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”.