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Wednesday 18 November 1914 – We Lost 220

Football is still being played in Britain and Nottingham Forest and Arsenal tie a 1 goal each.

 Today’s losses include:

  •  Son of a General
  • Great Grandson of a General
  • Nephew of a General
  • Great Grandson of an Admiral
  • Son of clergy
  • Grandson of clergy
  • Son of a Justice of the Peace
  • Grandson of a Baronet
  • Member of the Marylebone Cricket Club
  • Member of the Bedfordshire Constabulary
  • Families that will lose one of two sons lost in the Great War

 Today’s highlighted casualty is

 Lieutenant Hervey Robert Charles Tudway (Grenadier Guards) dies of wounds received nine days earlier at age 26. He is the son of Charles Clement Tudway JP DL and the grandson of ‘Sir’ Frederick Hervey Bathurst 3rd Baronet and is related to the 1st Earl of Bristol who lost an arm at Waterloo. He is also a member of the I Zingari and MCC.

  •  Major George Baillie (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 43. He is a South African War veteran and nephew of Major General John Baillie.
  • Captain John Drysdale Tullis (Scots Fusiliers) dies of wounds at age 33 received one week earlier. His younger brother will be killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
  • Lieutenant James Crosbie Caulfield (Manchester Regiment) is killed by a shell at age 22. He is the youngest son of Brigadier General James E Caulfield (Commanding 8th Reserve Infantry Brigade).
  • Second Lieutenant Reginald Connor Phillips Wilder (Suffolk Regiment) is killed at age 19 by a sniper. He is the son of the Reverend William Burnard Chichester Wilder Rector of Great Bradley, great grandson of Lieutenant General ‘Sir” Francis Wilder and Admiral ‘Sir’ John Marshall and grandson of the Reverend John McMahon Wilder.
  • Sergeant Edmund Wressell Kirk (Irish Guards) dies of wounds at age 27. He is a member of the Bedfordshire Constabulary.
  • Lance Corporal Arthur George Beatwell (Essex Regiment) is killed at age 28. His brother will be lost on HMS Invincible at Jutland.

Tuesday 17 November 1914 – We Lost 327

Victoria Cross

Victoria Cross

Captain John Fitzhardinge Paul Butler (King’s Royal Rifle Corps attached Gold Coast Regiment, West Africa Frontier Force), with a party of thirteen men goes into thick bush in the Cameroon and at once attacks the enemy about one hundred strong, including several Europeans.  He defeats them, capturing machine guns and ammunition. For his actions on this day and subsequently on 27 December, Captain Butler will be awarded the Victoria Cross.

Lieutenant Julian Henry Francis Grenfell (Dragoons) succeeds in reaching a point behind the enemy’s trenches and making an excellent reconnaissance furnishing early information on a pending attack. For his actions on this day he will be awarded the DSO.  He will be killed in May 1915.

Today’s losses include:

  •  A battalion commander
  • A man who will be among those awarded the first Military Cross on New Year’s Day
  • Son of the actor and playwright Brandon Thomas
  • A man whose twin brother was killed on service in 1912
  • A man whose brother died on service in the South African War in 1900
  • A Marylebone Cricket player
  • A man whose grandfather was promoted from Midshipman to Lieutenant in the Royal Navy due to his service at Trafalgar
  • A man who had two great uncles serve at Trafalgar
  • Multiple sons of Justice’s of the Peace
  • A son-in-law of a Justice of the Peace
  • Grandson of a Baronet

 Today’s highlighted casualty is

 Major John Chrystie (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 42.  His twin brother George was killed on the North West Frontier in May 1912 and they are sons of Colonel George Chrystie JP. His two great uncles served under Admiral Nelson at Trafalgar.

