Tuesday 29 October 1918 We Lost 1,371
Gunner Edward John Parfett MM (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 22. Ned Parfett was the 16-year-old newsboy selling morning papers and holding the banner headline on the street-corner in London on the April morning in 1912 which announced the sinking of the Titanic. The photograph has become an iconic image, symbolising the shock and disbelief that greeted news of the disaster. Parfett joined the British Army in 1916, serving as a dispatch-rider and an observer on the Western Front, being mentioned in dispatches. Today he is about to head home on leave when he pauses to collect some fresh clothes from a quartermaster’s store just behind the lines near Valceniennes. At that moment, it is struck by an artillery shell and Parfett is killed. He is one of four brothers all of whom served in the war, the other three survived.
The Battle on the Piave turns as the Austrian forces attempt a final resistance on the Monticano but are broken. Although enemy reinforcements are brought up to hold the line a breach is made which fundamentally splits the two Austrian Armies and a rout quickly develops.
The Admiralty trawler Thomas Cornwall (Skipper John Slater RNR) is sunk after a collision off Flamborough Head with a loss of twenty. Her skipper is killed at age 29.
Today’s losses include:
- The 16-year-old newsboy selling morning papers and holding the banner headline on the street-corner in London on the April morning in 1912 which announced the sinking of the Titanic in the photo above
- The son of a General
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Major William Henry Egerton Dickinson (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds at age 38. He is the son of the late Major General William Rice Dickinson (Royal Engineers).
- Captain George Hugh Richardson (Manchester Regiment) is killed at age 38 in Italy. He is the son of the Reverend William Richardson Vicar of Poulton le Fylde.
- Captain John Towlson Morgan (Welsh Fusiliers attached Royal Air Force) is killed at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend Ernest Arundell Morgan Vicar of St Andrew’s.
- Lieutenant Harold Francis Box (Essex Regiment attached Royal Engineers) is killed in action at age 23. His is the son of the late Reverend C F Box Vicar of South Benfleet and had been an undergraduate of Keble College, Oxford.
- Company Sergeant Major Daniel Evershed (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 33 becoming the third brother to be killed this year.
- Corporal Arthur Newton Hooker (New Zealand Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed last August.
- Lance Corporal Tom Buckle (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed at age 22. He is the third brother to be killed since September 1916.
- Private William W Swan (Army Service Corps) dies of pneumonia at age 26 at home. His brother was killed in December 1914. +Driver James Wishart Gorrie (Australian Field Artillery) dies of pneumonia at age 30. His brother was killed in April 1916.