Great War Lives Lost

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

Friday 19 July 1918 We Lost 654

William Alexander Cosgrove

At 03:14 three Sopwith Camels take off from HMS Furious in the first ever air raid launched from an aircraft carrier. The raid on the Zeppelin sheds at Tondern has been delayed for some weeks due to bad weather.  Each aircraft carries two specially made 60-pound Cooper bombs.  The second flight of four aircraft departs HMS Furious at 03:22 but only three reach Tondern as one aircraft suffers severe engine trouble and is forced to return to the fleet where the pilot is successfully picked up, though is aircraft is destroyed when the rescuing destroyer runs in over.  There is no protecting enemy fighter aircraft at the base, although ground fire is intense.  Two Zeppelins, L54 and L60, are destroyed in huge explosions in one of the three sheds at the base.  Clouds and poor visibility may be a contributing factor to only one other aircraft returning safely to a British ship.  One pilot drowns when he presumably runs out of fuel and has to ditch. Three other pilots are forced to land or ditch in Denmark where they are interned.

Near Merville, Captain Edward Corringham Mannock, fires 80 rounds into an Albatross two-seater, which then goes to the ground in flames.

At 03:14 three Sopwith Camels take off from HMS Furious in the first ever air raid launched from an aircraft carrier. The raid on the Zeppelin sheds at Tondern has been delayed for some weeks due to bad weather. Each aircraft carries two specially made 60-pound Cooper bombs. The second flight of four aircraft departs HMS Furious at 03:22 but only three reach Tondern as one aircraft suffers severe engine trouble and is forced to return to the fleet where the pilot is successfully picked up, though is aircraft is destroyed when the rescuing destroyer runs in over. There is no protecting enemy fighter aircraft at the base, although ground fire is intense. Two Zeppelins, L54 and L60, are destroyed in huge explosions in one of the three sheds at the base. Clouds and poor visibility may be a contributing factor to only one other aircraft returning safely to a British ship. One pilot drowns when he presumably runs out of fuel and has to ditch. Three other pilots are forced to land or ditch in Denmark where they are interned.
Near Merville, Captain Edward Corringham Mannock, fires 80 rounds into an Albatross two-seater, which then goes to the ground in flames.
HMS Garry twice rams sinks the German submarine UB-110. For his actions during this affair her commanding officer, Lieutenant Commander Charles Herbert Lightoller will be awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. The damage to the Garry is so severe that she just bareGly gets back to dry dock. Commander Lightoller was the Second Officer of RMS Titanic on her maiden voyage in 1912.
The submarine E34 (Lieutenant Richard Ivor Pulleyne DSO DSC age 28) is lost with all thirty one hands in the North Sea through unknown causes.
The Turks and Germans mount a brief attack at Abu Tellul near the Jordan, but are defeated by Australian Light Horse regiments with heavy casualties to the Germans.

Today’s losses include:

• Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
• The son of a member of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

• Captain William Alexander Cosgrave Hedley (East Kent Regiment) dies of wounds at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend Herbert Hedley Vicar of Nackington.
• Lieutenant Donovan Joseph Trapp (Royal Air Force) is killed in action at age 23. He is the final of three brothers who die while serving in the Air Forces during the Great War.
• Second Lieutenant Francis Douglas (South African Infantry) is killed at age 24. His brother was killed in April 1917.
• Private Thomas Henry Quayle (South African Scottish) is killed in action at age 27. His brother was killed the previous month.

The submarine E34 (Lieutenant Richard Ivor Pulleyne DSO DSC age 28) is lost with all thirty one hands in the North Sea through unknown causes.

The Turks and Germans mount a brief attack at Abu Tellul near the Jordan, but are defeated by Australian Light Horse regiments with heavy casualties to the Germans.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • The son of a member of the clergy

 

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

 

  • Captain William Alexander Cosgrave Hedley (East Kent Regiment) dies of wounds at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend Herbert Hedley Vicar of Nackington.
  • Lieutenant Donovan Joseph Trapp (Royal Air Force) is killed in action at age 23. He is the final of three brothers who die while serving in the Air Forces during the Great War.
  • Second Lieutenant Francis Douglas (South African Infantry) is killed at age 24. His brother was killed in April 1917.
  • Private Thomas Henry Quayle (South African Scottish) is killed in action at age 27. His brother was killed the previous month.

Thursday 18 July 1918 We Lost 416

Cap badge of the Middlesex Regiment

Private David Stevenson (Middlesex Regiment) is executed by firing squad for desertion at age 23 in the mining village of Bully-Grenay, near Lens.  The last words of a member of the firing squad were “What will my mother say?”

