Great War Lives Lost

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

Friday 19 October 1917 We Lost 801

Kingston Annie A 18 One of 7 siblings killed
Kingston Bridget Mary 16 One of 7 siblings killed
Kingston Mary Elizabeth 11 One of 7 siblings killed
Kingston Kathleen Violet 10 One of 7 siblings killed
Kingston Richard 8 One of 7 siblings killed
Kingston Thomas John 6 One of 7 siblings killed
Kingston Edith Elizabeth 3 One of 7 siblings killed

The last Zeppelin raid on London takes place this night. A 300-lb bomb from Zeppelin L45 falls at Glenview Road Hither Green destroys three houses and damages many others. Five women and nine children are killed by this the last bomb dropped on London by a Zeppelin. Seven of the children are the Kingstron siblings who ranged in age from three to eighteen.

The steamship Britannia (Master William Hendry age 57) goes missing in the English Channel. It is later discovered that she is sunk by the submarine UC-75 killing twenty two including her master. Among the other casualties is

  • Assistant Steward Robert Atherton age 40 a Welsh International Association football player who played midfield and forward for Heart of Midlothian, Hibernian, Middleborough and Chelsea. His was the Captain of the 1st Hibernian side to win the League Championship in 1903.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Welsh International footballer
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • A man whose cousin was killed nine days ago
  • A man whose two brothers were killed in the South Africa War
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • The nephew of a Justice of the Peace

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Francis William Thicknesse DSO (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed in action at age 33. He is the son of the Reverend Francis Norman Thicknesse Rector of St George’s Hanover Square.  His cousin was killed in action nine days previously.
  • Lieutenant Hugh Nelson Jickell (Auckland Regiment) is killed at age 27. His two brothers were killed in the South African War.
  • Lieutenant G E C Thomson (Black Watch) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed at Mons in October 1914.  They are nephews of Captain G C Karran JP.
  • Private Ernest Dyke (Shropshire Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 36. His brother will be killed in July 1918.

Thursday 18 October 1917 We Lost 795

Robert de Bedick Saunderson

First Engineer Alexander Evitt (SS Madura, Mercantile Marine) is killed at age 56 when his ship is sunk.  His son will be killed in September 1918 also serving in the Merchant Marine.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Merchant Mariner whose son will also be killed in the Merchant Marines next year
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • A man shot at dawn
  • The brother of a professional cricketer

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Robert de Bedick Saunderson (attached Gold Coast Regiment, West Africa Frontier Force) is killed at Lukeledi Mission Dar Es Salaam at age 26. He is the only son of the late Reverend Reverend de Bedick Saunderson vicar of Milton Kent.
  • Second Lieutenant Leonard Webb Hearn (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) is killed at age 27. His brother was killed in July 1916.
  • Second Lieutenant Herbert Heron Fraser (Seaforth Highlanders) dies of wounds at age 34. He is the son of the Reverend James Fraser.
  • CQMS William Alexander (Alberta Regiment) is executed for desertion by a firing squad at age 37. He deserted 15th August but was located four days later after his battalion had suffered some 400 casualties in the meantime on Hill 70.
  • Fitter Staff Sergeant Bernard Kilner MSM (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action. He is the brother of professional cricketer Roy Kitner who played nine test matches in the 1920’s.
  • Sergeant Charles Ewart Sargeant (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed seven months ago.

Wednesday 17 October 1917 We Lost 969

HMS Mary Rose class

The German mine laying cruisers Bremse and Brummer intercept a westbound convoy sixty-five miles east of Lerwick, consisting of twelve merchantmen (two British, one Belgian, nine neutral Scandinavian) escorted by the destroyers HMS Mary Rose and HMS Strongbow and two armed trawlers.  Strongbow is just astern of the convoy, while Mary Rose is six to eight miles ahead of it.  Strongbow sights the German cruisers in poor visibility at no more than 4,000 yards and takes them for British light cruisers, which they have been rigged to resemble.  She challenged several times before going to action stations.  By this time Brummer has closed to within 3,000 yards and opens a devastating fire, immediately knocking out Strongbow’s main steam pipe and wireless; just before this the destroyer had been attempting to transmit a warning, but the German cruisers jammed the signal, as they did all similar efforts by the Allied ships.

