Great War Lives Lost

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

Thursday 28 June 1917 – We Lost 552

Frank Bernard Wearne VC

East of Loos Second Lieutenant Frank Bernard Wearne (Essex Regiment) commanding a small party in a raid on the enemy’s trenches gains his objective in the face of fierce opposition and manages to maintain his position against repeated counter-attacks. Then, realizing that if the left flank is lost his men will have to give way, he leaps on to the parapet and follows by his left section, runs along the top of the trench firing and throwing bombs. While doing this he is severely wounded, but continues directing operations until he receives two more wounds, the second mortal. For his efforts he will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • An Assistant Scout Master
  • A family that will lose two sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Bernard St George Hamilton (Highland Light Infantry attached Machine Gun Corps) is killed in action at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend J Miller Hamilton.
  • Lieutenant Thomas Alexander Rowat (Eastern Ontario Regiment) is killed in action at age 38. He is the son of the Reverend A Rowat.
  • Second Lieutenant Douglas Jolland Rew (Essex Regiment) an assistant scoutmaster is killed at age 33.
  • Private Harry Nicholls (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in July 1916.

Wednesday 27 June 1917 – We Lost 457

Alan Cookson

General Allenby arrives in Egypt to replace Murray. Unlike most generals, Allenby becomes well-known to his troops moving his Headquarters from Cairo to Palestine.  His mission is according to Lloyd George, to take Jerusalem before Christmas and then take Aleppo before a new German force of 6500, the Asia Corps under Falkenhayn, arrives to take on the British in Mesopotamia.  Gaza had to be taken first, where the Turks are building trenches to create a defensive line 30 miles long from Gaza to Beersheba.

The Cunard liner Ultonia is torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U53 while east bound about three hundred fifty miles west from Land’s End.  The Ultonia sinks in ten minutes but fortunately is being escorted by a ‘Q boat’, which picks up the crew and lands them at Falmouth.  One man is killed during the operation of leaving the ship.

Captain Alan ‘Skipper’ Cookson (Liverpool Regiment) is killed at age 23. The following poem by Second Lieutenant Murray McClymont was dedicated to his “skipper”.

God’s Acre

When sands of Time have run their course

And mortal heart is stilled,

We render back unto its Source

The dust that He fulfilled

And in some still, subdued spot

Where all is peace, and they

Who walked the silent paths are taught

To meditate and pray,

We to that dust its rest afford

And dry our idle tears;

For Death is peace, and Peace adored

Reigns here throughout the years.

Today’s losses include:

  • A man that the poem God’s Acre is dedicated
  • A prisoner of war attempting to escape
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain William Graveley Morritt (East Surrey Regiment) is killed attempting to escape after three years as a prisoner of war at Schwarmsted Camp, German. He dies at age 24.
  • Lieutenant Thomas Edgar Wylde (Norfolk Regiment attached Royal Flying Corps) dies of wounds at age 28. His brother will be killed in April 1918.
  • Sergeant George Leonard Hayward (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 20. His brother will be in November.
  • Private David S Bain (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed. His brother was killed in April 1916.
  • Private Alfred Clement Williams (West Surrey Regiment) one of three brothers to lose his life in the Great War dies on service at age 29.
  • Private Frederick Edwin Slater (Army Service Corps) is killed. His brother died of wounds last October.

Tuesday 26 June 1917 – We Lost 501

Cap badge of the Lincolnshire Regiment

The Admiralty trawler Charles Astie (Skipper John Geddes) is sunk by a mine off Fanal Point, Lough Swilly.  Her Skipper is among the 17 killed.

Four men of Lincolnshire Regiment are killed outright by the explosion of a booby trap in a captured German dug-out. Company Sergeant Major Wilfred Hamp MM, a 32 year old Irishman who lived in Scunthorpe, Privates Ernest Hodgkinson of Scunthorpe, Randolph Spencer of Ashby (Scunthorpe) and 18-year old Robert Herbert Pickard of Barton-upon-Humber. Lance Sergeant Oliver Gouldthorpe will be awarded a MM for entering the dugout three times after the explosion, each time bringing out a wounded man. One of the wounded men that he brings out is Company Sergeant Major Herbert Pickard who, at 51, is the oldest member of the battalion. Robert Pickard is Herbert’s son. It appears that Herbert had ‘pulled some strings’ to get Robert into the battalion. It also appears that Hamp (a pre-war friend of the senior Pickard) had been unoficially ‘charged’ with looking after Robert. Herbert who was in C Company should not have been in the dug-out when it exploded, but was no doubt paying a paternal visit. Herbert Pickard will die of his wounds in eight days.

