Great War Lives Lost

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

Saturday 20 April 1918 We Lost 823

Reginald Harry Myburgh Hands

Major Richard Raymond Barker MC (Royal Air Force) is killed in action at age 23 near Bois de Hamel when his Sopwith Camel is shot down by Manfred von Richthofen.  He is the Red Baron’s 79th victim and his body will never be found.  He is a 6-victory ace.

Skipper George Hillam (HM Trawler Numitor, Royal Naval Reserve) is killed when his ship is sunk by a mine off Orfordness at age 52.  His son had been killed in April 1915 while service in HMS Cornwallis at age 16.

Today’s losses include:

  • A 6-victory ace killed by the Red Baron
  • A man whose 16 year old son was killed in 1915 on HMS Cornwallis
  • A Rhodes Scholar
  • A Rugby International
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • A man whose twin was killed five days earlier
  • A family that will lose five sons in the Great War
  • A footballer who played with three different clubs

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Reginald Harry Myburgh Hands (South African Heavy Artillery attached Royal Garrison Artillery) a Rhodes Scholar and international rugby football player dies of wounds at age 29. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Harry Hands KBE.
  • Captain Eric Tatton (Royal Air Force) is killed at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend D Tatton.
  • Lieutenant Thomas Alington Royds (General List attached Royal Air Force is killed at age 33. He is the son of the Reverend Nathaniel Royds Rector of Little Barford.
  • Corporal Eustace Godfrey Kenny (Australian Machine Gun Corps) is killed in action. He is the son of the Reverend Robet Kenny York Peninsula Mission South Australian.
  • Lance Corporal Charles Sydney Flatt (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed at age 27. His brother was killed in April 1915.
  • Private Archibald Buchanan McMillan (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) is killed in action at age 25. He was a football player of class repute having played outside left with Croy Celtic, Rob Roy Celtic and Ayr United.
  • Private Alfred Souls (Cheshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 31, five days before his twin brother will meet the same fate. Three others brothers are also killed in the Great War.
  • Private Joseph Allen (Machine Gun Corps) dies of wounds at age 22. His brother was killed last month.

Friday 19 April 1918 We Lost 847

Thomas Andrew Cropper

Private Robert Craig (South Wales Borderers) dies of wounds at Boulogne received in action eight days earlier at age 30.  He played football for many clubs including the Celtic Football Club.  His Celtic career spanned from 1906 to 1909 when he appeared thirteen times as a fullback.

Second Lieutenant Guy Maddison Vaisey AM (Gloucestershire Regiment) dies of wounds received in action the previous day at Bethune at age 28.  On 6th April 1917 while training at Frenchcourt bombing range he threw himself on a grenade saving the lives of other soldiers around him.  For this action he was awarded the Albert Medal.

Today’s losses include:

  • An Albert Medal winner
  • A Celtic FC footballer
  • A battalion commander
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • The son of a man killed in the sinking of HMHS Britannic
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Charles Kenneth James DSO (commanding 6th Border Regiment) is killed in action
  • Captain George Trevor Williams (Royal Field Artillery) dies at age 31 in India. He is the son of the Reverend G H Williams Rector of Remenham.
  • Second Lieutenant Thomas Andrew Cropper (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 19. His father Captain John Cropper JP drowned in the sinking of HMHS Britannic in November 1916.
  • Sergeant Frank Thomas Libby MM (London Rifle Brigade) dies of wounds received 2 April at age 25. His brother was killed in January 1916.
  • Sergeant William Henry Hannaford (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed at age 25. His brother was killed two days earlier.
  • Private Alexander Davison (York and Lancaster Regiment) dies of wounds at age 24. His brother was killed in June 1915.
  • Rifleman Thomas John Hodge (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) dies of wounds at age 36 ten days after his brother met the same fate.
  • Private George Blizzard (South Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 27. His brother will be killed in October.

