Great War Lives Lost

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Thursday 26 September 1918 We Lost 632

Eleven aircraft of 40th Squadron bomb and strafe Lieu St. Amand aerodrome, setting airplanes and hangars on fire.

Today’s losses include:

  • An RAF pilot killed in a tragic accident
  • A 6-victory ace
  • A man played cricket for the Hampstead Cricket Club
  • A man whose brother was killed in May 1917

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain William Harold Haynes DSO (Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed at age 23. He is taxiing his Camel on his home field at night when he accidentally turns the plane into a ditch but crawls away unscathed.  He then goes to the front of the machine to check the damage when his mechanic who has run over inadvertently triggers the guns killing Captain Haynes instantly.
  • Lieutenant William Benson Craig DFC (Royal Air Force) a 6-victory ace is killed at age 23.
  • Second Lieutenant Cyril Howard Eiloart (Irish Guards attached Guards Machine Gun Regiment) is killed in action. He played cricket for the Hampstead Cricket Club and was a member of the Incognici team which toured America.  His brother was killed in May 1917.

Wednesday 25 September 1918 We Lost 687

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of an Admiral
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • A man whose widow has lost her second husband to the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Second Lieutenant Charles Baldwin Drury Wake (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed by shell fire at age 19. He is the only son of Admiral Sir Drury St Albyn Wake KCIE CB was educated at Rugby School (Head of his house) and a scholar of Corpus Christi College, Oxford. Second
  • Lieutenant George Iliff (Royal Air Forces) is killed at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend Alfred Iliff of South China.
  • Sergeant Christopher Loomes (Sherwood Foresteres) is killed in action. His widow’s first husband was killed in August 1916.
  • Lance Corporal Frank Garraway (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed at age 18. His three brothers have already been killed in the Great War.

Tuesday 24 September 1918 We Lost 995

John Bridger Shiffner

Captain Donald Ronald MacLaren (Royal Air Force) and his patrol of three machines attack a formation of six enemy scouts, although the latter are protected by sixteen other enemy aircraft at a higher altitude.  Firing a burst at point-blank range, he shoots down one in flames. Captain Allan Hepburn (Royal Air Force) and Second Lieutenant Horace George Eldon shoot down an enemy Fokker VII near Habourdin.

Second Lieutenant ‘Sir’ John Bridger Shiffner (Royal Sussex Regiment) the 6th Baronet is killed in action at age 19 his brother the 7th Baronet will be killed on 22nd November 1941 as a Major in the Royal Artillery at El Alamein.

Second Lieutenant Arthur Garton (Sussex Regiment) is killed in action at age 29.  He won an Olympic Gold Medal as a member of the 1912 eight-oared shell with coxswain team.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Baronet who will be succeeded by his younger brother who will be killed at El Alamein in 1941
  • An Olympic Gold medal rowing team member
  • A Battalion Commander
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy including one who is a Military Chaplain
  • A 7-victory ace
  • The son of an Admiral
  • A man shot at dawn for murder
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Rex Hamilton Leyland (commanding 2nd Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 33.
  • Major Aubrey Hugh Darnell DSO (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 32. He is the son of Chaplain to the services the Reverend Francis Aubrey Darnell.
  • Captain Gilbert John Strange (Royal Air Force) a seven-victory ace is shot down near Cambrai and killed at age 19.
  • Lieutenant John Herbert Roberts (Royal Field Artillery attached Royal Air Force) is killed in action. He is the only son of the late Reverend Herbert Roberts Vicar of East Lulworth.
  • Lieutenant Everard Lindesay Brine (Hampshire Regiment attached Dunsterforce) is killed in action at age 27. He is the son of Admiral Brine.
  • Lieutenant the Reverend John Morrison (Cameron Highlanders) is killed by a shell at age 33. He is the son of the Reverend Murdo Morrison.
  • Second Lieutenant John Paterson (Essex Regiment) is shot at dawn for murdering Sergeant Harold Collison a Royal Military Policeman who was attempting to arrest him for desertion.
  • Second Lieutenant Gerald Bardsley Taylor (Leicestershire Regiment attached Durham Light Infantry) becomes the third brother to be killed in the Great War. His brothers were both killed in 1916.
  • Second Lieutenant Raymond Charles Page (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 41. His brother was killed last month.
  • Rifleman Thomas Earl (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed in action at age 25. He has had two brothers previously killed in the Great War and though none of their bodies will be identified they are commemorated on different memorials.
  • Private Michael Cox (Durham Light Infantry) is killed at age 18. His brother was killed in July 1915.

