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The news 100 years ago: 21st November 1914

Friday 21 November 2014

This week we remember:
Captain Arthur Montague Twiss, 3rd Sappers and Miners Royal Engineers
Moser’s Hall, left in 1898. Youngest son of the late E.C. Twiss, stipendiary magistrate of Hull, he entered the School in 1895, steered the School crew in the four-oared race against Bedford in 1896 and 97, and passed 19th into the R.M. Academy, Woolwich, in 1898. He was gazetted 2nd Lieut. in the Royal Engineers in 1900; promoted Lieut. in 1903, and Captain in 1910. While serving in India before the war he had a serious polo accident and was inactive for many months.
Killed in action at Basra, Mesopotamia, 17 November 1914 aged 33 while Commanding No. 2 Co. of the 3rd Sappers and Miners of the Indian Army.
Buried at Basra War Cemetery, Iraq. Grave III. Q. 19.

Major Norman Ruthven Anderson, 130th King George's Own Baluchis (Jacob's Rifles)
Dayboys, left in 1892 and passed into the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. He received his commission as 2nd Lieut. (unattached) in 1894; was gazetted to the Indian Staff Corps in 1896; promoted Lieut. Indian Army in 1897; Captain operations at Mekran in 1898, taking part in the Action of Gok Parosh, and also in the China Expedition in1900, for which he received the Medal.
Assassinated in India 20 November 1914 aged 40 by a Mahsud Sepoy of his regiment whilst embarking at Bombay for active service.

Remembered on Kirkee 1914-1918 Memorial, India. Face G.

The news this week in 1914
The first Battle of Ypres formally came to an end. The German attempt to gain a decisive victory had failed, despite their superior numbers in men and artillery. The result was to confirm that what had started as a war of movement had become a war of stalemate. Both sides began to take stock of their losses so far. British casualties from 14 October – 30 November were 58,155; French casualties were 86,237; and German 134,315.

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