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Tuesday 26 March 1918 We Lost 2,062

Samuel James Paget

The armed merchant ship Lady Cory Wright is torpedoed and sunk fourteen miles south southwest from Lizard.  Thirty-nine including her master are killed.

HMS P-51 depth charges and sinks the German submarine U-61 in the St George’s Channel.

The Doullens Agreement gives General Foch “coordinating authority” over the Western Front.

Germans forces heavily attack south of the Somme and take Roye and Chaulnes. New attacks are also launched in the neighborhood of Chaulnes.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple sons of Generals
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple sons of Justices of the Peace
  • Multiple families that will lose two, three and five sons in the Great War
  • A man whose son will be killed in the Second World War
  • The Assistant Librarian of the National Library of Waltes
  • A man whose sister’s husband was killed in the 1916

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Dunbar Walker (Royal Engineers attached 24th Division HQ) is killed in action at age 38. His brother was killed in 1915 in Kenya. They are sons of a Major General Walker.
  • Captain Herbert Temple Lukyn-Williams (Royal Army Medical Corps attached Sherwood Foresters) dies of wounds received at Mericourt-sur-Somme at age 32. He is the son of the Reverend Canon Arthur Lukyn-Williams.
  • Captain George Waller Vesey MC (Royal Irish Fusiliers) is killed at age 34. He is the son of G Lendrum Vesey JP DL.
  • Captain Samuel James Paget (General List) Brigade Major 149th Infantry Brigade 50th Division is killed in action at age 22. He is the son of the Right Reverend Henry Luke Paget DD the Bishop of Chester.
  • Captain Leonard Sheridan (Dublin Fusiliers) is killed. His brother was killed in March two years ago.
  • Captain George Fleetwood Thuillier MC (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at action at St Christ at age 21. He is the son of Major General Henry F Thuillier CB CMG.
  • Lieutenant Archibald Thurston Thomas Lindsay (Royal Engineers) is killed at age 20. His first brother was killed last June and a second will be killed in five days.
  • Second Lieutenant Frank Boyson (Durham Light Infantry) is killed at age 20. He is the last of three brothers who are killed in the Great War.
  • Second Lieutenant Evelyn Denison (Sherwood Foresters) is killed in action at age 39. He is the son of Captain William Evelyn Denison JP DL.
  • Second Lieutenant Percy Harold Green (Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers) is killed at age 25. His brother was killed last August.
  • Second Lieutenant Lionel Henry Liptrap Carver (Irish Guards) is killed in action. He is the son of the Reverend Henry Jonathan Carver Rector of Melbury Abbas.
  • Sergeant Alexander Cranston (Royal Engineers) is killed in action becoming the fourth of five brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War. He is 39 years old.
  • Sergeant Stuart Wright Goldsworthy (Hussars) is killed in action. His son will be killed in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in Singapore in August 1945.
  • Sergeant Joseph Herbert Stott (Machine Gun Corps) is killed. His brother was killed in July 1917.
  • Lance Corporal George Audenby Lee (Royal Engineers) is killed at age 27. His brother will be killed next month.
  • Private James Adamson (Cameron Highlanders) dies of wounds. His brother was killed in May 1915.
  • Private Edward Hugh Evans (Cheshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 19. He is the Assistant Librarian at the National Library of Wales.
  • Private Leonard Wiseman (Sussex Regiment) is killed in action at age 19 on the Somme. His sister’s husband Philip Beckley was killed in September 1916.
  • Private Donovan Edward Stallan (Machine Gun Corps) dies of wounds and shell shock at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Stallan.
  • Private William Ewart Skinner (Lancashire Fusiliers) dies of wounds at age 21. His brother will be killed in May 1918.
  • Private Gerald Adrian Disney Jones (West Surrey Regiment) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend J Jiffares Jones.
  • Private Oswald Dobson (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 19. His brother died of wounds last July.

Friday 22 March 1918 We Lost 4,242

John Crawford Buchan VC

Continuing the fight of the previous day thick fog greets dawn and the London Regiment resists the continuing German attacks. During lulls in the fighting the men of the  2nd/2nd London Regiment crawl out of Travecy Keep in ones and twos into the ruins of St Quentin village and fire on enemy machine gun teams nearby. By midday the fog lifts and the men of A Company take the opportunity to fire on a column of enemy transport seen on the St Quentin to La Fere road. They even fire on a group of German Staff Officers and a working party on the Travecy to Achery road. The Londoners are rewarded with an attack by a German aircraft which drops two bombs on the Keep. Later in the afternoon further aircraft bomb the Keep, one of which is shot down by a Lewis Gun. At 19:30 Captain Harper holds a council of war with his remaining officers and CSM. Their ammunition has virtually run out, they are completely cut off and there is no hope of a counter attack. The London men are exhausted, hungry and outnumbered at least 50 to 1. Their wounded are exposed to enemy fire and need treatment. Captain Harper decides it will be futile to resist further. He gives orders to destroy all maps and plans together with the remaining 2 Lewis Guns and trench mortars. Shortly after midnight the Germans began another attack. Captain Harper goes out to meet them and surrenders, 44 hours after the initial German bombardment had commenced. A Company has fired over 18,000 rounds of ammunition, launched over 200 trench mortars and has thrown more than 400 hand grenades. With the capture of the remaining 44 men (including the wounded) the losses of the 2nd/2nd London Regiment stands at 570 men of 610 ranks. More than 60 are dead.

British troops cross the River Jordan at El Ghoraniyeh, a short distance from the Red Sea.  They move northeastward into the hills through the gorge as Wadi Shaib and capture Es Salt, an important depot on the track running from Shechem to the railway.  The force then moves down the track to Amman on the railway line, which is found to be very strongly held.  Seven hundred Turkish and German prisoners are captured in these operations.  The entire column eventually marches back to the Jordan, followed by the Turks.

HMS Gaillardia is sunk by a mine off the Orkney Islands while carrying out buoying operations in the newly Northern Barrage. Among those killed in the sinking is

  • Acting Commander John Sharpey Schafer killed at age 36. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Edward Sharpey Schafer Kt.
  • Stoker 1st Class Albert Hawkes is also killed. His brother died on service as a Stoker in March 1915.

Captain William Calder (SS Trinidad, Merchant Marine) is killed when his ship is sunk by a submarine twelve miles east of the Codling Light Vessel.   His brother was killed in action in November 1917.

While fighting with his platoon in the forward position of the battle zone, Second Lieutenant John Crawford Buchan (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) although wounded early in the day insists on remaining with his men and continually visiting all his posts encouraging and cheering his men in spite of a most severe shell fire from which his platoon will suffer heavy casualties.  Later when the enemy is creeping closer and heavy machine gun fire is raking his position Second Lieutenant Buchan continues to visit his posts and though accidentally injured again he continues to encourage his men and visit his posts.  Eventually, when he sees that the enemy has practically surrounded his command, he collects his platoon and prepares to fight his way back to the support line.  At this point the enemy who have crept around to his right flank, rush towards him, shouting “Surrender” to which replied “To hell with surrender” and shoots the foremost of the enemy finally repelling the enemy advance with his platoon. He then fights his way back to the support line of the forward position where he will hold out until dusk.  At dusk he falls back as ordered but in spite of his injuries he again refuses to go to the aid post saying his place was beside his men.  Owing to the unexpected withdrawal of troops on his left flank it is impossible to send orders to Second Lieutenant Buchan to withdraw, as he is already cutoff and he is last seen holding out against overwhelming odds.  For his efforts during this and the previous day he will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross.

At Hervilly Wood Private Herbert George Columbine (Machine Gun Corps) takes command of a gun and keeps firing it from 09:00 until 13:00 in an isolated position with no wire in front. During this time wave after wave of the enemy fail to get up to him, but at last with help of a low-flying aircraft he them manage to gain a strong foothold in the trench. As the position is now untenable Private Columbine tells the two remaining men to get away and although he is being bombed on either side he keeps his gun firing inflicting losses until he is killed by a bomb which blows up both he and his gun.  For his actions Private Columbine will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross.

