Tuesday 18 November 1918 We Lost 586
Major Reginald Oscar Schwarz MC (King’s Royal Rifle Corps attached Headquarters 1st Echelon) dies at Etaples of influenza at age 43. He is a South African cricketer who was the 1908 Wisden cricketer of the year. He also an international rugby footballer who earned 3 caps playing Rugby for England against Scotland in 1899, and Wales and Ireland in 1901. Schwarz played a handful of rugby games for Middlesex in 1901 and 1902 before emigrating to South Africa and joining Transvaal, but it was on his return to England with the South African cricket team in 1904 that he made his mark, having learned how to bowl. Schwarz retired from regular playing after the 1912 season, though he appeared three more times for L Robinson’s XI over the next two seasons.
Today’s losses include:
- A South Africa & England cricket and rugby International and the 1908 Widen Cricketer of the Year
- The brother of a Victoria Cross winner killed in the Great War
- A Military Chaplain
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain Henry Thornbury Fox Russell MC (Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed at age 21. He is the brother of Captain John Fox Russell (Royal Army Medical Corps) who was awarded the Victoria Cross and killed last year.
- Chaplain Frederick William Ashton (Royal Air Force) dies of illness at age 33.
- Private Lewis Herbert Reeve (Machine Gun Corps) dies on service at age 29. His brother was killed in April 1917.