Monday 23 September 1918 We Lost 631

Auriol Ernest Eric Lowry

The Mysore and Jodhpur Lancers capture Haifa.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple Battalion Commanders
  • Multiple son of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • A man whose only nephews will be killed in the Second World War
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Auriol Ernest Eric Lowry (commanding 2nd West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at Arleux at age 25. His brother Cyril died of wounds in his arms in March of this year and their oldest brother was killed in June 1915 on Gallipoli. Also their only nephews and sons of their sister will be killed in Burma in World War II.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Charles Edward Ridley Holroyd Smyth DSO MC (Dragoon Guards, commanding 15th Durham Light Infantry) dies of wounds at home received during an attack at Villers Guislain at age 36. He is the son of Colonel and Lady Holroyd Smith.
  • Lieutenant Colonel James Meldrum Knox DSO (commanding 1st/7th Royal Warwickshire Regiment) is killed in action in Italy at age 40. He is the son of James Knox JP.
  • Captain Henry Russell Weeks (Welsh Regiment) dies of wounds received five days before at age 24. His brother died of wounds last November.
  • Captain Philip Pipon Braithwaite (Indian Army Reserve of Officers attached Jacob’s Horse) is killed in Palestine at age 38. He is the son of Canon Philip Richard Pipon Braithwaite.
  • Captain George Ernest Cornaby MC (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend W Arthur Cornaby.
  • Lieutenant Cyril Robert Nichols (East Surrey Regiment attached Trench Mortar Battery) is killed. His brother died of wounds in October 1916.
  • Flight Cadet Harold Kingsley Percival (Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed at age 28. He is the son of the Reverend G C Percival.
  • Signal Boy Arnold Augustus Flory (HMS Eaglet, Royal Naval Reserve) dies at home at age 16. His two brothers were killed in action earlier this year.  The three boys are sons of the Reverend Henry William Flory Vicar of St Matthew’s Littleport.
  • Private Frank Peters (Suffolk Regiment) is killed in action at age 32 His brother was killed in November 1916.
  • Private Thomas Charles Burley (Leicestershire Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed last October

Sunday 22 September 1918 We Lost 652

John Winnington DSO

British forces seize passages of Jordan north of the Dead Sea and close the enemy’s last means of escape, 25,000 prisoners and 260 guns are taken. Two Turkish armies are virtually wiped out.

  • Lieutenant Colonel John Francis Sartorius Winnington DSO (commanding 1st/4th Northamptonshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 42. He was on the first team for the Worcester Cricket Club in 1908.

The trawler Elise (Skipper Henry James) blows up two miles northeast of St Mary’s Lighthouse, Blyth while escorting a convoy when struck by a torpedo fired by UB-34. Fourteen are killed including her skipper and Seaman Cecil Robert Sharman at age 20 whose brother was killed in March 1916.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Battalion Commander
  • A Worcester cricketer
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons (including twins) in the Great War
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • An Australian Rules footballer
  • A man whose son will be killed in the Second World War
  • A champion biliards player

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Frederick Hoysted Bradley DSO (Royal Army Medical Corps attached 15th Field Ambulance) is killed at age 34. He is the son of the Reverend Canon W H Bradley.
  • Captain John Sutcliffe Jowett (Manchester Regiment) dies of wounds received in action on 18th August at age 24. He served with the East Lancashire Regiment at Gallipoli and had a twin brother who died of wounds in June 1916.
  • Captain Keith Andrews Brown (Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother will die in November.
  • Lance Corporal William Martin Rogers (Australian Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 25. He is a former Australian rules footballer who played three games with Carlton in 1913.
  • Private Frederick Thomas Clapham (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed at age 38. His son will be killed in the Second World War.
  • Private Frederick Holt (Welsh Guards) is killed at age 33. His is a champion billiards player.

