Great War Lives Lost

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

Wednesday 26 June 1918 We Lost 384

The roadstead and military works at Durazzo are bombed during the day with visible results by a squadron of British aircraft and a squadron of seaplanes from the Italian Navy.  The enemy machines that rise to fight are compelled to withdraw and do not succeed in preventing the action of the Allied squadrons, all of whose machines returned undamaged to their bases.

Today’s losses include:

  • A 5-victory ace
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • A staff journalist with The Daily Mail London
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Edward Carter Eaton (Royal Air Force) is killed in action at age 19. His is a five victory ace and is shot down by German ace Fritz Rumey.
  • Second Lieutenant Ernest Geoffrey Adams (Norfolk Regiment) dies of wounds received in Avebury Wood at age 21. He is the only son the Reverend Ernest William Adams of St John’s Vicarage, Bury St Edmund’s Suffolk.
  • Second Lieutenant John MacLean Matheson (Royal Scots) is killed in action at age 29. He is a journalist on the staff of The Daily Telegraph
  • Sergeant John Christian Stephenson MM (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 28. His brother will be killed in September.
  • Private Julian Alexander Dykes (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 24. His brother will be killed in a railway accident next March in France.
  • Gunner Robert Edmund Timms (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 25. His brother will be killed in six weeks.

Tuesday 25 June 1918 We Lost 337

S S Orissa grave of Hugh Brown (Albert Medal)

The steamship Orissa is torpedoed and sinks in the North Atlantic twenty-one miles south west from Skerryvore killing six of the crew. The explosion took place about twenty feet from the store room where some members of the crew including Boatswain Hugh Brown and his son who was the Steward’s Boy are receiving their tobacco issue.  The store room is immediately flooded but the Boatswain and his son are able to fight their way to the stairway leading to the weather deck, the bottom stairs of which have been blown away.  The boy manages to reach the weather deck but Brown then hears the Storekeeper who is still in the flooded store room calling for help.  As soon as he has been assured of his son’s safety Brown wishes the boy farewell and though he could probably have saved himself he turns back in the hope of assisting the Storekeeper.  The ship sinks not long after and neither the Boatswain nor the Storekeeper is seen again.  For his actions Boatswain Brown is posthumously awarded the Albert Medal.  Hugh Brown dies at age forty-three.

Observer Sergeant Ernest Antcliffe achieves his first victory when he shoots down a Fokker D VII near Thorout while flying with Lieutenant J P West.

 Today’s losses include:

  • An Albert Medal winner
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • A man whose brother was killed serving in the American Expeditionary Forces
  • A man shot at dawn

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Corporal John Douglas Hazelton (Alberta Regiment) is killed at age 33. He is the son of the Reverend Edward Hazelton.
  • Private Walter Oswald Larsen (Manitoba Regiment) is killed at age 26. He is a United States citizen whose brother was killed serving in the American Expeditionary Forces.
  • Private Walter Dossett (York and Lancaster Regiment) is executed at age 22 for desertion during the Ludendorff Offensive earlier in 1918. The execution takes place near Vlamertinghe, in the Ypres Salient.

Monday 24 June 1918 We Lost 373

Arthur Bertram Lawson

Four members of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve were captured in March of this year and taken behind the German lines eventually being employed in road building Leading Seaman William Hamilton, Able Seaman Bernard Hepburn, Able Seaman William Bunting and Able Seaman William Drynan Lochhead. After being there for about a week they made their escape and after a further two days (on 23rd April 1918) they reached a deserted dug-out about 100 meters west of the St. Ledger-Henni road. There they are discovered by a German soldier. In order to keep him quiet, the four RND men murdered the German, but are discovered later by another German and recaptured. They are tried twice and executed today by the Germans. Seaman Lochhead’s brother Staff Sergeant Robert Allan Lochhead was killed in October 1916

The submarine D6 (Lieutenant Robert Thomas Norman Filkin Royal Naval Reserve age 23) is sunk by the German submarine U-73 off the west coast of Ireland.  There are no survivors from the crew of twenty-five.

Today’s losses include:

  • A General
  • A battalion commander
  • The son of Baronet
  • The son of a Mayor and Alderman
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Brigadier General Alfred Forbes Lumsden DSO (General Officer Commanding 46th Brigade, 15th Division) is killed in action by shell fire in Battery valley (southwest of Feuchy, near Arras) while accompanying General Reed (General Officer Commanding 15th Division) on a tour of the trenches. General Lumsden dies at age 41.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Bertram Lawson DSO (Hussars commanding 2nd/5th Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed. He is the son of the late Baronet ‘Sir’ and Lady Lawson.
  • Captain Alfred James Barrow MC (Lancashire Fusiliers) dies of wounds to the thigh as a prisoner of war at age 34. He is the son Alderman Alfred Barrow the Mayor of Barrow-in-Furness.
  • Second Lieutenant Thomas Henry Mawby (London Regiment) is killed in action at age 28. His brother was killed in October 1915.
  • Private Sylvester Valerio (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed in action at age 35. His brother died in September 1917.
  • Private Norman Henry Werner (Australian Infantry) is killed in action at age 19. His brother was killed in September 1917.
  • Private Geoffrey Bury Dewhirst (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed last March.

