Great War Lives Lost

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Wednesday 23 May 1917 – We Lost 405

William Oliphant Down

Captain William Oliphant Down (Berkshire Regiment) is killed at age 31. He is a dramatist and author of The Maker of Dreams a one act fantasy produced at the Vaudeville and The Dream Child and The Quod Wrangle.

Today’s losses include:

  • A dramatist and author
  • The 5th Baron Scarlett
  • A man whose brother was previously killed
  • The son of a member of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Commander Shelley Leopold Lawrence Scarlett (Admiralty, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) dies at home at age 45. He is the 5th Baron Abinger and had a brother who was killed in September 1914.
  • Private Tom Pollard (British Columbia Regiment) is killed in action at age 19. He was confirmed into the Anglican Church on 6 April 1914 and on the same day Francis Paul Layton was also confirmed. Layton was killed in July 1916.
  • Gunner Robert William Walter Vaughan (Royal Army Medical Corps) dies of wounds at age 32. He is the son of the Reverend Thomas Walter Vaughan Vicar of Rhuddlan.

Tuesday 22 May 1917 – We Lost 349

 

Cap badge of the Household Battalion

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Trooper Charles Le Feaver (Household Battalion) is killed in action at age 30. His brother was killed in June 1916.
  • Private John Griffin (Royal Fusiliers) is killed in action. One brother was killed in May 1915 while another will be killed in July of this year.
  • Rifleman John William Hughes (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) dies of wounds at age 24 at Salonika. His brother was killed in May 1915.

Monday 21 May 1917 – We Lost 593

The Imperial War Graves Commission is created to oversee the care of graves of all members of the Imperial Forces who “died from wounds inflicted, accident occurring or disease contracted, while on active service whether sea or land”.

Merchant ship S S Jupiter (Master John Symonds Penwill) is sunk while sailing in ballast from Dieppe to Manchester by submarine UB-40 fifteen miles west of Beachy Head.  Nineteen are killed including the master.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Naval Chaplain
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • The grandson of a member of the clergy
  • The brother of a Rhodes scholar who died of wounds in October 1916
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Skipper Robert Edward George (HM Trawler Senator, Royal Naval Reserve) dies at sea at age 60. He had been awarded a medal by King Haagon of Norway, for life saving at sea.
  • Chaplain the Reverend Algernon Henry George Creed (Royal Navy HMS Orvieto) dies of blood poisoning at home at age 52. He is the son of the Reverend Henry Keyworth Creed and he served in the South African War.
  • Second Lieutenant George James Rankine Brown (Black Watch) dies of gunshot wounds to the chest in Mesopotamia at age 23. His brother died of wounds last month and they are grandsons of the Very Reverend Doctor John Rankine.
  • Gunner Rees John Davies (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds at age 21. His brother died in January 1916.
  • Acting Bombardier Spencer Howard McCleave (Canadian Garrison Artillery) is killed in action at age 21. His brother, a Rhodes Scholar, died of wounds in October 1916.
  • Private Arthur George Mullins (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 21. His brother will die on service in July.
  • Private Percy A Gardner (London Regiment) is killed in action. His brother a Royal Air Force will be killed in September 1918.

Sunday May 20 1917 – We Lost 593

Major Valentine Fleming DSO (Oxford Hussars) a Conservative Member of Parliament is killed in action at Gullemont Farm at age 35.  Fleming was born in Fife, Scotland, the son of wealthy Scottish banker Robert Fleming, founder of merchant bank Robert Fleming & Co. He is descended from William the Conqueror. He is the father of five sons including Ian Fleming the creator and author of the James Bond character and Captain Michael Valentine Paul Fleming who will die of wounds in France in 1940. He was a Member of Parliament for Henley from 1910 until his death. In 1914 Major Fleming joins “C” Squadron Queen’s Own Oxfordshire Hussars rising to the rank of Major.  His obituary will be written by his close friend Winston Churchill.

The Q-Ship schooner HMS Mary B Mitchell (Lieutenant Lawrie) sinks the German submarine UB-36 near Ushant.