Thursday 18 April 1918 We Lost 1,417

John Williams Sayer VC

A random shell strikes 26th Brigade Headquarters killing four officers.  Lieutenant Colonel Robert Horn DSO MC (commanding 7th Seaforth Highlanders) is killed at age 36. He served on the Northwest Frontier in 1906. Chaplain the Reverend Charles Gustave Clarke Meister MC (attached Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) is killed at age 36. He is the Assistant Priest at Old St Paul’s Edinburgh. Also killed by this shell is Major Hugh Alexander Leslie Rose, the Brigade Major of Artillery, Captain Reginald Somers-Cocks MC (Somerset Light Infantry Staff Divisional Headquarters Captain attached 26th Infantry Brigade) will die of wounds within a week at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend Henry Lawrence Somers-Cocks Rector of Eastnor.

Lance Corporal John William Sayer VC (Royal West Surrey Regiment) dies of wounds as a prisoner of war received 21st March at Le Verguier where he held the flank of a small isolated post for two hours while inflicting heavy losses while exposed to heavy fire until nearly all the garrison has been killed and himself wounded and captured. For his actions he will be awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple battalion commanders
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A Military Chaplain
  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • The grandson of a Member of Parliament
  • The son of the Consul General Calais
  • The son of a former England National Cricket Captain
  • The son of a General
  • A man whose father will die on service next December

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major St John Shandon Quarry (Royal Berkshire Regiment, commanding 1st Royal Warwickshire Regiment) is killed in an attack on a house occupied by the enemy from which he is sniping at age 30, one day after taking command of the battalion the previous evening. Loses in the attack amount to 89 killed wounded and missing and are so heavy that the house cannot be held.
  • Captain Denys Cooke (Black Watch) is killed at age 26. He is the son of the Reverend Canon C E Cooke Warden and Chaplain of Whittington College.
  • Captain Ronald Charters MacPherson (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 21. He is the son of ‘Sir’ J Molesworth MacPherson.
  • Captain Arthur Stephen Greener MC (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed in February 1915.
  • Captain Ralph Eustace Smith (Northumberland Fusiliers attached Royal Air Force) is killed in action at age 28. He is the grandson of the late Thomas Eustace for many years MP for North Shields and Tynemouth.
  • Lieutenant Charles Mervyn Payton (Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed at age 23. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Charles A Payton MVO Consul General Calais.
  • Lieutenant John Haythorne Steel (HMS Munster, Royal Navy) drowns when washed overboard at sea at age 28. He is the son of Allan Gibson Steel, KC (Recorder of Oldham) and former English National Cricket Captain in 1886. His brother was killed last October
  • Second Lieutenant Godfrey Burnside Hudson (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed in action at Givenchy at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend Arthur Reginald the Rector of Huntsham who also lost another son in March of this year.
  • Second Lieutenant William Henry Stokes (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed in action at age 30. He was an honors student at Cambridge.
  • Second Lieutenant Ernest Kenneth Moncreiff Paul (Royal Garrison Artillery) dies of wounds received in action the previous day at age 20. He is the son of Brigadier General E M Paul.
  • Sergeant Charles Stroyan (Cameron Highlanders) is killed in action at age 22. His two brothers have been killed in 1914 and 1916.
  • Corporal James Gravers Hurley (New Zealand Entrenching Battalion) is killed in action at age 25. His brother was killed in September 1916.
  • Private Albert Joseph Campkin (Hertfordshire Regiment) dies of wounds received in action at age 33. He has two brothers who also are killed in the Great War, one in 1917 the other later this year.
  • Private Wilfred Harold Chandler (East Kent Regiment) dies on service in India at age 19. His two older brothers will be killed in the Great War, the first in 1916 the second in just six more days.
  • Private Albert Bertie Newstead (Norfolk Regiment) dies at home at age 25. His brother died of wounds in January 1916.
  • Private William Creed (Gloucestershire Regiment) dies of wounds. His father will die on service in December.
  • Private Harold Bendik Pittersen (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed one year ago.
  • Sapper Owen Jones (Royal Engineers) is killed on his 34th birthd

Wednesday 17 April 1918 We Lost 1,292

William Hope Hodgson

Patrol drifters attack and sink the German submarine UB-82 in the English Channel.