Saturday 21 September 1918 We Lost 1,401

Three days earlier at Rossnoy, near Lempire Lance-Corporal Allan Leonard Lewis (Northamptonshire Regiment) is in command of a section on the right of an attacking line, held up by intense machine-gun fire. He sees that two guns are enfilading the line and crawls forward alone, successfully bombs the guns and by rifle fire makes the whole team surrender. Today he rushes his company through the enemy barrage, but is killed while getting his men under cover from heavy machine-gun fire. For his efforts on both days he will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross. He is killed at age 23.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • The son of an Admiral
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • The son of the first lady Mayor of Margate

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Edward Walter Bethell (West Surrey Regiment) is killed in action at age 26. His younger brother has been killed in the Battle of Jutland and they are sons of Admiral ‘the Honorable’ ‘Sir’ Alexander E Bethell.
  • Captain Arthur Edward Adderley Buller (Norfolk Regiment) is killed in action at age 35 in Palestine. He is the son of the late Reverend R W Buller and has a brother who will be killed in August 1918.
  • Captain John Tristram Yarde MC (Bedfordshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 24. He was the Head of Bedford School and Captain of Boats and rowed for Christ College, Cambridge.
  • Captain Charles Eric Hatfield MC (East and West Kent Yeomanry) is killed at age 31. He is the son of first lady Mayor of Margate.
  • Second Lieutenant Harold Viggars Bright (Sherwood Foresters) is killed. His brother was killed in June 1917.
  • Second Lieutenant John Savage Larken (East Kent Regiment) is killed at age 33. His brother was killed in November 1916.
  • Private A Carmichael (Cameron Highlanders) is killed. His brother was killed in November 1916.
  • Private George Henry Frazer (Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed at age 31. His younger brother was killed in August 1917.
  • Private John James John (Welsh Regiment) dies of wounds at age 25. His brother was killed in August 1918.
  • Private George Neville Hearson (Devonshire Regiment) dies at home at age 24. His brother was killed in March of this year.

Friday 20 September 1918 We Lost 974

Arthur Richard Careless Sanders

Lieutenant George Poole and Sergeant Charles Hill (Royal Air Force) shoot down two Fokker D VII’s, the first southeast of Capinghern, the second which they share the victory with Lieutenant Kenneth Conn and Lieutenant Walter Grant, along with Captain Edgar Johnston and Second Lieutenant Bruce Digby-Worsley, southeast of Quesnoy.

Today’s losses include:

  • A General
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Brigadier General Arthur Richard Careless Sanders CMG DSO (50th Brigade, 17th Division) is killed in action at age 41. He is killed by machine gun fire while on the way back to brigade headquarters after visiting posts in Quentin Redoubt.
  • Captain Archibald Ballantine Henderson Dunlop MC (Cambridgeshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 23. His brother was killed in November 1917.
  • Lieutenant Arthur Gwynne Hughes-Davies MC (Royal Welsh Fusiliers attached Machine Gun Corps) dies on service in Palestine at age 36. He is the son of the Reverend Thomas Hughes-Davies Vicar of Bettus Cedewain.
  • Lieutenant Waldo Esmond Warne-Smith MC (Australian Infantry) is killed in action at age 23. His older brother has been killed in action in August 1916.
  • Lieutenant Noel Groom (Yorkshire Regiment) is killed. His brother was killed in May 1917.
  • Second Lieutenant John Eric Cox Guest (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed at age 22 in Italy. He is the son of the Reverend Edward Albert Guest and is considered an architectural student with great promise.
  • Private Cecil Fred Brook (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) dies of wounds at age 18. His only brother will die of his wounds at home in 1920.

