Great War Lives Lost

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

Monday 25 June 1917 – We Lost 452

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

Today’s losses include:

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

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

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

Sunday 24 June 1917 – We Lost 501

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

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

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

Today’s losses include:

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

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

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

Saturday 23 June 1917 – We Lost 486

Richard Henry Driffield Lee

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

Today’s losses include:

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

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

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

Friday 22 June 1917 – We Lost 433

Philip Musgrave Toulmin

Today’s losses include:

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

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

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

Thursday 21 June 1917 – We Lost 432

Robert George Broadwood

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

Today’s losses include:

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

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

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

Wednesday 20 June 1917 – We Lost 417

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

Today’s losses include:

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

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

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

Tuesday 19 June 1917 – We Lost 436

Cap badge of  the Durham Light Infantry

Today’s losses include:

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

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

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

Monday 18 June 1917 – We Lost 539

William ‘Bill’ Ladbury

The hired trawler Borneo is sunk by a mine off Beachy Head. Her captain Skipper William Allan Royal Naval Reserve is killed at age 30.

Today’s losses include:

  • The world flyweight boxing champion
  • The son of a Baronet, JP and Governor of the Leeward Islands
  • A man whose brother will die of wounds in Italy in November 1943
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Another son of a Justice of the Peace
  • Victims of the Red Baron
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • A man whose son will be killed in the Second World War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain John Eustace Fiennes (Gordon Highlanders) is killed at age 21. He is the son of Lieutenant Colonel the Honorable ‘Sir’ Eustace Fiennes 1st Baronet JP the Governor of the Leeward Islands. His brother will die of wounds in Italy in November 1943.
  • Lieutenant Murray Eden Newton (London Regiment attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 22. He is the only son of the Reverend George Herbert Newton Vicar of Wisborough.
  • Lieutenant Bevis Heppel Bean (Welsh Fusiliers attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 27. He is the son of the Reverend Benjamin Bean.
  • Lieutenant David Ethelston Davies (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend John Davies Rector of Llangybi.
  • Lieutenants Ralph Walter Elly Ellis (Royal Garrison Artillery attached Royal Flying Corps) and Harold Carver Barlow (Lancashire Fusiliers attached Royal Flying Corps) are both killed in action when Manfred von Richthofen shoots down their RE8. The observer is the son of Frank Barlow JP and he is killed at age 27.
  • Sergeant Percival William Lewis Carey (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 28. His brother will be killed on 21 March 1918.
  • Corporal Arthur John Howe (Suffolk Regiment) is killed. His brother will be killed next month.
  • Corporal Walter Gill (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother died on service in March 1916.
  • Private William Harry Reeman (Suffolk Regiment) is killed in action his two brothers will lose their lives as a result of war service.
  • Rifleman Henry Augustus Kirby (Irish Rifles) is killed at age 39. His brother was killed in March last year.
  • Private Fred Stapley (Suffolk Regiment) is killed at age 36. His son will lose his life in the Second World War.
  • Private William (Bill) Ladbury (Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed at age 25. He is the world fly-weight boxing champion.

Sunday 17 June 1917 – We Lost 606

Humphrey James Arden Adderley

At about 04:00 (H M trawler Fraser, Skipper Alexander Geddes, with another skipper Francis John Williams also on board) is mined while in company with another minesweeping trawler Ben Gulvain, commanded by Skipper Alexander McLeod. The two vessels having already swept the entrances at Boulogne, the main route for all troop movements from England, and are on their way to sweep what is known as the Ridge when a mine is sighted. The Fraser, however, is destroyed by another mine which had been lurking unseen below the surface. Four of her crew are saved by the Ben Gulvain, but 13 officers and ratings are killed by the explosion.

Today’s losses include:

  • A battalion commander
  • A man whose father will die on service next year
  • Multiple families that will lose two son sons in the Great War
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A Military Chaplain
  • The son of a Baron

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Robert Alexander Stannus DSO (commanding 4th Leinster Regiment) dies of wounds at age 47. He is a veteran of the South African War.
  • Second Lieutenant William Horace Gordon Compton (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 24. His father will die at home serving as a Captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps in December 1918.
  • Second Lieutenant Egerton Anson Frederick Corfield (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 29. His brother was killed in July of last year and they are sons of the Reverend Egerton Corfield Rector of Finchampstead Berks.
  • Chaplain Frederick Canning Cleaver dies on active sersvice in the Middle East at age 37. Corporal Harry Hillas Haynes (North Lancashire Regiment) is killed in action at age 27.  He is the son of the Reverend W B Haynes and had a brother who was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
  • Private Alfred George Kent (Sherwood Foresters) dies of wounds at age 27. His brother will die of wounds in September of this year.
  • Rifleman ‘the Honorable’ Humphrey James Arden Adderley (London Regiment) dies of wounds at home at age 34. He is the son of Charles Leigh Adderley 2nd Baron Norton.

Saturday 16 June 1917 – We Lost 961

David Rhys Cadwgan Lloyd

Today’s losses include:

  • Families that will lose two, three and four sons in the Great War
  • The son of a Baronet
  • The son of Justice of the Peace
  • A well known cricketer and Captain of Cumberland Country Football team
  • A man buried next to his cousin who was killed in July 1916
  • The son of a member of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Paul Raymond Meautys MC (Brigade Major 53rd Brigade and North Staffordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 26. He is one of three brothers who die in the Great War.
  • Lieutenant Thomas Farquhar Lucas (Warwickshire Regiment attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 30. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Edward Lingard Lucas the 3rd
  • Lieutenant David Rhys Cadwgan Lloyd (General List attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed over Marquion at age 20. He is 22nd in the direct line of male descendant from Bleddyn ap Cynfyn Prince of Powys and North Wales and the son of Llewellyn Lloyd JP.
  • Lieutenant Claude Leslie Blair MC (Royal Engineers) is killed. He is a well known cricketer for St Bees and Whitehaven and Captain of the Cumberland County Football team.  His cousin was killed in July 1916 and they are buried next to each other.
  • Lieutenant Rupert Holton Herd (Australian Flying Corps) is accidentally killed in England at age 25. His brother was killed in August 1916.
  • Lieutenant William Arthur Wildblood (Army Service Corps) is killed at Ouderdom near Reninghelst. He is the son of the Reverend Charles Wildblood.
  • Lance Corporal James William Williamson (London Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in July 1916.
  • Private Samuel Pearson (East Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 33. His two brothers will also be killed in the Great War.
  • Private James Wesley Cook (Australian Infantry) is killed nine days after his brother met the same fate.
  • Private Bertie James Coles (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother died of wounds last December.
  • Private Charles Quinn (Hampshire Regiment) is killed at age 27. He is the third of four sons of Mrs. A N Quinn of Lower Sydenham who loses his life in the Great War.