  •  Lieutenant Colonel Malcolm Charles Andrew Green (commanding 2nd South Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 43. He is a South African War veteran.
  • Major John Chrystie (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 42. His twin brother George was killed on the North West Frontier in May 1912 and they are sons of Colonel George Chrystie JP. His two great uncles served under Admiral Nelson at Trafalgar.
  • Major Thomas Roche (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed at age 40. He is the son of Thomas Roche JP and he served in the South African War.
  • Captain George Arthur Murray Docker(Royal Fusiliers) is killed the day before his 39th and one day after reaching the trenches. He was commissioned in 1900, served in the South African War, was an instructor at Sandhurst from 1907 to 1911 and was adjutant of the 10th Middlesex Regiment from 1912 until being recalled for active service.  He was also a first class Cricket player of the Marylebone Cricket Club from 1911 to 1914.
  • Captain Frederick Alexander Charles Leibert (North Somerset Yeomanry) is killed at age 32. He is he son-in-law of A Chamberlayne Chichester JP.
  • Captain Clement Henry Peto (Hussars) is killed at age 30. He is the grandson of ‘Sir’ Robert Palmer Harding and ‘Sir’ S Morton Peto the Baronet.
  • Captain Thomas Haworth Preston (East Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 33. He is a veteran of the South African War and his brother Second Lieutenant J S Preston (Royal Scots) died of enteric fever at Dewetsdorp in June 1900 while serving in that conflict.
  • Captain Hundy Warwick Nicholson (Cheshire Regiment) is killed at age 25. His grandfather was promoted from Midshipman to Lieutenant Royal Navy for gallantry at Trafalgar.
  • Lieutenant Bernard Vincent Fulcher (South Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 22. He is among the first 99 officers and NCO’s to be awarded the new Military Cross on 1 January 1915.
  • Second Lieutenant James Grant Brandon Thomas (Inniskilling Fusiliers) dies of wounds at age 20. He is the son of Brandon Thomas well known actor, playwright and author of the play Charley’s Aunt”.

Monday 16 November 1914 – We Lost 187

SMS Dresden

SMS Dresden

British troops occupy Buea the former capital of Cameroon west of Doauai.

The collier North Wales (Master Griffith Owen) is sunk by the Dresden 360 miles southwest of Valpariso.  The crew is taken prisoner but will be released after the Battle of the Falklands. Her master will be killed when his merchant ship, also named the North Wales, is sunk by a submarine in October 1916.

 Today losses include:

  •  The son and heir to the 11th Viscount Valentia
  • Son of a Justice of the Peace
  • An Isle of Wight Constable
  • A man who brother will be kill on the Somme in July 1916

 Today’s highlighted casualty is

 Captain ‘The Honorable’ Arthur Annesley (Hussars) is killed in action at Klein Zillebeke age 34.  He is the son and heir of the 11th Viscount Valentia and he served in the South African War.

  •  Lieutenant Alan James Dickson (Highland Light Infantry) is killed while hunting for a sniper at age 22. He is the son of Patrick Dickson JP.
  • Sergeant Jesse Mills (Coldstream Guards) dies of wounds in Dublin at age 26. He is an Isle of Wight Constable.
  • Private Thomas Robert Dance (Berkshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 25. His brother will be killed in July 1916.

 

Sunday 15 November 1914 – We Lost 224

Royal Humane Society

Royal Humane Society

HMAS Sydney steams into Colombo harbor.  Captain John Glossop has telegraphed a special request that out of consideration for the 65 wounded Germans on board, there should be no cheering when his ship passes through.

By now General Charles Dobell’s force have secured Buea, Cameroon with Soppo and Victoria.

Today’s losses include:

  •  A holder of the Royal Humane Society Certificate for Life Saving
  • Grandson of a General
  • Grandson of an Admiral
  • Son-in-law of a General
  • Member of the Marylebone Cricket Club
  • Hampshire Cricket player
  • Multiple sons of Justice’s of the Peace
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great war

 Today’s highlighted casualty is

 Lieutenant Robert Randle Egerton (Royal Engineers) is killed in age 26. He is a holder of the Royal Humane Society’s certificate for saving a man from drowning. He is also the grandson of General Richard Shubrick.

  •  Major John Hamon Massie DSO (Royal Garrison Artillery) dies of wounds received two days earlier. He is the grandson of Admiral Thomas Leche Massie and son-in-law of Major General E A Berger. He served at Chitral 1895 and in the South African War.
  • Captain Geoffrey Percy Robert Toynbee (Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 29. He played cricket for Hampshire and is a member of Marylebone Cricket Club.
  • Captain Algernon Beresford Smyth(King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) is killed at age 30.  He is the son of Devaynes Smyth DL JP. He is a tennis and cricket player, member of the Free Foresters and Yorkshire Gentlemen Cricket Clubs and his only brother Captain C D Smyth (Irish Rifles) was wounded last month.
  • Sergeant Charles Frederick Heath (Berkshire Regiment) is killed at age 28. His brother will be killed next March.
  • Lance Corporal Andrew Leith (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 25. His brother was killed two months ago.
  • Private Albert Victor Jones (Honorable Artillery Corps) is killed near Wulverghem at age 27. He is the son of the late John Jones JP and Jane Margaret Jones JP.
  • Rifleman John Joseph McGibney (Irish Rifles) is killed. His brother will be killed next June.