Rifleman Colin Mitchell (Rifle Brigade) is killed in action.  He is a Great War Poet.                                                                                                                  

Trampled Clay

…We went to seek the dead; with rough respect

To roll their mangled bodies down the shade

Of crater-lips that shrieking shells had made…

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • Multiple battalion commanders
  • Multiple sons of Justices of the Peace
  • Multiple men who will have a brother killed in the Second World War
  • A man whose son will be killed in the Second World War
  • A Bradford City footballer
  • The son of a Member of Parliament
  • The grandson of a Member of Parliament
  • A Candidate of Parliament
  • A Royal Academy Artist
  • A YMCA Chaplain
  • A Great War Poet
  • A man whose son is killed in the Great War
  • The brother of a Brigadier General
  • A man whose father was killed in the sinking of S S Persia in 1915
  • A Grandson of the 1st Baron St Leven
  • Nephew of Viscount Grey
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • A Rugby Scottish International
  • The Assistant Master at Lancing College

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Mildred Clare Eardley-Wilmot will lose her husband Lieutenant Colonel Theodore Eardley-Wilmot DSO (York and Lancaster Regiment attached Suffolk Regiment) when he is killed in action at age 38. Twenty-six years later her son will be killed in action as a 34-year old Major in the Irish Guards.
  • Lieutenant Colonel William Norman Stewart DSO (North Somerset Yeomanry commanding 6th Leicestershire Regiment) is killed at age 44. He is the brother of Brigadier General Ian Stewart.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Bernard Hedley Charlton MC (commanding 4th Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 32. He is the son of the late William Hyslop Charlton JP.
  • Major Morice Julian St Aubyn MC (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed at age 25. His father was killed in the sinking of S S Persia in December 1915 and is brother will be killed in the sinking of HMS Strongbow in March 1942. He is the grandson of the 1st Baron St Leven.
  • Major Edward Hildred Hanbury Carlile (Hertfordshire Yeomanry) is killed at age 37. He is the only son of Colonel ‘Sir’ Hildred Carlile Baronet MP for Mid Herts, and of Lady Carlile, of Ponsbourne Park, Hertford. In the spring of 1917 he was adopted as the Conservative Candidate for the Mid Herts Division. Major Carlile, who spent ten years in the Yorkshire Dragoons and later transferred to the Hertfordshire Yeomanry, served with his Regiment in England from September 1914. He is subsequently attached to the Hertfordshire Regiment, and left for France in January 1918. Today he and all his men, with one exception, are killed near Peronne, having been sent forward to reinforce ‘if possible’.  He is shot with a revolver by a German Officer.
  • Captain Adrian Hubert Graves (Norfolk Regiment) a nephew of Viscount Grey is killed in action.
  • Captain Samuel Francis Collier (Manchester Regiment) is killed at Servacue Farm at age 27. He is the son of Reverend Samuel F Collier and his brother will be killed in six days.
  • Captain Frank Darley Livingstone (Army Service Corps) is killed in action at age 32. He is the son of Reverend Canon Richard and the Honorable Mrs. Livingstone and he was called to the Bar in May 1911 and was a member of the Inner Temple.
  • Captain William Ramsay Hutchison (Royal Scots Fusiliers) is killed at age 29. He is a Scottish Rugby International who capped in 1911.
  • Captain Albert Higgs Vinson (Royal Flying Corps) is killed while serving at an instructor at Yatesbury at age 21. He is the son of Albert Vinson JP.
  • Captain Noel Burgess Michell (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 33. He is the Assistant Master at Lancing College and Bedales School.
  • Chaplain ‘the Reverend’ Thomas George Trueman (Australian Young Men’s Christian Association attached Australian Infantry) is killed in action at age 30.
  • Lieutenant George Guest Lomas (Manchester Regiment) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend George Lomas.
  • Lieutenant William Victor Lancelot Mallett (East Surrey Regiment) is killed at age 35. His brother will die on service in February 1919.
  • Lieutenant William Ashcroft (Liverpool Regiment) is killed in action near St. Quentin at age 36. One brother was killed last year while another will die of wounds as a prisoner of war in May of this year.
  • Lieutenant David Sonnie Dewar (Machine Gun Corps) is killed in action at age 24. His is the son of the late Reverend David Dewar Vicar of Holy Trinity and had a brother who was killed in action in 1916.
  • Lieutenant Harry Chamen Linott (London Regiment) dies of wounds received in action. He is a Royal Academy artist who has been exhibited at most of the leading galleries in Great Britain and the United States.
  • Lieutenant Douglas Ferrier Charlton (Durham Light Infantry is killed in action at age 29. His brother was killed in September 1916.
  • Lieutenant Ulick A Moore (Connaught Rangers) is killed. He is the grandson of the late G H Moore MP.
  • Second Lieutenant Charles Singleton Knott (Royal Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 19. He was the head boy of the Perse School, Cambridge and scholar-elect of St Peter’s College, Cambridge.
  • Second Lieutenant Thomas Anderson Hyslop MC (Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 29. He is the middle of three brothers who are killed in the Great War.
  • Second Lieutenant Thomas Nettleship (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 32. His brother will be killed in September.
  • Sergeant William Arthur Woore (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 23. His brother will be killed in nine days.
  • Sergeant Sidney Fensome (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed in September 1916.
  • Corporal Charles Louis Thorne (Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother will be killed in July.
  • Corporal Frank Stranger (Australian Imperial Forces) is killed in action at age 35.  His brothers will both die within two months having both received their fatal wounds in the same action in April while serving in the Guernsey Light Infantry.
  • Corporal Sydney Clarence Porter (Royal Engineers) is killed at age 22. His brother died of wounds last July.
  • Lance Corporal James W A Dundas (Highland Light Infantry) is killed at age 33. His two brothers have been killed in the two previous years of the Great War.
  • Private Harry Ford (Essex Regiment) is killed in action at age 32. His brother will die while still in the service in February 1919.
  • Private Edward Foster (Essex Regiment) is killed at age 36. His brother will be killed next month.
  • Private John Howard Payne (East Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 19. His brother William Henry Dodson Payne also fell.
  • Private Ernest Crellin (London Regiment) is killed in action in Palestine at age 22. His brother was killed in August 1916.
  • Private Samuel Spillane (Inniskilling Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 21. His brother James also fell.
  • Private James Shaw (Machine Gun Corps) is killed in action at age 33. His brother Ralph also fell.
  • Sapper Frederick Malpass (Royal Engineers) is killed at age 27. His brother Arthur also fell.
  • Driver G S Copland (Royal Engineers) dies of wounds at age 24. His two brothers will also be killed in the Great War.
  • Private James William Hills (Royal Army Medical Corps) is killed in action at age 25. His brother was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
  • Private Thomas Frederick Grainger (Suffolk Regiment) is killed at age 21. His younger brother will be killed in July 1944 serving as a Guardsman in the Coldstream Guards.
  • Private Albert Moody (East Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother will be killed on 4th
  • Private Harry Potter (Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed at age 33. He played halfback for the Bradford City Football Club.
  • Private Frank Edward Cutts (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 22. His brother was killed in May 1915.
  • Private Robert Gimblett Paramore (Somerset Light Infantry) is killed at age 26. He has two brothers who will also be killed in the War.
  • Private John Goldsmith (Sussex Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed less than two days ago.
  • Private Edward Potter Coventry (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother was killed in September 1916.
  • Private John Bernard Gardner (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed at age 30. His brother was killed last August.
  • Private David Baird (Highland Light Infantry) is killed in action. His son will be killed in June 1944 serving in Italy.
  • Private Adolphus Gallienne (Royal Guernsey Light Infantry) is killed at age 24. His twin brother was killed two days earlier and their older brother was killed in November 1917.
  • Private Donald Gow (Gordon Highlanders) is killed at age 25. His son named after him will be killed at Nijmegan in 26 years at age 26.

Tuesday 12 February 1918 We Lost 182

Harold Alfred Vyvyan St George Harmsworth

The cruiser HMS Roxbourgh rams and sinks the German submarine U-89 off Northern Ireland, while on escort duty.

British aircraft cross the Rhine and bomb Offenberg in Baden.

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of a Viscount
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain the Honorable Harold Alfred Vivian St. George Harmsworth MC (Irish Guards) dies at home of wounds received in action in November 1917 at age 23. He is the son of Viscount Rothermere, chief proprietor of the Daily Mail.  His brother was killed in November 1916. He was educated at Etonand Christ Church, Oxford. At Eton, where he was in Mr. Brinton’s house, he took prizes in science, history, and divinity,including the Rosebery history prize. He was a promising boxer, and won the school welterweight championship. Later, when he was at Christ Church, Oxford, he gained his blue for boxing,and represented the University against Cambridge in 1914. Hejoined the Irish Guards a few days after the outbreak ofwar, and went to the front in December 1914. Captain Harmsworth was held in affectionate esteem by the officers and men of the battalion with which he fought and fell. When, after being severely wounded in 1915 (it was his second wound), and recovering from an attack of trench fever, he was appointed to Lord French’s staff in London, his great desire was to be back in the trenches, and as soon as he was fit for active service he insisted upon resigning his Staff appointment, and returned to his battalion in the field. He went back to France for the third – and last – time in August of last year. Captain Harmsworth was awarded the Military Cross six weeks ago, when in hospital. Lord Rothermere’s second son, Lieutenant the Honorable Vere Harmsworth, R.N.V.R., was killed on 13th November 1916, while serving with the Royal Naval Division. His only surviving son is Lieutenant the Hon. Esmond Harmsworth, R.M.A.
  • Private Patrick Ward (South Lancashire Regiment) dies of tuberculosis at home at age 29. His brother will die while on service in October of this year.