The cruisers then turn to the merchantmen and quickly sink nine of them.  Mary Rose hears the firing astern and closes and fights the Germans.  She is rapidly sunk with the loss of 83 dead and only 5 survivors while Strongbow is finished off losing 47 dead with 37 survivors.  Lieutenant Commander Edward Brooke of the Strongbow survives only to die of pneumonia in February 1919.

  • Lieutenant Commander Charles Leonard Fox (HMS Mary Rose) is among those killed.
  • Another Lieutenant lost on the Mary Rose is Anthony James Bavin who is killed at age 23. His brother was killed in May 1915.
  • Engineer Lieutenant Commander William Howie Cleghorn (HMS Mary Rose) becomes the third son of John and Margaret Cleghorn to be killed in the Great War when he loses his life in the sinking. His brothers were killed last year and in September of this year.
  • Sub Lieutenant Arthur John Purey Cust (HMS Strongbow) is killed. The son of Admiral ‘Sir’ Herbert Cust dies at age 20.

The trawler Ruby (skipper Harold Walter Jameson killed at age 28) is sunk by a submarine off Ushant.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple families that will lose two, three and four sons in the Great War
  • The son of an Admiral
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The grandson of the founder of the YMCA
  • A 5-victory ace
  • A Scout Master
  • A man whose brother will be killed in the United States Army

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Henry John Phear (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 28. His brother will be killed next month.
  • Lieutenant Thomas Elmslie Middlemiss (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 26. He is the son of the Reverend John Thomas Middlemiss.
  • Second Lieutenant Colin Ernest Williams grandson of ‘Sir’ George Williams, founder of the YMCA.
  • Second Lieutenant Thomas Henry Andrew Bell (Yorkshire Regiment) dies of wounds to head received last month at Menin Road at age 25. He is the last of 4 brothers who will be killed in the Great War and he dies with his father at his bedside
  • Second Lieutenant John Lamb (Royal Engineers) is killed at age 37. He is the son of the late Reverend John Lamb, Bursar of Caius College Cambridge.
  • Sergeant William Joseph Benger MM (Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 22 when he is shot down over Poelcapelle. He is a five victory ace and his brother was killed in April of this year.
  • Lance Corporal Egbert Dredge (Otago Regiment) is killed at age 21. He is the King’s Scout Master and Scout Master of St John’s Anglican Church Troop.
  • Lance Corporal William Musson (Sherwood Foresters) is killed. His brother was killed in April.
  • Private Gerald Percy Willett (Leicestershire Regiment) is killed at age 26. His brother will be killed next January.
  • Private Herbert Martin (Northamptonshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 33. His brother will die as a prisoner of war in August 1918.
  • Private Charles A MacBeath (Seaforth Highlanders) dies of wounds at age 21. One brother was killed last December while a second will be killed next March.
  • Private Charles Rowland Johnson (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed in action. His brother will be killed one day before the end of the Great War.
  • Private Reginald King (Army Service Corps attached Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 23. His brother will be killed next September serving in the United States Army.

Tuesday 16 October 1917 We Lost 772

Today’s losses include:

  • An orchestra director
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • A family that will lose four sons in the Great Wara
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • The grandson of a General

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Alexander Lynam de Courcy Stretton MC (South Lancashire Regiment attached Nigeria Regiment) is killed in East Africa. He is the third of four brothers who are killed in the Great War.
  • Captain Arthur Gerald Brian (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) dies of wounds at age 22. His brother was killed in May 1915.
  • Lieutenant Harry James Graham Stirling Miller-Stirling (Nigeria Regiment West Africa Frontier Force) is killed in East Africa at age 31. His brother was killed seven months ago.
  • Lieutenant Armar Somerset Butler (South Lancashire Regiment attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed in Greece at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend Pierce Butler Vicar of Winterslow and nephew of Major James Arman Butler known as the Hero of Silistria. His brother was killed in the sinking of HMS Hampshire and they are grandsons of the late General the Honorable H E Butler who fought in the Peninsular War.
  • Lieutenant Percy Weyman (Lancashire Fusiliers) dies of wounds in Palestine at age 23. His brother was accidentally killed in August 1916.
  • Sergeant Albert Gage (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action. His brother was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
  • Lance Corporal David Hill (Scots Guards) dies of wounds received in action at age 19. His brother will be killed in six weeks.
  • Private John Gillard (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 37. His brother was killed in December 1915.
  • Gunner T Bert Harding (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 31. He is the Orchestra Director for the Alexandra Widnes Lancashire.
  • Private Benjamin Badger (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed in action. His brother will be killed next May.
  • Private Ernest Boyd Barrett (Royal Army Medical Corps) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed in October 1914.