Saturday 14 November 1914 – We Lost 254

Field Marshall Frederick Roberts

Field Marshall Frederick Roberts

Field Marshall Frederick Sleigh Roberts (1st Earl of Kandahar) dies while visiting the front at age 82. He was one of the most successful military commanders of the 19th century. He served in the Indian rebellion, the Expedition to Abyssinia and the Second Anglo-Afghan War before leading British Forces to success in the Second Boer War. He also became the last Commander-in-Chief of the Forces before the post was abolished in 1904. He died of pneumonia at St Omer, France, while visiting Indian troops. After lying in state in Westminster Hall (one of two non-Royals to do so during the 20th century, the other being Sir Winston Churchill), he will be given a state funeral and entombed in St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Rebels are routed at Bultfontein.

Today’s losses include:

  • A King’s Messenger
  • Nephew of a Victoria Cross winner
  • Multiple sons of Generals
  • The first son to fall in a family that will lose four sons
  • Multiple families that will lose one of two sons
  • A member of the Wisbech Isle of Ely Constabulary
  • Grandson of the founder of the first foreign hotel in China

 Today’s highlighted casualty is

Major Eric Grey Drummond (Gurkha Rifles) is killed the day after he enters the trenches at age 39. He retired from his majority in 1913 to become a King’s Messenger then rejoined at the beginning of the Great War. He is the son of the late Major General Henry R Drummond (Royal Engineers). He was wounded in the Mohmand Expedition of 1897-8.

  •  Captain Charles John Chard Barrett (Scots Fusiliers) is killed at age 41. He is a South African War veteran and nephew of Colonel J R M Chard VC the hero of Rorke’s Drift.
  • Captain George Raleigh Kerr Evatt(Middlesex Regiment) is killed at age 31. He is the son of Major General ‘Sir’ George KCB and Lady Evatt and grandson of the late Lieutenant Evatt who fought with the 57th Foot (predecessor of the Middlesex Regiment) and was wounded at the Battle of Albuera where they earned the nickname ‘The Die Hards’.
  • Lance Corporal George Frederick Mathieson (London Scottish) is killed at age 23. His brother will be killed in January 1916.
  • Lance Corporal William John Cheney (Coldstream Guards) a member of the Wisbech Isle of Ely Constabulary is killed in action.
  • Private Oliver Edward Breed (Bedfordshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 20. His brother will be killed in August 1916.
  • Private Edward George Hodder (West Surrey Regiment) dies of wounds as prisoner of war at age 33. His brother will be killed in June 1917.
  • Private Joseph Clayton (Highland Light Infantry) is killed. He is the first of four brothers who are killed in the Great War.
  • Private Ronald Mackenzie Richards (London Scottish) is killed at age 19. He is the grandson of Peter Felix Richards founder of the Richard Hotel in Shanghai, the first foreign hotel in China and the forerunner to the Astor House Hotel.

 

Friday 13 November 1914 – We Lost 254

 

Herbert Kitchener

Herbert Kitchener

Sanctuary Wood is shelled during this night while being used to screen troops behind the front line.

The British 8th Division is deployed to the front providing much needed reinforcement.

Today’s losses include:

  • A former Aide de camp to Lord Kitchener
  • Son of a Member of Parliament
  • Son of the Mayor of Hemel Hempstead
  • A Swinton Town Football Club player
  • Grandson of the 9th Lord Digby
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons
  • A family that will lose three sons
  • The brother of a ‘war poet’
  • Son of a General
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • Son of a Justice of the Peace
  • Son-in-law of a Baronet
  • Son-in-law of General
  • Brother-in-law killed later in the war
  • Nephew of clergy
  • A member of the Marylebone Cricket Club

 Today’s highlighted casualty is

Colonel Raymond John Marker DSO (Assistant Adjutant and Quartermaster General, I Army Corps Headquarters) on the General Staff dies of wounds at Boulogne received 4 November at age 47. His body is one of the few repatriated to England for burial during the War. He is the son of Richard Marker JP and ‘the Honorable’ Mrs. Marker and son-in-law of ‘Sir’ Thomas Jackson 1st Baronet. He is the grandson of the 9th Lord Digby and during the South African War served as Aide de Camp to Lord Kitchener. His brother-in-law Claude Stewart Jackson will be killed in October 1917.

