Great War Lives Lost

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

Earls and sons of Earls killed in the Great War

Hugo Francis Charteris

Yvo Alan Charteris

Earls

  • Henry Molyneux Paget Howard the 19th Earl of Suffolk & 12th Earl of Berkshire
  • James Ogilie-Grant the 11th Earl of Seafield (see below)
  • Richard Bernard Boyle the 7th Earl of Shannon
  • William John Lydston Poulett the 7th Earl Poulett
  • Francis Annesley the 6th Earl Annesley
  • William Edward Parsons the 5th Earl of Rosse
  • Charles William Reginald Duncombe the 2nd Earl of Feversham of Ryedale

Sons of Earls 

  • Hugo Francis and Yvo Alan Charteris two sons of the 11th Earl of Wemyss
  • Hugh Cecil Robert and Henry Simon Feilding two sons of the 9th Earl of Denbigh
  • Robert Sheffield and Andrew John Stuart two sons of the 6th Earl of Castle Stewart
  • Edward and Philip Wodehouse two sons of the 2nd Earl of Kimberley who will have a third son killed in an air raid on London in April 1941
  • Ernest William Maitland son of the 12th Earl of Meath
  • Keith Anthony Stewart son of the 11th Earl of Galloway
  • George Baillie Hamilton Binning son of the 11th Earl of Haddington
  • Cyril Myles Brabazon Ponsonby MVO son of the 8th Earl of Bessborough
  • Eustace George Walter Bourke son of the 8th Earl of Mayo
  • Albert Edward George Arnold Keppel son of the 8th Earl of Albemarle
  • Heneage Greville Finch son of the 8th Earl of Aylesford
  • Fergus George Arthur Forbes son of the 7th Earl of Granard
  • Gerald Legge son of the 6th Earl of Dartmouth
  • Cecil Richard Molyneux son of the 6th Earl of Sefton
  • Patrick Julian Harry Stanley Ogilvy son of the 6th Earl of Airlie
  • Richard Philip Stanhope son of the 6th Earl Stanhope
  • Ivan Campbell son of the 6th Earl of Breadbane
  • Herbert Lyttelton Pelham son of the 5th Earl of Chichester
  • Maurice Henry Dermot Brown son of the 5th Earl of Kenmare
  • George Seymour Dawson-Damer son of the 5th Earl of Portarlington
  • Neil James Archibald Primrose son of the 5th Earl of Rosebery
  • Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox son of the 5th Earl of Ranfurly
  • Richard Orlando Beaconsfield Bridgeman son of the 4th Earl of Bradford
  • Henry William Crichton son of the 4th Earl Erne of Crom Castle
  • Josceline Charles William Savile Foljambe son of the 4th Earl of Liverpool
  • Gavin William Esmond Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound son of the 4th Earl of Minto
  • Geoffrey Lambton son of the 4th Earl of Durham
  • Robert Nathaniel Dudley Ryder son of the 4th Earl of Harrowby
  • Edmond William Claude Gerald de Vere Pery son of the 4th Earl of Limerick
  • Charles Sackville Pelham son of the 4th Earl of Yarborough
  • Arthur George Coke son of the 3rd Earl of Leicester of Holkham
  • Schomberg Kerr McDonnell son of the 3rd Earl of Antrim
  • Francis Lambton son of the 2nd Earl of Durham
  • Robert Stafford Arthur Palmer son of the 2nd Earl of Selborne
  • Michael Hugh Hicks-Beach son of the 1st Earl St Aldwyn
  • Archer Windsor-Clive son of the 1st Earl of Plymouth
  • Raymond Asquith son of the 1st Earl of Oxford
  • Gerald Ernest Francis Ward son of the 1st Earl of Dudley
  • Denis Bertram Buxton son and heir of the 1st and last Earl Buxton

Sunday 19 August 1917 We Lost 794

A tramcar full of passengers is descending a hill at Dover and loses control. The driver finding that the brakes will not engage jumps off the front platform and Private Walter George Gunner (Dragoon Guards attached Army Pay Corps) promptly takes the driver’s place on the platform and makes every effort to stop the car by the application of the brakes. Unfortunately in spite of Private Gunner’s courage and presence of mind he is unable to stop the tram which runs to the bottom of the hill at great speed and overturns. Private Gunner will lose both his feet as a result of this accident for which he will be awarded the Albert Medal.

British forces capture German trenches near Gillemont Farm southeast of Epehy and advance the line to a depth of five hundred yards on a mile front in the neighborhood of the Ypres-Poelcapelle Road.