Monday 15 October 1917 We Lost 756

Arthur Ernest McKeand

Flight Commander Joseph S T Fall (Royal Naval Air Service) attacks an enemy machine from in front at very close range, at times within twenty-five yards.  He then turns sharply and attacks from behind, sending the enemy machine down spinning on its back and emitting great volumes of black smoke.

The hired drifter Active III (Skipper Alexander Smith RNR) is sunk by a mine off Milford Haven.  Her skipper is killed at age 35.

Today’s losses include:

  • A member of the McKeand theatrical family
  • The son of a Member of Parliament
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • An Australian Rules footballer
  • A member of the Penarth Rugby Club
  • Multiple families that will two and three sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Cecil Herbert Shepherd-Cross (Duke of Lancaster’s Own Yeomanry) is killed at age 39. He is the son of Herbert Shepherd-Cross MP.
  • Lieutenant Douglas Adamson Sutherland (New Brunswick Regiment) is killed in action at age 27. He is the son of the Reverend David Sutherland.
  • Second Lieutenant Robert Francis Sanderson Christie (Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed at home. He is the son of the Reverend Barry Edwin Christie.
  • Sergeant William Nicholson Fischer (Australian Field Artillery) is killed at age 34. He is an Australian Rules footballer who played for Melbourne in the Victorian Football League in 1908.
  • Sergeant Edwin Boyle (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed in action. He is a member of the Penarth Rugby Club.
  • Sergeant William McKenzie Landon (Australian Infantry) is killed two weeks after his brother was killed.
  • Corporal John William Cooper (Royal Army Medical Corps) dies at home at age 27. His brother died serving in the same regiment last October.
  • Corporal Albert Edward Townrow (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 25. His brother was killed in September 1915.
  • Lance Corporal Walter Alfred Low (Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed at age 22. His brother died of wounds in September 1916.
  • Private Selwyn Lumb (Royal Army Medical Corps) is killed in action at age 20. His brother will be killed in May 1918.
  • Private Francis Gerald Van Smith de Heriz (Coldstream Guards) dies of wounds at age 35. He is the son of the Reverend Lionel Forbes Van Smith de Heriz who has already lost two sons in the Great War.
  • Private Herbert Henry Kentsbeer (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) is killed at age 36. One brother was killed in April of this year and a second will die of wounds in May 1920.
  • Private Charles Bailey (Royal West Kent Regiment) dies of wounds. His brother will be killed next April.
  • Private Arthur Ernest Regent (Royal Scots) dies of severe wounds to leg and gas poisoning at age 36. He is Arthur Ernest McKeand a member of a theatrical family who spent his life from the age of six on stage. For sixteen months he held the position of assistant stage manager at Her Majesty’s Theatre and was an authority on the subject of stamps, butterflies and fossils, all of which he collected.

Sunday 14 October 1917 We Lost 796

The submarine E45 (Lieutenant Commander G R S Watkins) torpedoes and sinks the German submarine UC-62 off Portland.

