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Wednesday 28 October 1914 – We Lost 599

Admiral Louis Alexander of Battenberg

Admiral Louis Alexander of Battenberg

Admiral Louis Alexander of Battenberg resigns as First Sea Lord the day after his nephew dies of wounds on the Western Front.  His resignation letter includes “I have lately been driven to the painful conclusion that at this juncture my birth and parentage have the effect of impairing…my usefulness to the Board of the Admiralty. I feel it is my duty to resign”. His German ancestry, titles, property and even his accent made him a target of the popular press and letters to the editor looking for a scapegoat for the Royal Navy’s lack of success to this point in the war.  The First Sea Lord’s wife is even the sister-in-law of Prince Heinrich of Prussia, the Kaiser’s brother and grand admiral of the German Navy.

Indian troops attack into Neuve Chapelle village, fighting house to house and hand to hand.  Within hours a sustained German counter attack drives the Sikhs from the village.  Of the two hundred eighty-nine men who manage to extricate themselves from Neuve Chapelle, only sixty-eight reach the road from which the attack has started. For his courage during the retreat Subadar Malla Singh will be awarded the Military Cross, the first Indian officer to be awarded the medal.  In the ensuing six days of fighting, more than twenty-five British officers and five hundred Indian officers and men will be killed, and 1,455 wounded.

The British force fighting its way along the railroad from Yapona reaches Edea, Cameroon two days after the French have occupied the town.  Meanwhile Lieutenant Colonel Haywood with the 2nd Nigeria Regiment successfully fights his way up the Northern Railway and captures Susa.

At 07:00 SMS Emden stops the British steamer Glen Turret after raiding Penang harbor.  The Glen Turret is carrying explosives but instead of being sunk she is used as a messenger by Emden.  The German captain apologizes to the survivors of a Russian light cruiser that he sank, for not picking them up. He also apologizes to the crew of a pilot boat for unintentionally firing on their unarmed vessel.

 Today’s losses include:

  •  One of four brothers who lose their lives in the service of their King and Country
  • The son of an author of religious pamphlets
  • Son of the 13th Baron Lovat
  • Aide de campe to the Viceroy of India from 1910-1913
  • Great grandson of the 1st Earl of Cawdor
  • Son of an Admrial
  • Son of a Baronet
  • Hockey player
  • Son of the late Governor of the Windward Islands
  • Grandson of a Baronet
  • Grandson of the 3rd Marquess of Cholmondeley
  • An International high hurdler
  • Nephew of the 2nd Baron Aldenham
  • Father of wildlife documentary filmmaker Denis Holdsworth Michaela
  • An anthropologist
  • Two brothers killed together
  • Son of clergy
  • Families that will lose two and three sons
  • Sons and grandson of Generals
  • Sons of Justice’s of the Peace

 Today’s highlighted casualty is

 Major John Stanley Richardson (commanding 21st Company Sappers and Miners, Indian Army) is killed at age 31.  He is the son of ‘Sir’ Thomas and Lady Anna Constance Richardson and was a King Edward’s Gold Medal (1902) and King George’s Durbar Medal (1911) winner. He is one of five brothers who will lose their lives in the service of their King and Country four in the Great War after one was lost in a submarine accident in 1912. His mother is an author of religious pamphlets Prayers for Family Worship and Parish Meetings and A Simple Message to God’s Word.

  • Major William Lynn Allen DSO (Border Regiment) is killed at age 43. He is a South African War veteran and son of Bulkeley Allen JP.
  • Major ‘the Honorable’ Hugh Joseph Fraser MVO(Scots Guards) is killed at age 40. He is the son of Simon Fraser MVO, the 13th Baron Lovat and he served as the ADC to the Viceroy of India from 1910-1913.
  • Captain Rowland Latimer Almond (Sappers and Miners, Indian Army) is killed at age 27. He is the first and youngest of three brothers who will be killed.
  • Captain Robert Frederick Balfour (Scots Guards) is killed at Gheluvelt at age 31. He is the son of Edward Balfour JP DL and great grandson of the 1st Earl of Cawdor and his brother will be killed in March 1918.
  • Captain Edgar Wilmer Walker (East Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 39. He is the son of Admiral C F Walker and grandson of ‘Sir’ James Walker Baronet.
  • Captain Robert Jim McCleverty (Sikhs) is killed at age 32. He is the grandson of General W A McCleverty and Surgeon General H H Massy CB. He fought in the South African War and is a hockey player.
  • Captain Eric May Battersby (Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed at age 30. He is the son of Worsley Battersby JP.
  • Captain Edwin John Berkeley Hayes-Sadler (Royal Engineers) is killed two days before his brother is killed. They are sons of Lieutenant Colonel ‘Sir’ James Hayes Sadler KCMG CB late Governor of the Windward Islands.
  • Captain Alexander Kennedy(Royal Irish Rifles) dies of wounds received four days earlier. He is the son of the late General H F Kennedy (King’s Royal Rifle Corps). His wife is the cousin of ‘Sir’ Aylmer Hunter Weston KCB DSO.
  • Captain Bertram Lawrence (East Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 37 when he is shot by a sniper. He is the grandson of General Henry Lawrence and a veteran of the South African War.
  • Captain Charles Almeric John Cholmondeley(Border Regiment) is killed at age 34. He is the son of the late Lord and Lady Cholmondeley and the grandson of the 3rd Marquess of Cholmondeley.
  • Captain John Mounsey Lambert(Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 30.  He is the only son of the late Major General G C Lambert.
  • Lieutenant James Booker Brough Warren (Border Regiment) is killed at age 25. He is an international caliber high hurdler.
  • Second Lieutenant Ronald Charles Melbourne Gibbs (Scots Guards) is also killed at age 21. He is the son of the late ‘Honorable’ Henry Gibbs, grandson of General Charles Crutchley and nephew of the 2nd Baron Aldenham.
  • Second Lieutenant Clarence Leslie Bentley(Manchester Regiment) is killed at age 20 when he is shot in the head by a sniper. He is the son of the late Alderman William Bentley JP.  He passed out of Sandhurst as war was declared.
  • Second Lieutenant Richard Mary Snead-Cox(Royal Scots) is killed 8 days after his brother has been killed when he is shot in the chest while another brother will be killed at the Battle of Jutland.
  • CQMS Ernest John Thompson (Grenadier Guards) is killed at age 30. His brother was killed yesterday.
  • Sergeant Major Sydney Barnard Thompson (Lancers) is killed at Messines a day before his brother will be killed at Ypres.
  • Lance Corporal Edward Alexander Guess (Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed at age 20. He is the middle of three brothers who are killed in the Great War.
  • Brothers Jim and Tom Pumfrey are killed in action while serving as privates in the South Staffordshire Regiment.
  • Private Arthur Holdssworth (East Yorkshire Regiment) an archaeologist is killed in action. He is the father of wildlife documentary filmmaker Michaela Holdsworth Denis.
  • Private Frank Lawes (Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed at age 18. His brother will die of wounds in March 1918.
  • Private Richard Banks (Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed one week after his brother met the same fate.
  • Private John Haines (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 26. His brother William will also lose his life in the war.
  • Colonel Bertram Charles Percival Heywood(Manchester Regiment) dies at home at age 49.  He is the son of ‘Sir’ Thomas Percival Heywood, the 2nd  He served in the South African Campaign.