Lieutenant Colonel Ronald Harcourt Sanderson (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 41.  He was a Cambridge and Leander oarsman and the son of the Reverend Prebendary Edward Sanderson.  He was a crew member on the British eight men’s rowing boat which won the 1908 Olympic gold medal.

Lieutenant William Hope Hodgson (Royal Field Artillery) is killed by a mortar shell at age 40.  He is the son of the late Reverend Samuel Hodgson and is a silent screen writer and author. He produced a large body of work, consisting mostly of short stories and novels, spanning several overlapping genres including horror, fantastic fiction and science fiction. Early in his writing career he dedicated effort to poetry, although few of his poems were published during his lifetime. He also attracted some notice as a photographer. Born 15th November 1877 in Blackmore End, Essex Hodgson ran away to sea at the age of thirteen and eventually served in the Merchant Marine. In 1898 he was awarded the Royal Humane Society medal for saving another sailor who had fallen overboard in shark-infested waters After a bodybuilding business venture failed he decided to support himself by writing. Two of his most noted works, The Voice in the Night and “The Boats of the Glen Carrig”, are based on his experiences at sea, and much of his work is set aboard ships or features seafaring characters.

Today’s losses include:

  • A 1908 Olympic Gold Medal winning rower
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • A silent screen writer and author
  • A holder of the Royal Humane Society Medal for Life Saving
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • A former Naval Chaplain

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Edward Moore Robson MC (Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed three weeks ago.
  • Captain Alfred William Johnson MC (Royal Engineers) dies of wounds and gassing at age 42. He is a veteran of the South Africa War and was a partner with Hugh Drummond Allan in the surveying company Johnson and Allan of Kamloops, British Columbia. Captain Allan was killed in action in April 1917.
  • Lieutenant Wynell Hastings Lloyd (Royal Engineers) is killed at age 23. His brother will die of wounds in October.
  • Second Lieutenant Gerald Trueman Fielding (Royal Field Artillery) a former Royal Navy Chaplain is killed at age 34. He is the son of Major Joshua Fielding JP.
  • Second Lieutenant Charles Frederick Heatly (Welsh Fusiliers attached a sniping company) is killed in action at age 23. His brother was killed in February 1915.
  • Acting Sergeant Ernest Tabrett (Hampshire Regiment) is killed in action. His brother was killed in June 1915.
  • Private Edward Clark (Royal Fusiliers) dies of wounds at age 17. His brother was killed in May 1915.
  • Private Harold William Deller (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 19. His brother died of wounds two years before.
  • Private Albert Hannaford (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) is killed at age 19. His brother will be killed in two days.
  • Private Hugh Byrne (Welsh Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

Tuesday 16 April 1918 We Lost 1,485

Bouverie Walter St John MIldmay

Today’s losses include:

  • A Baronet in commander of an Armoured Car Battery
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A Military Chaplain
  • A Count of the Holy Roman Empire

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major ‘Sir’ John Christopher Willoughby DSO (Commanding 1st Armoured Motor Battery, Army Service Corps formerly Royal Horse Guards) the 5th Baronet dies at home at age 59. He has previously served in the Egyptian Campaign (1882), the Nile Expedition (1884) and the South African War.
  • Lieutenant John Munro MC (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed at age 28. His brother will die at home on service next January.
  • Second Lieutenant Gordon Penry Williams (Liverpool Regiment attached Intelligence Staff GHQ) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Edward Osborne Williams.
  • Second Lieutenant Bouverie Walter St John Mildmay (General List attached Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed on service at age 19. He is the only son of the Reverend Arundell Glaxtonbury St John Mildmay and a Count of the Holy Roman Empire by inheritance and the last of the line of the Hazelgrove Mildmays.
  • Chaplain the Reverend John William Alcock Eyre-Powell (attached 27th Labour Group Headquarters) is killed at age 31.
  • Second Lieutenant Richard Philip Nason (South Notts Hussars) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Richard Muriel Nason.
  • Chaplain John William Alcock Eyre Powell (attached Labour Corps) is killed at age 32.
  • Corporal Allen Evershed (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 36. He is the first of three brothers who are all killed this year.
  • Lance Corporal William Archibald Dutnall (Sussex Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed in May 1917.
  • Private Frank Allgood (North Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed last July.
  • Private Horace William Armstrong (Sherwood Foresters) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in March 1916.
  • Private Francis James Buckley (Australian Infantry) is killed. His brother was killed twelve days ago.
  • Private John Nield (Cheshire Regiment) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
  • Private David Merson (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 27. His brother was killed in August 1916.
  • Private Joseph Beard (Cheshire Regiment) dies of injuries as a prisoner of war after attacking a sentry at age 34. He was taken prisoner on 24th August 1914 and is the last of three brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.