Friday 30 November 1917 We Lost 3,204

 

Bradford brothers 2 Victoria Crosses 3 lost in the War

The Germans attack at 07:00 and almost immediately the majority of III Corps divisions are heavily engaged. The initial speed of the German infantry’s advance is completely unexpected by the British. The commands of 29th and 12th Divisions are almost captured, with Brigadier-General Vincent having to fight free from his own encircled headquarters and then grab men from any retreating units to try to halt the Germans. In the south the German advance spread across eight miles and come within a few miles of the vital village of Metz and its link to Bourlon. At Bourlon itself the Germans meet stiffer resistance. The British have assigned eight divisions worth of fire support to the ridge and the Germans suffer heavy casualties. Despite this the Germans close and there is fierce fighting. British units display reckless determination – one group of eight British machine guns fires over 70,000 rounds in their efforts to stem the German advance around Bourlon.

The concentration of British effort to hold the ridge is impressive but it allows the German advance elsewhere greater opportunities. Only the fortunate arrival of British tanks and the fall of night allow the line to be held.

The Grenadier Guards meet the enemy and counter attack in the direction of Gauche Wood.  They capture 3 field guns and a great number of machine guns at the cost of 25 NCO’s and men killed, 11 missing and 115 wounded.

Lieutenant (Acting Captain) Walter Napleton Stone VC (Royal Fusiliers) is killed performing acts that will be rewarded with a posthumous Victoria Cross at age 25.  Captain Stone returned to England from Canada on the outbreak of the War and joined the Inns of Court OTC in November 1914. The following month he went to Sandhurst, and was gazetted to Royal Fusiliers in May 1915. He became Lieutenant in March 1916 and Acting Captain the following November. He left for France in September 1915 and four months afterwards was appointed Acting Staff Captain to the 5th Brigade Headquarters.  He is killed in action between Bourlon Wood and Mceuvres, when in command of a Company in an isolated position, 1,000 yards in front of the main line, and overlooking the enemy’s position. He observes the enemy massing for an attack and affords invaluable information to Battalion Headquarters. He is ordered to withdraw his Company, leaving a rearguard to cover the withdrawal. The attack develops with unexpected speed. Captain Stone sends three Platoons back and remains with the rearguard himself. He stands on the parapet with a telephone under a tremendous bombardment, observes the enemy, and continues to send back valuable information until the wire is cut by his orders. The rearguard is eventually surrounded and cut to pieces, and Captain Stone is seen fighting to the last, until he is shot through the head.

Major ‘the Honorable’ Robert Nathaniel Dudley Ryder (Hussars) is killed instantaneously by a sniper while holding up a big enemy attack just after the Germans have broken through at Gouzeaucourt at age 34. He is the youngest son of the 4th Earl of Harrowby and brother of the fifth Earl. Major Ryder went direct from Harrow to join the 4th North Staffordshire Militia in the South African War and received his Commission in Hussars in 1900. He received the Queen’s and King’s Medals with five clasps. In 1905 he went to South Australia as ADC to ‘Sir’ G R le Hunte, returning to England in 1908. He was Adjutant to the Norfolk Yeomanry from 1909 to 1913. He went to the Front with his Regiment in October 1914 and remained there for three years.

Captain Andrew E McKeever (Royal Flying Corps) with his observer, Second Lieutenant L A Powell in a Bristol F2b record four victories over Albatros D.V’s between 11:50 and 11:55 south of Cambrai.

Private Frederick George Dancox VC (Worcestershire Regiment) is struck in the head by a piece of shrapnel and instantly killed at age 38. On 9th October he captured forty Germans and a machine gun in a pillbox at Poelcappelle for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple Victoria Cross winners
  • A son of the 4th Earl of Harrowby
  • A General
  • The son of a General
  • The grandson of a General
  • Multiple families that will lose two, three and four sons in the Great War
  • The son of a Baronet
  • A battalion commander
  • A cousin of the actor ‘Sir’ John Gielgud
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A Derbyshire cricketer
  • Multiple sons of Justices of the Peace
  • A member of the 1908 Scottish Olympic Bronze medal winning Field Hockey team
  • A student at Princeton University in the United States
  • A son of the popular author J E Preston Muddock
  • A man whose son will be killed in the Second World War
  • A man whose stepsons were killed together in July 1916
  • A West Ham footballer
  • The brother of twins who will be killed within days of each other next March

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Brigadier General Roland Boys Bradford VC General Officer Commanding 186th Brigade 62nd Division is killed in action at age 25. He had been awarded the Victoria Cross as Lieutenant Colonel commanding the 9th Durham Light Infantry on the Somme on 1st October 1916.  His brother Lieutenant George Bradford (Royal Navy) will be killed in action at Zeebrugge on 23rd April 1918 performing acts that will win him the Victoria Cross also.  A third brother, Lieutenant James Bradford died of wounds on 14th May of this year.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Archibald Primrose Liston-Foulis (attached Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed in action at age 43. He is the son of the late ‘Sir’ John Liston-Foulis, the 9th
  • Lieutenant Colonel Henry Lex Francis Adam Gielgud MC (commanding 7th Norfolk Regiment) is killed in action at age 36. He is a cousin of the actor ‘Sir’ John Gielgud.
  • Major Isham Percy Smith DSO (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 27. He is the son of the late Major General Percy Smith.
  • Captain Ralph Nevill Lendon Buckmaster (North Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend Charles John Buckmaster Vicar of Hindley who will lose another son in September 1918.
  • Captain John Walter Ewbank MC (Border Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed in February 1916 and they are sons of the Reverend John Ewbank Rector of Bolton.
  • Captain Norman Algeo (Leinster Regiment) is killed at Tincourt at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend Lewis Algeo.
  • Lieutenant Guy Denis Wilson (Royal Field Artillery) is killed on his 35th He played cricket for Derbyshire from 1902 to 1905 and is the son of Arthur Wilson JP.
  • Lieutenant Charles Herbert Gribble (East Kent Regiment) is killed at age 28. His brother will die on service in November 1919.
  • Lieutenant Noel Henry Fairfax Durant (Irish Guards) is killed at age 29. He is the son of the Honorable Mrs. Charles Richard Durant.
  • Lieutenant Douglas Knox Brown MC (Highland Light Infantry attached Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 22. He is the son of the late Reverend John Knox Brown.
  • Lieutenant Ivan Laing MC (Coldstream Guards) is killed at age 32. In 1908 he was a member of the Scottish bronze medal men’s field hockey team.
  • Second Lieutenant Frank Nisbett (South Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 18. He is the son of G H Nisbett JP.
  • Second Lieutenant Donald Neil Campbell Ross (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend G A Johnston Ross DD of the Union Theological Seminary New York City and volunteered for service while a student at Princeton University in 1916.
  • Second Lieutenant Gilbert Lewis Lloyd (London Regiment) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend William Robert Lloyd Vicar of Lanstephen.
  • Second Lieutenant Jasper Milton Preston Muddock (Shropshire Yeomanry) is killed at age 29. His brother was killed in September 1916 and they are sons of the author J E Preston Muddock author of nearly 300 detective and mystery stories who was almost as popular as Arthur Conan Doyle in his time.
  • Second Lieutenant James Hoste Welldon (East Kent Regiment) is killed at age 19. He is the grandson of Major General Dixon Edward Hoste.
  • Sergeant James Lynch (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed in action. His son will be killed serving in the Royal Air Force in September 1940.
  • Private John Dale (Coldstream Guards) is killed at age 18. He is the middle of three brothers who will be killed in a six month period.
  • Private Ernest Henry Dowling (Berkshire Regiment) is killed in action at Cambrai at age 40. His stepsons were killed in the same regiment serving together on the same day in July 1916.
  • Private Howard Prentice (Middlesex Regiment) is killed at age 22. His older brother was killed 5 weeks earlier while his younger brother will die as a result of his military service in 1920.
  • Private Eugene Harris (Newfoundland Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother will be killed in September 1918.
  • Private Alex Farquhar MM (Norfolk Regiment) becomes the 3rd of four brothers to lose his life in the Great War when he is killed at age 29 in Bourlon Wood.
  • Rifleman Frank Nunn (London Regiment) is killed. His brother was killed in October 1916.
  • Private William Baigrie (Highland Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 27. His brother will be killed in May 1918.
  • Private Frederick James Chiverton (Hampshire Regiment) is killed at age 34. His brother was killed last April.
  • Private Sidney George Ellis (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 26. His brother was killed last February.
  • Private William Glenfred Hayward MM (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 27. His brother was killed last June.
  • Private John Henry Long (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed in July 1915.
  • Private Edward Arthur James Stallard (London Regiment) is killed in action. He is a footballer for West Ham United who scored in his debut against Millwall in April 1914.
  • Private Thomas John Gallienne (Royal Guernsey Light Infantry) is killed at age 35. His twin brothers will be killed within two days of each other in March next year.
  • Private Frank James Tugwell (East Surrey Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother was killed last month.
  • Private George Knock MM (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed at age 29. His is the last of three brothers who are killed in the Great War.

Tuesday 27 November 1917 We Lost 1,152

Arthur Middleton Kinnaird

The final British effort at Cambrai is launched today by the 62nd Division aided by thirty tanks. Early success is soon reversed by a German counter rattack. The British now hold a salient roughly 11 km by 9.5 km with its front along the crest of the ridge.