Today’s losses include:

  • A battalion commander
  • The son of a General
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • The son of a Baronet
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • A Blackburn Rovers footballer

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major (Acting Lieutenant Colonel) Frederick Vivian Thompson DSO (Royal Engineers commanding 9th Essex Regiment) dies of wounds at age 37. He is the son of Major General Charles Thompson.
  • Captain Sacheverel Darwin Wilmot (Royal Garrison Artillery) dies while serving in India at age 33. He is the son of the Reverend Darwin Wilmot.
  • Lieutenant John Vernon Campbell-Orde (Cameron Highlanders) dies at home. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Arthur J Campbell-Orde, the 4th
  • Lance Corporal Frederick John Staines (Royal Fusiliers) dies of wounds. His brother will die in the last week of the war.
  • Private Leo George Skidmore (Grenadier Guards) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed in September 1916.
  • Private George Herbert Easton MSM (Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother will die at home in November 1918.
  • Gunner Edwin Gladstone Latheron (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 30. He is a footballer for the Blackburn Rovers who helped them win the Football League title in both 1912 and 1914 while scoring 94 goals in more than 250 matches, who also earned two caps for England in 1913 and 1914.
  • Private Frank Adamson (Cheshire Regiment) is killed in Baghdad at age 22. His brother will be killed next June.
  • Private Hugo Campbell Bazell (Grenadier Guards) is killed at age 38. His brother was killed last June.

Saturday 13 October 1917 We Lost 933

William Godfrey Earlam Johnson

Today’s losses include:

  • A former amateur boxing champion of Ireland
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • Multiple sons of Justices of the Peace
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A man whose son will be killed in a 1945 bombing mission over Germany

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain John Joseph Fleming (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 36. He took a great interest in boxing and encouraged it among the troops.  He was at one time the amateur boxing champion of Ireland
  • Captain William Godfrey Earlam Johnson (Manchester Regiment) dies of wounds received two days earlier at age 24. He is the last of three brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Captain Richard Guy Titley MC (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 24. He is the son of William Alfred Titley JP.
  • Lieutenant Samuel Preston King (Lincolnshire Yeomanry) is accidentally killed at age 42 at Banbury. He is the son of Reverend S King.
  • Lieutenant Alistere Douglas Stewart (General List attached Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed in England. His brother was killed in September 1915 and they are sons of Captain M P Stewart JP.
  • Lieutenant Robert Hay Squair (Seaforth Highlanders) dies of wounds at age 21. He is the son of Francis H Squair JP.
  • Lieutenant Andrew Gardyne Young (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) is killed at age 30. He is the son of the Reverend James Young.
  • Second Lieutenant John Arden Acworth (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed in action at age 19. His brother will die while on service in February 1919.
  • Second Lieutenant John Bertram Greenup (Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend Dr. Albert William Greenup.
  • Second Lieutenant George Francis Shute (Gloucestershire Regiment) dies of wounds as a prisoner of war at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend Charles Shute.
  • Bugler Septimus Hunt (Cameronians) is killed at age 23 during the attack on Poelcappele. His brother was killed in July 1916.
  • Corporal William Herbert Huckstop MM (East Kent Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother was killed in August 1915.
  • Private Frank Wickham (Warwickshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 40. He is the middle of three brothers who will all lose their lives in 1917.
  • Private Ernest Murray (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed last April.
  • Private Alfred Robert Cahill (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 31. His son will be killed in March 1945 on a night bombing mission over Germany.
  • Private Arthur Segbert Rometch (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 36. His brother was killed earlier this year.
  • Private Charles Colman (Liverpool Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed last June.

Friday 12 October 1917 We Lost 3,663

Alfred Winter-Evans

Even now Haig goes on with the battle, even though the rain and bitter cold have set in and today he orders another attack, which is fated to fail miserably, with men struggling up to their knees and waists in the dreadful mud with their rifles and machine guns clogged with it. The only solid objects in this endless waste of cratered mud are the German concrete pillboxes with their machine guns which are protected from the mud and which operated all too well. This attack cost 7,000 casualties. The Australian 3rd Division will lose 3,199 lives in the next 24 hours. The exhausted Australians are at last withdrawn but Haig is still driven with the idea capturing Passchendaele Village and orders the Canadians to take over the battle. However their General Currie refuses to move until the weather has eased and adequate supplies are available.

The Royal West Kent Regiment is ordered to attack German positions in the battle of Poelcapelle at 05:25.  As the artillery barrage begins one of the leading companies reports being struck by shells from the British artillery that are falling short.  Poor weather and ground conditions made the going difficult for the attacking troops and casualties are great.  Eventually the attack fails and the battalion suffers 285 officers and men killed, wounded and missing.

