Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1914, Lieutenant Kenneth Ronald Mathieson, Special Reserve, attached to 1st Battalion, the Irish Guards, was killed in action near Ypres.
He had been appointed Lieutenant in the Special Reserve on the 15th of August in 1914. On the 30th of October, the 1st Irish Guards, to which Lieutenant Matheson had been attached, were sent from Polygon Wood to a position being 3rd Cavalry Division near the canal. They dug in to form a support line a mile east of Klein Zillebeke, and the following day were involved in what was described as “desperate fighting” in and around Gheluvelt. On the 1st of November the British line suffered heavy shelling, and the 1st Irish Guards were shelled out of their trenches in the afternoon. Eighty-eight of their number were killed, including Lieutenant Matheson. He has no known grave and is remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing, near Ypres in Belgium.
Kenneth, from Kensington, was 28 years old.