News of war casualties and gallantry hits the headlines

The sixth in our series of 
excerpts from the Alnwick and County Gazette in 1914.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 29 1914

BRITISH CASUALTIES

The Commander-in-Chief, China, reports (undated) that on Saturday afternoon the destroyer Kennet, whilst chasing a German destroyer, S 90, approached too close to the battery at Tsing-tan and sustained the following casulaties. The Kennet was not materially damaged:

KILLED – Armstrong JOhn, A.B., J.3,996; James, David, P.O., 183,045; Ryan, John James, A.B., F.F.3,609.

SEVERLEY WOUNDED – Barton, Amos Arthur, A.B., J.5,016; Lane, Albert Edward, A.B., 211,520; Shute, Albert, stoker, 1st class, K.8,282.

SLIGHTLY WOUNDED – Alderman, Thomas John, A.B., J.5,475; Bryant, William Ambrose, stoker, 1st class, K.8,302; East, Sydney George, stoker 1st class, K.7,444; Thurston, Allen Thomas, C.H, stoker, 281,816.

The above petty officers and men belong to the Chatham Division, with the exception of Petty Officer James who belongs to the Devonport Division.

GRAPHIC STORIES OF COURAGE

Graphic stories of how the British troops at Mons fought during the two days in which they bore the brunt of the main German advance reached Paris, says the Central News correspondent, in the early hours, of Monday morning, when officers arriving from the front reported at the War Office, and in subsequent conversation with their closest personal friends, told of the wonderful coolness and daring of our men. The shooting of our infantry on the firing line, they said, was wonderful. Every time a German’s head showed above the trenches and every time the German infantry attempted to rush a position there came a withering rifle fire from the khaki-clad forms lying in extended formation along a big battle front. There was no excitement no nervousness; just cool, methodical efficiency. If the British lost heavily, Heaven only knows what the Germans must have lost, because one of the wounded officers (whom the British took prisoner) remarked, “We have never 
expected anything like it; it 
was staggering.”

GALLANTRY OF OUR TROOPS

Definite news came to hand during Tuesday of the losses suffered by the British troops and their splendid conduct under fire in the great battle in Belgium which began on Sunday. In the House of Commons Mr. Asquith announced that the estimate of the British casualties was something over 2,000. No names had yet been received. In the House of Lords Earl Kitchener, in a maiden speech, paid a big tribute to our troops, and outlined the conduct of the war and the part of England and the Empire would have yet to play in it. The British troops he said, had behaved with the utmost gallantry during thirty-six hours’ contact with a superior force of Germans.