The Turks in Palestine launch a counterattack in Palestine against Nebi Samwil, but the British hold.

Sergeant John Harold Rhodes VC DCM MM (Grenadier Guards) is killed in action at age 26. His Victoria Cross award was listed in the London Gazette four days earlier for actions in the Battle of Poelcapelle when he accounted for several enemy with his rifle as well as by Lewis gun fire, and, upon seeing three enemy leave a “pill-box” he went out single-handed through our own barrage and hostile machine-gun fire, and effected an entry into the “pill-box”. He there captured nine enemy including a forward observation officer connected by telephone with his battery. He brought back these prisoners together with valuable information.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The son of a Baronet
  • The son of the 11th Baron Kinnaird
  • A Military Chaplain

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain William Alexander Silvertop (Hussars) is killed at age 32. His brother was killed last May.
  • Captain Alexander John Maxwell Gordon (London Regiment) is killed at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend Edward George Gordon Vicar of St John’s Lambeth.
  • Captain George Alfred Guest Hewitt (York and Lancs Regiment) is killed in action at age 24. He is the son of the 1st
  • Lieutenant Gavin Patrick Bowes-Lyon (Grenadier Guards) is killed in action at age 20. He is the son of the Honorable Patrick and Honorable Mrs. P Bowes-Lyon.
  • Lieutenant John Fortescue Worsley (Grenadier Guards) is killed in action at age 28. His older brother had been killed in the same battalion of the same regiment in September 1915.
  • Lieutenant ‘the Honorable’ Arthur Middleton Kinnaird MC (Scots Guards) is killed in action at age 32. He is the son of the 11th Baron Kinnaird and had a brother who was killed in October 1914.
  • Lieutenant Geoffrey Bernard FitzRoy Samuelson MC (Coldstream Guards) MC is killed in action at age 20. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Herbert Samuelson KBE and a former Etonian.
  • Second Lieutenant Alan Webster Shann (West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 20. His brother was killed on the first day of the battle of Somme.
  • Chaplain Robert John Monteith (attached Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds at age 40.
  • Sergeant John Sheehan (Newfoundland Regiment) dies at home at age 21. His brother was killed in July 1917.
  • Lance Corporal Geoffrey Alfred Sutton (Irish Guards) dies of wounds received at Bourlon Wood at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend Edwin Sutton Vicar of Eaton Bray.
  • Private Ernest Edward Wilce (Coldstream Guards) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed last November.
  • Private Francis William Brown (Coldstream Guards) is killed one month after his brother was killed.
  • Private Charlie Hey (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed in action at age 24. His brother was killed in August of this year.
  • Private David Walton (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed in action at age 20. He has two brothers who will die in the Great War.

Tuesday 9 October 1917 We Lost 3,733

Sarah Aaronsohm

Duncan MacKinnon

The Coldstream Guards attack the German defenses south of the Houthulst Forest and in spite of appallingly thick mud, take and hold their objective.

  • Captain Claude Stewart Jackson (Coldstream Guards) is killed in the attack from the Broembeke to Houthulst Forest at 05:200 at age 25. He is the fourth son of ‘Sir’ Thomas Jackson 1st Baronet and the son-in-law of the Honorable William Pearson.  Captain Jackson received a Commission in the Coldstream Guards in February 1912. He went to France with the original Expeditionary Force on 12 August 1914. He was through the Retreat from Mons, and in the Battles of the Marne and the Aisne, and was severely wounded in the head in September 1914. For distinguished services at Landrecies he was mentioned in Dispatches. After recovering from his wound he held several Staff appointments in France and rejoined his Battalion in September 1917.
  • Lieutenant Ralph Vivian Babington (Coldstream Guards) is killed in the attack at age 19. His brother will die on service in November 1919.
  • The third of four sons of ‘the Honorable’ Mrs. Maxwell-Stuart of Dorset to die in the Great War, Second Lieutenant Henry Joseph Ignatius Maxwell-Stuart (Coldstream Guards) is killed at age 30.
  • Second Lieutenant ‘the Honorable’ Denis Bertram Sydney Buxton (Coldstream Guards) is killed in action at age 19. He is the third and surviving son of the 1st Viscount and Viscountess Buxton, (later Earl and Countess Buxton).
  • Second Lieutenant George Denis Harvey a brother in law of Baronet Churchman is killed.
  • Lance Corporal Frank Bryant (Coldstream Guards) is killed in action at age 23. His brother was killed in April of this year.
  • Private Harry Monnery (Coldstream Guards) is killed at age 35. His brother was killed in August of this year.

Jewish spy Sarah Aaronsohn working for the British and sister of notable botanist Aaron Aaronsohn shoots and kills herself using a pistol concealed in the prison where she is held by the Turks.  She was arrested four days previously after her carrier pigeon with a message to the British was intercept by the Turks and the message it was carrying decrypted.  She endured torture for the four days she was held prior to her suicide and she died at age 27.

At Poelcapelle, Belgium when an advance is checked by intense machine gun fire from concrete blockhouses and by snipers Corporal William Clamp (Yorkshire Regiment) attempts to rush the largest blockhouse. His first attempt fails and the two men with him become casualties but he collects some bombs and two more men and dashes forward being the first to reach the blockhouse where he hurls his bombs killing many of the occupants. He then enters the blockhouse capturing a machine gun and about 20 prisoners whom he brings back under heavy fire.  He goes forward again encouraging his men until he is killed by a sniper at age 25. For his actions he will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross.

  • Captain William Victor Trevor Rooper (Denbighshire Yeomanry attached Royal Flying Corps) is at age 20. His brother will be killed serving in the French Red Cross Society in May 1918.
  • Lieutenant Arthur James Dashwood Torry MC (Royal Garrison Artillery attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed in aerial combat at age 30. He is the only son the Reverend Alfred Freer Torry Rector of Marston Morteyne, Beds.
  • Second Lieutenant Edgar Daniel Gibson (Royal Flying Corps) is killed when his FK8 recon bomber goes into a spin at 200 feet while he is performing engine tests at age 19. His brother was killed in October 1915 they are sons of ‘Sir’ Walter Matthew Gibson Kt CVO ISO Secretary of the Privy Purse to His Majesty the King.

Today’s losses include:

  • A spy who will commit suicide in prison after being caught by the Turks
  • The sister of a well known botanist
  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • The son of the 6th Earl of Airlie who was killed at the Diamond Hill, Pretoria 1900
  • The son of the 9th Earl of Carlisle
  • The only son of the 1st and last Viscount Buxton
  • The son of a Baronet
  • The brother-in-law of a Baronet
  • A 1908 Olympic Gold Medalist in rowing
  • The son of a Member of Parliament and future Mayor of Bradford
  • Multiple families that will lose two, three and four sons in the Great War
  • A father and son killed together
  • Brothers killed today serving in different regiments
  • Brothers killed together
  • A man whose son will be executed by the Japanese after escaping as a prisoner of war in February 1943 after being recaptured
  • A man whose son will be killed in the Second World War
  • The Deputy Organist at Gloucester Cathedral
  • An Australian Rules Footballer
  • The husband of novelist and suffragette Emily Hilda Young
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The grandson of a member of the clergy
  • The son of the Secretary to the Privy Purse to His Majesty the King
  • Multiple battalion commanders
  • The son of an Alderman
  • A Great War Poet

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Harry Moorhouse DSO and his son Captain Ronald Wilkinson Moorhouse MC (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) are both killed. Captain Moorhouse is mortally wounded and taken to headquarters where his father insists on going to find a doctor, even after those with him and his son beg him not to go due to the nature of the machine gun/rifle fire at the time. Colonel Moorhouse then leaves and shortly after leaving the dugout is hit and killed.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Robert Arthur Hudson DSO (commanding 8th West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 37.
  • Captain ‘The Honorable’ Patrick Julian Harry Stanley Ogilvy MC (Irish Guards) is killed in action at age 21. He is the son of the late David William Ogilvy, 6th Earl of Airlie (Lieutenant Colonel XII Royal Lancers, who was killed in action at Diamond Hill, Pretoria, 1900 during the South Africa War).
  • Captain Gerald Castleton Blandy (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed at age 30. His brother died of wounds last April.
  • Captain Cecil Llewelyn Norton Roberts (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend Albert Pryor Roberts Vicar of St Margaret’s Birmingham who lost another son on Gallipoli in July 1915.
  • Captain John William Egerton-Green (Rifle Brigade) dies of wounds at age 25. His brother Charles was killed on the 1st day of the Battle of the Somme in 1916.
  • Captain Martin Bowen MC (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 21. His brother will be killed in January 1918.Captain Arthur Norcross (East Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 24. His brother was killed in July 1916.Captain Alfred Ernest Mander (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed at age 38. He is the son of Alderman H Mander of Spon House Coventry.
  • Captain Eric Fitzwater Wilkinson MC (West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 26. He is a Great War Poet.

To a Choir of Birds

Green are the trees, and green the summer grass,

Beneath the sun, the tinest leaf hangs still:

The flowers in languor droop, and tired men pass

All somnolent, while death whines loud and shrill.

fine, full throated choir invisible,

Whose sudden burst of rapture fills the ear!