  • Private Nelson Taplin (Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother will be killed in July 1918.

Captain Clarence Smith Jeffries (Australian Infantry) is killed in action at Passchendaele performing acts that will win him the Victoria Cross. He is only 23 years old. The 34th Battalion – as a member of the 9th Brigade – is to take part in the 3rd Australian Division’s attack on Passchendaele, Belgium. Subject to several days of heavy rain, the battlefield has been transformed into a boggy marsh on which the attack is to commence. Jeffries commands B Company during the attack, which he halts at the entrance to Broodseinde railway cutting, as many of the direction tapes leading to the starting position have been destroyed or swallowed in the mud. To avoid any mishaps, Jeffries and another of the battalion’s company commanders, Captain T G Gilder, push on alone as far as Keerselaarhoek cemetery to find the tapes marking the battalion’s starting line for the attack. By 03:00 the 34th Battalion is formed up on the line of attack.

At the designated time of 05:25, the British open up with an artillery barrage on the German positions just as the Australian forces enter no man’s land for the attack. Heavy machine gun fire assaults the troops from all directions as they bunch together on the firmer ground to avoid sinking in the boggy mud. Serious resistance is encountered at Hilside Farm, a strong point to the east of Augustus Wood in the centre of the highest part of the Passchendaele ridge. The position consists of two pillboxes, supported by fifty meters of trench which is occupied by approximately thirty men with four machine guns. The fire from these machine guns forces the men of the 34th Battalion to seek cover on the exposed crest and threatens to halt the entire advance.

Jeffries, realizing his force is suffering heavy casualties, quickly organizes a bombing party of fourteen men and sets about outflanking the pillboxes. Accompanying Jeffries is Sergeant James Bruce, a 39-year-old Scottish-born miner who has worked for Jeffries’ father at the Abermain Collieries. According to popular legend, Bruce has promised to look out for his boss’s son, and remains at Jeffries’ side throughout the attack. Working around the position, the party attacks the emplacement from the rear, capturing four machine guns and thirty-five prisoners; thus reviving the advance. Jeffries then leads his company forward under heavy artillery and machine gun fire to reach their first objective.

In spite the heavy losses which leave gaping holes in the Allied line, it is decided that the next stage of the advance is to go ahead. At 08:25, parties from the 34th and 35th Battalions head out along the south-eastern edge of the ridge towards the outskirts of Passchendaele. Almost immediately, they come under heavy fire from a pillbox close by a railway embankment, at which time Major John Bruce Buchanan, the senior brigade officer with the advance party, falls dead, leaving Jeffries to assume control. Gathering a party of eleven men, he sets about silencing the machine gun position. Edging across the open ground, the party attacks the position from the west just as the machine gun is firing to the north. Realizing that an attack is imminent, the machine gunner switch around, mortally wounding Jeffries in the stomach and sending the rest of the party to ground. When its fire eases, the remaining members of the group work around the position rush it and seize two machine guns in conjunction with thirty prisoners.

  • Lieutenant Charles Frederick Sharland (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 34. He is the son of the Reverend Frederick Burnett Sharland.
  • Lieutenant Dudley Sinclair Elliot (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 27. His son and only child will be born next March and his brother was killed n May 1915. A third brother will be killed as a Lieutenant Commander on HMS Mashona in May 1941.
  • Lieutenant Thomas Fraser Bruce (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 31. He is a New South Wales rugby League footballer for Eastern Suburbs from 1909 to 1912.
  • Australian Chaplain ‘The Reverend’ M Bergin MC (Australian Army) is killed in action.
  • Corporal Oswald Horatio Goodrich (Australian Light Trench Mortar Battery) is killed in action at age 23. His brother was killed in August 1916.
  • Corporal Walter Henry Chibnall (Australian Light Trench Mortar Battery) is killed when struck by a shell while in a crater at age 32. His son Private William Beresford Chibnall will die as a prisoner of war of the Japanese in February 1942.
  • Corporal Sidney George Jarman (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 22. His older brother will be killed next April.
  • Private Frederick William Perrott (Australian Infantry) is killed in action at age 32. His two nephews will be killed in World War II.
  • Private Frank Rupert Fell (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed in August 1916.
  • Private Edward Henry Baird (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 31. He is an Australian Union Rugby footballer who earned one cap in 1908.
  • Private Edward Henry Baird (Australian Infantry) is killed. He was Australia’s fullback in the first Test played in Brisbane in 1908.