  •  Captain Charles James Lyon(Royal Scots Fusiliers) is killed at age 24. He is the youngest of three brothers to be killed in the Great War.  The first was killed in the first month of the war while the oldest, a war poet, will be killed in May 1915.
  • Captain Robert Guy Incledon Chichester(Highland Light Infantry) the son of the late Reverend Richard Chichester the Rector of Drewsteignton is killed at age 41. He served on the North West Frontier 1897-8 and South African War.
  • Captain William Ernest Rogerson (Durham Light Infantry) dies of heart failure at age 42 at home. He is the son-in-law of Lieutenant General W H Mackesy.
  • Captain John Alexander Halliday (Hussars) died of wounds at Le Touquet at age 39 received 31 October Messines. He is the nephew of R Howell Brown Vicar of Enfield and a member of MCC.
  • Captain Archibald William Roberson-Glasgow (Garhwal Rifles Indian Army) is killed at age 34. He is the son of R B Robertson-Glasgow DL and his wife is the niece of Lady Robertson of Forteviot. He served in the Somaliland Campaign in 1901.
  • Lieutenant Geoffrey Archibald Loyd (Scots Guards) is killed at Zonnebeke by shrapnel at age 24. He is the son of A K Loyd KC MP North Berks.
  • Lieutenant David Scott Dodgson(Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 29 when he is shot by a sniper while attempting to lay cable for his battery at Gorre. He is the son of the late General ‘Sir’ David Scott Dodgson KCB.
  • Lieutenant N Ramsay (Dragoon Guards attached Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 34. His brother will be killed in January 1917.
  • Lieutenant Humfrey Richard Talbot (Dragoon Guards) dies of wounds at age 25 after his trench is hit by a shell killing and wounding many men. He attends to the wounds of his men despite his own wounds before dying. He is the son of the Mayor of Hemel Hempstead, Gustavus Talbot.
  • Private Edwin Charles Waite (Royal Sussex Regiment) is killed at age 27. His brother will be killed in May 1918.
  • Private William Arthur Brewer (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed at age 21. He is a member of the Swinton Town Football Club.
  • Boy George Leonard Hamshire (HMS Shannon) dies on service at age 16. His brother will be killed in June 1916.

Thursday 12 November 1914 – We Lost 342

Seal of Harvard University

Seal of Harvard University

Army Order # 480 approves the addition to each Division of a motor machine gun battery to be designated a unit of the Royal Field Artillery and known as the Motor Machine Gun Service.

A reconnaissance in force from Sanniyeh inflicts losses on the Turks near Saihan. In spite of poor conditions including thick dust, mud and heat the remainder of Force D is landed.

 Today’s losses include:

  •  Victoria Cross winner
  • A General
  • Son of a General
  • Son of a Baronet
  • Stepson of the Director of the Canadian Pacific Railway
  • Grandson of clergy
  • Grandson of a Justice of the Peace
  • A man whose twin brother was killed on service last century
  • Son of the 5th Earl of Cadogan
  • Grandson of the 1st Earl of Munster
  • Nephew of a man who died of wounds in the Crimean War
  • The first graduate of an American University killed in the Great War
  • Son of the President of the Blackheath Harriers
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

 Today’s highlighted casualty is

Brigadier General Charles FitzClarence VC General Officer commanding the 1st Guards Brigade is killed in action at age 49. He was awarded the Victoria Cross at Mafeking on the 14 October 1899 during the South African War. His twin brother was killed in 1897-8 at Abu-Hamed and they are sons of Captain ‘the Honorable’ George FitzClarence Royal Navy the 3rd son of the 1st Earl of Munster. Another son of the 1st Earl died of wounds received in the attack on Redan in the Crimea. Brigadier General FitzClarence is also the son-in-law of the 6th Duke of Marlborough. He is also the father of the 6th Earl of Munster.