Women who lose a husband and son in the Great War

Harry and Robert Moorhouse

  • Harry Moorhouse DSO and his son Ronald Wilkinson Moorhouse killed on the same day
  • Sidney Oliver and his two sons William Evelyn Oliver (killed the same day) and James Oliver
  • William Sykes-Banks and his two sons Cyril D’Albini and Raymond D’Albini Sykes-Banks
  • William John Livingstone Anderson and his two sons David Livingstone and William James Livingstone Anderson
  • Alexander William Abercrombie and his son Alexander Ralph Abercrombie
  • Herbert Brocklehurst Sr. and his son Herbert Brocklehurst Jr.
  • Edmund William St Vincent Ryan and his son Edmond St Vincent-Ryan
  • Walter Raleigh Trevelyan and his daughter Armorel Kitty Trevelyan
  • Arthur Herbert Banthorp and his son Michael Arthur Raymond Banthrop
  • John Careless and his son Reginald Careless
  • George Albert Clissold and his son Charles Albert Clissold
  • William Charles Creed and his son William Creed
  • Daniel Troland and his son James Troland
  • Edward Francis Coates and his son Edwin Harry Coates
  • Joseph Colclough and his son George Colclough
  • Walter Henry Crook and his son William Henry Crook
  • John Cropper and his son Thomas Andrew Cropper
  • George William Baile and his son Robert Carlyle Baile
  • Frederick Howard Fairtlough and his son Gerard Howard Fairtlough
  • Roderick Finlayson and his son Finlay Finlayson
  • Charles Haggblom and his son Charles Haggbloom (sic)
  • P F R Newbury and his son Fred Pierson Newbury
  • James Joseph Walsh and his son Geoffrey Pennell Walsh
  • Sidney Gilbert Lewis Edwards and his son William S F Edwards
  • Henry Townsend Butcher and his son Arthur James Basil Butcher
  • William Hiles and his son William James Hiles
  • James Henry Greenwood and his son Henry James Greenwood
  • John William France and his son Harry France
  • Harry Sidney Brain and his son Harry Brain
  • George Hillam and his son George Hughes Hillam (age 16)
  • John Beresford Campbell and his son Donald Campbell
  • Hugh Elliot and his son Hugh Elliot
  • John Moir and his son John Henry Moir
  • Horace James Stokes and his son Stanley Tom Stokes
  • L D La Violette and his son Joseph Rodolhe Alexandre La Violette
  • Alexander Evitt and his son William Evitt
  • ‘the Honorable’ Charles Pardey Lukis and his son Theodore Stewart Lukis
  • Harry Studley and his son Logan Studley
  • Harry Charles Hughes and his son Eric Heath Hughes
  • Stephen George Peek and his son Emanuel George Trimmer
  • Frank Vaughan and his son Donald Vaughan
  • Henry David Dash and his son Reginald Valentine Dash
  • Jasper Fitzgerald Radcliffe and his son Dering John Jasper Radcliffe
  • James F Moore and his son Robert Moore
  • Stafford James Somerville and his son Stafford Dudley Somerville
  • George Everard Arthur Cayley and his son Francis Digby Edward Cayley
  • Ernest Henry Dowling and his two stepsons Harry and William Bernard Whiting
  • Christopher Henry Hoskyns-Abrahall and his son Christopher Henry Hoskyns-Abrahall
  • John Charles Newman and his son Howard Charles Newman
  • Thomas Jordan and his son Arthur Jordan
  • Hector Claugher and his son Hector Claugher (the only Claugher’s killed in the war)
  • ‘The Honorable’ Edward Stuart St Aubyn and his son Morice Julian Aubyn and a second son will be killed in the Second World War
  • William George Malone and his son Edmond Leo Malone and a second son will be killed in the Second World War
  • William Leslie Davidson and his son Donald Alastair Leslie Davidson and a second son will be killed in the Second World War

Saturday 22 June 1918 We Lost 292

Edward Norman Hodges

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of a Judge of the Supreme Court of Australia
  • The son of a member of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Edward Norman Hodges MC (Army Service Corps) dies of pneumonia at age 31. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Henry Hodges, Judge of the Supreme Court, Victoria, Australia.
  • Private Walter William MacGregor Quin (Dublin Fusiliers attached Labour Corps) dies of wounds at age 21. He is the only son of the Reverend William Quin Rector of Finvoy.