Major Okill Massey Learmonth VC MC (Eastern Ontario Regiment) dies of wounds received yesterday at age 23 east of Loos during a determined counter-attack on our new positions/ Major Learmonth, when his company was momentarily surprised, instantly charged and personally disposed of the attackers. Later, although under intense barrage fire and mortally wounded, he stood on the parapet of the trench, bombing the enemy and on several occasions he actually caught bombs thrown at him and threw them back. When unable to carry on the fight, he still refused to be evacuated and continued giving instructions and invaluable advice, finally handing over all his duties before he was moved to hospital where he died.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • A family that will lose four sons in the Great War
  • The son of a Jurist
  • A 7-victory ace
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A son of the 4th Baron de Freyne
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • The stage manager and pianist for the Concert Party ‘The Light Blues
  • A man whose son will be killed in the Second World War
  • One of five New Zealanders executed in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Henry Eric Dixon (Middlesex Regiment attached Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed. His brother was killed in action in August 1915.
  • Captain Carleton Main Clement MC (Royal Flying Corps) is killed by anti-aircraft fire at age 21. He is a 7-victory ace and the son of the Honorable Justice W H P Clement.
  • Lieutenant John Howard Williams (Rhodesia Native Regiment) is killed in action in East Africa at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend Howard Williams.
  • Lieutenant Ernest Aloysius French (South Wales Borderers) is killed in action at age 22. He is one of four sons of the 4th Baron De Freyne to die in the Great War.
  • Lieutenant William Norman Maule Parry (London Regiment) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend John Parry.
  • Second Lieutenant George Strachan Gordon (Cameronians and Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 20. He is the son of Robert Gordon JP.
  • Lance Sergeant Thomas Kilby Keeley (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 29. His brother was killed last May.
  • Rifleman Harry Pond Bartlett (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed in an enemy air raid at age 35. He is the Pianist and Stage Manager to the Concert Party, “The Light Blues”.
  • Private Thomas Smith (Devonshire Regiment attached Labour Corps) is killed in action at age 24. His brother, a holder of the Military Medal will be killed in September 1918.
  • Sapper Ernest Managhan (Royal Engineers) is killed at age 33. His son will be killed in the Second World War.
  • Private John King (Canterbury Regiment) is executed for desertion after a long record of going absent, deserting and illness at age 32. He is one of five New Zealanders who are executed during the war.

Saturday 18 August 1917 We Lost 742

Frederick Hobson VC

While on patrol, Captain George Lawrence Lloyd (Royal Flying Corps) observes a two-seater Albatros upon which he dives.  The hostile observer replies with two guns but Captain Lloyd gets on the same level as the German machine and fifty yards behind it.  The hostile observer continues to fire and his tail is observed to break off, the machine going down in a vertical nose dive to crash.  It appears that in a desperate attempt to escape Lloyd, the German shot off his own tail.

A great fire destroys much of Salonika.

During a strong enemy counter-attack a Lewis gun in a forward post in a communication trench leading to the enemy lines, is buried by a shell, and the crew, with the exception of one man, killed. Sergeant Frederick Hobson (Central Ontario Regiment), though not a gunner, grasping the great importance of the post, rushes from his trench, digs out the gun, and gets it into action against the enemy who are now advancing down the trench and across the open. A jam causes the gun to stop firing. Though wounded, he leaves the gunner to correct the stoppage, rushes forward at the advancing enemy and, with bayonet and clubbed rifle, single handed, holds them back until he is killed by a rifle shot. By this time however, the Lewis gun is again in action and reinforcements shortly afterwards arriving, the enemy are beaten off. For his actions he will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • The son of a Baronet
  • A Military Chaplain
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • Two families that will lose four sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Arthur Philip Joseph Radcliffe MC (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds at age 21. He is the grandson of ‘Sir’ Joseph Percival Pickford Radcliffe 3rd
  • Chaplain the Reverend Alfred Wilcox (Young Men’s Christian Association) is killed while serving on the Western Front at age 29.
  • Second Lieutenant William Wylie Houston (Royal Engineers) is killed in action at age 30. He is an associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects.
  • Sergeant Charles James Comerford (Royal Flying Corps) is killed in action at age 26. His brother was killed in September 1914.
  • Lance Corporal John Hennell (West Surrey Regiment) is killed in action one year before his brother also loses his life.
  • Rifleman Gilbert Garraway (Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 26. He is one of four brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Private George Alfred Fox (Quebec Regiment) dies of wounds at Etaples two weeks after his brother was killed in action.
  • Private Abraham Bradford (West Surrey Regiment) is killed in action at age 22. He is one of four brothers who are killed in the Great War.