Monday 15 April 1918 We Lost 1,636

The merchant man SS Pomeranian (Master Alex Maxwell) is torpedoed by UC-77 en route from London to Saint John, New Brunswick 12 miles off Portland Bill.  William Bell, the second engineer is rescued one hour after the ship sinks by the patrol yacht Lorna perched on the topmost yard which is sticking out of the water where the ship sank.  The master and other 53 crewmembers are lost.

Today’s losses include:

  • The grandson of a General
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • Two Military Chaplains
  • A man whose father was killed as a civilian contractor at RNAS Felixstowe in July 1917

 

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

 

  • Captain Gervase Mapletoft Walker (Leicestershire Regiment) is killed in action at age 21. He is the grandson of General George Warren Walker.
  • Lieutenant Leslie Binney (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 31. He is the son of the Reverend J G Binney.
  • Second Lieutenant William Henry Field Flowers (York and Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 26. His brother will be killed in October and they are sons of the Reverend John French Flowers Vicar of Gt Carlton.
  • Chaplain Oswin Creighton (attached Royal Field Artillery) dies on active service at age 34.
  • Chaplain “The Reverend” Charles Ivo Sinclair Hood (attached Royal Garrison Artillery) dies of wounds received in action at age 31. He is the first of three brothers who lose their lives as a result of the Great War.
  • Private Wilfred Milner (York and Lancaster Regiment) dies of wounds received in action at age 22. His brother was killed in July 1917.
  • Rifleman Bertie Edward Ogle (London Regiment) is killed at age 23. His brother died of wounds last October.
  • Private Jack Bates (London Regiment) dies of wounds at age 29. His brother died at home of disease at home.
  • Private Herbert Lambert (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 18. His brother was killed in November 1916.
  • Private Herbert Shells (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother will be killed in exactly six months.
  • Private Howard Charles Newman (Irish Fusiliers) dies of wounds at age 21. His father was killed while working as a civilian at the Royal Naval Air Station Felixstowe in July 1917.
  • Private Cyril Gimblett Paramore (Devonshire Regiment) becomes the final of three brothers to be killed in the war when he dies at age 18.
  • Rifleman John Nolder Howse (Rifle Brigade) dies of wounds on Salonika. His brother will die of wounds at home later this year.