Among the merchant ships sunk today is SS Caspian (Master Arthur Douse) which is torpedoed in the Mediterranean Sea three and a half miles east from Cape Cervera, Spain by U-34.  A total of 25 are lost including her master who is killed at age 54.  Dana, sailing vessel and Mientji, sailing vessel are both captured by a submarine and sunk by bombs 25 miles north from Les Hanois.  Also SS Tycho is torpedoed by UB-40 16 miles west by south from Beachy Head.  As she begins to go down by the head the order to abandon ship is given at 17:10, ten minutes after the ship is struck and is carried out without casualties. The vessel goes down 10 minutes later. The crew pulls towards the ship SS Porthkerry which has seen the explosion and is standing by about 200 yards off the port beam.  As the Tycho’s boats come along side another torpedo is fired by UB40 blowing up one of Tycho’s boats killing the Master and 14 men including Second Mate Ernest Carmichael who is killed at age 21. His brother died on service at home last December and capsizing the other boat.  The Porthkerry is seriously damaged and abandoned going down in three minutes after being struck by the torpedo.  Seven of her crew are killed including her Master.  The survivors from both ships are picked up at 19:00 this evening by a small coastal steamer and will be landed at Newhaven at midnight.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Conservative Member of Parliament
  • A descendant of William the Conqueror
  • The father of Ian Fleming creator of the character James Bond
  • A man whose son will be killed in the 1940
  • A man whose obituary will be written by Winston Churchill
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • The son-in-law of a member of the clergy
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • The son of a member of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Charles Mortimer Austin Gunn (Cameronians) is killed. His brother was killed in February 1915.
  • Captain James Hartnoll (Royal Horse Artillery) dies of enteric fever, at El Kantara, Egypt at age 34. He was the son in law of the late Reverend W R Blackitt.  Captain Hartnoll joined the Berkshire Royal Horse Artillery in 1910, was mobilized with his Regiment on the outbreak of the War and was sent to Egypt in April 1915. He was gazetted Captain in June 1917. He served in Egypt, Aden, and on the Palestine Front.
  • Lieutenant Francis Somerled Joseph Silvertop (Oxfordshire Hussars) is killed at age 33. His brother will be killed in November.
  • Second Lieutenant Thomas Armin Oppe (Cameronians) is killed in action at age 36. His brother has been killed in action in November 1915.
  • Second Lieutenant Hyde Tregallas Garrett (General List attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed in action at age 22. He is the son of Mark Garrett JP.
  • Second Lieutenant Laurence Bernard Forrest (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in September 1916 and they are sons of Canon Ernest Francis Forrest Vicar of Pemberton.
  • Private John Arthur Quarterman (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 28. He is the last of three brothers who are killed in the Great War.

Saturday 19 May 1917 – We Lost 589

Albert White VC

An attack on the troopship Celtic fails while the ore carrier Farnham (Master Charles Stoddart Westerby) is torpedoed and sunk ninty miles northwest of the Fastnet. Seventeen are killed including her Master who dies at age 47.

Sergeant Albert White (South Wales Borderers) realizes during an attack that one of the enemy’s machine guns will probably hold up the entire advance of company.  Without hesitation he dashes ahead to capture the gun. When within a few yards of the gun he falls riddled with bullets thus sacrificing his life in order that he might secure the success of the operations and the welfare of his comrades. For his actions he will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A man whose brother was killed in the South Africa War
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • A man shot at dawn

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Gerald Desmond Mills (Royal Flying Corps) is killed in an airplane accident at age 26. He is the son of the Reverend Canon William Mills, the Rector of Bennington, Herts. His elder brother was killed in the South African War.
  • Major Wilfrid Frank Rogers DSO (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 26. He is the son of the Reverend Alfred George Rogers Rector of Gatton.
  • Captain John Archibald Ainslie (King’s Own Scottish Borderers) is killed at age 29. His brother was killed exactly one month ago in Palestine.
  • Captain James Ferguson St John Annesley (Royal Army Medical Corps) is accidentally killed at home. He is the son of Canon Annesley of Clogher Thetford.
  • Lieutenant Kenneth George Davies (Royal Engineers) is killed at age 21 at Vimy. He is the son of the Reverend Wilfred H Davies Rector of St George’s in the Fields.
  • Second Lieutenant George Frederick Maynard Thomson (Liverpool Regiment) dies of wounds. His brother will die at home on service in November of this year.
  • Corporal Bertie Phillip Nichols (Suffolk Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother was killed earlier this month.
  • Private Samuel Cunnington (Warwickshire Regiment) is executed for desertion at age 20. His brother was killed in September 1915.
  • Private William Dodds (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) killed in action at age 22. His brother will be killed in November 1917.