Friday 17 August 1917 We Lost 988

William Joseph Gabriel Doyle

The Cunard cargo carrier Delphic is torpedoed while traveling from Cardiff to Montevideo with coal by UC-72, one hundred thirty-five miles off Bishop’s Rock.  Five lives are lost.

  • Chaplain Father William Joseph G Doyle MC (Dublin Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 44. He refused to wear a helmet, became a Jesuit 1907 and joined the forces in February of this year. Since joining the service he has served with the 8th Royal Irish Fusiliers, the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, the 9th Royal Dublin Fusiliers and the 6th and 7th Royal Irish Rifles.  He was recommended for the Victoria Cross the day he was killed.
  • Second Lieutenant Arthur Vivian Green (Dublin Fusiliers) is killed at age 21. His brother will be killed in March 1918.
  • Private L Fiske (Dublin Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 21 over two years after his twin brother has died at home while serving in the Army Service Corps.

Today’s losses include:

  • Two military Chaplains
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • A man whose twin brother has previously died on service
  • An all around athlete and horseman
  • The grandson of an Admiral
  • A 1910 unsuccessful Parliament candidate
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The brother of actress Dame Agnes Thorndike and author Russell Thorndike
  • The grandson of the 2nd Baron Dunsdandle and Clanconal
  • A grandson of Comte de Beaumont
  • A 7-victory ace
  • A member of the Hemel Hampsted Athletic Club and Highgate Harriers
  • A schoolmaster

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain William Michael Victor Banbury (Rifle Brigade) is killed in action at age 32. He was a fine horseman and all-around athlete.. He appeared in a number of London plays as a boy and is the grandson of Admiral ‘Sir’ William King-Hall.
  • Captain Hubert M O’Connor MC (Shropshire Light Infantry) dies of wounds. He was the 1910 unsuccessful candidate for East Limerick as an Independent Nationalist.
  • Lieutenant (Temporary Captain) Francis Herbert Thorndike (Lincolnshire Yeomanry attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed in action. He is the son of Canon Thorndike. He appeared in a number of London plays as a boy and is the brother of Dame Agnes Sybil Thornddike who created the lead role of Saint Joan for George Bernard Shaw’s play and the brother of Arthur Russell Thorndike author of the Doctor Syn of Romney Marsh
  • Lieutenant William Cecil Daly (Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 20. He is the grandson of the 2nd Baron Dunsandle and Clanconal.
  • Lieutenant Monmorency Beaumont Beaumont-Checkland (West Somerset Yeomanry attached Somerset Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 33. He is the grandson of the Comte de Beaumont and a barrister at law.  He leads a small reinforcement party to hold the line against a strong German counter-attack and falls within four miles of where the Tyne Cot Memorial is now located.  He is commemorated on that Memorial.
  • Lieutenant Harold Waddell Joslyn (Royal Flying Corps) is killed in action at age 23. He is a 7-victory ace and the son of the Reverend J H L Joslyn.
  • Second Lieutenant Michael Theodore Paget (Lancashire Fusiliers) becomes the third son of the Reverend Cecil George Paget Rector of Stock Gayland to be killed in little over a year. He is killed at age 19.
  • Second Lieutenant Alexander Conrad Pendrigh (Devonshire Regiment) dies of wounds received near Ypres on 31st July at age 19. He was educated at Whitgift Grammar School, Croydon, where he was a distinguished scholar and athlete.
  • Flight Sub Lieutenant Eric Augustine Bennetts (Royal Naval Air Service) is killed at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend Thomas Bennetts Rector of Lifton.
  • Chaplain the Reverend William Joseph Doyle MC (attached Dublin Fusiliers) is killed in action.
  • Sergeant Leonard Bowsher (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed in action at Passchendaele at age 23. His brother was killed last September.
  • Private Gildart Jackson Walker (British Columbia Regiment) is killed in action at age 36 at Vimy Ridge. He is the son of the late Reverend G C Walker.
  • Private J A Houghton (Leinster Regiment) is killed in action at age 28. His brother is also killed and commemorated on the Arras Memorial.
  • Private Albert Cutler (London Regiment) dies of wounds at Ypres at age 27. He is a member of the Hemel Hempstead Athletic Club and the Highgate Harriers.
  • Driver Walter Knight (Royal Field Artillery) dies of burns at age 22. His two brothers have already been killed.
  • Gunner Harold Ralph Shepherd MM (Australian Field Artillery, died of wounds at age 29. His brother was killed in May 1915.
  • Private Harry Thomas James Kenyon (Royal Army Medical Corps) a schoolmaster is killed at age 23.
  • Rifleman Sidney Couzens (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) dies of wounds at age 23. His brother will be killed in less than two months.
  • Private Albert Green (Manchester Regiment) is killed at age 34. His brother will be killed in March 1918.