Thursday 19 September 1918 We Lost 1,856

The 65th Brigade attacks the ‘Pip Ridge’ leading to another defeat with only half of the men returning alive. But the assault gains the town of Doiran and a few hills above it.

Sergeant Thomas Charles Benfield (Leicestershire Regiment) is killed by a sniper’s bullet at age 29.  He was a footballer who played for Leicester being made famous for being the first person to score a goal at Arsenal Stadium netting an early goal in Leicester’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of Arsenal in a Second Division match on 6 September 1913.  He was Leicester’s leading scorer in that season before moving on to Derby County where he helped them win the 1914 Second Division title.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Leiceter footballer
  • Multiple battalion commanders
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Ronald Falconar-Stewart DSO (commanding 12th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) is killed at age 35. His brother was killed in July 1916.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Allan Armstrong DSO (commanding 1st/4th Wiltshire Regiment) is killed in Palestine at age 42.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Edward Stephen Gibbons DSO (Middlesex Regiment commanding 7th Highland Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 35. He is the son of ‘Sir’ William KCB and Lady Gibbons.
  • Major Frederick William Scougal MC (Cameronians) is killed in Greece at age 34 one day after his brother was killed in Belgium. They are sons of HM Senior Chief Inspector of Training Colleges Scotland.
  • Captain Ronald Alexander Murray (Royal Scots Fusiliers) dies on active service in Greece at age 24. His brother was killed in September 1916.
  • Second Lieutenant Kenneth Curling Doddrell (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed in Palestine. He is the son of the Reverend Curling Finzel Doddrell Rector of English Bicknor.
  • Second Lieutenant Edward Gerald Palmer Fenn (Welsh Fusiliers attached Essex Regiment) is killed by a sniper at age 24 at Kefe Kasim Palestine. He is the son of Dr. Edward Leveing Fenn JP.
  • Private James McKee (Border Regiment) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed in August 1915 on Gallipoli.
  • Private Albert Bert Goodman (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed at age 18. His brother was killed in May 1915.
  • Private Arthur Vincent E Moxey (Dorsetshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 19. His brother was killed in April 1916.
  • Private John Rayner Williams (Shropshire Light Infantry) is killed at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend John Williams Rector of St Margaret’s Port of Spain Trinidad.

Wednesday 18 September 1918 We Lost 2,731

                 Ernest Bristow Farrar

The 22nd and 26th Division in Salonika attack ‘Pip Ridge’ and the Grand-Couronne.  The first assault is carried out with the support from a Cretan Division of the Greek army.  As the the British are advancing up the hills they are caught in a crossfire coming from the slopes and driven back with heavy losses.  The 12th Cheshire Regiment leads the attack on ‘Pip Ridge’.  From the bunkers on the hills machine guns open fire with a horrific effect on the allies but those that survive continue on and capture the first two Bulgarian trenches. But by this stage the attack has become a massacre and those that remain alive are going on to almost certain death.

  • Lieutenant Colonel ‘the Honorable’ Arthur Reginald Clegg-Hill DSO (commanding 12th Cheshire Regiment) is killed in action when his battalion is annihilated by the Bulgars at Pip Ridge, Doiran, Macedonia at age 41. He is the son of Rowland Clegg-Hill the 3rd Viscount Hill. He served during the Boer War with the Cheshire Regiment, which regiment he rejoined during the Great War, commanding the 12th Battalion for two and a half years.
  • Captain Charles Henry Vigors MC (Cheshire Regiment) is killed in action. His brother was killed in September 1916.

While this is happening the South Wales Borderers have reached ‘Grand Couronné’ which is the last line of defense. The bravery of the Welsh is extreme, they charge up the hill trying to get over the defenses of the ‘Grand Couronné’ only to be cut down. Of the entire battalion only one officer and eighteen men make it back to the camp

South east of Havrincourt during an enemy counter-attack and throughout an extremely intense enemy barrage Second Lieutenant Frank Edward Young (Hertfordshire Regiment) visits all posts warning the garrisons and encouraging the men.  In the early stages of the attack he rescues two of his men who have been captured and bombs and silences an enemy machine gun.  Although surrounded by the enemy Lieutenant Young fights his way back to the main barricade and drives out a party of the enemy who are assembling there.  Throughout four hours of intense hand-to-hand fighting he displays great valor and devotion to duty setting an example to his company. He is last seen fighting hand to hand against a considerable number of the enemy. For his actions this day Second Lieutenant Young will awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross.