A British Naval Flotilla continues to support the Allies left, and since the morning of the 27th the fire of 12in. guns has been brought to bear upon the German positions and batteries. The reports received from shore testify to the effect and accuracy of the fire, and its strong results. The flank is thus thoroughly protected. The enemy brings up heavy guns and replies vigorously to the fire from Admiral Hood’s ships. The vessels receive no structural damage. The casualties are slight throughout, but one shell explodes on the destroyer HMS Falcon killing her commander along with seven other men.

  • Lieutenant Hubert Osmond Wauton is the son of the Reverend Atherton E Wauton age 29.
  • Able Stoker Petty Officer Charles Arthur Beaney killed at age 38. His brother was killed last month in the sinking of HMS Hogue.
  • Able Seaman William Skye is killed at age 24. His brother will die on service as a leading aircraftman in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in 1946.

The fishing vessel Our Tom (Skipper Albert R Larkins) is sunk by a mine 45 miles southeast from Southwold.  Her skipper and two crew men are killed.

photo from wikipedia.org

 

 

Tuesday 27 October 1914 – We Lost 568

Prince Maurice of Battenberg

Prince Maurice of Battenberg

The Germans take Neuve Chapelle.

Gas is first used by the Germans when they fire a prototype of modern tear gas from artillery near Ypres.

A German wireless message is intercepted giving 05:30 two days later as the time and date for an attack on the Ypres sector.

Louis Botha is at Commissie Drift, near Rustenburg, South Africa and defeats the rebel Beyers.

A BE2a of 6 Squadron is shot down while on a reconnaisance patrol over Lille. The crew Lieutenant K Rawson-Shaw and Lieutenant H G L Mayne are taken prisoner becoming the first crew lost by this squadron.

At 09:00 the Second Battle Squadron is in line ahead formation twenty miles north-east of Tory Island when the battle ship HMS Audacious, third in line and in the process of turning starboard, strikes a mine. The mine explodes on the port side aft and the rolling of the ship causes a boat stowed on the quarter deck to break loose from its lashings, and as it thrashes back and forth it knocks the tops off the ventilators on the deck. As a result more and more water finds its way below, helped by a fractured waste pipe in the captain’s quarters below.  This extra flooding is outside of the area of subdivision enclosed by armored citadel and so it is virtually impossible to control.  Attempts to take her in tow by the liner Olympic and the collier Thornhill, meet with no success as she is almost unmanageable in the heavy swells. The crew is finally taken off by the Olympic and at 21:00 twelve hours after being mined she is shaken by an internal explosion and sinks.  Despite the fact that the Olympic, packed with British and American passengers, has seen the Audacious in critical condition the decision is made to ban all mention of the incident from the newspapers and it remains an official secret until after the war.  For four years the name Audacious appears in all official returns, even the most secret lists of day to day strength. Since virtually everyone in the Grand Fleet knows the truth, the only effect of this is to discredit the Admiralty. For a time the newspapers content themselves with using phrases such as ‘the audacious sinking of this ship”, and “another audacious loss”, etc.

 Today’s losses include:

  • Prince Maurice of Battenberg a Grandson of Queen Victoria
  • A nephew of the Irish Unionist politician, barrister and judge Edward Carson
  • Brother of a future Member of Parliament
  • Brother of the Captain of HMS Hood who will be killed when his ship is sunk by the Bismarck in 1941
  • Son of a man who died on service during the Ashanti War in 1896
  • A Battalion commander
  • The son of an Admiral
  • The great grandson of a General
  • The uncle of a man killed in the Second World War
  • A man married to the grand-daughter of a Baronet
  • The grandson of a man who fought the French in the West Indies in 1804
  • A man whose great great grandfather was killed at Quatre Bras
  • Son of clergy
  • Multiple examples of families that will lose two and three sons

 Today’s highlighted casualty is

 Prince Maurice Victor Donald Battenberg KCVO a Lieutenant in the King’s Royal Rifle Corps and a grandson, like the King, the Kaiser and the Tsar, of Queen Victoria dies of wounds at age 23.  He is the youngest grandson and names Victor to honor the late queen and Donald to Honor Scotland. His mother is the 5th daughter and youngest child of Victoria and Albert the Prince Consort. His father died of malaria at age 38 contracted while fighting in the Gold Coast in the Ashanti War in 1896.  He is leading his battalion across an open space when a shell explodes near him. Wishing his men good bye, he is taken by stretcher towards a field dressing station but dies before reaching it.

  •  Major Matthew Perceval BuckleDSO (commanding 1st Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed at age 45. He is the son of Admiral C E Buckle and he served in the South African War where he was wounded.
  • Captain Walter Neave Wells (East Kent Regiment) is killed at age 32. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Richard Wells KCB and he served in the South African War.
  • Captain Henry Ouseley Davis (Irish Rifles) is killed by shrapnel at age 30. He is the great grandson of Major General ‘Sir’ Ralph Ouseley.
  • Captain Edward Spread Mulcahy Morgan (Irish Rifles) dies of wounds. His brother will be killed in September 1916 and their nephew will be killed serving in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve ion 4 January 1945.
  • Captain Frederick William Stoddart (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed at age 43. His wife is the granddaughter of ‘Sir’ Robert Williams Baronet.
  • Lieutenant Alec Arthur Crichton Maitland-Addison(Cheshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 28. He will have two brothers killed later in the Great War.
  • Lieutenant Christopher Leather (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 31. He is the first of three brothers to lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Lieutenant Victor Harriott Hardy (York and Lancs Regiment) is killed at age 27. His grandfather was one of a small body of Englishmen who held the Fort of Roseau Dominica West Indies in 1804 when the French landed until relived by the British fleet under Nelson.
  • Lieutenant Francis Edward Robinson (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 19 leading an attack. He is the nephew of ‘Sir’ Edward Carson the Irish Unionist Politician, barrister and judge who represented the Marquess of Queensberry in his libel case with Oscar Wilde and who defended George Archer-Shee in 1911.
  • Lieutenant Edmund Swetenham (Durham Light Infantry) becomes the second of only two Swetenham’s to be killed in the war at age 24. His cousin was killed less than two months ago.
  • Second Lieutenant Robert Francis McLean Gee (Wiltshire Regiment) dies of wounds in England at age 20. He is the great great grandson of Captain William Buckley Royal Scots who was killed at Quatre Bras.
  • Second Lieutenant Owen William Eugene Herbert(Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 21. He is the brother of Alan Patrick Herbert a Member of Parliament for the University of Oxford for fifteen years from 1935 to 1950. Another brother, Captain Sidney Jasper Herbert (Royal Navy) will be the Captain of HMS Hood and is killed when that ship is sunk by the Bismark on 24 May 1941.
  • Sergeant Frank Goodman Line (Border Regiment) is killed at age 25. His brother will be killed next May.
  • Lance Sergeant Sidney Barnard Thompson (Lancers) is killed at age 34. His brother will be killed tomorrow.
  • Private William Campbell(Black Watch) is killed at age 30. His younger brother will die of dysentery while serving at Salonica in 1917.
  • Private Ernest Condick (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 26. In 1916 his two brothers will both be killed serving in the same regiment.
  • Private George Edwin Swain (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother Henry William will also be killed in the war.
  • Rifleman Frederick McCracken (Irish Rifles) is killed. His brother will be killed in the explosion of HMS Vanguard in July 1917.
  • Lieutenant General ‘Sir’ William Edmund FranklynKCB (3rd Division) dies at home at age 58.  He is the son of the Reverend J E Franklyn.

