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Friday 23 October 1914 – We Lost 497

 

Charles Lindsay Claude Bowes-Lyon

Charles Lindsay Claude Bowes-Lyon

The first Indian Army units enter the line south of Ypres.

Drummer William Kenny (Gordon Highlanders) will be awarded the Victoria Cross for conspicuous bravery near Ypres in rescuing wounded men on five occasions under very heavy fire in the most fearless manner and for twice previously saving machine guns by carrying them out of action. On numerous occasions Drummer Kenny conveys urgent messages under very dangerous circumstances over fire swept ground.

Captain Robert Edward Rising (Gloucestershire Regiment) will be awarded the Distinguished Service Order when he goes up with supports and controls the defense of his battalion’s trenches against a determined attack by the enemy at Langemarck. But for his defense the line must have been penetrated.  He will be killed in two weeks. Lieutenant Ralph Escott Hancock (Devonshire Regiment) displays conspicuous gallantry in leaving his trench under very heavy fire and going back some sixty yards over absolutely bare ground to pick up Corporal Warwick who had fallen while coming up with a party of reinforcements.  Lieutenant Hancock conveyed this NCO to the cover of a haystack and then returned to his trench. For his actions on this day he will be awarded the DSO. He will be killed in six days.

Today’s losses include:

  • Cousin of the future Queen Mother Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon whose brother will be killed in action next year
  • Survivor of the Empress of Ireland sinking earlier this year
  • Grandson of the 13th Earl of Stratchmore and 26th Earl of Crawford
  • Great grandson of Field Marshall the 1st Baron Raglan who commanded British troops in the Crimean War
  • Son of a former Minister for Defence and the Colonial Secretary for New Zealand
  • Grandson of the 2nd Baron Carwshaw
  • Great grandson of the 2nd Earl of Verulam
  • Multiple sons and grandson of clergy
  • Son of a General
  • Son of Baronet
  • Grandson of a Waterloo veteran and nephew of Redan veteran
  • Great nephew of a man killed at the battle of Quatre Bras
  • Father of a man who will be killed in the Second World War
  • Multiple examples of families that will lose two sons
  • Two Gloucester cricket players
  • Somerset cricket player

 Today’s highlighted casualty is

 Lieutenant Charles Lindsay Claude Bowes-Lyon (Black Watch) is killed at age 29.  The son of ‘the Honorable’ Francis and Lady Bowes-Lyon was a survivor of the Empress of Ireland sinking the previous May. He is the grandson of the 13th Earl of Strathmore and 26th Earl of Crawford and cousin of the future Queen Mother whose brother will be killed in action next year.

  •  Captain Horace Sylvester Grimston (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed at Ypres at age 22. He is the grandson of the Honorable and Reverend Francis Sylvester Grimston and great grandson of the 2nd Earl Verulam.
  • Captain Edward Frederick Maltby Urquhart(Black Watch) is killed at age 37. He is the only son of the Reverend Edward William Urquhart Vicar of King’s Sutton and he served in the South African War.
  • Captain Walter Russell Russell(Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed at age 33.  He is the son of the late Captain ‘Sir’ William Russell Russell former Minister for Defence and Colonial Secretary of New Zealand.
  • Captain Lawrence Peel(Yorkshire Regiment commanding 7th Divisional Cyclist Company) is killed at age 30. He is the husband of the Honorable Mrs. L Peel and grandson of William Brocks 2nd Baron Crawshaw of Crawshaw.
  • Lieutenant Francis Lennox Holmes (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 27. He is the son of Major General Ponsonby Ross Holmes (Royal Marines), his uncle William served at the Redan and his grandfather served at Waterloo.
  • Lieutenant William Stanley Yalland (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 25. He was a cricketer for Gloucestershire in the 1910 County Championship.
  • Lieutenant Frederic William Joseph MacDonald Miller (Grenadier Guards) is killed at age 22. He is the son of ‘Sir’ William Frederic Miller the 5th Baronet and his great uncle Lieutenant Colonel William Miller died of wounds at the Battle of Quatre Bras on 17 July 1815.
  • Lieutenant William Stanley (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed leading an attack on a German trench at age 25. He played cricket for Clifton and Gloucestershire.
  • Lieutenant Ivan Boyd Sprot (Cameron Highlanders) is killed at age 25. His brother will be killed in less than three weeks. His wife is the granddaughter of ‘Sir’ William Muir.
  • Second Lieutenant Cecil Kingsley (North Lancashire Regiment) is killed. He played Rugby Football for the Bedford Town Club.
  • Second Lieutenant Norman Arthur Henry Somerset (Grenadier Guards) the son of Captain the Honorable Arthur Charles Edward Somerset is killed in action at age 20. He is the great grandson of Field Marshall FitzRoy James Henry Somerset the 1st Baron Raglan commanding officer of British troops in the Crimean War.
  • Second Lieutenant Eric Laurene Arthur Hart Burges (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed by a shell on his 23rd He is the son of the Reverend J Hart Burges DD Rector of Devizes and grandson of the Reverend W C Burges.
  • Second Lieutenant Harold Edwin Hippisley(Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at Langemarcke when two platoons hold a trench against a large enemy attack, as all the officers and sixty percent of the men are killed.  He played cricket for Somerset before the war and dies at age 24.
  • Private Henry Thomas Imbert(Border Regiment) is killed at age 29.  His son will die on active service in Italy in July 1945.
  • Private Charles Ernest Trout (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 27. His brother will be killed next May.
  • Private Cecil Harry Barrett (Dorsetshire Regiment) is killed at age 30. His brother will be killed in October 1917.

