Friday 25 October 1918 We Lost 1,614
East of Maing, France the 1st/6th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders face an enemy counter attack that turns their left flank. As the enemy continues to advance and his company’s ammunition is exhausted Lieutenant William Davidson Bissett mounts a railway embankment under heavy fire and calls for a bayonet charge which drives the enemy back with heavy loss. After another charge his establishes his line saving a critical situation. For his actions Lieutenant Bissett will be awarded the Victoria Cross.
Today’s losses include:
- A Regimental Commander in the Royal Engineers
- The brother of the composer Patrick Hadley who lost a let in the Great War
- The son of a member of Parliament
- The grandson of a member of Parliament
- A man whose father will fund the Oliver Schel Award for singing at Harrow
- Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
- A man who will lose two half-brothers in the Great War
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- A Military Chaplain
- The son of the Headmaster at Uppingham School
- The husband of the Headmistress of a Catholic School in Glasgow who will miscarry twins upon receiving the news of his loss
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Colonel Arthur Houssemayne Du Boulay DSO (commanding Royal Engineers) dies of influenza at Fillevres. His brother was killed in September 1916.
- Captain Peyton Sheldon Hadley (Northamptonshire Regiment) dies at age 23 of influenza having been seriously wounded and invalided home. His younger brother is the composer Patrick Hadley who will also be wounded in the closing weeks of the war, losing a leg, but surviving.
- Captain Oliver Walter Sichel (Warwickshire Regiment) dies of wounds received the previous day at Vendegies at age 26. His brother was killed in February 1915. His father will fund the Oliver Sichel Prize for singing at Harrow after his death. They are grandsons of John Holms MP for Hackney.
- Lieutenant Thistle Robinson MC (Royal Fusiliers) the son of ‘Sir’ Richard and Lady Jeanie Robinson is killed in action at age 26.
- Lieutenant George Vinvent Carus Selwyn (Royal Field Artillery) dies of pneumonia at age 21. He is son of the Reverend Edward Carus Selwyn DD Headmaster of Uppingham School and has two half-brothers who have been killed previously in the war.
- Second Lieutenant Ross Martin (Tank Corps) dies of wounds at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend D J Martin.
- Temporary Paymaster Sub Lieutenant William Percy Brace (Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) dies of pneumonia at age 26. He is the son of the Right Honorable William Brace MP.
- Second Lieutenant John Wyatt (Gloucestershire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 26. His brother died on service five weeks ago.
- Chaplain Basil Jones (attached Royal Garrison Artillery) dies on service at age 32.
- Sergeant Thomas Kirk Dennis (Leicestershire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 32. His brother was killed in September 1917.
- Sergeant James W Watt (Black Watch) is killed at age 31 by a sniper. His brother died of wounds in July 1916.
- Private Bernard Burns (Highland Light Infantry) is killed in action in Mesopotamia at age 35. He is the husband of the headmistress of a Catholic School in Glasgow. His wife has a miscarriage of their twins when she receives the new that he is “missing, presumed dead”.
- Private Harry Richard Foulger (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in November 1914.
- Private Arthur Perry (West Surrey Regiment) is killed in action at age 30. His brother was killed in July 1917.
- Private Nelson Charles Burton (Norfolk Regiment) dies of wounds at 47th Casualty Clearing Station at age 27. His younger brother was killed on Gallipoli in December 1915.
- Private Frank Leslie Parker (Grenadier Guards) is killed at age 26. His brother was killed last October.
- Private Alfred Andrew (East Kent Regiment) is killed near St Souplet at age 18. His two older brothers were killed earlier in the war.
- Private Charles D Roberts (Northumberland Fusiliers) dies of wounds. He is the son of the late Reverend T N Roberts.
- Private Fred Pickford (Cheshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 23 received two days before. His brother was killed less than three weeks before.