 

Monday 26 October 1914 – We Lost 825

Duke of Connaught's Own Baluchis badge

Duke of Connaught’s Own Baluchis badge

The Indian Corps carries out its first attack on the Western Front. Their first British officer to be killed, Captain Percival Campbell Hampe-Vincent (Duke of Connaught’s Own Baluchis), is lost as are nine of his men.  Within four days, four more British officers, four Indian officers and more than two hundred Indian soldiers will be killed. Captain Hampe-Vincent is the son of Robert W E Hampe-Vincent the Commissioner of Police in Bombay and he served in Somalia 1903-4.

In the Ypres Salient many British troops are killed or buried alive as British artillery fire into the village of Kruiseecke, unaware that it is occupied by their own men.

The Second Battle Squadron sails from its base at Mull for gunnery practice off Tory Island.  HMS Badger sinks a German submarine.

The Manchester Commerce (Master Charles William Bloom Payne) strikes a mine twenty miles from Tory Island and is sunk. Her master is among the fourteen casualties.

Louis Botha takes the field and announces the existence of an Afrikaner rebellion in South Africa.  A convoy of ships carrying Australian troops is nearing the Cape and the Imperial government offers them to Botha, but the offer is refused.  In fact, to reduce inter-community tensions, he deliberately uses primarily loyalist Afrikaners to put down the rebellion.  He orders 6,000 horsemen and several field guns to assemble at Vereeniging in the southern Transvaal and then goes there to take personal charge.  His aim is to capture Christiaan DeWet, although no one knows where he currently is.  As soon at Botha arrives at Vereeniging, he hurries to the post office to telephone Jan Smuts, but before he can place his call, the telephone rings and a voice at the other end whispers a curious message, “several of us were put here as prisoners at the Mushroom Valley farmhouse by DeWet.  We are locked in this room with the telephone.  The general and his staff are just in front of the house.  He intends camping here until tomorrow.  I can say no more for fear of being discovered and shot.  Please tell General Botha”.  Although DeWet is, in fact, leaning against a telephone pole at the time, it never occurs to him that his prisoners can simply pick up the telephone and call for help.  Botha at once heliographs to two of his generals on his flank and sets off with his horsemen for Mushroom Valley, about sixty miles northeast of Bloemfontein.  Lieutenant Colonel Maritz is driven from South African into German territory.

A BE2a of 4th Squadron is shot down by British rifle fire over Poperinghe from 1,000 feet.  The crew of Lieutenant Cyril Gordon Hosking age 24 and Captain Theodore Crean are both killed. Though the aircraft has an ensign on both wings, this does not save the crew. The Red Cross at the center of the ensign dominated its pattern from a distance and it is likely they are mistaken for German crosses. These fatalities hasten the adoption of a form of the French cockade for the British in which the colors are swapped. Lieutenant Hosking’s brother will be killed in February 1917 in Mesopotamia.

Lieutenant Alastair Roderick MacLeod (Royal Field Artillery) is serving as an observer when he is captured by the 104th Saxon Regiment which will be overrun four hours later and he will rejoin his unit.  He will be killed on the first day of the invasion of Gallipoli.

Today’s casualties include:

  • Families that will lose two, three and four sons
  • Families that will lose a third son, having lost two in the South African War
  • A member of the Hampshire Constabulary
  • Multiple sons of Baronets
  • Son of a former Member of Parliament
  • Son and a grandson of Generals
  • Multiple sons of Justice’s of the Peace and a grandson of a Justice of the Peace
  • Great nephew of the former Lieutenant Governor of Bengal
  • Son of the Commissioner of the Police in Bombay
  • A man whose daughter will be born next year
  • Multiple sons of clergy and the grandson of clergy
  • A man whose nephew will be killed later in the war
  • The grandson of both the Earl of Galloway and great grandson of the Duke of Beaufort
  • Aide de campe to the former Governor of Northern Nigeria and British East Africa
  • Great grandson of an Admiral
  • Great grandson of the 8th Earl of Leven
  • Great grandson of the 7th Earl of Melville
  • An ancestor of James Dormer who served under Marlborough at Blenheim, Mons,Leige and Namur

 Today’s highlighted casualty is

 Lieutenant Charles Francis Nunneley (Northumberland Fusiliers attached King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) is killed at age 30. He is the son of the Reverend Frederick Barham Nunneley, a member of the Royal and Ancient St Andrews Golf Club and an avid photographer of churches, cathedrals, ministers and Abbey’s throughout England, many pictures being published in the books of Francis Bond. His wife is the niece of the ‘Honorable’ John Mansfield and his brother will be killed in March 1918.