Wednesday 17 July 1918 We Lost 434

RMS Carpathia rescuer of Titanic sinking victims

The Cunard liner Carpathia the ship that in 1912 picked up the survivors of the Titanic disaster is struck by two torpedoes fired by a German U-boat.  The ship is traveling in convoy, bound for Boston from Liverpool and is some one hundred twenty miles west of Fastnet.  A third torpedo hits the ships as the lifeboats are being manned.  The explosions kill five of the crew.  The remainder of the crew and the one hundred fifty-seven passengers on board are picked up by HMS Snowdrop and safely brought back to Liverpool.  The Carpathia sinks at 12:40 the following morning.

Today’s losses include:

  • A 6-victory ace
  • A 5-victory ace
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Christopher Percy Evill MC (Royal Engineers) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend Henry Marten Evill Vicar of St Martin’s Hereford.
  • Captain Claud Robert James Thompson (Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed in England at age 26. He was a six-victory ace.
  • Lieutenant Horace Murray Tollemache (Hampshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 27. He is the son of the late Honorable Murray Arthur Tollemache who has six other sons who are action in the forces.
  • Sergeant J W Abbotts (North Staffordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 26. His brother will die at home while serving in the same regiment in August 1918.
  • Sergeant Edward Harper Sayers (Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed at home. He is a five victory ace.
  • Sapper William Mainwaring (Royal Engineers) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed in December 1915.
  • Private Oscar Bruce (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 30. His brother will die on service in August next year.
  • Private John Potts (Cheshire Regiment) dies on service in India. He is the last of three brothers who are killed in the Great War.

Tuesday 16 July 1918 We Lost 504

Lionel Arthur Ashfield DFC

HMS Anchusa is sunk by the German submarine U-54 off the north coast of Ireland killing 78.

  • Lieutenant Henry Neville Chamberlain (Royal Naval Reserve) is killed in the sinking of the sloop. He dies at age 31 and is the son of the late Reverend George Chamberlain.
  • Leading Stoker Frank Woodey killed at age 25. His brother will be killed in November.

Major General Dunsterville lands at Baku with the 9th Warwickshire and 9th Worcestershire Regiments.

Today’s losses include:

  • A pilot shot down by an Ally
  • A Military Chaplain
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • A 5-victory ace

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Awdry Morris Vaucour MC DFC (Royal Artillery attached Royal Air Force) is killed at age 28 when his Sopwith Camel is shot down by an Italian pilot. He is the son of the late Reverend H M Vaucour.
  • Chaplain Sidney Dunstan dies on active service at home at age 34.
  • Lieutenant Frank Dalziel Adam (Rifle Brigade) dies of wounds at age 21. He is the son of the late William Adam JP and his brother died last year of enteritis in Baghdad.
  • Lieutenant Lionel Arthur Ashfield DFC (Royal Air Force) is killed in action at age 19. He is a five victory ace.
  • Sergeant Ernest William Orange (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 30. His brother was killed in February 1917.
  • Private Herbert Wynne Walton-Evans (Australian Army Service Corps) is killed. He is the son of the late Venerable David Evans Archdeacon of St Asaph.

Monday 15 July 1918 We Lost 337

 

Chaplain Patrick Dare MC

Today’s losses include:

  • A military Chaplain
  • Multiple sons of member of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Edward Bridges Harford (Somerset Light Infantry) dies at home of rheumatic fever at age 46. He is the son of the late Reverend Canon Harford of Wells Cathedral.
  • Lieutenant Harry Albert Gray MC (Royal West Kent Regiment) dies of wounds received in action at age 26. His brother was killed in August 1916.
  • Lieutenant Theodore Kenneth Barlow (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 20. He is the son of Canon H T E Barlow Rector of Lawford.
  • Chaplain Captain Patrick Dore MC (Auckland Mounted Rifles) dies of wound in New Zealand received on Gallipoli at age 33.
  • Private William Thorne (Irish Regiment) is killed at age 25. His brother was killed in March.

Sunday 14 July 1918 We Lost 454

The Turks are defeated at passages of Jordan and on Abu Tellul ridges, 510 prisoners being taken. The officer commanding 34th Poona Horse placed on record the conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty displayed by Lieutenant Arthur Francis Dickson and his troop in charging across the open under heavy shell fire into the Turkish position. Lieutenant Dickson is killed in the action at age 27.

Captain Edward Corringham Mannock attacks and crashes a Fokker from 7,000 feet near Merville.  He also brings down a two-seater damaged.