Thursday 16 August 1917 We Lost 4,119

Arthur Conway Young

Flight Lieutenant William Melville Alexander (Royal Naval Air Service) attacks two hostile scouts at about 3,000 feet, one of which, after a short combat, falls completely out of control.

British forces attack on a front of over nine miles of the Ypres-Meinin Road, capturing their first objectives and carrying the village of Langemarck fighting for a distance half a mile beyond the village taking over 1,800 prisoners.

  • Lieutenant Colonel Audley Charles Pratt DSO (commanding 11th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers) dies of wounds at age 43 as a result of shell bursting outside his dugout. He is the second son the Joseph Pratt DL JP of Enniscoe, Crossmolina, Ireland, and is a South African War veteran. Lieutenant Colonel Pratt was gazetted to the Royal Scots in 1895, and was promoted Lieutenant in 1896, and Captain in 1902. He served with his Battalion in the South African War, was mentioned in Despatches, and received the Queen’s Medal with three clasps, and the King’s Medal with two clasps. He retired in 1913. On the outbreak of the War he rejoined the Service as Second-in-Command of a Battalion of the Royal Irish Fusiliers, and in August 1916, he was given command of the 11th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He was twice mentioned in Despatches and received the DSO.
  • Lieutenant Colonel ‘Sir’ Robert Benyon Nevill Gunter (Yorkshire Regiment) the 2nd Baronet dies on active service at age 26. He is a veteran of the South African War.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Stafford James Somerville (Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers commanding 9th Royal Irish Fusiliers) dies of wounds at age 46. His son has been killed in action in 1916 and he is the son of the Reverend Dudley Gunter Chaplain to the Forces.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Frank George Greir Morris DSO (Border Regiment) is killed in action at age 48. He is the son of Major General Robert Morris IA.