  •  Captain Frank Stanley Day Rose (Hussars) the 2nd Baronet is killed in action at age 37 by a shell. He served alongside his four brothers in the South African War, one of which was killed another of which died during that campaign. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Charles Day Rose, the 1st Baronet who was Liberal and Free Trade Member of Parliament for New Market from 1903-1910 and 1911 to 1913 and Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club in 1907 & 1908. He is the Grandson of the Right Honorable ‘Sir’ John Rose PC GCMG and his daughter will be born next June.
  • Captain Evan Nanney Jones-Vaughan(Royal Welsh Fusiliers) is killed at age 29.  He is the son of Major General Hugh Jones-Vaughan and he has a brother who will die while on active service after the Armistice in November 1918. He is also the cousin of ‘Sir’ Hugh Nanney.
  • Captain Loscombe Law Stable(Welsh Fusiliers) is killed at age 28. He is the son of Daniel Wintringham Stable JP and great nephew of ‘Sir’ Frederick Halliday KCB Lieutenant Governor of Bengal.
  • Captain Myles Lonsdale Formby (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed at Neuve Chapelle at age 39. He is the son of Myles Lonsdale Formby DL JP and his brother will be killed in February 1917.
  • Captain Edmund Hastings Harcourt Lees (Border Regiment) is killed at age 38. He was wounded in the South African War and is a grandson of the Reverend John and Lady Louisa Lees.
  • Captain Arthur Cecil Beeman (Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed at age 45. He served in the South African War 1900-02 and his nephew will be killed in September 1918.
  • Lieutenant Philip Van Neck(Grenadier Guards) is killed in action at Kriesick near Ypres at age 27. His brother was killed six days earlier.
  • Lieutenant Christopher Randolph Turnor (Hussars) is killed at age 28. He is the grandson of the 9th Earl of Galloway and great grandson of the 6th Duke of Beaufort.
  • Lieutenant St John Alan Charlton (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at Aisne at age 24. He is the grandson of Lady Florentia Hughes.
  • Lieutenant Charles John Murray (Coldstream Guards) is killed at age 32. He is a relative of the Earl of Mansfield and ‘Sir’ Robert D Moncrieffe. He served in the South African War and was Aide de Campe to ‘Sir’ Percy Girouard when he served as the Governor of Northern Nigeria and British East Africa from 1907-11.
  • Lieutenant Frederick Roger John Tomlinson (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed by a shell at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend Arthur Roger Tomlinson Rector of St Michael Penkeveil and Victor of Bolton-le-Sands Carnforth Lancashire. He is the nephew of ‘Sir’ W E Tomlinson Baronet and great grandson of Rear Admiral ‘Sir’ W Symonds.
  • Lieutenant Clement Cottrell-Dormer(Scots Guards) is killed at at Kruiseik at age 23. His brother will be killed in action in February 1915.  They are great grandsons of the 8th Earl of Leven and the 7th Earl of Melville and ancestors of ‘Sir’ Michael Mormer Lord Mayor of London in 1541 and James Dormer who served under Marlborough at Blenheim, Mons, Leige and Namur.
  • Lieutenant Christopher Randolph Turner (Hussars) is killed at age 28. He is the son of Lady Henrietta Turner.
  • Lieutenant and Assistant Adjutant Philip Templer Furneaux (Liverpool Regiment) is killed at aged 25. He is the only son of the Reverend Walter Coppleston Furneaux Vicar of Dean Bedfordshire formerly Chaplain to the King’s Regiment.
  • Lieutenant John Greville Hobart Bird (West Surrey Regiment) is killed at age 25 at Ypres attempting to rescue one of his men who was wounded. He is the grandson of Alderman Maycock JP former Mayor of Coventry.
  • Lieutenant Charles Geoffrey Hume (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 24. His brother will be killed next August.
  • Lieutenant James Francis Hewitt(Cameronians) is killed at age 26 twelve days after his brother has suffered the same fate. They are sons of ‘the Honorable’ William James Hewitt.
  • Lieutenant Richard Herbert Phayre(Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 24.  His brother was killed in the opening days of the Great War. They are sons of Lieutenant Colonel Richard Phayre JP DL and grandsons of General ‘Sir’ Robert Phayre GCB.
  • Second Lieutenant Barry Maynard Rynd Denny(Liverpool Regiment) is killed at age 29.  He is the son of the Reverend Edward Denny, Rector of Codford Street.
  • Second Lieutenant Jack Maynard Harding (Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed at age 20. His father Lieutenant Colonel Maynard Ffolliott Harding is currently commanding 69th
  • Sergeant Ernest George Eden (Grenadier Guards) is killed at age 28. His brother will die of wounds in March 1915.
  • Sergeant Don S Reid(Seaforth Highlanders) is killed at Armentiers.  He is the son of the Reverend William Reid.
  • Corporal Thomas Constable (Dorsetshire Regiment) is killed at age 23. He is the first of four brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Lance Corporal Nelson Newman (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 30. His brother will be killed in less than three weeks.
  • Private George Palmer(Grenadier Guards) is killed at age 19. His brother will die of wounds in September 1917.
  • Private Albert Victor Newnham (Sussex Regiment) dies of wounds in Paris received on the Aisne at age 20. His two brothers will be killed serving the Royal Navy on HMS Tiger at Jutland and in the explosion of HMS Vanguard in 1917.
  • Private William McPherson (Scots Guards) is killed at age 30. He served in the South African War with the Royal Scots and was most recently a member of the Hampshire Constabulary.
  • Private Oliver Robert Thomas (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother will die of wounds in August 1917.
  • Private Harry Prunnell (Border Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother will be killed in September 1917.

photo from wikipedia.org

Sunday 25 October 1914 – We Lost 426

Charles Whittingham Horsley Douglas

Charles Whittingham Horsley Douglas

At night during a heavy rainfall the Germans attack with great force from Bois de Biez. The Gordon Highlanders are driven from their trenches by sheer weight of numbers but the Middlesex Regiment and the Royal Fusiliers turn the enemy out of the trenches with a bayonet charge.

The seaplane carriers HMS Riviera and HMS Engadine, while attached to the Harwich Force, attempt to launch a strike on the supposed German airship base at Cuxhaven.  The operation is canceled following the failure of all six Short float planes to leave the water.

South African rebels are routed at Calvinia.

 Today’s casualties include:

  •  Chief of the Imperial General Staff and First Military Member of the Army Council
  • Son of the former Vice Consul of the Netherlands and Argentina
  • Son of the Lord Lieutenant of Dorset and Poole
  • First student of Trinity College to fall
  • Nephew of a Member of Parliament
  • Son of the Head Master of Russell Scott Memorial School Denton Lancashire
  • Grandson of a veteran of the Nile Campaign of 1898
  • Sons of clergy
  • Sons and a grandson of Generals
  • Son and a grandson of an Admiral
  • Son of a Justice of the Peace
  • Son of a Baronet
  • Cousin of a Baron
  • Families that will lose two and three sons
  • Police Officer

 Today’s highlighted casualty is

 General “Sir” Charles Whittingham Horsley Douglas GCB (Colonel, Gordon Highlanders), Chief of the Imperial General Staff and First Military Member of the Army Council dies in London at age 64.  He joined the 92nd Highlanders in 1869, served in the Afghan War of 1878-80, the Boer War of 1881 and the Sudan War of 1884-5.  He was the Aide de Camp to Her Majesty Queen Victoria from 1898-1901 and to His Majesty King Edward VII in 1901. The Commanded the 9th Brigade and a Field Column of the South African Field Force in 1900.  From 1904-9 he was Adjutant General to the Forces and Second Military Member of the Army Council and was General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Southern Command from 1909-1911. An extract from the Annual Register of 1914 reads that he died after “having worked at the War Office, though seriously ill, until a week before his death”.