Today’s losses include:

  • A man who will die from injuries eight days after his son was killed in the same incident
  • Families that will lose two, four and five sons in the Great War
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • A brother of the future Premier of Saskatchewan

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain George Walter Thomas Lindsay (Royal Field Artillery attached Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed at home at age 26. His brothers will be killed in March 1918 five days apart.
  • Second Lieutenant Alfred William Maughan (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 37. He is the son of the Reverend John Archibald Collingwood Maughan Vicar of Prudhoe on Tyne.
  • Private Earl Elbert Gardiner (Central Ontario Regiment) one of two brothers of the future Premier of Saskatchewan is killed in action at the battle of Lens at age 23. Another brother in the same battalion will find his body.
  • Private Leonard Stewart (West Yorkshire Regiment) dies at home on service at age 21. He is one of five brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Private L H Webb (Essex Regiment) dies on service at home at age 19. His brother died on service at home in December 1914.

Monday 25 June 1917 – We Lost 452

Second Lieutenant John Spencer Dunville (Dragoons) when in charge of a party consisting of Scouts and Royal Engineers engages in the demolition of the enemy’s wire, displays great gallantry and disregard of all personal danger. In order to ensure the absolute success of the work entrusted to him, Lieutenant Dunville places himself between the N.C.O. of the Royal Engineers and the enemy’s fire, and thus protected, this N.C.O. is enabled to complete a work of great importance. Lieutenant Dunville, although severely wounded, continues to direct his men in the wire-cutting and general operations until the raid is successfully completed, thereby setting a magnificent example of courage, determination and devotion to duty, to all ranks under his command. Lieutenant Dunville will die of his wounds tomorrow and be awarded the posthumous Victoria Cross for his efforts.

Today’s losses include:

  • Victims of the Red Baron
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Robert Barnard Helme (Dragoons) is killed at age 21. His brother will be killed next October.
  • Lieutenant Leslie Spencer Bowman age 19 (King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment) and Second Lieutenant James Edward Power-Clutterbuck age 23 (Royal Field Artillery attached Royal Flying Corps) are both killed when their RE8 is shot down by Manfred von Richthofen near Le Bizet. Both pilot and observer are the only sons of doctors.
  • Flight Sergeant Francis George Matthews (Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed at age 25. His brother died of wounds in September 1915.
  • Sergeant George Hourston DCM (Royal Flying Corps) dies on service at age 35 in India. His brother was killed in North Russia last January.
  • Private Frank Deverill (Middlesex Regiment) is killed in action at age 20. He is one of three brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Gunner Charlie Godfrey (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 25. His brother will be killed next March.

Sunday 24 June 1917 – We Lost 501

H M Paddle minesweeper Redcar is sunk by a mine off the French coast near the Spindle Buoy.  Seven of her crew are killed and while rescuing survivors the minesweeper Kempton also strikes a mine and sinks with the loss of four lives. Deck Hand William J Munning (Redcar RNR) will die tomorrow in Dunkirk of wounds received in the sinking. His brother will be killed serving in the Royal Garrison Artillery next year. Also aiding in the rescue efforts is the destroyer HMS Tartar who is damaged when she strikes a mine killing forty-eight. Among the dead is Signaller Leonard Horace Litchfield whose brother was killed in April 1915.

Flight Lieutenant Raymond Collishaw (Royal Naval Air Service) engages four enemy scouts, driving one down in a spin and another with two of its planes shot away.  This machine is later seen crashing.

With six other machines Flight Commander John Edward Sharman attacks 15 Albatross Scouts.  After a combat at close range he will destroy one of these, its right plane and tail plane falling off.  Within a month Commander Sharman will be dead.

Today’s losses include:

  • The Master at King’s School Canterbury
  • The son-in-law of Lady C Fitzgerald
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Oscar William Campbell (Royal Engineers) dies of wounds received today at age 39. He is the son-in-law of Lady C FitzGerald.
  • Second Lieutenant Rupert Edward Everitt (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 41. He is the Assistant Master at te Haugh Packawood Warwickshire and Clifton College and later Master at King’s School Canterbury.
  • Private Seymour Augustus Chambers (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed at age 26. His brother will die of pneumonia in November 1918.

Saturday 23 June 1917 – We Lost 486

Richard Henry Driffield Lee

Captain Richard Henry Driffield Lee (Norfolk Regiment attached Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed as a test pilot at home at age 29. He is an amateur photographer and all round sportsman who is wicket keeper in the Norwich Union cricket team. He is a keen motorist, took part in office dramatic society performances and installed a wireless at his father’s house.  He enlisted in August 1914 in the Norfolk Regiment and was wounded while flying recovers and becomes a test pilot at Mousehold where his machine crashes and he is killed today. He is the son of the Reverend Frederick Lee Rector of Woodton and his only brother died of pneumonia while on service at home in March 1916. They are both buried in Woodton (All Saint’s) Churchyard Cemetery.

Today’s losses include:

  • A test pilot
  • An England Football International
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • A Norwich Union cricketer
  • The son of a member of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Private James Conlin (Highland Light Infantry) is killed at age 35. He is an English International and Bradford City Football Club player who also played for Celt’s Rovers, Hibernian, Falkirk, Albion Rovers, Manchester City and Birmingham.
  • Private Percy Shipstone (Cheshire Regiment) is killed at age 27. His brother was killed last month.