After the capture of a position, the enemy mass in force and counter-attacked. The situation becomes very critical, all wires being cut. It is of the utmost importance to get word back to Headquarters. Private Harry W Brown (Albert Regiment) and one other are given a message with orders to deliver it at all costs. The other messenger is killed. Private Brown has his arm shattered but continues on through an intense barrage until he arrives at the close support lines and finds an officer. He is so spent that he falls down the dug-out steps, but retains consciousness long enough to hand over his message, saying “Important message.” He then falls unconscious and will die in the dressing station tomorrow. For his efforts Private Brown will be awarded the posthumous Victoria Cross.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple battalion commanders
  • A Baronet
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • A man whose son was killed in 1916
  • Multiple men whose sons will be killed in the Second World War
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The son of a General
  • A Victoria Cross winer
  • The son-in-law of the 3rd Earl of Dartrey
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • A 14-victory ace the victim of Werner Voss
  • A Rhodes scholar
  • The Assistant Master of South District School
  • The grandson of Dr Samuel Smiles of self help fame
  • A London News Agency journalist
  • A man whose headstone read Sacrificed To The Fallacy That War Can End War
  • A print, journalist and former editor of Manxman
  • A man whose two uncles were killed in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Temporary Captain Gerald Vansittart Neave (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed at age 32. He is the great grandson of ‘Sir’ Thomas Neave 2nd Baronet and related to Airey Middleton Sheffield Neave MP who will be assassinated in March 1979 by the Irish National Liberation Army in a car bombing.
  • Captain Arthur John Ross (Irish Rifles) is killed in action. He is the son-in-law of 3rd Earl of Dartrey and his son will be killed in October 1940 serving in the Royal Navy.
  • Captain Hubert Allan Churchward (Westminster Dragoons attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend Marcus Wellesley Churchward.
  • Captain John Nugent Cahill (Irish Rifles) is killed at age 27. He is one of three brothers who are killed in the war.
  • Captain James Owen Williams Shine (Dublin Fusiliers) is killed at age 26. He is the last of three brothers who are killed over the first three years of the Great War.
  • Captain Henry Jepson Paddison MC (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed leading his company in an attack at age 20. His brother was killed in July 1915.
  • Captain Noel William Ward Webb MC (Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 20 when he is shot down by Werner Voss over Polygon Wood. He is a 14-victory ace who was the first pilot to gain a victory in the Sopwith Camel.
  • Captain John Stanley Beck MC (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed at age 29. His two brothers have been previously killed in the Great War.
  • Captain Alfred Francis James Steele-Nicholson (Royal Irish Rifles) is killed in action at age 31. His brother will die in April 1918 at home.
  • Lieutenant Theodore Arthur Carnegie (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) a Rhodes Scholar is killed at age 21.
  • Lieutenant William Graham Boyd (Royal Irish Fusiliers) is killed by shell fire at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend R H Boyd.
  • Second Lieutenant Gordon Dill Long Smyth (Royal Irish Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 21. He is the son of the late Reverend James Smyth.
  • Second Lieutenant George Stride Falkiner (Dublin Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 19. He older brother will be killed in action five days later.
  • Second Lieutenant Vincent Robert Wordingham (Worcestershire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 27. He is the former Assistant Master of the South District School March.
  • Second Lieutenant Kenneth Shorland Abernethy (New Zealand Rifle Brigade) is killed in action at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend Christopher Abernethy and has a brother who will be killed in September 1918.
  • Second Lieutenant William Ewart Woodburn Bamberger (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed in action at age 26. His brother was killed in December 1914.
  • Second Lieutenant Frederick John Gwynn Ellison (Royal Irish Rifles) is killed in action at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend W F A Ellison.
  • Second Lieutenant Samuel Smiles (Royal Irish Rifles) is killed at age 36. He is a grandson of Dr. Samuel Smiles of self-help fame and has a brother that was killed in July 1916.
  • Second Lieutenant Robert Kirkpatrick Neill (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 20. His brother died of wounds in July last year.
  • Second Lieutenant John Murray (King’s Own Scottish Borderers) is killed at age 19. He is the only son of the late Reverend George Murray DD.
  • Second Lieutenant Alfred Richard Williams (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 23. The London News Agency journalist is the son of the Reverend John Williams.
  • Second Lieutenant Neville Vernon Evans (South Wales Borderers) is killed at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend John David Evans Vicar of Treherbert.
  • Second Lieutenant Charles Everard Thorne MC (Royal Engineers) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend Charles William Thorne.
  • Second Lieutenant Arthur Conway Young (Royal Irish Fusiliers) is killed at age 26. His headstone in Tyne Cot Cemetery reads “Sacrificed to the fallacy that war can end war”.            
  • Corporal Albert Woonton (Royal Irish Rifles) is killed at age 22. His brother will be killed in June 1918.
  • Lance Corporal Henry Greer Mills (Irish Rifles) is killed at age 27. His brother was killed in September 1915.
  • Private Alfred Thomas Newell (Lincolnshire Regiment) dies at age 23. His brother was killed in action in February 1915.
  • Rifleman John Biggart (Royal Irish Rifles) is killed at age 19. His brother will be killed in April 1918.
  • Rifleman Joe Hey (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed in action at age 30. His brother will be killed in November of this year.
  • Private Douglas Hartley (Machine Gun Corps) is killed in action at age 19. He is a printer and journalist and the former editor of “Manxman”. His brother will be killed in May 1918.
  • Private Henry James Depear (Berkshire Regiment) is killed at age 21. His mother also lost two brothers in the Great War.
  • Private Thomas William Bamford (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed. His brother was killed in April of this year on Salonika.
  • Rifleman Wilfred Henry Moore (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed last May.
  • Private Archibald Richard Hayman (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed at age 22. His brother will be killed in December.
  • Gunner Frederick Shingler (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed. His brother died of wounds in April 1916.
  • Private Gilbert Arthur Wagg (London Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother will die of gassing in May 1918.
  • Rifleman William John Hall (Irish Rifles) is killed at age 26. His brother was killed in April.
  • Private John Tame (Berkshire Regiment) is killed. His brothers were killed together in May 1915 serving in the same Regiment).
  • Private Christopher Gillions (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed at ag e23. His brother will be killed in May 1918.
  • Private Joseph Clulow (Irish Fusiliers) is killed in action. His son will be killed in August 1944 in the Second World War.
  • Private Norman Richardson (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 28. His son will be killed in the Second World War.
  • Private Harold Smith (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed at age 22 less than one month after his brother was killed.
  • Private Frank Foley (Somerset Light Infantry) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed in December 1915 at Kut.
  • Rifleman Richard H Treffry (London Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in October 1914.

Wednesday 15 August 1917 We Lost 1,642

Thomas Crisp VC

The Smacks Nelson (Skipper Thomas Crisp age 41) and Ethel & Millie (Skipper Charles William Manning age 45) are engaged in fishing when they are attacked by gunfire from UC-63. The gear on Nelson are let go and the submarine’s fire is returned. The submarine’s fourth shot goes through the port bow just below the waterline, and the seventh shell strikes the skipper partially disemboweling him, and passes through the deck and out through the side of the ship. In spite of the terrible nature of his wound Skipper Crisp retains consciousness, and his first thought is to send off a message that he is being attacked and giving his position. He continues to command his ship until the ammunition is almost exhausted and the smack is sinking. He refuses to be moved into the small boat when the rest of the crew (including his son) are obliged to abandon the vessel as she sinks, his last request is that he might be thrown overboard. After Nelson is sunk, UC-63 turns its attention to Ethel & Millie which is soon hit and stopped, then sunk by gunfire her skipper and six ratings being lost. According to the younger Thomas Crisp, the crew are picked up by the submarine, and last seen lined up on the foredeck. No survivors are found, only a pigeon message picked up saying she was being attacked by a U-boat. It is suggested they were drowned when the U-boat submerged. For his action Skipper Crisp will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross.