Are ye insensible to mortal fear,

That such a stream of melody ye spill,

While murk of battle drifts on Auber’s hill,

And mankind dreams of slaughter? What wild glee

Has filled your throbbing throats with sound, until

Its strains are poured from every bush and tree,

And sad hearts swell with hope, and fierce eyes fill?

The world is stark with blood and hate – but ye –

Sing on! Sing on! In careless ecstasy. 

  • Lieutenant Andrew John Hay Hobson (West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend John Philip Hobson Vicar of Legourne.
  • Lieutenant Benjamin Bollingham (Australian Infantry is killed. His step-brother will be killed next April.
  • Lieutenant Bryon Fitzgerald Nicholas MC (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 24. His brother was killed last November.
  • Lieutenant Eric Joseph Woods (West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 22. He is the son of the late Reverend Francis Henry Woods Rector of Bainton and grandson of the Reverend C E Pritchard.
  • Lieutenant Charles Cedric Gordon Allom (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds at age 21 at Rouen. He is the only son of ‘Sir’ Charles Allom.
  • Lieutenant Duncan MacKinnon (Scots Guards) is killed at age 30. He was a member of the British boat that won the Men’s coxless fours gold medal at the 1908 Summer Olympics.
  • Second Lieutenant Hubert Ratcliffe Felton (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed in action. He is the son of the Reverend Walter Felton Vicar of St John’s Walsall.
  • Second Lieutenant Harold Charles Organ (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed in action at age 28. He was the one time Deputy Organist at Gloucester Cathedral.
  • Second Lieutenant Aylmer Eade (Yorkshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 25 at Poelcapelle. He is the son of the Reverend Charles John Aylmer Eade.
  • Second Lieutenant Arthur Charles Vaughan Smith (East Yorkshire Regiment attached Duke of Wellington’s Regiment is killed at age 24. His brother will be killed next January and they are sons of the Reverend Walter Edward Smith Vicar of Andover.
  • Second Lieutenant Alexander Robert McDowell (Australian Infantry) is killed. He played two first grade games for Newtown in 1915.
  • Company Sergeant Major Robert Rayner (Manchester Regiment) is killed in action. He is the middle of three brothers who are killed in successive Octobers.
  • Sergeant Samuel Ernest Burley (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 27. His brother will be killed in September 1918.
  • Corporal Bernard Palin (Army Cyclist Corps) is killed in action at age 19. He is the son a Member of Parliament and the future Lord Mayor of Bradford.
  • Lance Corporal Harry Fitzroy (Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed in action nine days short of one year after his brother has been killed as a member of the Liverpool Regiment. He is 19-years old.
  • Lance Corporal John Burke Houghton (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed in February 1916.
  • Privates and brothers Charles Herbert (age 30) and Reginald Herbert (age 29) are both killed on Passchaendale Ridge while serving in different regiments. Charles is in the Australian Infantry while Reginald is serving in the Lancashire Fusiliers. Their younger brother was killed in April 1915.
  • Another set of brothers killed this day are Privates Albert and Joseph Godson (Royal Warwickshire Regiment).
  • Private Raymond William Eggleton (Gloucester Regiment) is killed at age 32. His brother will die of illness in February 1919.
  • Private Thomas Palmer (Middlesex Regiment) dies of wounds at age 35. His brother will be killed next May.
  • Private ‘The Honorable’ Michael Francis Stafford Howard (Honorable Artillery Company) is killed at age 37. He is the son of the 9th Earl of Carlisle and a South Africa War veteran. His son will be executed by the Japanese after escaping a POW camp in February 1943 and being recaptured.
  • Private George Baker (Newfoundland Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother will be killed in two months.
  • Rifleman Percival Buckle (West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 27. Private James Henry Davis (Grenadier Guards) is killed at age 17. His brother will die of wounds in April 1918.
  • Private Raymond William Eggleton (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 32. His brother will die on service in February 1919.
  • Private George Harris Pitchford (Machine Gun Corps) is killed. His brother will drown in the sinking of the transport Aragon on the next to the last day of this year.
  • Private Wesley Watts (Newfoundland Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed in October 1916.
  • Private Leaten Simms (Newfoundland Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother was killed last July.
  • Private George S Clarke (Newfoundland Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother will be killed next April.
  • Private Frank Columbus (Newfoundland Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother died on service two years ago on the same day.
  • Private Samuel Oldham (Manchester Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed less than two weeks earlier.
  • Private Shorrock Ashurst (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed in action. His son will be killed in March 1944.
  • Private William Knock (Worcestershire Regiment) is the second of three brothers who will be killed in the Great War.
  • Private Arthur Daniell (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed. He is the husband of Emily Hilda Young the novelist and supporter of the suffragette movement.

Sunday 30 September 1917 We Lost 803

In memory of Alexander Boswell Campbell

The enemy bomb British positions between Tower Hamlets and Polygon Wood and launch three attacks all of which are repulsed. The first attack is south of the Routelbeek, the second and third along the Ypres-Menin Road.

During an enemy air raid on St Omer on this night at a hospital base three bombs are dropped in the camp at 22:40, (2 on marquees for patients and 1 in the nurse’s compound). Of the two bombs which drop on the marquees, one strikes a marquee which is unoccupied while the other strikes a marquee occupied by patients and two nurses on duty. The bomb which falls in the nurse’s compound strikes a bell tent which is unoccupied as the nurses who sleep in the tent are on night duty. The casualties which have resulted are – nurses killed three, wounded three (one dangerously). Other ranks – killed 16, wounded 60. Of the other ranks wounded 14 are transferred to other hospitals and one of these will die. There is much damage to canvas and equipment. 54 marquees are damaged (two absolutely demolished, while the damage to the others varies from almost complete destruction to mere riddling). 21 bell tents are damaged (one completely destroyed by a bomb and 20 have been riddled). Many pieces of iron pierce the new corrugated iron sleeping hut for sisters. One piece pierces iron and three pieces of asbestos boarding. Numerous panes of glass are broken in the permanent buildings. One of the ablution houses has been damaged.

While flying over the enemy lines taking photographs Lieutenant Edward Horace Pember (Royal Field Artillery attached Royal Flying Corps) is attacked by four enemy scout machines, which come down on him from a cloud.  He and his observer are killed when they are shot down over Gavrelle. The 19-year old is the son of ‘The Honorable’ Margaret Pember and a Mathematical Exhibitioner of Balliol College.  Lieutenant Pember obtained a Commission in the Royal Field Artillery in July 191 5. He trained at Ipswich and left England 5th November 1915 for Suvla Bay, where he served until the evacuation. He then served in Egypt until the autumn of 1916, when he volunteered for the Royal Flying Corps. He returned to England in November 1916 and trained at Oxford, Netheravon, and Dover.  Having obtained his wings in May 1917 he was sent to France as a pilot.

Today’s losses include:

  • A battalion commander
  • A battery commander
  • The son-in-law of a Baronet
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • Multiple grandsons of members of the clergy
  • A Military Chaplain
  • A man whose brother-in-law will be killed
  • A man whose nephew and name sake will be killed in 1943

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Robert Westbrooke Hewitt DSO (commanding 14th Hussars) dies in Baghdad at age 37.
  • Captain Alexander Boswell Campbell (Sussex Yeomanry) is killed in action. He is the son-in-law of ‘Sir’ Frederick Hardying Anson Hamilton Silverton the 7th
  • Lieutenant Frederick Arthur Airey (Otago Regiment) is killed in action at age 25. He is the grandson of the late Reverend Robert Airey, vicar of Santon.
  • Lieutenant Thomas Butler Butler-Storey (Irish Guards) dies of wounds at home at age 42. He is the grandson of the Reverend Charles Kemble and his nephew and name sake will be killed in April 1943 at age 22.
  • Chaplain Walter E A Chadwick (East African Frontier Force) dies on service. He is the Venerable Archdeacon of Kavirando. He is the son of the Rt. Rev. George Alexander Chadwick, Bishop of Derry and Raphoe.
  • Driver Arthur Slorance (Army Service Corps) dies of wounds at age 35. His brother died on service in August 1916 while his brother in law died of wounds two days after his brother.

Wednesday 12 September 1917 We Lost 465

Royal Naval Air Service

At Etaples in spite of orders confining them to camp, over a thousand men break out, march through the town and then on to Paris Plage. Later in the day reinforcements of 400 officers and men of the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) arrive armed with wooden staves. The HAC detachment is composed mainly of officers amd officer candidates, contains no working-class men, and is the one unit on which complete reliance can be placed. The HAC are supported by members of the 15th Hussars and a section of the Machine Gun Squadron. The threat works and only 300 men break camp and are arrested at Etaples. The mutiny is now over and the reinforcements are dispersed.

Submarine D7 (Lieutenant Oswald E Hallifax) torpedoes and sinks the German submarine U-45 west of the Shetlands. The trawler Asia (Skipper John Duxfield Benjamin age 31) is sunk by a mine off Bressay Island.  Seven are killed including her skipper.