  •  Major Ronald Anthony Markham (Coldstream Guards) is killed at age 44. He is the grandson of ‘Sir’ Francis Grant and served in the Nile Campaign of 1898.
  • Captain John Henry Strode Batten (Liverpool Regiment) is killed at age 19. He is the son of Colonel John Mount Batten CB the Lord Lieutenant of Dorset and Poole.
  • Captain Barton Hope Besly(Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 35. He is a veteran of the South African War and the son of the Reverend William Blundell Besly.
  • Captain Frederick Wilberforce Steele (Royal Fusiliers)is killed at age 29.  His brothers Philip John Rupert and Norman Leslie will also fall in the Great War.
  • Captain ‘Sir’ Francis Ernest Waller (Royal Fusiliers) JP DLis killed at age 34.  He is the son of Major General ‘Sir’ George Waller, the 3rd Baronet and he served in the South African War.
  • Lieutenant William Gordon Tollemache Hope-Johnstone MC (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 27. His brother will be killed in July 1917 commanding the 12th Battalion of William’s Regiment
  • Lieutenant Hugh John Sladen Shields(Royal Army Medical Corps attached Irish Guards) dies of wounds at Ypres while tending a wounded man 200 yards from the enemy at age 27. He is the son of the Reverend Arthur John Shields Rector of Thurnford Dorset and he gained a rowing Blue at Cambridge and with Fairbairn also won the Lowe Double Sculls in 1910. In 1913 he was Light Heavyweight runner-up in the Army and Navy Boxing Championships.
  • Lieutenant Nigel Kennedy (Scots Fusiliers) is killed at age 26. He is the son John Kennedy JP DL.
  • Lieutenant Thomas Algernon Fitzgerald Foley (Norfolk Regiment) is killed at age 24. He is the only son of Vice Admiral Francis John Foley, great grandson of Admiral the Honorable Fitzgerald A C Foley and General the Honorable ‘Sir’ St George Gerald Foley. He is also the cousin of Baron Foley.
  • Lieutenant Vivian Trevor Tight Rea (Irish Rifles) dies of wounds at age 23. He is the son of Henry Tight Rea the Vice Counsul of the Netherlands and Argentine Republic and he is the first student of Trinity College to fall in the Great War.
  • Lieutenant Arthur Widdrington Herdman(King’s Shropshire Light Infantry) is killed at age 28. He is the only son of the late Reverend Robert Morrison Herdman Vicar of Holy Trinity North Shields.
  • Lieutenant Frederick Charles Verner (Shropshire Light Intantry) is killed at age 22. He is related to Major General Thomas Edward Verner CB.
  • Lieutenant Vernon Dudley Bramsdeon Bransbury (Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed at age 31 at Neuve Chapelle. He is the nephew of ‘Sir’ Bransdon MP for Portsmouth.
  • Second Lieutenant Russell Willis (York and Lancaster Regiment) is killed at age 19. He is the son of William Willis Head Master of Russell Scott Memorial School Denton Lancashire.
  • Second Lieutenant George Rupert Alexander Fetherstonhaugh (Royal Fusiliers)is killed in action at age 19. He is the son of Major General R S Fetherstonhaugh.  His brother will be killed in May of next year.
  • Lance Corporal Alfred McCullough (Berkshire Regiment) is killed at age 28. His brother will be killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
  • Private Simeon Beale (East Kent Regiment) dies of wounds at age 30. His brother will die of wounds next July.
  • Private Harold Speller (Grenadier Guards) a police officer is killed in action.

 photo from wikipedia.org

Saturday 24 October 1914 – We Lost 616

Warwickshire Regiment Badge

Warwickshire Regiment Badge

The First Battle of Langemarck ends. At Reutel, just north of the Menin Road, the 2nd battalion of the Wiltshire Regiment is all but wiped out with the 450 survivors being taken prisoner.

The 4th Guards Brigade, with the Coldstream Guards leading, attacks some high ground covering Langemarck.  In spite of fierce German opposition, the feature is taken, and held until the Battalions are relieved in two days.

Drummer Spencer John Bent (East Lancashire Regiment) brings up ammunition under heavy shellfire.

The importation of sugar into Britain is prohibited.

DeWet and Beyers are in overt rebellion in South Africa.

Captain John Edmund Valentine Isaac (Rifle Brigade) is wounded while guiding a unit to a critical point and with great skill which resulted in checking the enemy.  For his actions on this day he will be awarded the Distinguished Service Order.  He will be killed in May 1915.

 Today’s losses include:

  • Battalion commanders
  • Sons and sons-in-law of clergy
  • Father of ten children, including two sets of twins, one of which will die in the Second World War
  • Master of Kinnaird (son of the Baron)
  • Aide-de-camp to the former Lieutenant Governor of Burma
  • Baronet and son of Baronet
  • Son of a General
  • Rosslyn Park rugby footballer
  • Son of a Justice of the Peace
  • Two brothers killed together
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons

 Today’s highlighted casualty is

 Lieutenant Colonel Walter Latham Loring (commanding 2nd Warwickshire Regiment) is killed at age 46. He is the son of the Reverend Edward Henry Loring Rector of Gillingham (one of three sons of his to be killed) and son-in-law of the Reverend R M Marshall Rector of Hedensham Norfolk. He leaves ten children including two sets of twins. His son Lieutenant Henry Latham Loring will lose his life in the first year of the Second World War.

  •  Lieutenant Colonel William Stirling Bannatyne (commanding 1st Liverpool Regiment) is killed when he is the shot in the heart at age 45. He is the son-in-law of the Reverend H H Windwood of Bath and brother-in-law of Lieutenant Colonel W Q Winwood DSO (Dragoon Guards).
  • Captain ‘the Honorable’ Douglas Arthur Kinnaird (Scots Guards) the Master of Kinnaird son of the 11th Baron is killed in action at age 35. His brother will be killed in 1917 and they are related to the Duke of Leinster, the Earl of Gainsborough and ‘Sir’ Andrew Agnew.
  • Captain William Geoffrey Vyvyan (Welsh Fusiliers) dies of wounds at age 38. He is the son of the Reverend Herbert Frederick Vyvyan Rector of Withiel.
  • Captain William Cecil Holt Cree (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds at age 32. He is the son of the Reverend William Cree of St Matthias and son-in-law of the Reverend Canon T S Hichens.
  • Captain Lachlan Gordon-Duff(Gordon Highlanders) is killed in action at age 34. He is the son of Thomas Gordon-Duff JP DL and grandson of ‘Sir’ Charles Tennant Baronet. He served in the South African War.
  • Captain Julian Silver Strickland Dunlop(South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 38 leading a bayonet charge near Ypres. He was the ADC to ‘Sir’ Frederick Fryer, Lieutenant Governor of Burma from 1899-1903. He has four brothers who serve in the military, two of whom will be killed one in November 1914 the other in September 1915.
  • Lieutenant ‘Sir’ Richard William Levinge (Life Guards) the 10th Baronet is killed in action at age 36. He is the son of the late ‘Sir’ William Henry Levinge and he served in the South African War.
  • Lieutenant Douglas Wardleworth(Royal Army Medical Corps) drowns at age 34 while taking his regular constitutional swim at Le Havre.  He is the only son of Douglas Wardleworth MD JP and his son will be born today.
  • Lieutenant Gerald Ferrers Nixon (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 33. He is the son of Major General A I Nixon DL.
  • Lieutenant Edmund Antrobus (Grenadier Guards) is killed at age 27. He is the son of the 4th Baronet ‘Sir’ Edmund Antrobus.
  • Lieutenant Bruce Duffus Costin (West Yorkshire Regiment) dies of wounds received four days earlier at age 25. He played rugby football for Rosslyn Park.
  • Lieutenant Cecil Smeathman (Leicestershire Regiment) dies of wounds received the previous day by a shell in the trenches at Rue du Bois at age 25. His brother Lieutenant Julian Missenden Smeathman (Royal Engineers) is killed in action on the same day at age 26.
  • Second Lieutenant Robert Craig Cowan (Royal Scots) is killed La Plinche at age 20. He is the grandson of C W Cowan DL.
  • Lance Sergeant Frederick Henry Mills (Scots Fusiliers) is killed at age 25. His two brothers will be killed in 1917.
  • Private Ernest Cobb (Liverpool Regiment) is killed at age 24. His brother will be killed in January 1918.
  • Brothers Private Harry and Private Thomas Hedges are killed in action while serving together with the Wiltshire Regiment. Harry dies at age 23 and Thomas dies at 28. Both are commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.
  • Also killed while serving in the Wiltshire Regiment and commemorated on the Ypres Memorial this day is Corporal Edwin Pagetkilled at age 27. He has two brothers who will be killed in late 1918.