Sunday 14 April 1918 We Lost 1,516

During the battle of Lys, Major Roderick Stanley Dallas, Captains Ian Patrick Robert Napier, C H Lewis and Oswald Horsley (40 Squadron) carry out a special reconnaissance of the battlefield at the junction of the First and Second Armies to determine the situation which has been reported to be obscure. In spite of the most unfavorable weather conditions, they return with much valuable information. Major Dallas is wounded by machine gun fire from the ground early in the operation but continues to fulfill his mission until he is again wounded, when he successfully reaches his aerodrome. Major Napier will be killed in June while Captain Horsley will be killed in August.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • A battalion commander
  • Multiple families that will lose two, three and four sons in the Great War
  • The son of a General
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The son of a clergy and Headmaster at The King’s School Parramatte
  • A man whose body will be found in 2003
  • The son of an Alderman
  • A man whose son will be killed in the Second World War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Charles Wynn Tilly (Durham Light Infantry attached West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 41. His brother a Captain in the Yorkshire Regiment will be killed in action less than two months later.
  • Major Gerald Dick Brown (Wilshire Regiment commanding 11th Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed at age 31. He is the last of four brothers who lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Major Eric Stuart Dougall VC MC (Royal Field Artillery0 is killed in action at age 32 four days after performing deeds for which he will be awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously.
  • Lieutenant Horace Manton Brown MC (Suffolk Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed in August 1915.
  • Lieutenant John William Ronald Campbell MC (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed at age 24. He is the son of the late Major General ‘Sir’ William Campbell KCB.
  • Lieutenant Christopher Henry Duncan Champion (Australian Imperial Forces) is killed at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend Arthur Hammerton Champion the headmaster at The King’s School Parramatte. His body will be found in March 2003 and he will be reburied on 22nd April 2005. His brother was killed in July 1916.
  • Lieutenant Eric West Brutton MC (Devonshire Regiment attached Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend Ernest Bartholomew Brutton of Aylesbeare Vicarage Exeter.
  • Second Lieutenant Alfred Owen Challoner Pryce (Cameronians) is killed in action at age 34. His is the son of an Alderman of Abingdon.
  • Second Lieutenant Hugh Cuthbertson (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 27. His brother was killed in July 1917.
  • Second Lieutenant Geoffrey Lacy Whitelaw (Household Battalion) dies at home from septicemia caused by appendicitis at age 19. He has lost two brothers in the Great War.
  • Private George Limmage (Royal Warwickshire Regiment) is killed. His brother will be killed in August of this year. Private Harold Joseph Fletcher (New Zealand Entrenching Battalion) is killed in action. His brother Samuel Fletcher died of wounds in October 1916.
  • Private Roger Ison (Royal West Surry Regiment) dies of wounds at age 19. His brother was killed in July 1917.
  • Private Frank Sharp (Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed at Passchedaele at age 19. His brother was killed in April 1915.
  • Private Alfred Peter Chandler (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed at age 34. His son will be killed in the Second World War.