Friday 21 June 1918 We Lost 382

Ian Henry David Henderson

Today’s losses include:

  • A 10-victory ace
  • A 7-victory ace
  • The son of General ‘Sir” David Henderson former Director General of Military Aeronautics

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Ian Henry David Henderson MC (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders attached Royal Air Force) is killed in a flying accident along with South African ace Lieutenant Harold Bolton Redler MC in England at age 21. Henderson is a 7-victory ace and the only son of Lieutenant General ‘Sir’ David Henderson KCB KCVO DSO the former Director General of Military Aeronautics. Lieutenant Redler is a 10-victory ace and his Military Cross will be gazetted the following day.

Thursday 20 June 1918 We Lost 377

William Reginald Guy Pearson

HMHS Llandovery Castle leaves Halifax on a return voyage to Europe to pick up military patients.  A she starts she is carrying her crew and a hospital unit establishment of seven officers, fourteen nursing sisters and seventy-one other ranks.

Today’s losses include:

  • A 7-victory ace
  • A man whose brother was previously killed
  • The son of an Alderman and Justice of the Peace
  • The son of a member of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain William Reginald Guy Pearson (Royal Air Force) is killed in a collision at home at age 21. He is a seven victory ace.
  • Captain John Marcus Tyrrell (Irish Fusiliers attached Royal Air Force) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed less than two weeks ago and they are sons of Alderman John Tyrrell JP.
  • Second Lieutenant James MacMeekan (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend J MacMeekan.

Wednesday 19 June 1918 We Lost 286

Today’s losses include:

  • The brother of an Aylesbury United FC player who died of wounds in 1915
  • A man shot at dawn

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Private Joseph Clarke (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed at age 27. His brother who was a member of the Aylesbury United Football Club died of wounds in May 1915.
  • Private Stephen McD Fowles (Manitoba Regiment) is executed near the village of Villers behind Vimy Ridge for desertion. At the time of his conviction he was serving under a suspended sentence of death for a previous desertion offense.

Tuesday 18 June 1918 We Lost 416

A North Sea patrol consisting of two Short 184s escorted by two Camels is met by six Brandenberg seaplane fighters off Flanders Island. There is confusion during and after the fight in which the escorts mistake a Short which has been shot down for an enemy plane and a retreating Brandenberg for a Short, so they leave the scene.

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of a General
  • The son of an Admiral
  • Multiple battalion commanders
  • A man whose son was killed earlier in the Great War
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Temporary Lieutenant Colonel Charles Hope Little (Wiltshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 53. He is a son of the late General ‘Sir’ Archibald Little.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Herbert Banthorp (commanding Regimental Deport Northamptonshire Regiment) dies of service at age 55. His son was killed serving the same Regiment in July 1916.
  • Lieutenant Philip George Stokes-Rees (Royal Air Force) is killed in a flying accident at age 19. He is the son of Admiral Stokes-Rees.
  • Sergeant Alfred Edward Page (Bedfordshire Regiment attached Trench Mortar Battery) dies of wounds at age 26. His brother was killed last December.
  • Lance Bombardier Albert George Odell (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 23. His two brothers have already lost their lives in the Great War.
  • Private John H Quayle (Liverpool Regiment) is killed in action at age 30. His brother will be killed in one month and one day.

Monday 17 June 1918 We Lost 372

While bombing an important railway station in Cambrai, the formation of DH9s that Lieutenant (Temporary Captain) Frederick Andrew Laughlin is the leader, is attacked by about twenty enemy scouts.  In the engagement that ensues two enemy airplanes are destroyed and a third driven down out of control.

Captain Roger Armedee Del’Haye scores his first victory shooting down a Fokker DRI near Lens. Major Edward Corringham Mannock attacks a Halberstadt machine near Armentieres and destroys it from a height of 8,000 feet.

HMHS Landovery Castle arrives in Halifax with six hundred forty-four military patients.

 Today’s losses include:

  • A son of His Majesties Consul at Brest
  • The son of 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:

  • Captain Robert Vaughan Kestell-Cornish MC (Dorsetshire Regiment attached Staff) dies of wounds received in action at age 22. He is the son of His Majesties Consul at Brest, France.
  • Captain Maurice Desmond Quill (Royal Marine Artillery) dies of injuries received in a riding accident while on parade at age 22. He is the son of Major General R H Quill.
  • Captain Archibald Allan MC (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) dies of wounds received in Italy at age 28. He is the son of the Reverend James Allan.
  • Lieutenant Joseph Arthur Holdsworth MC (Lancashire Regiment) dies of wounds as a prisoner of war in Germany at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend J Forster Holdsworth.
  • Lance Corporal Henry Wooller (Sussex Regiment) is killed. His brother was killed in June 1916.
  • Private John McMillan (Black Watch) dies of wounds received in action in Egypt at age 22. His brother was killed in September 1917.
  • Private George Sutherland (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend George Sutherland.