Friday 18 May 1917 – We Lost 428

Cap badge

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • A West Vale footballer

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Second Lieutenant Charles Edward Barratt (Gloucestershire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 21. His brother will die of illness in January 1919.
  • Private William Fairbank (West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 21. He played football for the West Vale, AFC and had a brother killed at Coronel in November 1914.
  • Fitter Leonard Boden Shipstone (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 21 just over one month before his older brother will be killed.
  • Private Albert Henry Wren (East Surrey Regiment) dies at home at age 18. His brother died of wounds last October.

Wednesday 17 May 1917 – We Lost 471

John Stanser Rich

The Q-Ship schooner HMS Glen (Lieutenant Richard James Turnbull, RNR) sinks the German submarine UB-39 off the Needles.

Lieutenant Douglas Frederick Hervey (Norfolk Regiment) dies in Cairo at age 20 after the amputation of his leg having been badly wounded in the left knee and shoulder at the Battle of Gaza last month. He is the eldest son of Matthew Wilson Hervey JP for Norfolk.  Lieutenant Hervey joined the Norfolk Regiment in December 1914, before completing his term at Cambridge. In September 1915 he went to Gallipoli and was invalided home with enteric two months later. In January 1917 he took out a draft of the Sussex Yeomanry to Egypt and there rejoined his own Regiment.  After being wounded on 19 April he lay in a shell-hole until dark and then pushed himself on his back for eight or nine hours, hoping to reach our lines. Exhaustion made him fall asleep and when he woke up he found himself within 500 yards of the enemy trenches, with several of his men lying near him. With two others he determined to try and get back to our lines some 2,500 yards away. Fortunately they came across three water-bottles, which gave them temporary relief. They all three got back to our lines, though it took them thirty hours to crawl the distance.

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • An Artillery Group commander
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • The son of a Justice
  • The son of a school master

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Brevet Lieutenant Colonel Gerald Ernest Tyrrell (Royal Garrison Artillery commanding 64th Heavy Artillery Group) dies of wounds at home. He is the son of General F H Tyrrell.
  • Major James Hugh Clapperton (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds at age 31. His brother will be killed in September 1918.
  • Captain William Bertram Vallancey (South African Infantry) dies on service at home at age 39. He is the son of the Reverend John Vallancey Vicar of Rosliston.
  • Lieutenant Francis Burton Pitts (Leicestershire Regiment) is killed at age 27. He is the son of Reverend Canon Pitts Rector of Loughborough.
  • Lieutenant John Stanser Rich (Liverpool Regiment) is killed at age 19. He is the son of ‘the Honorable’ Mr. Justice George Edward Rich.
  • Second Lieutenant Alfred Peel (Berkshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend J Edward Peel and a former Scholar of Corpus Christi College, Oxford.
  • Second Lieutenant Harold James Bradshaw (Norfolk Regiment) dies of wounds received in action in Palestine at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend Charles James Bradshaw.
  • Second Lieutenant Nelson Downie (Gurkha Rifles) dies of wounds on the Northwest Frontier of India received during an attack by Mahsuds. He is the son of John Downie schoolmaster of Newton Mearns.
  • Corporal Edward Thomas Shearman (Norfolk Regiment) is killed at age 39 by shell fire. His brother was killed in December 1914.
  • Private Albert Edward Bates (Gloucestershire Regiment) is accidentally killed at age 21. His brother was killed in July 1916.
  • Private Arnold Jephson (Liverpool Regiment) is killed in action at age 28. His brother will be killed in exactly seven months.
  • Sapper Alfred Mansfield (Royal Engineers) dies of wounds at age 30. His brother will be killed in less than 30 days.