Saturday 13 April 1918 We Lost 2,120

During the German spring offensive, when his platoon is surrounded Second Lieutenant John Munro (Seaforth Highlanders) leads them to fight their way out, delaying the enemy long enough for the rest of the battalion to regroup and mount a successful counter-attack. For his efforts on this day Lieutenant Munro, a Scottish Poet will be awarded the Military Cross. Three days later he will be killed in action at age 28. He wrote in his native Gaelic as Iain Rothach and came to be ranked by critics alongside other Great War Poets.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • A General
  • A battalion commander
  • A Norwich City footballer
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two, three, four and five son in the Great War
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • A man who lost two brothers in the Great War and another brother in the Second World War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Brigadier General Robert Clements Gore CB CMG General Officer Commanding 101st Brigade 34th Division is killed in action at age 51. The headquarters of both the 101st and the 74th Brigades are occupying the same cellar in a farm on the Mont de Lille (southeast of Bailleul) when it is blown in.  The explosion kills General Gore and his Signaling Officer, Major F G Avery.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Francis Cyril Robert Studd DSO (East Kent Regiment commanding 22nd Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 37 when a shell falls on his dugout.
  • Captain Vivian Sumner Simpson MC (York and Lancaster Regiment) is killed in action at age 33. He was a professional club football player with the Norwich City Football Club.
  • Captain Thomas Tannatt Pryce VC MC (Grenadier Guards) is killed in action at age 32 performing the deeds that will win him the Victoria Cross. Two days ago at Vieux-Berquin, France, Captain Pryce lead two platoons in a successful attack on the village. Early yesterday he is occupying a position with some 40 men, the rest having become casualties. He beats off four enemy attacks during the day, but by evening the enemy is within 60 yards of his trench. A bayonet charge led early this morning by Captain Pryce drives them back some 100 yards, but he has only 17 men left with no ammunition when yet another attack comes. He again leads a bayonet charge and is last seen engaged in a fierce hand-to-hand struggle against overwhelming odds.
  • Commander William Henry Farrington Warren DSO (HM TBD Parramatta, Royal Australian Navy) drowns in Italy at age 40. He is the son of the late Reverend John Maturin Warren.
  • Captain Kenneth Edward Brown (Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry) dies os wounds as a prisoner of war at age 22. He is the third of four brothers who lose their lives in the Great War, the final one being killed tomorrow.
  • Lieutenant Henry Kenyon Bagshaw (Army Service Corps attached Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed in action at age 26. He is the son of the Reverend Henry Fosbery Bagshaw.
  • Lieutenant Montague Hearfield Bingham (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) is killed at age 20. He is the son of Edward Leonard Bingham JP.
  • Lieutenant William Herbert Hamilton Steele-Nicholson (Royal Engineers) dies at home at age 43. His brother was killed in action in August 1917.
  • Lieutenant Edward Alex Shepherd (Machine Gun Corps) dies of wounds received in action. He is the son of the Reverend Edwin Thomas Shepherd Vicar of Longsleddale.
  • Lieutenant William Edward Barnes (Newfoundland Regiment) is killed at age 29. His brother was killed in August 1917.
  • Lieutenant Arthur Charles Lionel Abrahams (Coldstream Guards) is killed in action at age 20. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Lionel and Lady Abrahams.
  • Second Lieutenant Hubert Merefield Parsons (Machine Gun Corps) is killed in action at age 24. His only brother Mervyn was killed at Ypres in September 1915.
  • Second Lieutenant John Cyprian Lott MC (East Lancashire Regiment) is killed in action at age 23. He is the son of the late Reverend R C, sometime Vicar of De Aar, Cape Colony and Rector of Croughton, Northants.  He was educated at Trinity College, Oxford.
  • Sergeant Sidney Wedd DCM (Lincolnshire Regiment) dies of wounds received in action at age 23. His brother was killed in October 1916.
  • Sergeant Amos Brewster (Grenadier Guards) is killed. His brother was killed in October 1916.
  • Corporal Rolland Miller Neilson (Gordon Highlanders) is killed at age 26. He is the last of three brothers who will die in the first world war and who have a younger brother who though too young to fight in this war is killed in the Gordon Highlanders in June 1940.
  • Lance Corporal Sidney Parkhouse (Middlesex Regiment) dies on service at age 31. His brother was killed in November 1915.
  • Private Stanley Cregeen (South Lancashire Regiment) is killed in action at age 24. His brother was killed two years earlier in April 1916.
  • Private Frederick Stooke (Coldstream Guards) is killed at age 20. His is one of four brothers to lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Private Walter Obadiah Lee (Coldstream Guards) is killed at age 35. His brother was killed less than three weeks ago.
  • Private David James Blyth Egdell (Cameron Highlanders) is killed at age 25. His brother was killed in July 1916.
  • Private Alfred Stewart (York and Lancaster Regiment) is killed at age 29. He is the last of five brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Private Percy Taylor (West Surrey Regiment) is killed at age 18. He is the last of three brothers who are killed in the war.

Friday 12 April 1918 We Lost 2,461

John Alexander Milne

A British column under General Edwards defeats the Germans at Medo, ninety-five miles from the coast at Port Amelia and begins to pursue the enemy.

An explosion takes place in the engine-room of H.M. Motor Launch 356, and the forward tanks burst into flame. The officer and some of the crew are blown overboard by the explosion and the remainder are quickly driven aft by the flames, and are taken off in a skiff. By this time the flames are issuing from the cabin hatch aft, and there is petrol burning on the surface of the water. It is then realized by the crews of adjacent vessels that the aft petrol tanks and the depth charge are being attacked by the fire, and might explode at any moment. At the moment when others are running away, Lieutenant Commander Keith Robin Hoare DSO DSC RNVR and Sub-Lieutenant Arthur Gerald Bagot DSC RNVR jump into their dinghy, row to the wreck, get on board, and remove the depth charge, thereby preventing an explosion which might have caused serious loss of life among the crowd of English and French sailors on the quay.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple battalion commanders
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A 1st Class Law Tripos at Cambridge in 1914
  • A Baronet
  • A man whose daughter will be born next August
  • A man whose daughter was born on 7th February
  • A Rhodes Scholar
  • A renowned lightweight wrestler
  • A man whose son will be killed in November 1944