.Today’s losses include:

  • The son of a Baronet
  • The former Naval Attache to Rome
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons of members of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Adolhus Huddlestone Williamson CMG MVO (Royal Navy, late in command HMS Canada) dies at home at age 49. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Hedworth Williamson the Baronet and was the Naval Attaché in Rome from 1908-1910.
  • Lieutenant Francis Henry Tower Gray (General List attached Army Service Corps, Intelligence Corps) drowns at home attempting to save a friend at age 37. He is the son of the Reverend William A Gray.
  • Lieutenant Geoffrey Riddell Goody (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed in action at age 28. His brother was killed in November 1916 and they are sons of the Reverend Charles James Goody.
  • Second Lieutenant Ronald Henry Culshaw (West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend George Harold Culshaw (Rector of Iver Heath, Bucks).
  • Private Arthur Edward Payne (Sherwood Foresters) is killed. His brother was killed in March 1917.
  • Boy 2nd Class John Percy Wood (HMS Powerful) dies on service at home at age 18. His brother was killed in April 1916.
  • Private William Percival Ford (Sherwood Foresters) is killed at age 19. His brother died of wounds last April.

Saturday 13 July 1918 We Lost 353

Edward Parker Wellman Wedd

“C” Flight 40 squadron has a remarkable morning bringing down all five enemy aircraft of a German patrol.

Today’s losses include:

  • The brother of a Baronet
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • A Cambridge Gold Medal winner
  • The sonf of the editor of the North Eastern Daily Gazette
  • A man whose brother was killed in July 1916

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Herbert Selwyn Aston MC (Highland Light Infantry attached Machine Gun Corps) is killed in action by an aeroplane bomb. He had taken 1st place in Science at the Cambridge Local Examinations and was awarded the Duke of Westminster Gold Medal.
  • Captain Edward Parker Wallman Wedd MC (Royal Army Medical Corp attached Essex Yeomanry) is killed at age 34. He is the son of Edward Arthur Wedd JP.
  • Lieutenant Odo Louis D Mackay Simpson (Sherwood Foresters) is killed at age 34. He is the heir presumptive to his brother ‘Sir’ Walter Grindley Simpson the Baronet.
  • Lieutenant William Scott Robertson (Royal Air Force) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the editor of the North Eastern Daily Gazette
  • Second Leutenant Evan Francis Kerruish (Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed at age 20 at home. He is the son of the Reverend Thomas Kerruish.
  • Lance Corporal James Dodds Ross (Quebec Regiment) dies at home as the results of being gassed on the Western Front. His brother was killed in action in July 1916.

Friday 12 July 1918 We Lost 315

Archibald Leonard Lucas Lucas-Tooth AIF

Today’s losses include:

  • A family that will lose three sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major ‘Sir’ Archibald Leonard Lucas Lucas-Tooth (Honorable Artillery Company attached Royal Field Artillery) dies of pneumonia following influenza at a casualty clearing station aged 34. His two elder brothers have been previously killed in action leaving him to succeed his father as the 2nd
  • Captain Douglas Ridley Clunes Gabell (Gloucestershire Regiment attached Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed in Wiltshire and Lieutenant George Frederick Delmar-Williamson is also killed in the same accident at age 19. Gabell is the son of the Reverend Arthur Charles Gabell Rector of Swindon and Delmar-Williamson is the son of Frederick Delmar-Williamson a well known singer and song writer.
  • Lieutenant Leslie Cyril Kendall Francis (Submarine L9, Royal Navy) drowns at sea at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend W B K Francis.

Thursday 11 July 1918 We Lost 298

William John Lydston Poulett

Brigadier General Arthur Blount Cuthbert Williams (Director of Supply and Transport, Indian Army) dies on service in India at age 57.

Skipper Benjamin Tuck Rose (H M Trawler Euripides) drowns at age 30

Today’s losses include:

  • A General
  • The 7th Earl Poulett

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain William John Lydston Poulett (Royal Horse Artillery) 7th Earl Poulett dies suddenly of pneumonia following influenza at home at age 34.

Wednesday 10 July 1918 We Lost 383

Cecil Arthur Aucherlonie AIF

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • A Military Chaplain
  • The son of a Baronet

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain John Harbord MC (Norfolk Yeomanry) dies of wounds received in action near Nieppe Forest on the 6th July at age 24. His brother was killed in December 1917 and his nephew will die of wounds in August 1919.
  • Lieutenant Richard Milne Collingwood (Royal Air Force) is killed in a mid-air collision at home at age 21. His brother was killed in August 1915 on Gallipoli.
  • Lieutenant Cecil Arthur Auchterlonie MC (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 22. His brother was killed on Gallipoli in October 1915.
  • Chaplain William Black dies on active service at age 26. He was the Assistant Minister at Govan and Kilmalcolm Parish Churches in Glasgow.
  • Sergeant Instructor George Samuel Allen (Royal Air Force) dies of double pneumonia at age22 in Lincoln in the presence of his parents and his fiancée, a Miss Parker who has already lost two brothers in the Great War.
  • Corporal Frederick Gillies Payne (Hampshire Regiment) dies of illness contracted on active service at home at age 53. His is the son of the late ‘Sir’ Salisbury Payne, the Baronet.