British troops deliver a new attack against the enemy positions around Lens in which Canadians take Hill 70. On the northwest side of Lens the enemy’s positions are penetrated to a depth of 500 to 1,500 yards. The villages of Cite St Elizabeth, Cite St Emile, Cite St Laurent, the Bois Rase and the western half of BoisHugo are captured.

  • Captain Arthur Hilgrove Bibby (British Columbia Regiment) is killed in action at age 33. He is the son of the Reverend Isaac Bibby.
  • Two members of the Vancouver Police Department are killed together serving in the British Columbia Regiment. Sergeant Reginald Lemon is killed at age 24 while Private Ernest Scarlett is killed at age 38.  Both men are memorialized on the Vimy Memorial.
  • Corporal Frederick George Toogood (British Columbia Regiment) is killed at age 29. His brother was killed in November 1916.
  • Private Gildart Jackson Walker (British Columbia Regiment) is killed in action at age 36. He is the son of the late Reverend G C Walker.
  • Private Walter Cade (British Columbia Regiment) dies on service at age 26. His brother will be killed in August 1918.
  • Private Walter Theodore Slater (British Columbia Regiment) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend Henry Horrocks Slater Rector of Thornbaugh.
  • Private Robert Charles Houghton (Central Ontario Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother will be killed in October 1918.
  • Private Albert Denslow (Central Ontario Regiment) is killed. His two brothers will also lose their lives in the Great War the first on Gallipoli serving with the Australian Infantry and the second in one week serving in the Somerset Light Infantry. Three brothers killed in the service of three countries.
  • Private Reginald Hubert Hamilton Daniel (Quebec Regiment) is killed in action at age 27. He is the son of the Reverend Canon A W Daniel.
  • Private John MacKenzie Bow (Alberta Regiment) is killed in action at age 54. He was the 1886 Scottish one-mile bicycle champion and former President of the Scottish Amateur Athletic Association.
  • Private Ralph Neill Bain (Alberta Regiment) is killed in action at age 27. His younger brother was killed in action in May 1916.
  • Gunner John Douglas Seller (Canadian Field Artillery) is killed at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend Johnson Seller.
  • Private Gordon Keith Beach (Nova Scotia Rifles) is killed at age 19. His brother will be killed in August 1918.
  • Private Charles David Fisher (Highlanders of Canada) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed in May 1915.

Today’s losses include:

  • One of three brothers killed in the service of three countries, Australia, Canada and The United Kingdom
  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Two members of the Vancouver Police Department
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • The 1886 Scottish one mile bicycle champion and former President of the Scottish Amateur Athletic Association
  • A battalion commander
  • A keen oarsman and winner of the ‘silver sculls’
  • A wind/half back for Aston Villa
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Victor Augustine Flower DSO (commanding 13th London Regiment) is killed at age 40. He is the son of the late ‘Sir’ William Flower.
  • Lieutenant Clive Goulding Moore (Royal Fusiliers attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed in action flying over the German lines at age 21. He was a keen oarsman, and while at Radley won several rowing trophies, including the “silver sculls”.
  • Lieutenant Holroyd Birkett-Barker (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed on Salonika at age 30. He is the son of Tom Birkett-Barker JP.
  • Flight Sub Lieutenant Maurice Nelson Baron (Royal Naval Air Service), the son of the Reverend Canon Charles William Baron-Suckling is also killed on this day, dying at age 18.
  • Sergeant Harry Meins (Gordon Highlanders) is killed at age 27. He is the adopted son of the Reverend H P Napier-Clarering.
  • Corporal Charles Sheffield (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed in September 1915.
  • Lance Corporal Thomas Frederick Woodcock (Leicestershire Regiment) dies of wounds. His brother was killed in May 1915.
  • Private George Cooper (Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed at age 27. His brother was wounded on the first day of the Battle of the Somme and will die of those wounds in May 1920.
  • Gunner James Anderson (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 35. His brother was killed in April 1915.
  • Private Thomas Barber (Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry) is killed at age 30. He was a winger/half back for Aston Villa.
  • Private Luke Joseph Hartigan (Munster Fusiliers) is killed. His brother will be killed in November.
  • Rifleman Francis Killips (Irish Rifles) is killed at age 22. His brother was killed on the first day of the battle of the Somme.
  • Gunner Walter Scowcroft (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 22. His brother will be killed in October.