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel John Alexander Milne DSO (commanding 36th Australian Infantry) dies of wounds at age 46. He was wounded five times on landing in Gallipoli on 25th April 1915.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Neill Diarmid Campbell (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders commanding 6th Black Watch) is killed in action at age 26. His brother was killed in March 1917.
  • Major Godfrey Hudson MC (Machine Gun Corps) is killed in action at age 24. His older brother was killed in February 1917. They are sons of the Reverend E F W Hudson and Godfrey was 1st Class Law Tripos at Cambridge University in 1914.
  • Captain Hill Wilson White (Royal Army Medical Corps) is killed in action at age 32. He is the son of The Reverend Harry Vere the Bishop of Limerick who lost another son in July 1916.
  • Captain Roger Eykyn Thompson (Hampshire Regiment) is killed at age 40. His brother was killed on Christmas Day 1915.
  • Lieutenant G Gilderthorp (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed in action. His brother was killed yesterday.
  • Lieutenant ‘Sir’ Robert Cecil Muir Mackenzie MC (Durham Light Infantry) is killed at age 26. He became the 5th Baronet upon the death of his father two months earlier.
  • Lieutenant Dan Stalker (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action. His daughter will be born in August.
  • Lieutenant M Chapman MC (Grenadier Guards) is killed. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Arthur Wakefield Chapman.
  • Lieutenant Thomas Edwardes (York and Lancs Regiment) is killed in action. He is the son of the Reverend George Edwardes Vicar of St John’s Toweter Park.
  • Second Lieutenant Leonard Ashworth (York and Lancaster Regiment) is killed in action at age 23. His brother Second Lieutenant George Ashworth was killed in 1916.
  • Second Lieutenant Gordon Lautre Murray (Royal Air Force) is killed when his Sopwith Camel is one of three in his squadron shot down at Merville-Radinghem. He is the son of the Reverend Andrew C Murray and a Rhodes Scholar from South Africa.
  • Second Lieutenant Harley Lionel Adrian Oswald-Hicks (Middlesex Regiment) is killed at age 27. He is the son of the Reverend Thomas William Oswald-Hicks.
  • Second Lieutenant Hugh Lambroughton (Scots Fusiliers) dies of wounds at age 37. His brother will die on service in November.
  • Company Sergeant Major Maxwell Elderkin DCM MM (West Surrey Regiment) is killed at age 30. His two half-brothers have been previously killed in the Great War.
  • Sergeant William Royle DCM (Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 26. His brother was killed in May 1915.
  • Sergeant David Cook MM (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed in action at age 24. His brother was killed in April a year ago.
  • Sergeant Walter Mutimer (Cambridgeshire Regiment) dies of wounds at 26. He was wounded on 16th January and his daughter was born 7th His brother was killed in action on 6th September 1917.
  • Lance Corporal Oliver Curtis New (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 24. His brother was killed on Gallipoli in June 1915.
  • Lance Corporal Phillip Arnold Knights Smith (Bedfordshire Yeomanry) dies of injuries he received in training when a horse fell and rolled over crushing his lungs at home at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend Leslie Knights Smith and he had a brother who was killed in September 1915.
  • Private Matthew Henry Pattinson (Motor Transport Coy. Royal Army Service Corps, attached to VIII Corps Heavy Artillery Army Service Corps) is killed in action by a shell at Ypres. He is a renowned lightweight wrestler. He was at one time the gamekeeper to the Earl of Sefton’s Abbeystead estate and later acted in the same capacity on the Graythwaite Hall estate for the late Colonel T M Sandys MP.
  • Private Peter Craig (Royal Scots Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 18. His brother was killed in December 1915 at Gallipoli.
  • Pioneer Edward Thomas Ford (Royal Engineers) dies of wounds received in action at age 22. His brother will be killed in action in three months.
  • Private Edward Pollard (North Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 30. His younger brother will be killed in 6 weeks.
  • Private Frank Philip Nicholls (Monmouthshire Regiment) is killed. His son will be killed in November 1944.