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Monday 12 October 1914 – We Lost 102

Royal Company of Archers Badge

Royal Company of Archers Badge

III Corps takes position to the left of II Corps.  The loss of Vermelles by the French forces Smith-Dorrien to move south to close the gap left by the French withdrawal and attempt to continue the advance eastwards. He leaves five infantry Brigades of 3rd and 5th Divisions facing four enemy Cavalry Divisions and more infantry than he has himself; he places the rest of II Corps south of the canal. The Middlesex Regiment and the Royal Irish on the right cross the Lawe Canal with little opposition, though the Royal Scots have a stubborn fight at Etroa.  As the Germans fall back they suffer heavy casualties due to heavy rifle fire.  The Corps begins to advance in long continuous lines, beating off some enemy counter-attacks as the advance reaches the line Noyelles – Givenchy – Lacouture.  In the meantime Ostend and Zeebrugge are evacuated by the Allies.

HMS Yarmouth (Captain H Cochrane) catches the captured collier Pontoporos and the German collier Markomannia a few miles north of Simaloer.  The German ship attempts to make a run despite a blank shot across her bow; a live six inch shell brings her to a halt after short chase.

Today’s losses include:

  • A man who dies of wounds on his 20th birthday
  • The son of a member of Royal Company of Archers
  • Son of a writer to the Signet
  • Multiple families that will lose two or three sons
  • Multiple sons of clergy
  • Sons, a son-in-law and grandson of Generals

Today’s highlighted casualty is

Second Lieutenant Nigel John Lawson Boyd (Black Watch) dies of wounds received on 14 September today is his 20th birthday at Aisne.  He is the son of William Boyd, The King’s Body Guard for Scotland (Royal Company of Archers) and grandson of ‘Sir’ John Boyd, while his mother is a member of the Society of Writers to Her Majesty’s Signet. He was educated at Winchester College and Sandhurst and has a brother who will be killed in action in April 1915.  In the early misty morning his battalion is acting in concert with the Cameroon Highlanders on the banks of the Aisne and they find themselves opposed to a strong force of the Germans, and come under a very severe fire. Lieutenant Boyd with his platoon has been directed to take up a position, and it has been indicated to him that it must be held at all costs. He personally fires 10 rounds at the Germans with his rifle and empties his revolver. He is standing up and has drawn his Claymore, in turning to his side to give a signal to those of his men who survive; he is shot. The bullet hit the scabbard of his Claymore, glances off it and enters his left hip and lodges in the bladder. He pretends to be dead as the Germans entered his position. He is later rescued by Captain Napier Cameron of the Cameron Highlanders. Today he collapses suddenly from a blood clot and dies shortly afterwards.