  •  Major ‘the Honorable’ William George Sidney CadoganMVO (Hussars attached General Staff) is killed at age 35.  He is son of the 5th Earl Cadogan KG and served in the South African War and was Equerry to H R H Prince of Wales from 1912 to 1914 and his Aide de Campe during his India tour of 1905-6.
  • Major Thomas Philip Godman-Dorington(Dragoons) is killed at age 37. He is the son of the late Major General Richard Temple Godman and a veteran of the South African War.
  • Captain Keith Bethune Mackenzie (Seaforth Highlanders attached Gordon Highlanders) is killed at age 34. A veteran of the South African War he is the grandson of the Reverend Neil Bethune.
  • Captain Duncan Collisson Willey Thomas (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) is killed at age 23. He is the son of A P Thomas the 1st
  • Lieutenant George Williamson (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) dies of wounds received four days prior at age 31. He is the son of Lady Skinner and stepson of ‘Sir’ Thomas Skinner Director of the Canadian Pacific Railway. A Graduate of Harvard in 1905 he is the first graduate of an American University to be killed in the War.
  • Lieutenant Denis Duncan Philby (Dublin Fusiliers attached Munster Fusiliers) is killed at age 25. His brother will be killed in May 1916.
  • Second Lieutenant Charles Alexander Kenneth Anderson (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed at age 21. He is the grandson of Charles Edward Tuck JP.
  • Second Lieutenant Francis Pepys DSO (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed last August.
  • Private James Thomas Stanley (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother will be killed in August 1918.
  • Private Bartlett Cecil Elmes (Sussex Regiment) is killed at age 31. His brother will be killed next May.
  • Private Tom Crafter (London Scottish) is killed. His brother will be killed in July 1917 and they are sons of the president of the Blackheath Harriers.

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Wednesday 11 November 1914 – We Lost 777

 

Victoria Cross

Victoria Cross

The torpedo gunboat HMS Niger is torpedoed in the English Channel.  She later explodes and sinks though there are no casualties.

British troops pass through the small village of Oulchy-le-Chateau in their advance on the Aisne.

At 10:00 the 2nd Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry are turned out to back up the 1st Brigade which has been attacked while holding the ground a little to the north of the Ypres-Menin road. They are ordered to Westhoek to get in touch with the 1st Division, who are holding up reinforcements on the right. In spite of a barrage that lays shells about them, the Oxfords reach Westhoek without loss. Here they get under cover and observe the Northamptonshire Regiment advancing on their right, into the southern part of the wood lying to the south of Westhoek. At the same time Colonel Lushington of the Royal Artillery sends gunners, cooks, etc armed with rifles against the Germans in Nonne Bosschen Wood.

Lieutenant Colonel Henry R Davies sends two companies to clear Nonne Bosschen Wood (Nun’s Wood) near Ypres, advancing from the northwest to southeast.  They drive the Germans before them killing and capturing many. Two more companies follow in support.  When the first two companies, ‘A’ and ‘B’ come out on the southeastern edge of the wood they are joined by the Northamptons on the right and by some Connaught Rangers and Sappers on the left. They force the Germans out of the trenches; some of the enemy turning and running when the attack is thirty or forty yards off, others surrender. Most of those who run are shot. Casualties to the Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry amount to twenty-seven, of whom five are killed.  There is still another trench held by the Germans in front, but before an attack can be mounted on it French artillery begins to drop shrapnel into the British front line, not realizing how far it has advanced. It takes some time to inform the French of this error and by this time dark has set in.

Near Becelaere, Belgium, Captain Walter Lorrain Brodie (Highland Light Infantry) leads a charge to evict the enemy from a portion of our trenches that they have succeeded in occupying. He bayonets several of the enemy himself and relieves a dangerous situation. As a result of his actions, 80 of the enemy are killed and 51 taken prisoner. For his actions on this day he will be awarded the Victoria Cross.

 Today’s losses include:

  •  Multiple examples of brothers killed together
  • A General
  • Son of a General
  • Grandson of a General
  • Son of a Baronet
  • Son of a former Member of Parliament
  • Grandson of an Admiral
  • Grandson of a Justice of the Peace
  • Son-in-law of clergy
  • Uncle of a man killed yesterday
  • Battalion commander
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons
  • A man whose daughter will be born next year
  • Two members of the Surrey Constabulary

 Today’s highlighted casualties are:

 Brothers Privates James F and John William Stallard are among those killed in the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry. John is a boxer of some repute in the Army and had gone into strict training for a bout at the National Sporting Club when the war broke out. Because of his prowess in the ring he was known as ‘The Mad Mullah’. He dies at age 26 while his older brother is 28.  They are sons of James and Florence Stallard of St Mary Street, New Bradwell, Bucks.

Another set of brothers are killed on this day while serving together. Private Thomas and James Freemantle (Scots Guards) have both served in the Guards prior to the war then joined the Surrey Constabulary together and both resigned to rejoin the Guards upon the outbreak of the war. The brothers are both 26. They are sons of William and Sarah Freemantle of Easton, Winchester.

