Tuesday 22 October 1918 We Lost 1,288

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Julian L’Estrange

Brigadier General Edward John Granet Commanding Royal Artillery dies of wounds at age 60.   The wounds he died of were received at Suvla Bay, Gallipoli on 13th August 1915.

Near Hoogemolen, Belgium, Lieutenant David Stuart McGregor VC (Royal Scots) conceals his guns on a limber under the bank of a sunken road, but immediately the troops advance they are subjected to such intense enfilade machine-gun fire that he realises it is impossible to get the guns carried forward without great delay. Having ordered the teams to take a safer route, he lays flat on the limber, the driver then gallops forward under the heaviest machine-gun fire to cover beyond, the guns are put into action and the advance resums. Lieutenant McGregor continues directing the fire until he is killed at age 23. For his actions he will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross.

Today’s losses include:

  • A silent screen and Broadway actor
  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • A Brigadier General
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Charles Holbrook Rosling (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) is killed at agae 36. He is the son of the Reverend Charles Douglas Rosling Rector of Caerhays.
  • Lieutenant George William Kenneth Smith (Royal Air Force) dies of wounds at age 19 having been wounded in the throat he flew 30 miles and made a perfect landing at his aerodrome.
  • Second Lieutenant Ernest Llewelyn Rees (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend D M Rees.
  • Second Lieutenant Julian L’Estrange (Royal Flying Corps) dies of pneumonia and influenza at age 38. He is a stage actor who made his debut as the cupbearer in Herod at His Majesty’s Theatre in October 1900. He also appeared as Borachio in Much Ado About Nothing at Drury Lane in The Sins of Society. He frequently appeared with his wife the actress Constance Hardy and appeared on Broadway regularly between 1908 and 1916 and in several silent films. He joined the Royal Flying Corps in Canada but as later discharged on medical reasons.
  • Corporal James Robertson (New Zealand Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 34. His brother was killed in June of last year.
  • Private Arthur Thomas William Oke (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) dies on active service in India. His brother was killed in February of this year.
  • Private James William Evans (Machine Gun Corps) dies on service at home at age 36. His brother died of wounds in France last July.
  • Private James William Evans (Machine Gun Corps) dies at home at age 36. His brother died of wounds in July.
  • Leading Signalman (Frederick Albert Habgood) HMS Victory dies at home of influenza. His brother died of wounds in July 1916.
  • Sapper Charles Edward Angus Thorburn (Royal Engineers) dies at home at age 29. He is the son of the Reverend Thomas James Thorburn.