Tuesday 25 November 1918 We Lost 496
Captain Julian Royds Gribble VC (Royal Warwickshire Regiment) dies of influenza in German hands at age 21. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions on 23rd March 1918 at Beaumetz, Hermies Ridge, France when in command of a company which was ordered to hold on at all costs. They were eventually isolated and he could easily have withdrawn when the Battalion on his left was driven back, but he obeyed his orders to the letter and when his company was finally surrounded by the enemy he was seen fighting to the last before being wounded slightly in the scalp and captured.
Today’s losses include:
- A Victoria Cross winner
- The son of the Inspector General of Police and Prisons in Ceylon
- A man whose brother will die in two days
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Hubert Henry Schomberg Laughton (Machine Gun Corps attached Worcestershire Regiment) dies of wounds at home received at Le Cateau in October. He is the son of Professor ‘Sir’ John Knox Laughton.
- Paymaster Lieutenant Guy Campbell (HMS Venerable) dies of illness at age 31. He is the son of ‘Sir’ George Campbell KCMG, Inspector General of Police and Prisons Ceylon.
- Private Herbert Barsby (Leicestershire Regiment) dies at home at age 27, two days before his brother dies at home.