  •  Brigadier General Norman Reginald McMahonDSO, General Officer Commanding 4th Battalion Royal Fusiliers attached 10th Infantry Brigade Headquarters, 3rd Division is killed in action at age 48. The General tries to rally support troops east of Hooge, on the south side of the Ypres-Menin Road when he is suddenly seen to sink to one knee and begins to remove his legging as though hit in the leg. At that moment a shell bursts close to him killing him instantly. He is the son of General ‘Sir’ Thomas W McMahon CB Baronet and he served in Burma from 1886 to 1887 and in the South African War.
  • Major Alfred Herbert Tyler (Royal Engineers) is killed at age 43. He is the son of the late ‘Sir’ H W Tyler MP and grandson of General ‘Sir’ C W Pasley KCB. He served in Sierra Leone 1898-9 and in the South African War. His nephew was killed yesterday at the same place while also serving in the Royal Engineers.
  • Major Harold Henry Norman (Temporarily commanding 1st Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed in the above action at age 47. He served in Tirah in 1897-8 and Zakka Khel in 1908. He is the son-in-law of the Reverend Henry Wood.
  • Captain William Maynard Carlisle-Crowe (Warwickshire Regiment attached Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed at age 42. He is a Swiss Alpine skier and the son of General Thomas Caralisle-Crowe.
  • Captain and Adjutant Ewen James Brodie (Cameron Highlanders) is killed when he is shot by a sniper at age 36 in the Nonne Bosch Wood. He is the son of J C J Brodie Lord Lieutenant of the County of Nairn.
  • Captain James William Lennox Sprot (Black Watch) is killed at age 28 less than three weeks after his brother was killed serving in the Cameron Highlanders.
  • Captain Arthur Edward Jeune Collins (Royal Engineers) is killed at age 29 while signaling for more men to protect the flank of his trench. Typically known by his initials A E J Collins is an English cricketer and soldier. He is most famous for achieving the highest-ever recorded score in cricket: as a 13-year-old schoolboy, he scored 628 not out over four afternoons in June 1899. Collins’ record-making innings drew a large crowd and increasing media interest; spectators at the Old Cliftonian match being played nearby were drawn away to watch a junior school house cricket match. One brother will be killed in August 1916 while his second brother will die of illness on service in February 1917.
  • Captain Hugh James Shaw (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 28. His brother will be killed in November 1915.
  • Captain Arthur Kenneth Puzey (London Regiment) is killed at age 34. His daughter will be born next year.
  • Captain William Augustus Portman Foster(South Staffordshire Regiment) dies of wounds in a German hospital at Frankfort-on-Main of wounds received at Gheluvelt on 31 October at age 27. He is the son of ‘Sir’ William Yorke Foster the 3rd Baronet and Lady Foster.
  • Second Lieutenant Thomas Symonds Holmes (West Surrey Regiment) is killed at age 22. He is the grandson of Admiral of the Fleet ‘Sir’ Thomas M Symonds GCB.
  • Lance Corporal James Robert Newman (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 18. His brother was killed less than three weeks earlier.
  • Private William Stoyan(Cameron Highlanders) is killed at age 32. He has two brothers who will be killed later in the Great War, one in 1916 the other in 1918.
  • Lance Corporal Robert Brown(Royal Scots Fusiliers) is killed at age 25.  His brother Peter Hume Brown will fall in November 1916.
  • Private John Hamon Massy (Cameron Highlanders) is killed at age 35. His brother will be killed next month.
  • Private George Etherington (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 28 less than two weeks after his brother was killed serving in the West Surrey Regiment.
  • Rifleman Robert James Adair (Irish Rifles) is killed at age 24. His brother will die on service in March 1919.
  • Gunner Sidney Herbert Toll (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 23. His brother died on service at home in the first week of the war.
  • Private Edward Webster Wood (Scots Guards) is killed at age 34. He is the first of three brothers who are killed in the Great War.

Turks forces attack the British camp at Sanniyeh with heavy loss and are forced to withdraw four miles.

  •  Major Richard Ducat (Infantry Indian Infantry) dies of wounds at age 43. He is the son of Major General Claude Malet Ducat and grandson of Hugh Hamersley JP. He was member of the force that fought on the North West Frontier of India in 1897-8.

Vice Admiral ‘Sir’ Doveton Sturdee departs Devonport his flag on HMS Invincible in company with HMS Inflexible on a voyage to the South Atlantic to search for the German squadron under Vice Admiral Graf Maximillan von Spee. At the same time HMS Princess Royal is dispatched to the Caribbean to guard the Panama Canal.