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • A South African cricketer
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • A member of the Margate Postmen Football Club

Today’s highlighted casualties include

  • Flight Commodore Christopher Eric Wood (Royal Naval Air Service) is killed in Greece at age 26. He is the son of the late Reverend Richard Wood.
  • Lieutenant Eric Balfour Lundie (Coldstream Guards) is killed at age 29. He is a South African cricketer who played one Test in 1914.
  • Private Richard William de Renzy (Irish Guards) is killed in action at age 20. His older brother will die of wounds in May 1918.
  • Private Herbert James Bateup (London Regiment) is killed while acting as a runner at age 27. He is a Margate postman and member of the Margate Postmen Football Club. His brother was killed in July 1916.
  • Gunner Walter Charles Taylor (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 29 becoming the second of three brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Gunner Arthur Leslie Earl (Royal Field Artillery) dies of gassing at age 28. His brother died of wounds last year.

Tuesday 31 July 1917 We Lost 6,527

Ellis Humphrey ‘Hedd Wyn’ Evans

The official name of the battle is the 3rd Ypres, but it is universally known as the Battle of Passchendaele because it is really a series of engagements with the one objective of taking Passchendaele Village and its Ridge. It commences with an attack on the Northern Flats at Pilckem to the left and the Gheluvelt Ridge to the right. The troops at Pilckem are supported by massed tanks and this attack is initially successful but the right flank is held up and fails to reach its objective of the Gheluvelt Ridge.  Then at 16:00 the rain starts and will last for days and the flooding will make it impossible for the tanks to operate.

Although Haig has originally only proposed a short battle to break through the German Lines and this is now impossible, he insists on continuing the battle at Langemarck to the North. General Gough, whom Haig has chosen because he was the most aggressive of his Generals, actually advises Haig to cease the battle but Haig continues the battle despite horrific losses for another three weeks until 26th August before he closes it down.

He then decides to change the axis of attack from the North to the East and, when finer weather comes, to order the assault on the ridge itself. He also changes Generals and General Plumer is put in charge of the next assault. Plumer, one of the most astute of the Generals, is an advocate of a small scale limited advance under cover of a creeping barrage which will also prevent German counterattacks. This will lead to a concentration of force on a narrow front, it will be easier to relieve the tired men and food and ammunition can readily be brought up to them. The men are to advance behind the shelter of the exploding shells and be hidden from the enemy by the smoke and dust of the barrage, however this will be impossible if it rains and the ground turns into mud.

The 1st and 2nd Coldstream Guards, forming part of the Guards Division, attack to the east of the Yser Canal.  The attack is very successful as the line advances, 3,000 yards to Pilckem. Private Thomas Whitham will be awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions at Pilkem during the attack when an enemy machine-gun is seen to be enfilading the battalion on the right. Private Whitham on his own initiative immediately works his way from shell-hole to shell-hole through our own barrage, reaches the machine-gun and, although under very heavy fire captures it, together with an officer and two other ranks. When leading waves are temporarily held up by fire from a blockhouse Second Lieutenant Reginald Rees Jones (Welsh Guards) pushes up to the obstacle and fires his rifle through the slits disregarding the danger which confronts him.  He then enters the blockhouse and deals with the occupants and enables the advance to be continued.  He is later badly wounded in the head from which he will die on 25th August.  For his actions this day he will be awarded the DSO.

The 10th Welsh Regiment advances at 03:50 and gets lost in the darkness.  They are able to secure two German trenches but the rain makes the going extremely difficult.

At Wieltje, Belgium the leading waves of an attack become disorganized by enemy rifle and machine-gun fire at very close range from positions which were believed to be in friendly hands.  Temporary Lieutenant Colonel Bertram Best-Dunkley dashes forward, rallies his men and personally leads them in an assault of these positions, which in spite of heavy losses, are carried.  He continues to lead his battalion until all of their objectives are gained.  Later in the day when the British positions are threatened he gathers his men and leads them in an attack that beats off the advancing German forces.  He is wounded and will die of those wounds in five days.  For his actions on this day Lieutenant Colonel Best-Dunkley will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross.

The Peasant Poet of Meath, Lance Corporal Francis Edward Ledwidge (Inniskilling Fusiliers), is killed in action at age 29.  He is killed during a violent rainstorm, laying wooden planks over the muddy quagmire of the battlefield to enable guns and equipment to be moved forward.  Drenched to the skin he pauses for a mug of tea and a shell from the continuous heavy bombardment explodes nearby killing him instantly.  The majority of his work is about Ireland and the fairies. His war poems include A Soliloquy, A Soldier’s Grave, The Irish In Gallipoli, Home, and Ascension Thursday: 1917.

The Irish In Gallipoli

Where Aegean Cliffs with bristling menace front

The treacherous splendor of that isley sea,

Lighted by Troy’s last shadow; where the first

Hero kept watch and the last Mystery

Shook with dark thunder, Hark! The battle brunt!

A nation speaks, old Solences are burst.

‘Tis not for lust of glory, no new throne

This thunder and this lightning of our power

Wakens up frantic echoes, not for these

Our Cross with England’s mingle, to be blown

At Mammon’s threshold. We but war when war

Serves Liberty and Keeps a world at peace.

Who said that such an emprise could be vain?

Were they not one with Christ, who fought and died?

Let Ireland weep: but not for sorrow, weep

That by her sons a land is sanctified,

Let Christ arisen and angels one again

Come back, like exile birds, and watch their sleep

Another poet Private Ellis Humphrey Evans (Royal Welsh Fusiliers) becomes the second Great War poet to be killed in action today when he is killed at age 30. He wrote poetry under the name ‘Hedd Wyn’ Welsh for “Blessed Peace” (literal translation: white peace). Evans spent most of his life on a hill farm, Yr Ysgwrn, near Trawsfynydd, Merionethshire (Gwynedd). By the age of 28, he had won four Eisteddfod chairs for his poetry. Evans will be awarded the Bardic Chair at the 1917 National Eisteddfod, Birkenhead, for his poem “Yr Arwr” (“The Hero”), written in the verse form known as an awdl. The award will be posthumous, with the Eisteddfod Chair draped in black cloth during the award ceremony.

Captain Thomas Riversdale Colyer-Fergusson (Northamptonshire Regiment) is shot and killed by a sniper at age 21. Earlier today the tactical situation having developed contrary to expectation, it is not possible for his company to adhere to the original plan of deployments, and owing to the difficulties of the ground and to enemy wire, Captain Colyer Fergusson finds himself with a Sergeant and five men only. He carries out the attack nevertheless, and succeeds in capturing the enemy trench and disposing of the garrison. His party is then threatened by a heavy counter-attack from the left front, but this attack he successfully resists. During this operation, assisted by his orderly only, he attacks and captures an enemy machine gun and turns it on the assailants, many of whom are killed and a large number driven into the hands of an adjoining British unit. Later, assisted only by his Serjeant, he again attacks and captures a second enemy machine gun, by which time he has been joined by other portions of his company, and he is able to consolidate his position. For his actions he will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross. His brother will die on service in 1940.

Second Lieutenant Denis George Wyldbore Hewitt (Hampshire Regiment) is in command of a company in attack. When his first objective has been captured he reorganizes the company and moves forward towards his objective. While waiting for the barrage to lift, he is hit by a piece of shell, which explodes the signal lights in his haversack and set fire to his equipment and clothes. Having extinguished the flames, in spite of his wound and the severe pain he is suffering, he leads forward the remains of the company under very heavy machine gun fire, and captures and consolidated his objective. The 19 year old is subsequently killed by a sniper while inspecting the consolidation and encouraging his men.  For his efforts he will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross. He is the son of the late Honorable George Hewitt.

Corporal James Llewellyn Davies (Welsh Fusiliers) pushes through our own barrage and single-handed attacks a machine gun emplacement, after several men had been killed in attempting to take it. He bayonets one of the machine gun crew and brings in another man, together with the captured gun. Corporal Davies, although wounded, then leads a bombing party to the assault of a defended house, and kills a sniper who is harassing his platoon. This gallant non-commissioned officer dies of wounds received during the attack for which he will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross.

The cargo ship Belgian Prince (Master Henry Hasson) when about 175 miles from Tory Island, Ireland is struck by a torpedo at about 19:50 on the port side between the engine room and the #5 hold. The engines soon are disabled along with the dynamo which keeps the ship from sending a distress signal. The ship takes on a list and the crew abandons her in three lifeboats. During this time U-55 surfaces and begins to shell the ship with the intention of disabling the wireless. Then U-55 moves around to the starboard side and fires her machine gun at the ship. The submarine then approaches the three lifeboats which hold the entire forty-two man crew. They are all ordered to get out of the boats and taken on board the deck of the U-55. The Master, Harry Hassan is taken below while the men on deck are searched. The crew of the U-55 takes the lifebelts from most of the survivors and throws them overboard. The U-55 crew then goes below and close the hatch and the boat gets underway on the surface, sailing about two miles then submerges the U-55 with the forty-one survivors still on the deck of the boat. Without lifejackets the men in the water have little chance of survival and all but three die, but the three who survived were able to tell the tale of what happened to their fellow crewmen after they were picked up by a British patrol boat later in the day. Master Hasson though taken below is never heard from again.

