London Regiment) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Canon Alfred Francis Russell Rector of Chingford.
  • Lieutenant Cedric George Edwards DFC (Royal Air Force) is killed by ant-ircraft fire at age 19. He is a 7 victory ace.
  • Second Lieutenant Gerard Charles Brassey (Coldstream Guards) is killed in action at age 19. He is son of ‘Sir’ Leonard Brassey, the 1st Baronet and a Member of Parliament.
  • Private George Herbert De La Mare (Berkshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 20 three years after his older brother has been killed in Gallipoli.
  • Private Charles Whittemore (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 23 the day after his brother was killed.
  • Private James Douglas Stone (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 24. His brother died of wounds in May 1915.
  • Private Walter Frank Hermon (West Surrey Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother will die of wounds next November.
  • Private Arthur Chick (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed at age 19. He is a member of the Penarth Rugby Club.
  • Private Edwin Lawrence Crofts (East Kent Regiment) is killed in action. His brother was killed in April 1917.