Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1915, Major Cuthbert Edward Lord, 3rd Battalion, the South Staffordshire Regiment, died at Boulogne from wounds received in action on the Ypres Salient.
He was educated at the Royal Lancaster Grammar School and then St. Peter’s College, Cambridge, excelling at rugby and rowing for his college. In 1893 he joined the Worcestershire Regiment of Militia, and also acted as Company Training Officer with the 1st Cadet Battalion of the King’s Royal Rifle Corps and The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment). He saw action during the South African War and received the Queen’s Medal with three clasps. In July of 1903 he was commissioned into the South Staffordshire Regiment.
Major Lord’s battalion remained in England after the outbreak of the Great War, until December of 1914 when they were sent to the front as reinforcements to the 1st Battalion. Major Lord saw action at the Battles of Neuve Chapelle, Aubers Ridge and Festubert, as well as the Second Action of Givenchy. After the latter there was a period of static warfare, when the British lost an average of 300 soldiers a day due to snipers and shelling. It was during this period that Major Lord was grievously wounded and taken to Boulogne, but sadly he could not be saved, and is buried in the Boulogne Eastern Cemetery. His gravestone is inscribed with the words, “The souls of the righteous are in the hands of God.”
Cuthbert, from Hampstead, was 46 years old