Today’s losses include:

  • Two Great War Poets
  • A member of Tolkien’s Tea Club and Barrovian Society
  • Three posthumous Victoria Cross winners
  • A Brigadier General’s Brigade Major (the General will die in two days)
  • The son of a Major General
  • The son of a Brigadier General
  • Captain of the 1909 England Rugby team that toured Australian and for whom the Mobbs Trophy is named
  • Multiple battalion commanders
  • A son of the 8th Earl of Albermarle
  • The son of a Baronet
  • The son-in-law of a Baronet
  • A member of the New Zealand Parliament
  • The son of the first native born Prime Minister of New Zealand
  • The son of a Member of Parliament
  • An Irish Rugby International
  • A Scottish Rugby International
  • A Rosslyn Park Rugby footballer
  • The Captain of the Dulwich College football team 1914-15
  • The brother of a multiple Wimbledon Doubles and Olympic Gold medal winner
  • A well known footballer
  • An Australian Rules footballer
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The grandson of a member of the clergy
  • Multiple sons of Justices of the Peace
  • An Australian diarist
  • A journalist
  • A military Chaplain
  • A schoolmaster
  • A man for whom three lakes in British Columbia will be named
  • The son of a city councilor
  • Multiple men who will have daughters born after they are killed
  • Multiple families that will lose two, three and four sons in the Great War
  • Brothers killed together
  • Multiple men who will have sons lose their lives in the Second World War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Brigadier General Alister Fraser Gordon CMG DSO General Officer Commanding 153rd Infantry Brigade will die of wounds received in action today at age 45. The General and his Brigade Major, Captain Hugh Henry Lean, (Highland Light Infantry), while walking around the trenches, are struck by a shell.  Captain Lean is killed instantly at age 29, while the Brigadier General dies two days later. He is the son of Major General K E Lean CB.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Edgar Roberts Mobbs DSO (commanding 7th Northamptonshire Regiment) an International rugby player at age 37. He captain the 1909 England team that toured Australia. The Mobbs Memorial Match is named for him. He is killed charging an enemy machine gun post. He raised and commanded the 7th
  • Lieutenant Colonel James Cosmo Russell DSO (Hodsons Horse commanding 6th Cameron Highlanders) is killed at age 38. He is the son of the Reverend Henry Charles Russell Rector of Wollaton.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Frank Page DSO (commanding 1st/1st Hertfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 39.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Daniel Reid DSO (Inniskilling Fusiliers commanding 1st Irish Rifles) is killed at age 35.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Courtenay Talbot Saint Paul DSO (commanding 36th Battery 45 Brigade Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 35.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Alfred Elton Sunderland (commanding 2nd Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 42. He is the son of the Reverend James Sunderland Vicar of Eggington.
  • Major (Acting Lieutenant Colonel) Eric Beresford Greer MC (commanding 2nd Irish Guards) is killed in action while standing outside the advanced battalion headquarters by shrapnel at Boesinghe at age 25. His daughter will be born in December while his brother was killed last February and they are sons of ‘Sir’ John Henry Greer.
  • Major Thomas Geoffrey Rawstorne (Lancashire Hussars) dies of wounds. He is the son-in-law of ‘Sir’ William Wyndham Portal 2nd
  • Major Henry Leech (Acting Commander 8th Liverpool Regiment) is killed at age 40.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Henry Murray Tollemache Hope-Johnstone MC (commanding 12th Royal Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 31. His brother was killed in October 1914.
  • Captain William Henry Dillon Bell (King Edward’s Horse) is killed. He is a Member of the New Zealand Parliament and son of the Honorable ‘Sir’ Francis Bell GCMG the first native born Prime Minister of New Zealand.
  • Captain John Swinnerton Dyer (Scots Guards) the 12th Baronet is also killed in action this day. His daughter will be born 28th January 1918.
  • Captain Hubert Alfred Harris (Royal Army Medical Corps attached Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 37. His brother died of wounds in April of this year and they are sons of the Reverend Frederic William Harris.
  • Captain Arthur Lea Harris (North Lancashire Regiment) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend S F Harris.
  • Captain and Adjutant Ronald Newton Caws MC (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed in action at age 27. He is the son of Captain Silas Newston Caws JP.
  • Captain Alfred Squire Taylor (Royal Army Medical Corps attached Highland Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 29. He is the son of the Reverend David Alexander Taylor DD and an Irish Rugby International.
  • Captain Basil William Head (Hertfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 26. He is the son of the Reverend William Head Rector of Brilley.
  • Captain Arthur Hensley Hudson (Royal Berkshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 25. He was the son of the Reverend Thomas Hudson and had been an undergraduate at Keble College, Oxford.
  • Captain Eric George Brock MC (Liverpool Regiment) is killed at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend George Albert Brock Congregational Minister.
  • Captain Frederic Ernest Bodel MC (Liverpool Regiment) is killed in action. He is a barrister-at-law and the son of the Reverend James Bodel.
  • Captain David Arthur MC (Indian Medical Service) dies as a prisoner of war in Baghdad at age 32. He is the son of George Arthur JP.
  • Captain Charles Vernon Martyn Simpson (King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment) is killed in action at age 26. He is the son of Isaac Simpson JP.
  • Captain Thomas Kenneth Barnsley (Coldstream Guards) is killed at age 25. As a member of Tolkien’s Tea Club and Barrovian Society he was known as the wise cracking ‘Tea Cake’ and he is the son of Brigadier General John Barnsley.
  • Captain Cameron Roy Carruthers (Cameron Highlanders) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed in April of this year and they are sons of ‘Sir’ William Carruthers.
  • Lieutenant Clifford Stanton (Welsh Regiment) is killed at age 23. He is the son of C B Stanton CBE JP a Member of Parliament.
  • Lieutenant Thomas Pillans Ward (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Thomas Ward Rector of Alwalton.
  • Lieutenant Luther James Swallow (North Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 33. He is the son of the Reverend Doctor Robert Swallow.
  • Lieutenant James Young Milne-Henderson (Highland Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 26. He is a Scottish International Rugby Football player, member of the Madras Rugby team and the Junior East of Scotland Swimming Champion. His younger brother will be killed next January and they are sons of J Milne-Henderson JP.
  • Lieutenant Walter Leverton Jessopp (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 20. His older brother was killed in May of this year.
  • Lieutenant Harold Madoc Jones (Royal Welsh Fusiliers) is killed at age 38. He is the son of the late John Roberts JP.
  • Lieutenant Henry Paul Mainwaring Jones (Machine Gun Corps) is killed. He was the captain of the football team at Dulwich College 1914-15.
  • Lieutenant ‘the Honorable’ Albert Edward George Arnold Keppel (Rifle Brigade) is killed in action at age 19. He is the son of the 8th Earl and Countess of Albemarle.
  • Lieutenant Andrew Buckland Hodge (Leinster Regiment) is killed at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend John Mackey Hodge Vicar of St Luke’s Plymouth.
  • Lieutenant Thomas Cyril Nicholls-Jones (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed at Pilkem at age 30. He is the grandson of the Reverend Evan Lewis.
  • Lieutenant Charles Isaacs Coburn (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed at Hollebeke at age 32. He is a Rosslyn Park Rugby footballer.
  • Lieutenant Neville Ernest Baker (Royal Engineers attached Tank Corps) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed in March 1916.
  • Lieutenant Sydney Harold Osbrone Wilshire (Australian Field Artillery) is killed at age 27. His brother was killed in May and both are Australian Diarists.
  • Second Lieutenant Louis James Penard Laycock (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend James Marshall.
  • Second Lieutenant Vincent Connel Byrne (Irish Rifles) is killed at age 21. He is the son of George Byrne JP.
  • Second Lieutenant John Stewart Gellatly (Royal Scots) is killed at age 24. His brother was killed last April.
  • Second Lieutenant John Ambrose Barratt (Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 36. He was a signalling officer and well liked by his fellow officers; the young officer’s called him ‘Father Barrett’. He is the brother of the Wimbledon Doubles Tennis Champion of 1909, 1912 and 1913 who also won the 1908 Indoor Olympic Doubles Gold Medal Champion.
  • Second Lieutenant Frederick Charles Westmacott (Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed in action at age 19 over two years after his older brother has been killed. They are the sons of Canon Westmacott.
  • Second Lieutenant William Sewell Calderwood (Cameronians) is killed in action at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend R S Calderwood.
  • Second Lieutenant Jack Douglas Wheeler (Suffolk Regiment) is killed in action at age 28. His brother was killed in November 1916.
  • Second Lieutenant Herbert Edward Boag (Machine Gun Corps attached Tank Corps) is killed at age 25. He is a journalist.
  • Second Lieutenant Hugh Brown (Royal Irish Rifles) is killed. His brother was killed in January last year.
  • Second Lieutenant George McMillan (East Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 31. He is the last of three brothers who are killed in the Great War.
  • Second Lieutenant (Acting Captain) Francis Joseph O’Brien (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed in action at age 31. His brother was killed last February.
  • Second Lieutenant Francis Alan Wray (Liverpool Regiment) is killed at age 27. His brother will be killed next September.
  • Second Lieutenant Scott Gladstone Morton (Manchester Regiment) is killed at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend William Henry Morton.
  • Second Lieutenant William Folds Cooper (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 26. His brother was killed in September 1916.
  • Second Lieutenant Eric Abley Claxton (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend Arthur E Claxton.
  • Second Lieutenant Richard Willett (Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend Richard Knight Willett Vicar of Norden.
  • Second Lieutenant Rodney Francis Richardson (Manchester Regiment) is killed at age 18. He is the son of the Reverend Mark Richardson Vicar of St John’s Hudderfield.
  • Chaplain 4th Class William Duncan Geare MC (attached 165th Infantry Brigade) is killed in action at Passchendaele at age 26. He was the Chaplain of Westminster School and Queen’s College Cambridge.
  • Sergeant Thomas Henry Worle (Australian Field Artillery) is killed at age 32. He is an Australian Rules Footballer who played in 3 games for Collingwood in 1907.
  • Corporal Henry Fraser (Gordon Highlanders) is killed. He is the last of four brothers who are killed in the Great War.
  • Corporal Roderick Angus McKinnon (Otago Regiment) a schoolmaster is killed at age 32. His brother will be killed tomorrow.
  • Lance Corporal Robert William Stocker (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed in November 1914.
  • Lance Corporal Major Phillips (South Wales Borderers) is killed at age 32. His brother was killed last July.
  • Lance Corporal Alexander W Lawrie (Black Watch) is killed in action at age 20. His two older brothers were killed last year.
  • Lance Corporal Thomas William James Churchhouse (Manchester Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother will be killed in the loss of HMS Stephen Furness in December.
  • Rifleman Arthur Adams (Liverpool Regiment) is killed in action. His brother was killed in July 1916.
  • Private Riley Whitehead (Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed in action on the first day of the battle at Pilkem Ridge Ypres at age 31. He is a well-known football player.
  • Private Edward West (West Surrey Regiment) is killed in action at age 20. He is the third and youngest of three brothers who lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Private Sydney Wilbraham (Liverpool Regiment) is killed in action at age 19. His brother was killed in August 1916.
  • Private Ruper Edwin Penfold Grimley (London Regiment attached Gordon Highlanders) dies of wounds at age 18. He is the son of the Reverend Arthur Lee Grimley.
  • Privates Samuel, age 22 and William, age 19 Spilsbury are killed together while serving with the Cheshire Regiment.
  • Private Albert Edwin Severn (Cheshire Regiment) is killed at age 30. His elder brother was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
  • Private William Hazelby (Grenadier Guards) is killed in action at age 23. His brother was killed last March.
  • Private Dick Goodger (Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother was killed in April of this year.
  • Private John McIntosh (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) is killed at age 29. His brother will be killed in August of next year, while another brother will be killed in a mine accident at the Auchengeich Pit on 17th September 1959.  Their brother in law will be killed one week after the brother that dies next year.
  • Private James Matheston (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed. His brother will be killed in three weeks.
  • Sapper Thomas Charlie Poole (Royal Engineers) is killed at age 23. His brother will be killed in October 1918.
  • Private Albert Harrowell (Hertfordshire Regiment) is killed at Ypres at age 31. His brother will be killed in May 1918.
  • Private Reginald Walter Ambrose (Hertfordshire Regiment) is killed in action at Ypres at age 23. His brother will be killed in November.
  • Private Albert E Mills (Royal Welsh Fusiliers) is killed at age 25. His brother was killed in May 1915.
  • Private John Stone (Sussex Regiment) is killed at St Julian at age 20. His brother was killed in January 1915.
  • Private Ernest Hampton Turner (Sherwood Foresters) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed last September.
  • Private George L Eusden (East Lancashire Regiment) is killed leading a bombing party at age 28. His half-brother will be killed next month.
  • Private Harold Ison (Cambridgeshire Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother will die of wounds next April.
  • Private John Duxbury (Machine Gun Corps) is killed in home waters at age 34. He is commemorated on the Hollybrook Memorial and his brother was killed last July.
  • Private Bruce R Moore (Middlesex Regiment) is killed. His brother was killed in September 1916.
  • Private Robert A Griffin (Black Watch) is killed in action. His two brothers have already been killed, the first in May 1915, the second in May of this year.
  • Private David Ross (Black Watch) is killed at age 20. His brother will be killed in July of next year.
  • Private Jonathan Towns (Black Watch) is killed at age 36. His brother died on service at home in June 1915.
  • Private Thomas Archer (Liverpool Regiment) is killed at age 25. He brother was killed last month.
  • Private Frederick Smith (Durham Light Infantry) is killed at age 21. He is the last of three brothers who are killed in the Great War.
  • Private William McDoanld (Gordon Highlanders) is killed at age 25. He is the middle of three brothers who are killed in the war.
  • Private Richard Goodman Carder (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) is killed in action becoming the third of three brothers who are killed in the Great War.
  • Private Thomas William Verrall (Sussex Regiment) is killed at age 26 one month after his older brother was killed serving in the same regiment.
  • Private Leonard West MM (Sussex Regiment) is killed in ation at age 22. His brother was killed in October 1916.
  • Private Edward John Herbert (Sussex Regiment) is killed at age 26. His brother will be killed in April next year.
  • Private Arthur Ewen (Welsh Regiment) is killed in action at age 20. His brother will be killed in March next year.
  • Private David Reith (Gordon Highlanders) is killed at age 20. Three lakes in Granby Provincial Partk British Columbia will be named for him on 11th November 1997.
  • Private William Donald Quirie (Scots Guards) is killed at age 22. His brother will be killed next August.
  • Private George William Dobson (Sussex Regiment) dies of wounds at age 22. His brother will be killed next March.
  • Private Thomas Richard Bird (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed. His brother was killed last August.
  • Private Leonard Blease (Cheshire Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed last July.
  • Private Fred Hopwood (West Surrey Regiment) is killed at age 23. His brother will die of illness on service in next April.
  • Private Alfred Walter Wayman (Cambridge Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother will be killed in April 1918.
  • Private Thomas William Bates (Cambridge Regiment) is killed at age 25. His brother will die of wounds in March 1918.
  • Private Fred Docker (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 23. He is the son of Councillor Robert Fell Docker.
  • Private Percy Coleman (Royal Fusiliers) is killed in action at Ypres at age 32. His brother will be killed next April.
  • Private Frank Howe (Royal Fusiliers) is killed. His brother was killed last month.

