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The news this week 100 years ago: 16th - 22nd March 1918

Friday 16 March 2018

On 21st March 1918, the German Army began launching a series of massive attacks along the Western Front, which came to be known as 'The Spring Offensive'. The Roll of Honour at Shrewsbury School reflects the huge losses sustained: this week marks the centenary of death of six Old Salopians; next week we will be remembering a further seven.

This week we remember:

Lieutenant Harold Loftus Barlow, Royal Flying Corps.
Bennett’s (now Severn Hill), left in 1905.

Killed whilst flying in the United Kingdom, 18th March 1918, aged 29.
Buried at Stourbridge Cemetery, England. Grave K. 310.

Corporal Ernest Llewellyn Cross, 25152, 2nd/7th Bn. Manchester Regiment.
Day Boys, 1st XI goalkeeper, left in 1896.

Killed in action in France, 21st March 1918.
Remembered on Pozieres Memorial, France. Panel 64 to 67.

Second Lieutenant Maurice Anderson McFerran MC, 5th Bn. attd. 2nd Bn. Royal Irish Rifles.
School House, left in 1915. Gazetted in September 1916, he went to the front in January 1917 and took part in some heavy fighting at Messines Ridge and in the Third Battle of Ypres; he won his MC at Cambrai.

While scouting, he was killed instantly by a shell on the first day of the big attack at St Quentin, France, 21st March 1918, aged 20.
Remembered on Pozieres Memorial, France. Panel 74 to 76.

McFerran is in the one in the middle of this photo. On the far right is Philip Finch, who was killed in France on 28th March 1918, one week after McFerran. Also pictured are WM Lee, Gilmour and TR Bowden



Lieutenant Henry Stanley Webb, 4th Bn. attd. 9th Bn. "B" Coy. East Surrey Regiment.
Ingram’s, left in 1912. Serving two years as a Private in South Midlands Field Ambulance, he was present at La Bassée in 1916. Later commissioned, he was wounded at Monchy-Le-Preux in April 1917 but returned to the front.

Killed in action in France, 21st March 1918, aged 23
Buried at Fouquescourt British Cemetery, France. Grave III. G. 10. 2346 Royal Army Medical Corps.

Lieutenant Charles Leslie Wilkinson, 6th Bn. attd. 2nd/5th Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment).
School House, left in 1904.

Died of wounds in France, 21st March 1918, aged 32.
Remembered on Arras Memorial, France. Bay 7.

Captain Frank Darley Livingstone, 15th Div. Train Army Service Corps.
Moser’s, a brilliant Salopian, he left in 1904 as a Scholar of Peterhouse, Cambridge, where he became President of the Union. He then studied for the Bar. He intended to run for parliament but the war intervened.

Never athletic, being a man of letters, he overcame all difficulties and showed qualities recorded by the Adjutant of his Corps: “a man of sterling value, and of such cheerful, virile, energetic disposition that we feel lost without him. He had the great gift of obtaining the love and devotion of those serving under him: both N.C.O.s and men are broken-hearted at his loss”.

Died of wounds in France, 22nd March 1918, aged 22.
Buried at Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, France. Grave VI. E. 35.

Lieutenant Humphrey Francis Owen, 7th Bn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Chance’s (now Severn Hill), left in 1903 to study Land Agency. In training with the Inns of Court OTC, he was soon gazetted to the Royal Welsh Fusiliers and he went to France in May 1917. Badly wounded, he recovered and returned to a position in the line whence few came back.

The Salopian records that “His brother, Capt. John D. Owen of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, was killed a few months before the outbreak of war.”

Killed in action in France, 22nd March 1918, aged 21.
Remembered on Arras Memorial, France. Bay 6.

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