269 sons of Baronets lost their lives in the Great War

Including 3 Baronets who lose three sons and twenty Baronets who lose two sons

Thomas Richard Chetwynd Birkin son of the 2nd Baronet

  • Ernest George, Wilfred James and Lionel Albert Dashwood three sons of the 6th Baronet
  • Alexander Percival, Roderick Kyrle and Ian Keith Matheson all three sons of the 3rd Baronet
  • Douglas Keith, Selwyn Lucas and Archibald Leonard Lucas Lucas-Tooth three sons of the 1st Baronet
  • Edward Austin and John Lauderdale Stewart-Richardson two sons of the 13th Baronet
  • Rowland le Belward and Philip de Malpas Wayne Egerton two sons of the 11th Baronet
  • Frank Hellier and William George Lawrence two sons of the 7th Baronet Chapman
  • Francis Julian Audley and Arthur Christopher Paul Mackworth two sons of the 6th Baronet
  • John and William Nicholas Eden two sons of the 5th/7th Baronet
  • Edward Martin and Thomas Hyde Crawley-Boevey two sons of the 5th Baronet
  • Cecil Henry and David George Minden Dundas two sons of the 5th Baronet
  • Arthur Douglas and Edward Henry Macnaghten two sons of the 5th Baronet
  • Oldric Spencer and Raymond Spencer Portal sons of the 4th Baronet
  • Derrick Alfred and Henry Charles Carden two sons of the 4th Baronet
  • Herbert George Ferguson and Arthur Francis Ferguson David two sons of the 3rd Baronet
  • Charles Ronald and Reginald Frederick Rowley two sons of the 3rd Baronet
  • Murray Stuart and John Russell Pound two sons of the 2nd Baronet
  • George William Edendale and James Hugh Edendale Whitehead two sons of the 2nd Baronet
  • Alan Arthur and John Edward Fowler two sons of the 2nd Baronet
  • Phillipl Ryland and Laurence Alfred Pinsent two sons of the 1st Baronet
  • Hugh Godfrey and Stamp Brooksbank two sons of the 1st Baronet
  • Daniel Dickson and Cecil Barton Hudson-Kinahan two sons of the 1st Baronet
  • Maurice Aden and Christopher Francis Aden Ley two sons of the 1st Baronet
  • James Leadbitter and Henry Basil Knott two sons of the 1st Baronet
  • James Skelton and Kenneth Angus Anderson two sons of the 1st Baronet
  • Derrick Osborne son of the 15th Baronet
  • Christopher Musgrave son of the 12th Baronet
  • John Banks Jenkinson son of the 12th Baronet
  • Richard Gerard Wellesley Williams-Bulkeley son of the 12th Baronet
  • Henry Bowyer Smyth son of the 11th Baronet
  • Hector Charles Seymour Munro son of the 11th Baronet
  • Francis William Talbot Clerke son of the 11th Baronet
  • John Henry Grattan Esmonde son of the 11th Baronet
  • Vere de Houghton son of the 11th Baronet
  • Edwyn Cecil Leigh Hoskyns son of the 11th Baronet
  • William Robinson Campbell son of the 11th Baronet
  • Richard Everard Buckworth-Herne-Soame son of 10th Baronet
  • Walter Borrowes son of the 9th Baronet
  • John Burgh Talbot Leighton son of the 9th Baronet
  • Robert Charles Chichester the son the 9th Baronet
  • Francis Digby Edward Cayley son of the 9th Baronet
  • Robert Henry Lindsay Dashwood son of the 9th Baronet
  • William Frank Gardiner son of the 8th Baronet
  • William Frank Gardiner Baird son of the 8th Baronet
  • Dudley George Blois son of the 8th Baronet
  • John Raphael Hamilton-Dalrymple son of the 8th Baronet of North Berwick
  • Athol Kirkpatrick son of the 8th Baronet (a second son will die in the Second World War
  • Roderick Ian Mackenzie son of the 7th Baronet
  • Gerald Edmund Bradstreet son of the 7th Baronet
  • Aylmer Edward Maxwell son of the 7th Baronet
  • Montagu Barclay Proctor-Beauchamp son of the 7th Baronet
