Sunday 8 September 1918 We Lost 598
At dawn the village of Epehy is attacked in the pouring rain by the 9th Royal Fusiliers. Among those killed by the enemy machine guns is Private Thomas Stephen Austin killed at age 19. His brother died of wounds in January 1916.
Today’s losses include:
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- The grandson of a member of the clergy
- A family that will lose two sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain A E E Roebuck (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed in action at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend Alfred Roebuck.
- Lieutenant George Keith Elliott (Royal Welsh Fusiliers attached Welsh Horse Yeomanry) is killed in action at age 20. He had been a Science Scholar of University College, Oxford and is the grandson of the Reverend Robert Cowan.
- Lieutenant William Margetson Heald (Royal Army Medical Corps) dies of wounds at age 24 received 23rd August when a shell struck his aid post near Bray. He is the son of the Reverend Charles William Heald Rector of Chale.