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.

photo from findagrave.com

Thursday 22 October 1914 – We Lost 466

 Golf Union of Wales

As part of the First Battle of Ypres, the Coldstream Guards, as part of the 4th Guards Brigade, attacks the high ground covering Langemarck and hold it until relieved tomorrow.

Private Henry May (Cameronians) will be awarded the Victoria Cross for most conspicuous bravery near La Boutillerie in voluntarily endeavoring to rescue under heavy fire a wounded man who is killed before Private May can save him. Subsequently on this day he carries a wounded officer a distance of three hundred yards into safety while exposed to very severe fire.

Drummer Spencer John Bent (East Lancashire Regiment) brings up ammunition under heavy shellfire.

Admiral Cradock leaves Port Stanley in HMS Good Hope to join the rest of his squadron on the west coast of South America.

Rebels in South Africa are routed at Keimoes.

Today’s casualties include:

  • A Welsh Amateur Golf Champion
  • Sons and grandsons of clergy
  • Battalion commander
  • Nephew of a man killed in the Zulu War
  • Son of Baron Burnham
  • Sons of Baronets
  • Grandsons of Generals
  • Son of a Victoria Cross winner
  • Son-in-law and great grandson of Justice’s of the Peace
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons

 Today’s highlighted casualty is

Second Lieutenant Henry Noel Atkinson DSO (Cheshire Regiment) dies of wounds received two days earlier at age 25, when a German attack near Violaines succeeded in driving the Cheshire Regiment out of the village. He is the son of the late Reverend Canon Arthur Atkinson and grandson of the Bishop of Calcutta. He was the Welsh Amateur Golf Champion in 1913.

  • Lieutenant Colonel Bertram Edmund Ward (commanding 1st Middlesex Regiment) dies of wounds at age 50 in an ambulance train near Boulogne received near La Boutillerie the previous day at Le Maisnil. He is the great grandson of the Reverend John Savile Ogle.
  • Major William Northey DSO (Durham Light Infantry) dies of wounds at age 38. He is the son of the Reverend Edward William Northey and his uncle Lieutenant Colonel F W Northey was killed in the Zulu War while in command of the 3rd King’s Royal Rifle Corps while his brother Lieutenant Colonel E Northey commanded the 1st King’s Royal Rifle Corps and was wounded at Aisne. He also served in the South African War.
  • Captain Thomas Henry Rivers Bulkeley CMG MVO (Scots Guards) is killed at age 38. He is a veteran of the South African War and the son-in-law of Lady Lillian Yorke Lady in Waiting to H R H the Duchess of Connaught and the late ‘Sir’ Henry Pelly 3rd
  • Captain Mervyn Keats Sandys (York and Lancs Regiment) is killed at age 30. He is the grandson of Lieutenant General George Sandys and great grandson of Myles Sandys JP DL.
  • Captain Ronald Hugh Walrond Rose (Cameronians) is killed at age 34. His brother will be killed next month serving in the Royal Engineers.
  • Captain William Arthur Mould Temple(Gloucestershire Regiment) dies of wounds received the previous day in the lung at age 42.  He served in the South African War and is the son of Colonel William Temple VC and grandson of Major General Mould CB. He is the son-in-law of J P L Hazledine JP.
  • Lieutenant William St John Coventry (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 21. He is the grandson of the Reverend John Coventry.
  • Lieutenant William Bernard Webster Lawson(Scots Guards) is killed in action at age 21. He is the son of Colonel ‘the Honorable’ William Webster Levy-Lawson DSO the 3rd Baron Burnham.
  • Lieutenant Charles Roger Ripley(York and Lancaster Regiment) is killed in action at age 25. He is the son of the late ‘Sir’ Frederick Ripley, the 1st Baronet and grandson of ‘Sir’ Henry Ripley.
  • Lieutenant Frederick Robert Pollock (Coldstream Guards) dies of wounds received in action one day short of his 29th He is the eldest son of the late Robert Erskine Pollock KC.
  • Private Arthur William Carman (West Surrey Regiment) is killed. His brother will be killed in June 1916.
  • Private Henry Stillman (Somerset Light Infantry) is killed at age 37. His brother will be killed next month in the explosion of HMS Bulwark.

Wednesday 21 October 1914 – We Lost 818 (Plus 1)

Mr Punch and the footballer

A Punch cartoon, later made into a poster, shows Mr. Punch saying to a professional football player, “No doubt you can make money on this field, my friend, but there’s only one field today where you can get honor”.

On this morning British and French cavalry at Passchendaele, on a ridge midway between Ypres and Roulers, leave the village and fall back towards Ypres.  They have not been attacked, but seek the greater security of proximity to the larger town. Both sides begin to dig trenches, linking them in a continuous line, with machine gun emplacements, dugouts, communication trenches leading to the rear and saps going forward as close as possible to the enemy front line.  The trench lines established in the Ypres Salient become the scene over the next four years of the harshest fighting of any war in history. The Irish Guards are given the orders to “drive back the enemy wherever met”.

The first Battle of Langemark begins. It will last for four days.

In heavy fighting at Le Maisnil, the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders and the Middlesex Regiment are forced to retire this evening leaving on the field eight officers and men who will be buried the following day by the enemy. Captain Edward Stephen Gibbons (Middlesex Regiment) displays great coolness and zeal in action at La Maisnil during what is described as a serious emergency.  For his actions he will be awarded the DSO.  He will be killed in September 1918.

The operation to capture Edea has scarcely commenced when a whaler belonging to the Nigerian Government Yacht Ivy capsizes on a sandbar in the Njong River, drowning the superintendent of the Nigeria Marine, Commander George Smith Booth Gray (HMS Cumberland, Royal Naval Reserve), Lieutenant Herbert Alexander Child CMG (HMS Cumberland, Royal Navy) is also killed at age 44.  He is the son of the Reverend Alfred Child also killed is a French staff officer and one of the nine native soldiers on board. The lifeboat of the steamship Fullah is immediately launched and succeeds in rescuing Captain Cyril T M Fuller and the remaining eight natives. Captain Fuller is pulled exhausted from the surf after struggling valiantly to save the others.

Today’s losses include:

  • Great grandson of the Defender of Fort Detroit in the War of 1763 against the Indians
  • Grandson of a Victoria Cross winner
  • Sons of clergy
  • Grandson of a member of the clergy
  • Son-in-law of a member of the clergy
  • Son of a General
  • Grandson of a General
  • Heir to the 5th Viscount Monck
  • Son-in-law of a Baronet
  • Multiple members of the Marylebone Cricket Club
  • Son of families that will lose another son in the Great War
  • Man whose brother will be killed in the Second World War
  • Grandson of a Judge
  • A man whose father was killed in the Soudan
  • Son of Justice of the Peace

 Today’s highlighted casualty is

Lieutenant Gladwyn Maurice Revell Turbutt (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed at age 31. He is the son of William Gladwin Turbutt JP and great grandson of General Henry Gladwyn Defender of Fort Detroit Canada in the War of 1763 against the Indians.

