Thursday 19 September 1918 We Lost 1,856
The 65th Brigade attacks the ‘Pip Ridge’ leading to another defeat with only half of the men returning alive. But the assault gains the town of Doiran and a few hills above it.
Sergeant Thomas Charles Benfield (Leicestershire Regiment) is killed by a sniper’s bullet at age 29. He was a footballer who played for Leicester being made famous for being the first person to score a goal at Arsenal Stadium netting an early goal in Leicester’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of Arsenal in a Second Division match on 6 September 1913. He was Leicester’s leading scorer in that season before moving on to Derby County where he helped them win the 1914 Second Division title.
Today’s losses include:
- A Leiceter footballer
- Multiple battalion commanders
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
- The son of a Justice of the Peace
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Colonel Ronald Falconar-Stewart DSO (commanding 12th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) is killed at age 35. His brother was killed in July 1916.
- Lieutenant Colonel Allan Armstrong DSO (commanding 1st/4th Wiltshire Regiment) is killed in Palestine at age 42.
- Lieutenant Colonel Edward Stephen Gibbons DSO (Middlesex Regiment commanding 7th Highland Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 35. He is the son of ‘Sir’ William KCB and Lady Gibbons.
- Major Frederick William Scougal MC (Cameronians) is killed in Greece at age 34 one day after his brother was killed in Belgium. They are sons of HM Senior Chief Inspector of Training Colleges Scotland.
- Captain Ronald Alexander Murray (Royal Scots Fusiliers) dies on active service in Greece at age 24. His brother was killed in September 1916.
- Second Lieutenant Kenneth Curling Doddrell (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed in Palestine. He is the son of the Reverend Curling Finzel Doddrell Rector of English Bicknor.
- Second Lieutenant Edward Gerald Palmer Fenn (Welsh Fusiliers attached Essex Regiment) is killed by a sniper at age 24 at Kefe Kasim Palestine. He is the son of Dr. Edward Leveing Fenn JP.
- Private James McKee (Border Regiment) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed in August 1915 on Gallipoli.
- Private Albert Bert Goodman (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed at age 18. His brother was killed in May 1915.
- Private Arthur Vincent E Moxey (Dorsetshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 19. His brother was killed in April 1916.
- Private John Rayner Williams (Shropshire Light Infantry) is killed at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend John Williams Rector of St Margaret’s Port of Spain Trinidad.