 

  • Lieutenant Colonel Alfred Winter-Evans DSO (commanding 3rd New Zealand Rifle Brigade) is killed in action. He is a veteran of the South Africa War.
  • Lieutenant Colonel George Augustus King (commanding 1st Canterbury Regiment) is killed at age 32.
  • Lieutenant Mackenzie Gibson (Canterbury Regiment) is killed in action at age 27. He is the younger son of the Reverend Mackenzie Gibson Chaplin to the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.
  • Second Lieutenant Arthur Grattan Guinness (New Zealand Rifle Brigade) is killed in action in Belgium at age 27, over two years after his younger brother has been killed on Gallipoli.
  • Second Lieutenant George Marmaduke Vavasour (New Zealand Rifle Brigade) is killed in action at age 26. His brother was accidentally killed in January of this year.
  • Sergeant James McKenzie Boyle MM (Otago Regiment) is killed at age 34. His son will be killed serving in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in February 1941.
  • Corporal Donald Peter Brown Hosie (Otago Regiment) an architect is killed at age 22. Just prior to his conscription he won a competition to design Wanganui’s new art gallery, the Sarjeant Gallery, and authorities agreed to a request by the then town mayor to defer his overseas posting until he completed the working drawings. Today it is regarded as among the finest provincial art galleries in New Zealand, the gallery was opened by Prime Minister William Massey in September 1919. It will be Hosie’s only work.
  • Lance Corporal Douglas Horatio Dumbleton (New Zealand Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 28. He is the grandson of General Charles Dumbleton.
  • Corporal Daniel Verner Henry Du Vall (Canterbury Regiment) is killed at age 30. He is a Rugby League professional who played for Hawke’s Bay and his country.
  • Lance Corporal Cyril Hartnett (Otago Regiment) is killed in action. His brothers Dennis, John and Philip will all die as a result of Great War service.
  • Rifleman Walter Downes (New Zealand Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed on Gallipoli on the second day of the landing.
  • Private Leslie Hastie Dewar (Otagao Infantry) is killed at age 19. His brother will be killed in less than two months.
  • Private Alfred William Nordstrom (Canterbury Regiment) is killed at age 34. His brother was killed last June.
  • Private William Nicol Kininmont (Otago Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother will be killed two days before year end.
  • Private Claude Leonard Knowles (Canterbury Regiment) is killed at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend Walter Frank Knowles Vicar of Amberley New Zealand.
  • Brothers and Riflemen Leonard Henry Dixon and Cecil Morland Hight (New Zealand Rifle Brigade) are killed together. Leonard is 27 and Cecil 22.

Today’s losses include:

  • A man whose son will be born next March and who had a brother killed in May 1915 a third brother who will be killed in the Royal Navy in May 1941
  • The son of a United States Civil War correspondent
  • A Great War Poet
  • Multiple battalion commanders
  • A man whose sister will drown in the S S Osmanieh sinking
  • A man whose son will be killed in the RAFVR in February 1941
  • Multiple families that will lose two, three and four sons in the Great War
  • Brothers killed together
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A Military Chaplain
  • A man whose son will die as a prisoner of war of the Japanese in February 1942
  • A man who will be killed in the Second World War
  • A Rugby International
  • An Australian Union Rugby Player
  • An Australian fullback in the 1st Test played in Brisbane in 1908
  • The son of a General
  • The grandson of a General