At a matinee at the Empire Theater John George Lambton 3rd Earl of Durham whose brother was killed on the Western Front less than two weeks earlier states the opinion that he would “wish that the Germans would drop a shell among these footballers some Saturday afternoon.  I really think it would be the best method of waking up the young men of Sunderland”.  In two weeks 16 members of The Hearts of Midlothan join the 16th Royal Scots becoming the only team in the history of British football to enlist en masse in the armed force. Seven members of the first team will lose their lives in the Great War.

Tuesday 10 November 1914 – We Lost 296

Club House at the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews

Club House at the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews

Lieutenant John Peake Knight (Royal Field Artillery) consistently shows conspicuous gallantry in assisting infantry. For his actions especially on this day he will be awarded the Distinguished Service Order. Lieutenant Knight will be killed in action in August 1916 at age 26.

In what is believed to be an act of vengeance against an unpopular sergeant by a disgruntled soldier, a live hand grenade is thrown at a Royal Flying Corps lorry at St. Omer. The lorry does not blow up but the explosion wounds five men one of whom later dies in hospital. A court of inquiry is held, but the matter is never explained and the bomb thrower is never found.

Today’s losses include:

  • The first member of the House of Lords to fall in the Great War
  • 5th Baron Congleton
  • Son of the 7th Duke of Richmond and Gordon
  • A man whose widow will be killed in the Blitz in 1944
  • Battalion commander
  • A Member of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews
  • Multiple examples of families that will lose two and three sons
  • Brother-in-law killed
  • Nephew of a man who will be killed tomorrow
  • Cousin of a man previously killed
  • Son of a General
  • Grandson of a General
  • Great grandson of a General
  • Grandson of a Baronet
  • Son-in-law of a Baronet
  • Grandson of a participant in the Charge at Balaclava

 Today’s highlighted casualty is

Captain William Alexander Henderson (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) is killed at age 37 in Ploegsteert Wood. He is the son of Alexander Edward Henderson the Advocate Sheriff Substitute of Edinburgh and the Lothians. He received his commission in February 1900 and served previously in the South African Campaign. He is a keen cricketer and an exceptionally good golfer member of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews. In 1909 at the Amateur Championship Meeting at Muirfield he defeated the American amateur champion Jerome Travers, winner of the United States Amateur four times before the war. Travers will become only the second amateur to win the U S Open when he wins it next year.

  •  Major ‘Lord’ Bernard Charles Gordon-Lennox (Grenadier Guards) is killed at age 36. He is the son of the 7th Duke of Richmond and Gordon and he served in the South African War. His widow will be killed during an air raid on London on 18 June 1944 at age 66.
  • Major Harold Herny Norman (commanding 1st Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed at age 46.
  • Captain John Francis Hodgkinson (Dragoon Guards) dies of wounds at age 35. He is related to Edward Hodgkinson JP.
  • Captain William Charles Rait KerrDSO (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 28. His brother will be killed next May. They are grandsons of Major General Hutchinson CB.
  • Captain Thomas Cecil de Trafford (Royal Fusiliers) dies of wounds received in action. He is the son-in-law of ‘Sir’ Joseph Edward Radcliffe 4th Baronet and the first grandson of the late ‘Sir’ Humphrey de Trafford, the Baronet, to die in the Great War. His brother will be killed in September 1915.
  • Lieutenant Albert Tyler (Royal Engineers) is killed at age 21. He is the grandson of ‘Sir’ H W Tyler MP and the great grandson of General ‘Sir’ C W Pasley KCB. His uncle will be killed tomorrow at the same place also serving in the Royal Engineers.
  • Lieutenant ‘the Right Honorable’ Henry Bligh Fortesque Parnell (Grenadier Guards) 5th Baron Congleton is killed at Ypres at age 24 becoming the first member of the House of Lords to lose his life in the Great War. His brother will be killed in September 1916. They are sons of the late 4th Baron Major General Henry Parnell and distant cousins of Irish Policitan Charles Stewart Parnell.
  • Lieutenant Michael George Stocks(Grenadier Guards) is killed at age 21 just short of one month after his cousin has been killed.  He is the grandson of Colonel ‘Sir’ Richard Ellison and Major Stocks who took part in the charge at Balaclava and as a thank offering his family built the Church of St. Mary’s Halifax.
  • Corporal Lewis Waters (Leinster Regiment) is killed at age 26. His brother will die on service in India in November 1918.
  • Lance Corporal Samuel Whiteman (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed at age 23. He is the first of three brothers who will be killed in the War.
  • Private James Joseph Mallyon (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) dies of wounds at age 39. His stepbrother drowned on service in August while his brother will be killed in July 1917.
  • Private Robert Kilpatrick(Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders) is killed. His brother-in-law will be killed in December of this year.

