Great War Lives Lost

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

18 January 1919 We Lost 126

The Peace negotiations begin in Paris.

17 January 1919 We Lost 124

A fire breaks out at the brewery at Wizernes. In the engine room a Frenchman whose cries for help can be heard is entombed by a fall of masonry which blocks the entrance.  The upper part of the building is blazing fiercely and the only entrance to the engine room is by a small hole in a wall which carried the machinery belting.  Lieutentant (Acting Major William Revell Smith MC (Royal Field Artillery), Sergeant Alexander Gibson, Royal Engineers and Corporal James Smith, Military Mounted Police succeed in making their way through this hole into the room and work for three quarters of an hour before they expose the head and shoulders of the entombed man, who is found to be dead.  They risked their lives in attempting to save this man’s life as a further collapse of masonry which appeared imminent would have completely cut off their exit.  For their efforts all three men will be awarded the Albert Medal.

16 January 1919 We Lost 149

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple families that will lose two sons to the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Private George Arthur John Daniells (Army Service Corps) dies on service at age 21.His brother was killed in September 1915.
  • Private Charles Chuck (Newfoundland Regiment) dies of illness at home at age 27. His brother was killed in April 1917.

15 January 1919 We Lost 140

Today’s losses include:

  • A man whose brother died on service three weeks ago

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Leading Seaman John Love (HMS Vivid) dies on service at age 38. His brother died three weeks earlier.

14 January 1919 We Lost 135

Today’s losses include:

  • A Military Police officer

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lance Corporal Joseph William Start (Military Police Corps) dies at Mons at age 31. He is a Margate Police Officer.

13 January 1919 We Lost 148

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of a member of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Frederick Yorke (Cheshire Regiment attached Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed in England at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend H Lefroy Yorke.

12 January 1919 We Lost 132

11 January 1919 We Lost 141

10 January 1919 We Lost 152

9 January 1919 We Lost 202

The armed fishing smack Ivanhoe strikes a mine and sinks killing six including her Skipper John William James Tucker lost at age 46.