Tuesday 14 August 1917 We Lost 766

HMS Prize

HMS Prize (Lieutenant Commander William Edward Sanders VC DSO RNR) a topsail schooner commissioned by the Royal Navy as a Q-ship is again on patrol, this time with an escorting British submarine, D8, which remains submerged and only makes contact with Prize at night under cover of darkness. During the previous day Prize twice sights a German periscope, but the submarine does not surface. The commander of the submarine, UB48, having checked the Prize’s course and speed, waits until the moon rises and stalks her for a torpedo attack. At 01:30 this morning, the escorting British submarine sees Prize blow up in the Irish Sea and is unable to find any survivors among her crew of twenty-seven. The schooner had been captured from the Germans in 1914 in the English Channel and subsequently sold only to be hired in 1917.  It was originally the Else, and renamed on capture the ‘First Prize’.

The motor fishing yawl Jane S pulls in its nets which contain a mine which then explodes killing Skipper Andrew Henderson age 53 and his two sons Engine Driver Alexander Henderson age 27 and Boat Hand Andrew Henderson age 27. Two other crew men are killed including Second Hand Thomas Boyter age 55 as the Jane sinks. His son Private Alexander Boyter was killed by a shell burst in May of last year.

Two brothers are killed when SS Thames (Master John Gatenby Carling, age 51) goes missing. She departed Middlesbrough for Fecamp with a cargo of pig iron today and nothing more is heard of her and she is posted as missing/untraced on 21st November 1917. It is later discovered that she was sunk with all hands by gunnery from the German submarine UC-63.  Of her crew of twelve brothers Cook Arthur Brew Rosser is lost at age 24 as his brother Mate Benjamin is 26.

Lady Atkin the wife of Justice James Richard Atkin loses both her son and her brother on the same day at the crossing of the Steenbeck. Lieutenant Richard Walter Atkin (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 20 while Lieutenant Maurice Hemmant (Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 28.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • A man killed with his two sons
  • A man whose son was killed earlier this year
  • Multiple brothers killed together
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • A woman who will lose her son and her brother together
  • The son and brother-in-law of a jurist
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A footballer and hurler with the Taghmon GAA Club

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Stephen Gordon Harbord MC (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 27. He is the son of the Reverend Harry Harbord.
  • Lieutenant William Buckworth (Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 40. His brother was killed in May 1915 on Gallipoli.
  • Second Lieutenant Thomas Robert Grosvenor (London Regiment) is killed in action at age 27. He is the son of the Reverend Frederick L Grosvenor.
  • Lance Corporal William Robert Burnell (Rifle Brigade) is killed in action at age 35. He is the middle of three brothers who are killed in the war.
  • Private Michael Cooper MM (Irish Regiment) dies of wounds received in action. He is a keen hurler and football player with the Taghmon GAA Club and his brother was killed in May 1915.
  • Private Lawrence Barnes (Newfoundland Regiment) is killed. His brother will be killed in April next year.
  • Signaller Peter Mowat (British Columbia Regiment) is killed on Hill 70. His brother will die of wounds in October 1918.
  • Private Michael MM (Manitoba Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother will be killed in August 1918.

Monday 13 August 1917 We Lost 525

Cap badge of the Middlesex Regt

Today’s losses include:

  • The great grandson of a Baronet
  • A man related to the assassinated Airey Neave
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two son in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Edward Harold Lomax (South Lancashire Regiment) is killed in action at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend Edward Lomax.
  • Second Lieutenant Maurice Charles Thornton Bate (London Regiment) is killed at age 19. He is the son of the Vicar of Chittlehampton.
  • Corporal William James Hall (Suffolk) is killed at age 21. His half brother was killed last month.
  • Private Charles Baden Drury Powell (Middlesex Regiment) is killed on the Somme at age 26. His brother will be killed next July.

Sunday 12 August 1917 We Lost 552

Elizabeth Mary West & Gladys

Eleven Gothas raid Southend and Margate killing 32 and injuring 46. Among the dead are Mrs. Elizabeth Mary West age 55 and her 13 year old daughter Gladys. They will be buried in the same grave. Ironically her three sons all are in the Army and all survive the war. Lieutenant Harold Spencer Kerby (Royal Naval Air Service) attacks hostile machines returning from the raid on England. One hostile machine is driven down by him to the water where it is observed to turn over.