 

  • Major Nigel Lucius Samuel Lysons(Royal Lancaster Regiment) is killed in action at age 38. He is the son of the late Canon Samuel Lysons Vicar of Rowsley and served in the South African War.
  • Major Charles Inglis Stockwell(Seaforth Highlanders) dies of wounds received 20 October at age 38.  He is the son of General C M Stockwell CB and he served in the Nile Campaign of 1898.
  • Captain ‘the Honorable’ Charles Henry Stanley Monck(Coldstream Guards) is killed in action at age 37. He is the son and heir of the 5th Viscount Monck. He had served previously in the South African War. He is the son-in-law of ‘Sir’ William Wyndham Portal 2nd Baronet and he is a member of the MCC.
  • Captain S G Roe(Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers) is killed at age 39.  His widow will marry Lord Gravers.
  • Lieutenant Anthony Gerald Malpas Robertsof the same Regiment is killed at age 19.  He was the “Victor Ludorum” three years in succession at Ardingly College, Sussex.
  • Captain William Miles DSO (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed at age 38. He served in the South African War and is a member of the MCC, the I Zinjari and the Free Foresters.
  • Captain Penry Bruce Lendon MVO (Lancaster Regiment) is killed at age 31. He is the grandson of the Reverend W P Lendon and son-in-law of the Reverend Canon Richardson Vicar of Northop Flints.
  • Captain John Ralph Mylton Thornycroft (Royal West Surrey Regiment) is killed at age 30. His brother was killed last month.
  • Captain Cameron O’Bryen Harford Methuen (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed at age 38. He is related to Field Marshall Methuen GCB and served in the South African War.
  • Captain Allan Humphrey Harden (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed when shot in the head at age 33. He is the grandson of Judge Harden of Cheshire and General Atkinson of the Madras Army. His wife is the granddaughter of John Howe JP DL and a cousin of the Right Honorable Lord Musketry.
  • Captain William Miles Kington (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed at age 38. His brother will die on service at home in September 1943.
  • Captain Arthur Howell Romilly (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) is killed at age 37. His brother will be killed next September and he is the son of Captain Francis J Romilly Royal Engineers who was killed in Soudan at Trofek. He is also a descendant of ‘Sir’ Samuel Somilly Solicitor General and law reformer of the early 19th He served in the South African War.
  • Captain Daniel George Harold Auchinleck (Inniskilling Fusiliers) is killed at age 37. He is the only son of Major Thomas Auchinleck DL and played cricket for the Winchester XI in 1894 & 1895 against Eton.
  • Captain Logan Deare Passy (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) is killed at age 33. His brother will be killed in August next year.
  • Lieutenant Henry Stanley Lowe(Worcestershire Regiment) dies of wounds in Paris received over a month ago on the Aisne at age 24. He is a son of the late Reverend E J Lowe Vicar of Stallingborough.
  • Lieutenant Christopher Fowler Murphy (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend Richard William Murphy Canon of Tuam.
  • Lieutenant Theodore Prain(Leicestershire Regiment) is killed in action at age 26. He is the son of Lieutenant Colonel ‘Sir’ David Prain, CMG, CIE and Lady Prain.
  • Second Lieutenant Theodore Hugh Galton (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed at age 26. His brother will be killed in April 1917 and they are grandsons of Major General ‘Sir’ Henry Hugh Clifford VC.
  • Second Lieutenant Horace Holmes Watkins (South Wales Borderers) is killed at age 23. His brother will die of wounds next February.
  • Second Lieutenant William Woodthorpe Barnard-Smith (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend Barnard Gooh Barnard-Smith Rector of North Cove.
  • Second Lieutenant Leonard Amauri Filleul(Somerset Light Infantry attached Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed when he is shot in the chest at age 26. He is the Master at Monkton Combe School, Bath and had rowed in the winning Oxford trial eights in 1910.  He is also the Secretary of the Lincoln College Boat Club and the son of the Reverend Philip William Girdlestone Filleul, Rector of Devizes Wiltsire.
  • Second Lieutenant Reginald Fydell Walker (Manchester Regiment) dies of wounds received the previous day. He is the son the Reverend David Walker Vicar of Darlington and nephew of General J T Walker Royal Engineers the Surveyor General of India.
  • Private Lionel Vernon Brown (West Surrey Regiment) is killed at age 25. His brother will die of wounds at home in July 1916.
  • Private Joseph Dowing Lake (West Surrey Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother James will also lose his life in the war.
  • Private William Turner (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) is killed at age 21. His brother Walter John will be killed in the Great War.
  • Private John Banks (West Surrey Regiment) is killed. His brother Richard will be killed in one week.
  • Private John Charles Howell (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) is killed at age 21. His brother Arthur will also be killed in the war.
  • Private Lewis Pelgrena Mazzei (South Wales Borderers) is killed at age 30. His brother will be killed in May 1917 and they are the only Mazzei to lose their lives in the service of King and Country in the Great War.

The Plus 1 is Hungarian Gymnast Arpad Pedery who was a member of the Silver medal winning Men’s Team European System Gymnastics team at he 1912 Olympics.

Tuesday 20 October 1914 – We Lost 728

Duke of Devonshire Coat of Arms

Duke of Devonshire Coat of Arms

The Indian Expeditionary Force (Cavalry, Meerut and Lahore Divisions) arrive on the Western Front.  A German counter-offensive begins against 3rd Division.

The first merchant ship known to be sunk by a submarine is the British steamer SS Glitra sunk by U17.  The U-boat captain gives her crew ten minutes to abandon ship then open the sea cocks sending her to the bottom.  The U-boat then tows their boats several miles towards the English coast.

The 1st Australian Light Horse Regiment embarks on HMAT Star of Victoria at Sydney bound for Egypt and eventually Gallipoli.

The plan designed by Brigadier General Dobell to capture Edea, in the Cameroon begins.  While a diversion is created on the Sanaga River by 150 men of the West Africa Regiment, a main force of 240 Europeans, 800 Senegalese tirailleurs with another 150 men of the West Africa Regiment, and 1,000 carriers, all under the command of a French Colonel will proceed, first by transports to the mouth of the Nyong River and then by small craft, 25 miles up the river to Dehane.  Here the force will disembark and march twenty miles overland to Edea from what is hoped will be an unexpected quarter.

Today’s losses include:

  • Grandson of the 7th and brother of the 9th Duke of Devonshire
  • Royal Humane Society Medal for Life Saving holder
  • Son and son-in-law of Baronets
  • Sons of families that will lose two and three sons
  • Sons of Generals
  • Sons of clergy
  • Amateur jockey and polo player
  • Son and heir to a Baronet
  • Grandson of a Baronet
  • Son of the High Sheriff of Oxford
  • Battalion commander
  • Man whose son will be born early next year
  • Man whose son will be killed in the Second World War while a brother is killed later in the Great War

 Today’s highlighted casualty is

Major ‘Lord’ John Spencer Cavendish DSO (Life Guards) is killed in action at age 39.  He is the third son of ‘Lord’ and Lady Edward Cavendish, grandson of the 7th Duke of Devonshire and the younger brother of the 9th Duke of Devonshire. He served in the South African War.

