Great War Lives Lost

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

14 December 1918 We Lost 246

A General Election is held in Britain.

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • A man whose brother was killed in May 1915 on Gallipoli

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain William R Martell (Central Ontario Regiment) dies on service at age 32. He is the son of Archdeacon George Rigby Martell.
  • Corporal Thomas Green (Hussars) dies at age 23. His brother was killed in May 1915 at Gallipoli.

13 December 1918 We Lost 278

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • A man whose brother died on service last month

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Robert Masson Boyd (Royal Army Medical Corps) dies of pneumonia at age 31. He is the son of the Reverend Robert Masson Boyd.
  • Air Mechanic 2nd (wireless operator) Leonard Frederick Jakes (Royal Air Force) dies at Rouen at age 18. His brother died on service last month.

12 December 1918 We Lost 298

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of a member of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Thomas Noel Fox (Somerset Light Infantry) dies on service in Sofia at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend John Charles Fox Rector of Temple Coombe.

11 December 1918 We Lost 289

The Great War has been over for a month. The dying continues, from influenza and other ailments, wounds, accidents and even suicide.

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • An accountant and estate manager

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Commander Thomas Shirley Gooch (Royal Navy) dies on service at home at age 54. He is the son of the late Thomas Gooch JP.
  • Private Wilfred Richardson (Durham Light Infantry) dies of bronchial pneumonia at age 33. He was an accountant and estate manager at Whitby and Secretary of the Traders’ Association.

10 December 1918 We Lost 325

Today’s losses include:

  • A family that will lose two sons to the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Gunner P E F Foney (Royal Field Artillery) dies at age 29 in France. His brother was killed in the sinking of HMS Hampshire in 1916.

Tuesday 9 December 1918 We Lost 272

Today’s losses include:

  • A family that will lose two sons to the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Driver Harry Fitkin (Royal Engineers) dies in Greece at age 25. His brother was killed in March 1918.

Monday 8 December 1918 We Lost 283

Today’s losses include:

  • A Military Chaplain and son of a member of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Chaplain Hugh James Bernard Green dies on service at age 34. He is the son of the Reverend F J Green.
  • Stoker 1st Class Benjamin Dan Black (HMS Botha, Royal Navy) dies at home at age 22. His brother died in France in the closing days of the Great War.
  • Private George Bean (Bedfordshire Yeomanry) dies at age 22. His brother died of wounds in August 1917.

Sunday 7 December 1918 We Lost 364

Today’s losses include:

  • A Brigadier General
  • A Military Chaplain whose son will die on service in December 1942 commits suicide
  • Another Military Chaplain who is the son of a member of the clergy
  • A man whose son died of wounds last April

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Brigadier General Arthur Alexander Wolfe-Murray CB, (Highland Light Infantry & General Staff) dies in London at age 52. While at Sandhurst he played cricket against Woolwich.
  • Chaplain 4th Class the Reverend Foster Raine commits suicide by hanging in a Great Western Railway carriage and he is discovered when the train arrives at Plymouth from London. His son will die on service in the Royal Navy on 6th December 1942 at age 26.
  • Chaplain George Edward Craven the son of the Reverend George Edward Craven dies on active service at Salonika at age 27.
  • Worker Blanche Amelia Page (QMAAC attached Signals Section, Royal Engineers) dies of pneumonia at age 30.
  • Private William Charles Creed (Gloucestershire Regiment attached Labour Corps) dies on service. His son died of wounds last April.

Saturday 6 December 1918 We Lost 344

Cologne is entered by the Second British Cavalry Brigade and armoured cars.

Members of the 9th British West Indies Regiment attack there officers due to their poor treatment. More incidents of of insubordination follow as the troops refused to carry out duties that are assigned to them.

Today’s losses include:

  • A man whose son was killed in June 1917
  • The younger brother of author Gilbert K Chesterston
  • The assistant editor to the Eye Witness newspaper
  • The granddaughter of a Baronet
  • Daughter of a member of the clergy
  • A woman whose brother was killed in September 1917

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain William Henry Compton (Royal Army Medical Corps) dies at home at age 56. His son was killed in action in June 1917. After having served since August 1914,
  • Gunner Arthur Willis Inglis (Royal Field Artillery) dies on service at at 23. The younger brother of author Gilbert K Chesterston
  • Private Cecil Edward Chesterton (Highland Light Infantry) dies of pneumonia on service in France at age 39. He is the assistant editor to the Eye Witness newspaper.
  • Nurse Mary Murial Graham (Voluntary Aid Detachment) dies in London of acute meningitis at age 23. She is the granddaughter of ‘Sir’ Richard Graham 4th Baronet of Netherby.
  • Assistant Administrator Anna Marjorie Whall (Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps) dies at age 36. Her brother was killed in September 1917 and they are children of the Reverend Edward Haversham Whall Rector of North Barsham.

Friday 5 December 1918 We Lost 407

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The recently arrived Light Cruiser Cassandra is mined off the Gulf of Finland and sinks with 11 dead.

Battery Sergeant Major Charles Edward Haydon Parker VC (Royal Field Artillery) dies in London at age 49.  On 31st March 1900 at Sanna’s Post, South Africa ‘Q’ and ‘U’ Batteries of the Royal Horse Artillery are ambushed with loss of most of the baggage column and five guns of the leading battery.  When the alarm is given, ‘Q’ Battery went into action 1,150 yards from the post until the order to retire was received, when Major Phipps-Hornby, commander of ‘Q’ Battery, ordered the guns and their limbers to be run back by hand to a safe place.  For his actions Sergeant Parker was awarded the Victoria Cross.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • Multiple families that will lose two son in the Great War
  • A Military Chaplain

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Philip Edmund Vaughan DSO (Worcestershire Regiment) dies on service at home at age 40. His brother was killed in April 1915.
  • Lieutenant Hubert Burgoyne Davey (South Wales Borderers) dies on service at age 28. His brother was killed last October.
  • Chaplain the Reverend Frederick William Ainley dies on active service.