Second Lieutenant Ernest Bristow Farrar (Devonshire Regiment) composer, pianist and organist is killed in action at age 33. He was the music teacher of Gerald Finzi who wrote ‘Requiem de Camera’ is his memory while Frank Bridge dedicated his famous Piano Sonata to his memory. He is the son of the Reverend C D Farrar.  Despite his short life, Farrar wrote a large body of music for orchestra, voices and organ. His works include The Blessed Damozel, the Celtic Suite and his song cycle, Vagabond Songs. However, apart from a few songs his works are now rarely performed.  Farrar’s death affected the young Finzi deeply, and from the very beginning, most of his music was elegiac in tone.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple battalion commanders
  • The son of a Viscount
  • The son of a Baronet
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • Multiple Victoria Cross winners
  • A composer, pianist and organist
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple sons of Justices of the Peace
  • A Military Chaplain
  • A schoolmaster
  • A Bradford City footballer

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Basil Frederick Bishop (commanding 9th South Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 39.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Alec Graham Scougal MC (commanding 17th Royal Scots) is killed at age 30. He is the son of Andew E Scougal (His Majesties Senior Chief Inspector of Training Colleges, Scotland) and his brother will be killed tomorrow.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Reginald Thomas Collins DSO (commanding #17 Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps) is killed in action at age 38.
  • Major Harry Reginald Curtis (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 31 in Greece. He has two brothers that are also killed in the Great War.
  • Captain William Ernest Bott (Royal Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 25. His brother was killed in April 1917 and another brother will die on service in Basra in August 1920.
  • Captain Cecil Hugh Jones (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed at age 31 on Salonika. He is the son of the Baronet ‘Sir’ Evan Davaies Jones JP.
  • Captain Ernest Hesketh Harrison (East Surrey Regiment) is killed at age 26. He is the son of the Reverend R B Harrison.
  • Captain Norman Alfred Hughes (Welsh Regiment) is killed at age 30. He is the son of the Bishop of Llandaff.
  • Lieutenant Alfred Reginald Brownson (Welsh Regiment) is killed near the Grand Couronne, Salonika at age 31. He is the son of George Brownson JP.
  • Captain Archibald Douglas Hewitt Clark-Kennedy (Scots Fusiliers) is killed at age 30. His brother was killed in April 1917 and they are sons of the Honorable Mrs. Clark-Kennedy.
  • Lieutenant Edward Vernon Staley (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend Vernon Staley Canon of Inverness and Rector of Ickford.
  • Lieutenant Edward Russell Stapylton Bree (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) is killed at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend Edward Henry Bree Rector of Stow Marys.
  • Lieutenant and Bombing Officer George Henry Keating (Cambridgeshire Regiment attached Middlesex Regiment) is killed in action at age 25. He is the son of the late Canon J F Keating DD.
  • Lieutenant Mervyn Holmes Watkins (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action in Salonika at age 25. He is one of seven brothers who serve in the Great War, three of whom are killed.
  • Second Lieutenant Ernest Bristow Farrer (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 33. He is the son of the Reverend C D Farrer.
  • Second Lieutenant Philip Gillespie Bainbrigge (Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed at age 27. He is the son of Prebendary Philip Thomas Bainbrigge.
  • Second Lieutenant Cecil Alexander Gordon Fitch (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 19. He is the only son of ‘Sir’ Cecil Fitch KCB.
  • Chaplain the Reverend J Fitzgibbon MC (attached Royal Army Medical Corps) is killed in action.
  • Second Lieutenant Ernest Bristowe Farrar (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 33. He is the son the Reverend Charles Druce Farrar Vicar of Micklefield.
  • Sergeant Arthur James Ayres DCM MM (East Kent Regiment) is killed at age 27. His brother was killed last October.