  • Cosmo Lewis Duff Gordon son of the 6th Baronet
  • Henry Colt Arthur Hoare son of the 6th Baronet
  • Edward Ducarel Palmer son of the 6th Baronet
  • Graham John Early Graham-Montgomery only son of the 6th Baronet
  • Herbert Assheton Bromley son of the 5th Baronet
  • William George Edmonstone son of the 5th Baronet of Duntreath
  • George Edward Archibald Augustus FitzGeorge Hamilton son and heir of the 5th Baronet
  • Cyril Francis Hawley son of the 5th Baronet
  • Joshua Robert Rowley son of the 5th Baronet
  • Henry George Christopher Guise son of the 5th Baronet
  • Richard William Gregory Welby son of the 5th Baronet
  • John William Forrest son of the 5th Baronet
  • Cecil William Charles Shelley son of the 5th Baronet
  • Hercules Ralph Langrishe son of the 5th Baronet
  • John Houghton Stewart son of the 5th Baronet
  • John Torrington Morris son of the 4th Baronet
  • Claude Norman Champion de Crespignythe son of the 4th Baronet
  • Roger Charles Bellingham son of the 4th Baronet
  • Roger Poore son of the 4th Baronet
  • Jocelyn Murray Victor Buxton son of the 4th Baronet
  • Thomas Charles Alfred Blomefield son of the 4th Baronet
  • Harald Hewett son of the 4th Baronet
  • John Edward Langton Clarke son of the 4th Baronet
  • William Francis John Maxwell son of the 4th Baronet
  • Arundell Neave son of the 4th Baronet
  • Roger Poore son of the 4th Baronet
  • Richard Charles Graves-Sawle son of the 4th Baronet
  • William Rupert Compton ffolkes son the 4th Baronet
  • Frederick William Joseph Macdonald Miller son of the 5th Baronet of Glenlee
  • James Mathhew Stronge only son of the 5th Baronet
  • John Eadred Tollemache son of the 4th Baronet
  • Edmund Antrobus son of the 4th Baronet
  • William Hamilton Clarke son of the 4th Baronet
  • Francis Douglas Farquhar son of the 4th Baronet
  • Robert Keith Arbuthnot son of the 4th Baronet
  • Timothy John Aloysius O’Brien son of the 3rd Baronet
  • William Thomas Payne-Gallwey son of the 3rd Baronet
  • George Colborne Nugent son of the 3rd Baronet
  • Gerald William Nugent son of the 3rd Baronet
  • George Newdegate Alison the son of the 3rd Baronet
  • Thomas Frederick Preston the son of the 3rd Baronet
  • William Augustus Portman Foster son of the 3rd Baronet
  • William Arthur Grattan-Bellew son of the 3rd Baronet
  • Arthur George Heywood son of the 3rd Baronet
  • Thomas Horsfall Crofton son of the 3rd Baronet
  • Victor Reginald Brooke son of the 3rd Baronet
  • George Culme-Seymour son of the 3rd Baronet
  • Stephen Frederick Hammick son of the 3rd Baronet
  • Thomas Farquhar Lucas son of the 3rd Baronet
  • Nicholas George Berwick Lechmere son of the 3rd Baronet
  • Ernest Pellew Orr Ewing son of the 3rd Baronet
  • Augustus Owen son of the 3rd Baronet
  • Edward Offley Rouse Wakeman son of the 3rd Baronet
  • James Adam Hamilton Fergusson son of the 2nd Baronet
  • George Carlyon Armstrong son of the 2nd Baronet
  • John Arnott son of the 2nd Baronet
  • Eric Gilbey son of the 2nd Baronet
  • Herbert Douglas Vernon son of the 2nd Baronet
  • Frederick John Christison son of the 2nd Baronet
  • Thomas Richard Chetwyn Birkin son of the 2nd Baronet
  • Ronald James Walter Carden son of the 2nd Baronet
  • Walter Henry Charles Cave son of the 2nd Baronet
  • Bertram Charles Percival Heywood son of the 2nd Baronet
  • Allan Keith MacKenzie son of the 2nd Baronet of Glenmuick
  • Francis William Lindley Gull son of the 2nd Baronet