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain and Adjutant Cyril Shakespear Beachcroft (Household Battalion) is killed at age 32. He is the son of the Reverend Charles Seward Beachcroft.
  • Captain Ian Ferguson Duncanson (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed in July 1916 while his sister will drown in the Osmanieh next December.
  • Captain Frederick Tyrell Godman (Royal Sussex Regiment) dies after serving two years as a prisoner at Holzminden, Germany at age 42. He is the son of General Richard Temple Godman and was a South African War veteran.
  • Captain Walter Ronald Wacher (Berkshire Regiment) is killed in action. His brother was killed in August 1915. Lieutenant Christian Harold Ernest Boulton (Cameron Highlanders attached Staff Headquarters) is killed at age 20. He is the Aide de Campe to Major General ‘Sir’ Eric Geddes. He authored with Miss Gertrude Jennings of Elegant Edward which was produced at the Haymarket in May last year. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Harold Edwin Boulton JP the 2nd
  • Lieutenant James Emil Burleigh MC (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) is killed at age 21. He is the last of three sons of war correspondent Bennet Burleigh who died in 1914 and who served in the Confederacy during the American Civil War.
  • Lieutenant A S Harper (Black Watch) is killed at age 26. His brother will be killed in December.
  • Second Lieutenant George Addis Adamson (King’s Own Scottish Borderers) is killed in action at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend Robert Adamson.
  • Second Lieutenant William Robert Hamilton (Coldstream Guards attached Machine Gun Corps) is killed in action at age 26. He is considered a Great War poet.
  • CSM Arthur Philip Rogers DCM (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed in action. He is the middle of three brothers who lose their lives as a result of war service.
  • Private Donald Calder (Cameron Highlanders) is killed at age 26. His two brothers were killed in September 1915.
  • Private Alfred Campkin (Berkshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 30. He has two brothers who will be killed in 1918.
  • Private Alexander Downie (Cameron Highlanders) is killed in action at age 29. His brother will die of wounds in less than one month.
  • Private William Oliver Gee (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed in action at Salonika at age 25. His brother will also be killed on service.
  • Private Harold Johnson (Welsh Guards) is killed at age 26. His older brother was killed in September 1916.
  • Private Charles Daniels (Berkshire Regiment) is killed at age 27. His brother will be killed in October next year.
  • Leading Seaman Frederick Crichton Allison (Drake Battalion Royal Naval Division) dies of wounds at age 32. His brother was killed last month.
  • Private Edward Hayes (Sherwood Foresters) is killed at age 24. His brother will die of wounds in November 1918.

Thursday 11 October 1917 We Lost 837

Henry Simon Feilding

In the Mbemkuru Valley area of German East Africa the right column of the British troops advancing from Kilwa, having moved southwest up the valley to Mlemba, forty-three miles southeast of Liwale, and then southeast, occuppy Ruponda.

Today’s losses include:

  • A playwright and husband of actress Iris Hawkins
  • A son of the 9th Earl of Denbigh who also lost a son at Jutland
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A nephew of the author Mrs. Humphry Ward

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain ‘the Honorable’ Henry Simon Feilding (Coldstream Guards) dies of wounds received two days prior at age 23. He is the son of the 9th Earl and Countess of Denbigh and his brother was killed at the Battle of Jutland.
  • Lieutenant Reginald Lewis Hope Lumley (Berkshire Regiment attached Training Reserve) is by a shell splinter to the head. He is the husband of the actress Iris Hawkins and in the previous month his play in three acts “The Enemy Within” dealing with a German spy was produced in London at the Golders Green Hippodrome.
  • At home in Middlesex Second Lieutenant Denis John Heriot Mayne (Irish Rifles attached Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed at age 18. He is the son of the Reverend J St C Mayne.
  • Lieutenant Edward Hibbert Binney (Sherwood Foresters) dies of wounds at home at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend John Edward Hibbert Binney Vicar of Holy Trinity Folkstone.
  • Second Lieutenant Thomas Sorrell Arnold (Lancashire Fusiliers) dies of wounds at age 20. He is a nephew of the author Mrs Humphry Ward.
  • Corporal Matthew Charles McKey (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed in action at Polderhoek Chateau at age 30. His brother was among the first casualties of the war being killed when HMS Amphion was sunk by a mine on the third day of the war.
  • Private William Ernest Basketfield (Coldstream Guards) is killed at age 24. His brother was killed last October.
  • Rifleman Benjamin Horace Betts (Liverpool Regiment) dies of wounds received in action at age 35. His brother was killed in April of this year.