  •  Major Edward Henry Edwin Daniell DSO (commanding 2nd Royal Irish Regiment) dies of wounds at Le Pilly at age 46.
  • Captain (Temporary Major) Peter Martin Connellan (Hampshire Regiment) is killed at age 32. He is the only son of Major J H F H Connellan JP DL and he holds the Royal Humane Society’s Medal for saving a man in his Regiment from drowning in 1909.
  • Captain Selwyn Lucas Lucas-Tooth(Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed at age 35 five weeks after his younger brother has been killed in action. They are the sons of the Baronet ‘Sir’ Robert Lucas-Tooth whose eldest son who has succeeded him as the Baronet will be killed in July 1918. Captain Lucas-Tooth is the son in law of Edward Law Durand the Baronet.
  • Captain William Graham Montgomerie (Leinster Regiment) dies of wounds at age 37. He is the grandson of Dr. William Montgomerie discoverer of gutta percha and General William Anson McCleverty.
  • Captain Arthur Craven Charrington (Dragoons) is killed at age 32. He is an amateur jockey who once at the Simla Race Meeting rode 13 winners and one second out of 15 mounts. He also has a fine record as a polo player.
  • Captain Eric Bruce Reid(North Staffordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 34. He is the son of Major General A T Reid.
  • Captain Henry Arthur Chichester (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at Canteleux at age 32. He is a first cousin of Brigadier General A A Chichester and served in the South African War.
  • Captain Arthur George Tillard(Manchester Regiment) is killed at age 39.  He is the son of the Reverend James Tillard and had served in the South African War. His son will be born early next year.
  • Lieutenant John Lawson-Smith(West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action ten days before his brother will meet the same fate.  He dies at age 22.
  • Lieutenant Charles Hylton Van Neck(Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 21. His brother will be killed in six days serving in the Grenadiers Guards.
  • Lieutenant Edwin Cecil Leigh Hoskyns (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed at age 24. He is the only son and heir to ‘Sir’ Leigh Hoskyns 1st Baronet JP and High Sheriff for Oxford.
  • Lieutenant Edmund Spencer (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend William Edmund Spencer Vicar of St Botolph’s Colchester.
  • Second Lieutenant Geoffrey Phillip Joseph Snead-Cox(Royal Welsh Fusiliers) is killed when he is shot in the head at age 19.  One of his brothers will be killed in eight days and another at the Battle of Jutland.
  • Second Lieutenant Mervyn Noott (East Kent Regiment) is killed at age 24. He is the grandson of ‘Sir’ Alfred Hickman Baronet.
  • Second Lieutenant Almericus John Falkiner de Courcy Williams (West India Regiment attached Middlesex Regiment) is killed at age 19. He is the 1st cousin of Lord Kingsale.
  • Second Lieutenant Cuthbert Temple Waldy (South Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend Arthur Garmondsway Waldy Rector of Yarm.
  • Lieutenant Peter Clutterbuck (East Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 22 when his company is sent to support the Leinster Regiment between Lille and Armentiers. He is the eldest son of Peter Clutterbuck JP Lord of the Manor of Sarratt of Goldingtons, Sarratt Herts. Lieutenant Clutterbuck was gazetted to the East Yorkshire Regiment in 1911 and went to the Front on 6 September.
  • Second Lieutenant Mark Robinson Pease (East Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 22. He is the son of Lieutenant Colonel Harold Robinson Pease JP DL.
  • Second Lieutenant Alan James Ramsay Anderson(Royal Irish Regiment) is killed at age 21.  He was educated at University College, Oxford where he was a “Blue” in Boxing vs. Cambridge for three years.  He was also President of the St. Patrick’s Club and a Member of the Vincent’s Club at Oxford.
  • Lance Corporal Robert Herbert Hawkswood (Grenadier Guards) is killed. His brother will be killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
  • Lance Corporal Walter James March (East Kent Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother will be killed in February 1918.
  • Lance Corporal Claude Hamblin (East Kent Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother will be killed in September 1917.
  • Private Charles Arthur Howard (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 20. His brother will be killed in August 1916.
  • Private Thomas Frain (Leinster Regiment) is killed, his brother will die on service in November 1915.
  • Private Ellis Nuttall (Manchester Regiment) is killed. His son will be killed in World War II.
  • Private William Hudson (Lancaster Regiment) is killed at age 26. His brother Thomas will also be killed in the war.

photo from wikipedia.org

 

Monday 19 October 1914 – We Lost 343

 

Distinguished Service Medal

Distinguished Service Medal

I Corps arrives at Ypres. ‘Sir’ Henry Rawlinson is unable to occupy Menin.

The 2nd Royal Irish Regiment is surrounded and more than 300 men (nearly all wounded) surrender after a very stiff fight at Le Pilly on the Aubers Ridge.  (The Battalion will be withdrawn to be rebuilt shortly after this affair).

HMS Chatham, responding to a report that German ships have been seen at the settlement of Lindi, steams into the mouth of the Lukuledi River, clears for action, but the only vessel he finds there is the merchant ship Prasident. She is flying the flag of the International Red Cross.  Notes are exchanged between Captain Drury-Lowe and the governor of Lindi. The Chatham’s first officer, Commander R Fitzmaurice, discovers documents showing Prasident has been supplying SMS Konigsberg with both intelligence and provisions at a place called Salale.  Drury-Lowe disables Prasident’s engines.  Salale is not shown on any British maps, so its location is unknown.  Also found on board is a recent survey of the waters off the Rufiji River.  The British also discover an out of date copy of the “Handbuch der Ostkurste Afrikas” in which the village of Salale is mentioned as being on the Rufiji.  Drury-Lowe heads for the Rufiji.

A new naval decoration the Distinguished Service Medal is established for “bravery and resource under fire”. Two hundred twenty nine holders will lose their lives in the Great War.

Today’s losses include”

  • Cousin of Winston Churchill
  • Son and son-in-law of Baronets
  • Grandson of the 2nd Marquess of Headfort
  • Sons of Generals
  • Son of a Justice of the Peace
  • Son of clergy
  • A member of the Marylebone Cricket Club
  • Families that will lose two, three and four sons

Today’s highlighted casualty is

Captain Norman Jerome Beauchamp Leslie (Rifle Brigade) a son of Colonel ‘Sir’ John Leslie the 2nd Baronet and cousin of Winston Churchill is killed in action at age 25 when he is shot by a sniper at Armentieres.

  • Captain John Hugh Gardiner McCormick (Warwickshire Regiment) dies of wounds as a prisoner of war at age 28. He is the son of S S McCormick JP.
  • Captain George Ryefield Taylour(Warwickshire Regiment) is killed at age 39. He is the son of Major General ‘Lord’ John Henry Taylour and grandson of the 2nd Marquess of Headfort KP. He was wounded and made a prisoner of war during the South African War and is a keen amateur heavyweight boxer.
  • Captain Francis Percy Campbell Pemberton (Life Guards) is killed at age 29. He is the only son of Canon T Percy Pemberton Prebendary of York Minster and a member of the MCC. He is also the son-in-law of ‘Sir’ William Worsley Baronet.
  • Captain Leicester William le Marchant Carey(Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 36. He is the only son of the late Major General Constantine Carey CB.
  • Private Frank William Farrant(Cheshire Regiment) is killed his brother will be killed in October 1917.
  • Private Stephen Collins (Irish Regiment) is killed at age 16. He is the first of four sons of Agnes Collins of Waterford who will be killed in the Great War.
  • Private Thomas Kavanagh (Irish Regiment) is killed at age 32. He is the first of three brothers who are killed in the Great War.