  • Spencer Henry Le Marchant son of the 2nd Baronet
  • Norman Jerome Beauchamp Leslie son of the 2nd Baronet
  • Charles Grant Seely son of the 2nd Baronet (his brother will be lost in the Second World War)
  • John Lister Dillwyn-Venables-Llewellyn son of the 2nd Baronet
  • Robert Egerton Loder son of the 2nd Baronet
  • Christopher York Pease son of the 2nd Baronet
  • Richard Anthony Compton-Thornhill son and heir of the 2nd Baronet
  • Henry Cecil Dixon Kimber son of the 2nd Baronet
  • Philip Vivian Rose son of the 2nd Baronet
  • Edmund Maurice Buckley son of the 2nd Baronet
  • George Vyvyan Naylor-Leyland son of the 1st Baronet
  • George Crosfield Norris Nicholson son of the 1st Baronet
  • James Reid son of the 1st Baronet
  • Lynton Woolmer White son of the 1st Baronet
  • Lionel Fairfax Studd son of the 1st Baronet
  • David Wilson son of the 1st Baronet
  • Alexander Pigott Wernher son of the 1st Baronet
  • Edward Charles Stafford-King-Harman son of the 1st Baronet
  • Gillachrist Moore son of the 1st Baronet
  • Thomas Douglas Wilson son of the 1st Baronet
  • John Stirling Ainsworth son of the 1st Baronet
  • Caryl Lermitte Boxall son of the 1st Baronet
  • Gordon Hargreaves Brown son of the 1st Baronet
  • Morice Julian St Aubyn son of the 1st Baronet
  • Dominick Mervyn Archdale son of the 1st Baronet
  • Gilbert Cutcheth Holcroft son of the 1st Baronet
  • George Alfred Guest Hewitt son of the 1st Baronet
  • Patrick Basil Barlow son of the 1st Baronet
  • Edward Archibald Beauchamp son of the 1st Baronet
  • Alan Scott Balfour son and heir of the 1st and last Baronet
  • Arthur Herbert Posden Burn son of the 1st Baronet Forbes-Leith
  • Cyril John Pile son of the 1st Baronet
  • George Brooke son of the 1st Baronet
  • Joseph Holt son of the 1st Baronet
  • Douglas Gilmour son of the 1st Baronet
  • Oliver Williams Benn son of the 1st Baronet
  • Hastings Fortescue Boles son of the 1st Baronet
  • Malcolm Cosmo son of the 1st Baronet
  • Edward Henry Pollock Brunton son of the 1st Baronet
  • Francis Lancelot Rolleston son of the 1st Baronet
  • John D’Urban Scott son of the 1st Baronet
  • Humphrey St Ledger Stucley son of the 1st Baronet
  • Osmond Trahairn Deudraeth Williams son of the 1st Baronet
  • Cornwallis John Warner son of the 1st Baronet
  • Evelyn Eyre Greenwell son of the 1st Baronet
  • Brian Crossley son of the 1st Baronet
  • Reginald Heber Marion Durand son of the 1st Baronet
  • Hugh Murray Forster son of the 1st and last Baronet
  • John Henry Harford son of the 1st Baronet
  • Charles Roger Ripley son of the 1st Baronet
  • Percy Voltelin Heath son of the 1st Baronet
  • John Dalrymple Champneys son of the 1st Baronet
  • Claude Stewart Jackson son of the 1st Baronet
  • William Clarke McConnell son of the 1st Baronet
  • John Arnold Cuthbert Quilter son of the 1st Baronet
  • Francis George Truscott son of the 1st Baronet
  • John Eustace Twisleton-Wykenham-Fiennes son of the 1st Baronet
  • Cedric Fawcett son of the 1st Baronet
  • Hew McCowan son of the 1st Baronet
  • Cyril Gordon Reuss Hibbert son of the 1st Baronet
  • Charles Julian Mann son of the 1st Baronet
  • Ludovic Heathcoat-Amory son of the 1st Baronet
  • James Morrison Low son of the 1st Baronet
  • Collingwood Lindsay Wood son of the 1st Baronet
  • John Nathaniel Williams son of the 1st Baronet
  • Eric Fernandez Yarrow son of the 1st Baronet
  • Walter Francis Joseph Clifford son of the 1st Baronet who will have a 2nd son killed in the Second War