Wednesday 10 October 1917 We Lost 1,212

During an enemy raid on London, one bomb falls on two adjoining houses, killing ten people and imprisoning eighteen under the wreckage.  When help arrives it is found that some of the people who are imprisoned in basement of one of the houses are alive, but the work of rescue is exceedingly dangerous, as escaping gas in the basement becomes ignited and sets fire the debris above. Inspector Frederick Wright (Metropolitan Police), with an axe, makes a small opening in the floor over the basement, which is in a slanted and tottering condition, the joints which support it being broken, and through this opening, though much difficulty, thirteen people are rescued. It is then ascertained that two children are left in the basement and Inspector Wright, with Police Constables Robert Melton and Jesse Christmas, drops into the basement through the opening and searches for the children under very dangerous conditions. In addition to the fumes from the escaping gas, which are suffocating and the fire raging above there is a possibility of a further movement of the wreckage, which might prove fatal to all below. The space is so confined that they are barely able to reach the back of the premises. The children are found dead. Inspector Wright, on reaching the open air, collapses, overcome by the fumes and by his exertions, but, after medical care, he recovers sufficiently to be sent home. He returns to the scene of the disaster shortly after, and continues his work of rescue throughout the night.

HM Trawler Waltham (Skipper James Mair) goes missing off the Isle of Man. Her crew of 12 is lost.

Today’s losses include:

  • A battalion commander
  • A Medical Corps Ambulance commander
  • A Henley Rowing champion
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple grandsons of members of the clergy
  • The son of the 9th Baron Barnard and son-in-law of the 13th Earl of Westmorland
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • A man whose uncle and nephew are both killed in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel George Everard Hope MC (Grenadier Guards commanding 1st/8th Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 30. He is a former Oxford rower vs. Cambridge and a Henley championship rower.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Ward Fortescue Sayres (commanding 2nd/1st Wessex Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps) dies of wounds at age 50 received 17th He is the son of the Reverend Edward Sayres.
  • Captain (Temporary Major) the Honorable Henry Cecil Vane (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds at age 35. He is the son and heir of the 9th Baron Barnard and son-in-law of the 13th Earl of Westmorland.
  • Lieutenant Colin Gernon Palmer Campbell MC (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 22. His brother was killed in January of this year.
  • Lieutenant Stanley C Goodyear MC (Newfoundland Regiment) is killed in action at age 31. His two younger brothers will also be killed in action during the Great War, one in 1916 and one in 1918.
  • Lieutenant Alexander William Hewson Lillie (HMS Pretoria Royal Naval Reserve) dies on service at Mauritius at age 44. He is the son of the Reverend Gordon Lillie.
  • Lieutenant Richard Gilbert Trevor Meade (Hussars) dies of wounds at age 22. He is the grandson of the Reverend George Digby Newbolt.
  • Second Lieutenant Samuel Raymond Thickness (Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed in action at the Battle of Poelcapelle at age 27. He is the grandson of the Right Reverend Francis Henry Coldwell, Bishop of Leicester and Canon of Peterborough. He has an uncle who is killed in July 1916 and a cousin who will die of wounds in nine days.
  • Second Lieutenant Christopher Frank Kirshaw Pierson (General List attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed in action at age 18. He is the son of the Reverend Kirshaw Thomson Pierson Vicar of Chertsey.
  • Private William John Dale (Sherwood Foresters) is killed at age 21 becoming the first of three brothers who will be killed in a six month period.
  • Private David Johnson (Suffolk Regiment) dies of wounds received in action. His brother was killed in October 1916.
  • Private Reginald V Stevens (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 29. His older brother will be killed next June.
  • Driver Frederick J Busbridge (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds. His brother was killed last November.
  • Private Gilbert Edwards Hildersley (Essex Regiment) is killed in action. His brother was killed in September 1916.
  • Trooper Leonard Richard Webb (Household Battalion) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed in July 1916.
  • Sapper Francis Pettitt (Royal Engineers) dies at home in Glasgow. His brother was killed last November.