  • Major William Lewis Campbell Allan (King’s Own Scottish Borderers) is killed at age 43. He is the son of Major General William Allan and he served in the South African War.
  • Major Gerald Wilson Bentley(Middlesex Regiment) is killed at age 35.  His brother will be killed in seventeen days and they are sons of Lieutenant Colonel Alfred Wilson Bentley.
  • Captain Hugh Russell Eliott(Worcestershire Regiment) is killed at age 41. He is the son of the late Major General William Russell Eliott grandson of ‘Sir’ Daniel Eliott KCSI and descendant of General G A Eliott Lord Heathfield Defender of Gibraltar.
  • Lieutenant Frank Glencairn De Burgh Edwards(Royal Horse Artillery) is killed at age 29. He is the son of the Reverend R J Edwards.
  • Lieutenant Alfred Northey (Royal Horse Artillery)is killed at age 28.  He is a member of the Worcestershire Cricket Club and the son of the late Reverend Alfred Edward Northey Vicar of Rickmansworth. His uncle will die of wounds in ten days serving in the Durham Light Infantry.
  • Lieutenant Francis Ellison Levita(Hussars) is killed one month prior to his cousin meeting the same fate.
  • Second Lieutenant Charles Stephenson Woollcombe(King’s Own Scottish Borderers) is killed in action at age 18. He is the son of Lieutenant General ‘Sir’ Charles Louis Woollcombe KCB KCMG and grandson of General ‘Sir’ John Irvine Murray KCB IA.
  • Private Archie Albert Miles (Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed at La Bassee at age 19. His two brothers will be killed within a year.
  • Private Edward Bleackley Stott (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend James Augustine Stott.

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Tuesday 15 September 1914 – We Lost 318 (Plus 1)

Seal Chart murder

The British Expeditionary Force begins building trenches on the Western Front.

Bombardier Ernest George Horlock (Royal Field Artillery) will be awarded the Victoria Cross for conspicuous gallantry near Vendressse. When his battery is in action under a heavy shellfire in that although twice wounded he persists on each occasion in returning to lay his gun after his wounds have been dressed.  He will be killed in the sinking of the troopship Aragon in December 1917.

Lieutenant George Frederick Prettyman (Royal Flying Corps) carries out the first ever photo reconnaissance flight, exposing five plates over Belgium.

A South African rebellion against the Allied cause begins. The rebels meet at Potchestroom. Lieutenant Colonel Maritz who is in command of the troops set to invade German Southwest Africa refuses General Smuts summons to Pretoria and will resign in ten days.

Today’s losses include:

  • Son of a Member of Parliament
  • Son of an Admiral
  • Grandson of a Baron
  • First son to lose his life of a family that will lose two sons
  • Son and son-in-law of clergy
  • A man whose daughter will be born next January
  • A man who will be in the first class of Military Cross winners when they are awarded in January
  • Nephew of the novelist ‘Sir’ Henry Rider Haggard creator of the character Allan Quartermain

 Today’s highlighted casualty is

 Major Charles Elmhirst Luard DSO (Norfolk Regiment) is killed at age 38. His brother died on service in 1903 of fever in Africa and they are the only sons of Major General Charles Edward Luard who committed suicide by jumping in front of a train less than one month after his wife was murdered in late August 1908. The murder of his mother was never solved and is known as the “Seal Chart Murder” and his father received many accusations that he was the murderer before his suicide. He is the son-in-law of Major William Barrett JP DL and he was wounded in the Ashanti campaign of 1900.

  •  Major John Trefusis Carpenter-Garnier(Scots Guards) dies of wounds received the previous day at age 40. He is the son of Mr. John T Carpenter-Garnier JP DL MP and the ‘Honorable’ Mrs. Mary Louisa Carpenter-Garnier and the grandson of the 19th Baron Clinton. He is a veteran of the South African War.
  • Captain Bertram Noel Denison(King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) dies of wounds as a prisoner of war at age 30. He is the son of Admiral John Denison. He served in South Africa in the Royal Naval Division.
  • Captain Mark Haggard(Welsh Regiment) dies of the wounds he received the previous day at age 38.  He is the nephew of a well-known novelist ‘Sir’ Henry Rider-Haggard and ‘Sir” W D Haggard. He served in the South Africa War.
  • Lieutenant John Rudolph Wissman (Royal Field Artillery) a German interpreter is killed at age 23. He is the son-in-law of the Reverend Worthington Jukes Rector of Shobrooke near Credition and his daughter will be born on 9th January 1915.
  • Lieutenant Frederic Hornby Lever Rushton (Irish Regiment) is killed at age 26. He is among the first 99 officers to be awarded the Military Cross on 1st January 1915.
  • Lance Sergeant Leonard Henry Russell Gray (Ceylon Planters Rifle Corps) dies on service at age 21 in Ceylon. He is the son of the Reverend A W Gray.
  • Corporal C E Neill (Black Watch) is killed at age 23. His brother will also lose his life in the Great War.

The Plus 1

  • Eduard von Lutchken killed at age 31. He is a German equestrian rider who as  a member of the 1912 Olympic team for his country won a silver medal in the team event.

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