Thursday 11 April 1918 We Lost 2,173

Ebenezer Maclay

Captain William Henry Hubbard (Royal Air Force) drives down an enemy machine out of control.

The Turks attack the bridgehead at El Ghoraniyeh and are severely repulsed.

Today’s losses include:

  • The father of 1984 Academy Award winning actress Dame Peggy Ashcroft
  • Multiple sons of member of the clergy
  • A 5-victory ace
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • Brothers killed togeher
  • The son of a Member of Parliament
  • The son of a Baronet
  • The son of a General
  • A South African cricket International
  • The son of a Councillor
  • A former goalkeeper for Hemel Hempstead FC

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major William Worsley Ashcroft (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 39. He is the father of the actress Dame Peggy Ashcroft. She won a 1984 Academy Award as best supporting actress for the film; the New York Film Critics Circle voted her best actress. She played a saintly, enigmatic Englishwoman in David Lean’s film of E. M. Forster’s novel “A Passage to India” and then was cast as a doubting former missionary in a television mini-series, “The Jewel in the Crown” based on Paul Scott’s “Raj Quartet.” The two performances brought her Britain’s top film and television awards. She had previously won a string of awards as the finest actress on the British stage, and she won a special Laurence Olivier Award, London’s major theatrical prize, for lifetime achievement in the theater.
  • Captain Patrick Lyon Playfair (Black Watch) is killed at age 24. He is the son of the late Reverend Patrick M Playfair DD.
  • Captain Kelvin Crawford (Royal Air Force) a five-victory ace is killed in action at age 22.
  • Captain William Askham (Army Cyclist Corps) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed in August 1916.
  • Captain Arthur Walsh MC (South Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 26 at Locon. He is the son of Stephen Walsh MP.
  • Lieutenant Ebenezer Maclay (Scots Guards) is killed at age 27. He is the son of the Baronet ‘Sir’ Joseph Paton Maclay who lost two sons in June 1915 within three days of each other on Gallipoli.
  • Lieutenant E Gilderthorp (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 26 the day before he brother met the same fate.
  • Lieutenant Dennistoun Hamilton Yatman (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 19. He is the son of Brigadier General Clement Yatman CMG DSO.
  • Second Lieutenant George J Stranger (Guernsey Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 23. His older brother Harry received a wound during the same engagement that will prove fatal one month later and their younger brother has been killed in action three weeks earlier.
  • Second Lieutenant Charles R Shaw (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed in action at age 29. His brother will be killed in October.
  • Second Lieutenant John Ormonde Butler (General List attached Royal Air Force) dies of wounds as a prisoner of war received 24th March at age 19. He is the only son of the Reverend Robert Moore Peile Butler Rector of Priston.
  • Corporal Arthur Edward Ochse (South African Infantry) is killed in action at age 48. He appeared in two test cricket matches in 1888 for South Africa becoming the youngest South African test debutant.
  • Corporal Albert Harrison MM (South Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 31. He is the son of Councillor Walter Harrison.
  • Trooper Robert James Crozier (Australian Light Horse) is killed in action in Palestine at age 21. His brother died of wounds in January 1917.
  • Brothers and Gunner Malcolm, 20, and William McIsaac, 26, are killed together serving with the Royal Garrison Artillery and are buried in adjacent graves in Arras Faubourg d’Amiens Cemetery.
  • Private George Thomas Perry (Essex Regiment) is killed in action. He is a former goalkeeper for Hemel Hempstead Football Club.
  • Private Cuthbert William Nesbit (Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend John William Nesbit Rector of Loudborough.