Monday 9 November 1914 – We Lost 234

SMS Emden

SMS Emden

 

At dawn the Australian and New Zealand convoy alters course to bend around the Cocos Islands, which lays out of sight over the western horizon.  Soon many wireless operators in the transports pick up, very loud and clear a short coded signal of a wireless which some of them recognize as Emden’s.  The Coco’s Island wireless is heard asking for the code and then telegraphing, “Strange warship approaching”.  This comes again, with an “SOS” and then silence.  Captain Mortimer Silver at once starts with HMAS Melbourne to make for the Cocos, but immediately afterwards, realizing that his main responsibility is the conduct of the convoy, orders the Sydney to hasten to the assist instead.

At 09:30 a wireless message comes from the Sydney that she has sighted the enemy steaming northward.  At 10:45 she reports “Am briskly engaging enemy”. Captain John Glossop of the Sydney has with his gunnery officer decided to open fire at 9,500 yards, which he believes to be beyond the Emden’s range.  As he closes to 10,500 yards and swings to a parallel course, he sees the enemy open fire and a salvo burst in the sea some 200 yards away, a second salvo lands closer and of the third salvo two shells strike the Sydney.  For ten minutes the Sydney races through showers of shell bursts, the Emden firing with speed and accuracy.

The Sydney takes longer to find the range and her salvoes are less regular, but her heavier shells soon take their toll.  The Emden quickly hit her fifteen times, though only five shells explode. From then onwards she does not score another hit. As the Emden shows signs of suffering the Sydney closes to 5,500 yards and fires a torpedo, which runs short. The Sydney’s 100-pound shells are inflicting much greater damage than the Emden’s 3.8-pounders. The Emden is on fire, two funnels shot down, one ammunition room flooded; the steering gear destroyed and half her crew is disabled.  Only one Emden’s of guns is still firing while the Sydney is virtually undamaged.  Keeling Island, a northern member of the Cocos group is in sight and Emden’s Captain runs his ship at its highest speed on to the coral reef. At 11:10, Captain Glossop reports “Emden beached and done for”. The Sydney’s hull has been hulled in three places but repairs will be easily carried out. Emden’s casualties amount to 134 killed compared to four of Sydney’’ crew.

 Today’s casualties include:

  •  An Olympic hurdler who held the 440 hurdles world record
  • A footballer who player for the Corinthians
  • Multiple sons of clergy
  • A son-in-law of clergy
  • Family that will lose two sons
  • A wife who will lose her son and husband
  • A great grandson of the Chief Justice of Bombay
  • A member of the Cardiff City Council

 Today’s highlighted casualty is

 Second Lieutenant Gerard Rupert Laurie Anderson (Cheshire Regiment) an Olympic hurdler is killed in action at age 25 leading a charge at Hooge. He is the hurdling champion of England and all-round athlete and the 440 hurdles world record holder when he ran 56.8 seconds at the Crystal Palace on 16th July 1910. He is the son of Prebendary Anderson of St George’s Hanover Square.

  •  Captain Thomas Lewis Pritchard(Royal Welsh Fusiliers) dies of wounds received 27th October at age 33. He is the son of the Reverend Thomas Pritchard (Vicar of Amlwch, Anglesey) and had served in the South African Campaign. He is married to the niece of the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
  • Captain Price Vaughn Lewes (HMS Superb, Royal Navy) dies of illness at age 49. His son will die of injuries in the Royal Flying Corps in July 1916.
  • Captain George Bertram Pollock-Hodsoll(Suffolk Regiment attached Cheshire Regiment) is killed leading a counter attack at age 39. He is a well-known football player, playing for the Corinthians and captaining the Army team on occasion, and athlete. He is the son-in-law of the Reverend Dr. Milne Rae of Edinburgh and great grandson of ‘Sir’ David Pollock Chief Justice of Bombay. He is also related to ‘Sir’ Frederick Pollock Chief Baron of the Exchequer and Field Marshall ‘Sir’ George Pollock “of the Khyber Pass”
  • Lieutenant Roland Henry Pank Holme(King’s Own Scottish Borderers) dies of wounds received when he is struck by a shell fragment on 31 October. His brother was killed in Cameroons last September.
  • Lieutenant Walter Francis Graves (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 29. He is a member of the Cardiff City Council.
  • Private Barnes Usherwood (Grenadier Guards) dies of wounds at age 25. His brother will die on service in the Royal Navy in January 1916.

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