Three men who are killed today will have their sons killed in the Second World War.

  • Private William Ernest Gerrard (Liverpool Regiment) is killed at age 33. Son will be killed in March 1943.
  • Private Arthur Vitler (Hertfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 38. Son will be killed in June 1943.
  • Private Edwin James Howell (Australian Light Trench Mortar Battery) is killed at age 29. His son will lose his life serving in the Royal New Zealand Air Force.

Sunday 29 July 1917 We Lost 578

 

Francis Patrick Hamilton Synge

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of Field Marshall Allenby
  • The grandson of a member of the clergy
  • Multiple sons of Justices of the Peace
  • The son of a Brigadier General
  • A West Sussex Constable

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Francis Patrick Hamilton Synge MC (Irish Guards) is killed in action at age 28. He is the grandson of the Reverend Alexander Hamilton Synge and was awarded his Military Cross for actions performed on 21st October 1915.
  • Captain Cecil Douglas Baker (Grenadier Guards) is killed at Le Bois des Crapouillots at age 49. He is the son of the late Arthur H Baker JP.
  • Lieutenant Horace Michael Hynman Allenby MC (Royal Horse Artillery) dies of wounds received in action at age 19. He is the son of Field Marshall Allenby.
  • Lieutenant Maurice Henry Vidal (Central Ontario Regiment) is killed at age 24. He is the son of Brigadier General B H Vidal Inspector General of the Canadian Forces.
  • Second Lieutenant Ernest Arthur Woodhall Gordon (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) dies of gas wounds at age 19. His older brother was killed in action in February of this year.
  • Second Lieutenant Frank Stainton Sandbach (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action. He is the son of Edward Sandbach JP.
  • Sergeant Major Ernest Richard Cook (Northumberland Fusiliers) dies of wounds at age 21. His brother was killed in May 1915.
  • Corporal George William Porter (Sussex Regiment) dies of wounds in Railway Wood at age 25. He is a member of the West Sussex Constabulary and his brother will be killed in March 1918.
  • Private William Cooper Strong (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 29. His brother will be killed in May 1918.
  • Rifleman William George Cox (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) dies of wounds at age 26. His brother was killed in November 1916.
  • Private Kenneth Freemantle Stuart (Black Watch) is killed at age 22. His brother was killed at the Battle of Jutland.