  • Sergeant G E Radford MM (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed in action at age 39. He is a schoolmaster.
  • Lance Corporal Francis Adolphus Hamilton Browne (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 20. He is the son of Austin Hamilton Browne JP.
  • Lance Corporal Charles Edgar Ford (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed at age 19. An older brother was killed last November and their older brother will die of war service next May.
  • Private Arthur Werndly (Australian Infantry) is killed in action at age 34. His brother was killed the previous month.
  • Private Ernest Barber (East Kent Regiment) is killed in action at age 18. His brother was killed in April 1917.
  • Private George Willmott (Sherwood Foresters) is killed in action near Lechelle at age 22. His brother will die in December 1919 of an illness contracted on service during the Great War.
  • Private Claude Joseph Patrick Nunney (Eastern Ontario Regiment) dies of wounds received in action at age 25. Two weeks earlier he performed acts that will win him the Victoria Cross.
  • Private William Johnson (Shropshire Light Infantry) dies of wounds at age 24. His brother died of dysentery on service in October 1915.
  • Private Archibald Carmichael (King’s Own Scottish Borderers) is killed at age 32. His brother was killed in October 1915.
  • Private Sydney Robert Jary DCM (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 19. He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for saving the life of a soldier on this day during which he received his fatal wound.
  • Private George Draycott (Lincolnshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 30. He played for the Bradford City Football Club.
  • Sapper Robert S Miller (Royal Engineers) dies of wounds. His brother was killed in March 1917.
  • Private Richard Mason (York and Lancashire Regiment) is killed. His brother died of illness in October 1917.
  • Private William J Pink (Sussex Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother died on service in January 1917.
  • Private Edmund Harold Lowndes (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend Edmund A T Lowndes.
  • Private James Richard Bond (East Kent Regiment) is killed at age 35. His brother was killed in August 1916.
  • Private Walter Whiteman (East Kent Regiment) is killed in action as the third brother to be killed in the war.
  • Gunner James Haxton Foster Chambers (Australian Field Artillery) is killed at age 28. He is the son of the Reverend Charles James Chambers Vicar of Smithtown New South Wales.
  • Private John William Caton (Army Service Corps) dies of pneumonia at age 48. His brother was killed last March.
  • Private William Percy Hatch (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) is killed on Salonika. His brother was killed last April.
  • Private Lewis Southwell (Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed. He is the last of three brothers who are killed in the war.

Tuesday 17 September 1918 We Lost 657

Oswald Massey Samson

Today’s losses include:

  • A First Class cricketer for Somerset
  • A Great Britain International footballer
  • A 7-victory ace
  • A man whose brother was killed in April 1917
  • A man whose uncle was lost in January 1917

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Charles Young Adamson (Royal Scots Fusiliers) is killed in Greece at age 43. He played four football matches for Great Britain on their Australian tour in 1899, but never for England, his home country.
  • Lieutenant Oswald Massey Samson (Royal Garrison Artillery) dies of wounds at age 37. He is first class cricketer for Somerset from 1900 to 1013.
  • Lieutenant Harold Toulmin MC (Loyal North Lancashire Regiment attached Royal Air Force) is killed in action at age 21 when his Sopwith Camel is shot down west of Bourlon Wood. He has previously served at Gallipoli and at Mesopotamia and lost a leg at the latter place and transferred to the Royal Flying Corps.
  • Second Liuetennt Richard Frank Hill MC (Royal Air Force) dies of appendicitis at age 19. He is a 7-victory ace.
  • Private Percy Sidney Doubleday (Essex Regiment) is killed at age 18. His brother was killed in April 1917.
  • Private Andrew Hill Rule MM (King’s Own Scottish Borderers) is killed in action. His uncle was lost in the sinking of the troopship Ivernia in January 1917.