Friday 22 June 1917 – We Lost 433

Philip Musgrave Toulmin

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple sons of Justices of the Peace
  • Multiple sons of Deputy Lieutenants
  • The son of a KBE
  • A family that will lose two son in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Philip Musgrave Toulmin (Leicestershire Yeomanry) is killed in action at age 30. He is the son of Henry J Toulmin JP DL.
  • Second Lieutenant Walter Dudley Scott Miller (Royal Fusiliers attached Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed at home at age 19. He is the son of Lieutenant Colonel Walter Scott Miller DL.
  • Second Lieutenant John Arthur Perrot Whinney (Queen’s Own Oxfordshire Hussars) is killed at age 20. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Arthur Whinney KBE.
  • Second Lieutenant William Leonard Posnett (London Regiment) is killed at age 26. He is the son of L W Posnett JP.
  • Private Matthew Handley (Durham Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 27. His brother will be killed in May 1918.

Thursday 21 June 1917 – We Lost 432

Robert George Broadwood

Lieutenant General Robert George Broadwood CB General Officer Commanding 57th (2nd West Lancashire) Division dies of wounds received in action at age 55.  He is struck by a shell while crossing a railway bridge over the River Lys at Houplines at 10:15 and will die shortly after at the 54th Casualty Clearing Station at Estaires.

Today’s losses include:

  • The General commanding 57th Division
  • Multiple members of the clergy
  • A military Chaplain
  • A battalion commander
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace and High Sherriff of Middlesex
  • The 3rd member of the All Blacks 1913-14 Rugby FC to be killed in a three week period
  • A man whose will be killed in the next war in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel William Ambrose Short CMG (Royal Field Artillery) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend A Short.
  • Chaplain Cecil Herbert Schooling MC dies of wounds received the previous day at Poperinghe at age 32. He is the son of the Reverend Frederick Schooling.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Utten Lamont Hooke (commanding 3rd/4th West Surrey Regiment) is killed at age 26.
  • Second Lieutenant James Taylor Greer Pickop (Royal Fusiliers) dies of wounds at home at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend Canon Pickop who will lose another son in October 1918.
  • Second Lieutenant George Rudolph De Salis (Middlesex Regiment) is killed in action at age 19. His older brother died at home in October 1915 also age 19 and they are sons of ‘Sir’ Cecil Fane De Salis JP DL KCB High Sherriff of Middlesex.
  • Rifleman Jesse Thomas Glenister (Irish Rifles) is killed in action at the Battles of Messines at age 19. His brother will be killed in November.
  • Private James McNeece (Otago Regiment) dies of wounds received in action at age 34. He is the third member of the 1913 and 1914 All Blacks Rugby Football Club to be killed during the Battle of Messines over a two week period.
  • Private George Southcott (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 34. His son will lose his life serving in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

Wednesday 20 June 1917 – We Lost 417

The Cunard liner Valeria, while bound to Great Britain from New York rams and sinks the German submarine U-99.

Today’s losses include:

  • A member of the 1913 All Blacks Rugby Football Club
  • The son of a General
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons
  • A Rhodes Scholar
  • A suicide

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Wigram Clifford DSO (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 41. He is the son of Major General R M Clifford.
  • Captain Norman Cairns Robertson (Hampshire Regiment) dies of wounds as a prisoner of war at age 40. His brother was killed in July 1916.
  • Captain Joseph Arthur Brearley (Devonshire Regiment attached Royal Engineers) is killed at age 27. His brother was killed in April 1916.
  • Lieutenant Cuthbert Farrar Savage (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 26. He is the son of Canon E Sidney Savage.
  • Lance Corporal Reginald Taylor (Wellington Regiment) is killed in action. He was a member of the 1913 All Blacks Rugby Football Club.
  • Secretary William Webster Sant (Young Men’s Christian Association) dies of dysentary at El Arish on service in Egypt at age 25. He is a USA Rhodes Scholar of Lincoln College Oxford from Kenyon College USA.
  • Corporal William Leslie Bradfield (London Regiment) commits suicide at age 24 by jumping out a window before he is to take up a posting as a Second Lieutenant in the Berkshire Regiment. His brother will be killed by a sniper in September 1918.

Tuesday 19 June 1917 – We Lost 436

Cap badge of  the Durham Light Infantry

Today’s losses include:

  • Two families that will lose two sons
  • The son of a member of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Second Lieutenant Cuthbert Fosbrooke (Durham Light Infantry) is killed at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend Arthur Middleton Fosbrooke Vicar of Hartshill.
  • Private Herbert Victor Chapman (Bedfordshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 19. His brother was killed in August 1916.
  • Private George Pile (East Kent Regiment) dies of disease in Mesopotamia. His brother was killed in January 1916.