Great War Lives Lost

We died 100 years ago in the War to end all War

Monday 25 February 1918 We Lost 181

Lieutenant Colonel George Alexander Walter Lamond (Royal Engineers) dies of illness on service in Ceylon at age 39 contracted on in Mesopotamia. He was a Scottish rugby union player for Kelvinside Academicals who capped for Scotland twice in 1899 and once in 1905.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Scottish Rugby International and Union player of Kelvinside Academicals
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • A man whose brother was killed in November 1916

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Second Lieutenant Ian MacKay Dempster (Royal Flying Corps) is killed in action at age 20. He is the son of the late James Pratt Dempster JP.
  • Private Arthur Percy Bridges (Bermuda Volunteer Rifles) dies of wounds in Bermuda at age 25. His brother was killed in November 1916.

Sunday 24 February 1918 We Lost 190

Victor Manson Spencer

Master Joseph Hill (S S Renfrew Master Joseph Hill age 39) is sunk by a torpedo eight miles southwest of St Ann’s Head St George’s Channel. Her crew of forty including her master are all killed.

Today’s losses include:

  • The last New Zealander executed at dawn in the war

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Private Victor Manson Spencer (Otago Regiment) is executed for desertion from near the front at age 23. He is the last New Zealander executed in the war.

Saturday 23 February 1918 We Lost 185

Cap badge of the Royal Engineers

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Acting Sergeant Thomas William Clarke (Royal Engineers) is killed in action in Italy.

Friday 22 February 1918 We Lost 176

Captain Kenneth Barbour Montgomery (Royal Flying Corps) a twelve-victory ace is shot down and taken prisoner over the Italian Front..

Today’s losses include:

  • A family that will lose three sons in the Great War

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • CQMS Alec McM Machuteheon (Army Service Corps) dies at home. He is the last of three brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.

Thursday 21 February 1918 We Lost 243

Crystal City (Manitoba) Memorial

Australian mounted troops enter Jericho at 08:20 and secure the British right flank in Palestine.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Second Lieutenant Douglas Stanley Gordon (Special Reserve Royal Field Artillery attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed by machine gun fire from the ground at age 29. He is the son of the Reverend S C Gordon.
  • Private Lawrence Dimsdale Adamson MM (Manitoba Regiment) dies at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend W W Adamson.

Wednesday 20 February 1918 We Lost 256

British troops occupy Khan Abu Rayat on the Euphrates fourteen miles from Ramadic and patrols advance to within ten miles of Hit.

Two British steamers are sunk and suffer casualties on this day.  SS Djerv (Master Ernest Edward Bonner) is sunk by U86 when she is torpedoed while in ballast 12 miles north by northwest of the Skerries, Anglesea.  Her master is one of the two casualties being killed at age 38.  Signaller A B Webster age 33 and Greaser T Wood (S S Huntsmoor) are killed along with eighteen fellow crewmen when their ship is sunk by a submarine twenty-three miles southwest from the Owers Light Vessel.

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of a member of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Second Lieutenant A B Anstey (Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed at age 20 at home. He is the son of the Reverend J C Knight Anstey.

Tuesday 19 February 1918 We Lost 317

General Allenby’s troops advance on a front of fifteen miles east of Jerusalem securing all objectives.

Eleven Sopwith Camels of 28 and 66 Squadrons Royal Flying Corps bomb the enemy airfield at Casarsa causing a great deal of damage.

Airship HMA #5 force lands at East Fortune.

Today’s losses include:

  • A prisoner of war murdered in Germany

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Private John Desborough is murdered while a prisoner of war in Germany by a sentry. After standing up for a French prisoner of war that is being bullied he is ordered away.  He immediately obeys the order and as he is walking away is shot in the back and instantly killed.

Monday 18 February 1918 We Lost 223

Lionel Pilleau Clay

Captain Cecil Hill Darley (Royal Flying Corps) carries out two bombing attacks on St. Denis Westrem aerodrome, this being the longest double trip successfully performed up to date by any British airplane.

Today’s losses include:

  • The Parliamentary Secretary to Lord Somerleyton
  • A 12-victory ace

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Lionel Pilleau Clay (Queen’s Own Yorkshire Dragoons) is killed by a bomb at age 37. He was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Lord Somerleyton and had been the Head of Harrow School in 1898 and is now acting as a Court Martial Officer.
  • Flight Commander Guy William Price DSC (Royal Naval Air Service) is killed while strafing enemy positions near Givenchy-La Bassee at age 22. He is a 12-victory ace.

Sunday 17 February 1918 We Lost 184

Bombs are dropped on London again killing nineteen and wounding thirty-four.

62 Squadron flies their first patrol, against kite balloons.

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of a member of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Arthur Cuhelyn Morris (Welsh Fusiliers attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed in action at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend R E Morris.

Saturday 16 February 1918 We Lost 244

Ernest Ludlow MC & family

Captain Anthony Lionel Fenwick (Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed at Hulluch while on patrol endeavouring to capture some of the enemy who have been seen near to the part of the line that he is holding. He suddenly comes upon an enemy post and is instantly shot by machine-gun fire. His body will be found in a crater on 23rd March and is buried in the British cemetery near Bethune.  The 24 year old is the second son of Walter Lionel Fenwick JP of Wittam Hall, Bourne, Lincolnshire, and of his wife, Millicent, daughter of the Right Honorable Lord Robert Montagu PC JP DL.  Captain Fenwick was at Cambridge when the War broke out and immediately offered his services and was given a Commission in the Lincolnshire Regiment. In June 1915 he went with his Regiment to Gallipoli as ADC to General Maxwell. He was then attached to the Border Regiment, and on 21st August 1915, after his Colonel and many other Officers had been killed in action on Chocolate Hill, he took command of his Regiment. For his services he was mentioned in Despatches and recommended for the MC. In 1917 he was sent to France and was killed

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • The son-in-law of a Justice of the Peace and Deputy Lieutenant
  • A man who was awarded his Military Cross in the first group to ever receive the award
  • A soldier killed in an air raid on London with his wife and two sons
  • A family that will lose two sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Ernest Ludlow MC (Grenadier Guards) is killed during an air raid on London. While serving as a sergeant he was awarded a Military Cross in the first group to be awarded that decoration.  It is not just Captain Ludlow that is killed, but also his wife (Jessie Sophia), and his two sons (Ernest John, age 10 and Bernard E, age 4). Their house, within the grounds of the Royal Chelsea Hospital is destroyed by three large bombs dropped by one of six Gothas that have got through the London defenses. The family is buried with a memorial erected by the officers of the Grenadier Guards ‘In affectionate remembrance of a brave and esteemed colleague’.
  • Lieutenant John Peter Bevan Harold (Royal Field Artillery attached Royal Flying Corps) dies of wounds at age 23. His brother was killed in the sinking of HMS Hogue in 1914.