Captain Arthur W Keen (Royal Flying Corps) observes three enemy two-seaters at which he dives when patrolling east of Oppy.  One of the German machines turns and flies towards his Nieuport so Captain Keen loops over the German aircraft and opens fire when diving down, and the right hand planes of the enemy aircraft fold back, after which it falls and crashes.

HMS Oracle (Lieutenant Commander A Grendon Tippet) rams and sinks a German submarine the day after she was damaged by a Q-ship.

Today’s losses include:

  • A mother and her daughter killed in Gotha raid
  • The son of a General
  • A Canadian journalist
  • Son of a Jurist
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A man whose son will be killed in the Second World War
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Claude William Treherne (Assistant Director of Medical Services Royal Army Medical Corps) dies of wounds received at Wytschaete on 31st July at Etaples at age 28. He is the son of Major General ‘Sir’ Francis Treherne KCMG.
  • Lieutenant ‘The Honorable’ James Logan (East African Intelligence Department) is killed in action.
  • Lieutenant Gilbert Thomas Richardson Pettigrew (Herefordshire Regiment attached Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed. He is a journalist on the staff of Winnipeg Telegram and Montreal Daily Mail.
  • Lieutenant Eric Wier Mason (South African Heavy Artillery) is killed in action at age 26. He is the son of Judge Mason, Pretoria, South Africa.
  • Lieutenant Christopher Godfrey Guy (Northamptonshire Regiment) dies of wounds as a prisoner of war at age 23. He is the only son of the Reverend Frederic Godfrey Guy Vicar of Manea.
  • Sergeant John Winship Bewick (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 35. His son with the same name will lose his life serving in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in the Second World War.
  • Corporal Charles Gordon Stuart-Cox (Gloucestershire Regiment) is gassed to death one year after his brother was killed in action. They are sons of the Reverend Charles Edward Cox and dies at age 25.
  • Gunner Lewis Henry Burrowes (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 40. His two brothers were killed in the first 6 months of the war.
  • Gunner Joseph Edward Hickson (Royal Horse Artillery) is killed at age 21. His brother will be killed in December.
  • Private Robert George Shorter (Middlesex Regiment) is killed. His brothers have been already killed in the war.

Saturday 11 August 1917 We Lost 739

Harold Ackroyd VC

A Q-ship damages the German submarine U-44 with gunfire (see the following day).

Heavy German forces counter-attack positions captured yesterday.

Brigadier General Ronald Campbell Maclachlan DSO, General Officer Commanding 112th Brigade, 37th Division is killed in action at age 45.  He is shot by a sniper about 07:00 while going around the trenches in the Oosttaverne sector.  He is the son of the Reverend A Campbell.  A brother was accidentally killed in 1908 during the Mohmand Expedition on the Northwest Frontier and another will be killed in March 1918.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Brigadier General
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A man whose lost a brother on the Northwest Frontier in 1908 and another will be killed next year
  • A battalion commander
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • A man whose had made his wife a widow for the second time in the Great War
  • A man whose son will be born next January
  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • A journalist
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • A Military Chaplain
  • A man whose fiancé will be killed later this year

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Ernest Alfred Brooke Alston (Northamptonshire Regiment commanding 10th Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 40. He is the son of Surgeon Major William Evelyn Alston JP and he served in the South African War.
  • Major George Bernard Stratton (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) is killed at Coxyde at age 40. His wife is the widow of Captain Percy Yarborough Harakness who was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme and she will give birth to Major Stratton’s son in January of next year.
  • Captain Harold Ackroyd VC MC (Royal Army Medical Corps attached Royal Berkshire Regiment) is killed in action in Glencorse Wood, Ypres at age 40. Ten days earlier he performed deeds at Ypres that will win him the Victoria Cross.
  • Lieutenant Frederick John Munro (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed in action at age 33. He is a journalist, had received an MA at St Andrew’s University and is the son of the Reverend Robert Munro.
  • Lieutenant Harold Jackson Snowden (South Lancashire Regiment attached Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed in England. His brother was killed last March in Palestine.
  • Cadet Lionel Reginald Walker (Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed in Canada at age 18. He is the son of the Reverend Reginald Edmund Walker.
  • Chaplain Geoffrey Maynard Evans MC is killed in action at age 35.
  • Company Sergeant Major Ronald Jennings (Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed in action at age 29. His brother was killed in September 1916.
  • Corporal Walter Bulldeath (Rifle Brigade) is killed in action at age 29. His brother was killed in December 1914.
  • Gunner John Hamilton Nisbet (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds received in action at age 23. His intended wife will also be killed a few months later.