Wednesday 16 May 1917 – We Lost 717

Peter Johnstone

The steamship Highland Corrie is torpedoed and sunk by UB-40 in the English Channel.

  • Temporary Surgeon Archibald McKerrow Russell (HMS Macedonia) is killed while in transit.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Celtic Football Club player
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great Wr
  • The son of a General
  • A Royal Humane Society Bronze Medal for life saving winner

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Hastings F Shakespear (HMS Wildfire) dies at home at age 49. He is the son of General Shakespear and had been awarded the Royal Humane Society Bronze Medal for life saving. He served in the Ashanti Expedition 1901 and the South Africa War.
  • Second Lieutenant Martin Dunn (Black Watch) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed in March 1915.
  • Acting Corporal Wallace Samuel Ford (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother died of wounds in April 1915.
  • Private Peter Johnstone (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed in action at Arras at age 26.  He is a player for the Celtic Football Club having played in the 1914 Cup Final in which Celtic defeated Hibernian 4 to 1.  He played two hundred twenty-three games for Celtic and was featured prominently in the six league titles the club achieved.
  • Private John Sinclair (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed in action at age 34. His brother was killed in action in June 1916.
  • Private Richard Harper (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed. His brother will be killed in March 1918.
  • Private Eric John Lipscomb (Australian Infantry) is killed by shell fire at age 23 less than a month after his brother was also killed by shell fire.
  • Private James Fordyce (Gordon Highlanders) is killed in action. His brother will be killed next April.

Tuesday May 15, 1917 – We Lost 715

Isaac Bentham

An Austrian naval force of three light cruisers and two destroyers is directed against the ill-defended Allied anti-submarine trawlers which comprise the Otranto Barrage in the Adriatic.  The three cruisers proceed to sail along the barrage at 03:30 sink fourteen trawlers in the space of two hours, having first given their hopelessly out gunned crews an opportunity to take to their escape craft.  In addition to the trawlers Admirable, Avondale, Corel Haven, Craginoon, Felicitas, Girl Gracie, Girl Rose, Helemora, Quarry Knowe, Selby, Serene, Taits, Transit (Skipper George Ross RNR age 40 killed) and Young Linnett who are sunk many others are severely damaged.

A combined British, French and Italian flotilla is dispatched from Brindisi in an attempt to cut off the enemy as they retire. The Allied force includes two British Town Cruisers, Dartmouth and Bristol, together with four Italian destroyers and the Aquila, the flotilla leader.  Catching up with the Austrians at 07:45 the enemy is still able to escape due to poor Allied tactics. Aquila is disabled by Austrian fire and due to lack of speed Bristol ends her chase. Eventually Dartmouth and her escorting destroyers end their pursuit as they detect smoke approaching to reinforce the Austrians. While returning Dartmouth is severely damaged by a torpedo fired by German U-boat UC-25 (Austrian U-89) and one of its accompanying destroyers is sunk by a mine.

  • Commander Robert Gerald Fane (HMS Dartmouth) is killed at age 35. His brother will be killed in August 1918.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • A Justice of the Peace
  • The son-in-law of a General
  • A six-victory ace
  • The son of the late Vice Chancellor of the University of London
  • A Gold Medal Olympian
  • A Penarth Rugby Club footballer

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Francis Robert Gregson (City of London Yeomanry (Rough Riders attached Australian Mounted Artillery) dies of nephritis and heart failure at age 62. He was a member of the King’s Body Guard and of the Royal Company of Archers. He was DL and JP for Aberdeen and in 1903 married Helen Slade, daughter of Lieutenant General Marcus Slade. On the outbreak of the War he went to France with the original Expeditionary Force in October 1914.
  • Captain William George Sellar Curphey MC (General List attached Royal Flying Corps) dies of wounds as a prisoner of war received the previous day when he was one of a trio of patrollers who attacked three German observation balloons. They were then attacked themselves and he was shot down. He is a six victory ace.
  • Lieutenant Philip Howson Guy Pye-Smith (Liverpool Regiment) is killed at age 21. He is the son of the late Philip Henry Pye-Smith (Vice Chancellor, University of London).
  • .Second Lieutenant Edwin Alfred Kennedy (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed at age 21. His brother died of wounds last August.
  • Sergeant Isaac Bentham (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action. He was a member of the 1912 Gold Medal winning Olympic Water Polo team.
  • Private Charles E Bensley (Cambridgeshire Regiment) is killed at age 25. His brother will die in July 1919 as a civilian having been discharged from service.
  • Private Arthur Stuart Monroe (Honorable Artillery Corps) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed less than one month ago and they are both members of the Penarth Rugby Club.
  • Private Eli Maiden (Cheshire Regiment) is killed in Mesopotamia at age 21. He is the middle of three brothers who will be killed this year.