Great War Lives Lost

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

Wednesday 23 October 1918 We Lost 2,367

The 1st Middlesex Regiment is ordered to assault German positions near Montay located in the forest.  They capture 200 German prisoners but suffer heavy casualties themselves.

  • Lieutenant Alexander Charles Thomas Kroenig-Ryan (Middlesex Regiment) is killed at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend Alexander Solomon Kroenig-Ryan Vicar of Parkeston.
  • Sergeant Alfred John Emery (Middlesex Regiment) is killed at age 31. His brother was killed in April 1915.

The 2nd Bedfordshire Regiment in position at Le Cateau is ordered to attack an objective known as Richemont Hill.  The attack made across high ground causing many casualties in the battalion.

  • Private Augustus Webb (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 29. His brother was killed in November 1916.
  • Private James Knibbs (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 29. His brother was killed in April 1917.
  • Private Robert Christopher Prentice (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed. His brother died of wounds in March 1917.

Captain Roy Edward Dodds (Royal Air Force) successfully leads a bombing formation home intact from Leuze in failing light while under attack from ten Fokker biplanes, three of which his formation brings down.  Second Lieutenant James Herbert Grahame (Royal Air Force) while on a bombing raid to Hirson railway junction, although late in the afternoon with the visibility very poor through heavy ground mist, obtains two direct hits on the railway, one of which causes a very large fire.

Communications are lost with the submarine G7 (Lieutenant Commander Arthur Campbell Russell) during a North Sea patrol.  A week later she is declared lost.

The “Passage of the Piave” during the final Battle of Vittoria-Veneto begins.  It will end with the Armistice of 4th November.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Baronet whose brother was the first officer killed in the Great War, whose father was killed in the South Africa War and whose son will be killed in the Second World War
  • Aces
    • 8-victory
    • 5-victory
  • The son of another Baronet
  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • A man whose mother will be killed during the blitz in March 1941
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families who will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • A man whose twin has been previously killed
  • A woman whose brother was killed in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Walter Balfour Barttelot DSO (Coldstream Guards) the 3rd Baronet and former military attaché at Teheran is murdered in his bed by a jealous husband in Tehran Persia at age 28. His brother has been the first Royal Navy officer killed in war in August 1914.  He succeeded to the title of 3rd Baronet Barttelot, on 23rd July 1900, after his father, ‘Sir’ Walter George Barttelot, 2nd Baronet, was killed in action during the South Africa War and his son will be killed in action as a Brigadier on 16th August 1944.
  • Captain Thomas Walter Nash DFC (Royal Air Force) is killed at age 26. He is an 8-victory ace.
  • Captain Frank Oswald Spensley (Royal Army Medical Corps) dies at home at age 39. He is the son of the Reverend James Spensley.
  • Captain Hector Charles Seymour Munro MC (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed in action at age 23. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Hector Munro, the 11th Baronet.
  • Captain Eric Victor Morse MC (West Kent Regiment) is killed at age 26. His twin brother was killed on 7th December 1917.
  • Lieutenant Alfred James Baddeley (Sussex Regiment) is killed at age 19. He is the brother of the Reverend Walter H Baddeley.
  • Captain Kenneth Carlyle Gill MC (Cambridgeshire Regiment attached Royal Air Force) dies of injuries received as a result of a flying accident the previous day at age 28. He is the son of the Reverend Arthur Tidman Gill.
  • Lieutenant William Huntriss (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment attached Gold Coast Regiment) is killed in Ghana at age 32. His brother was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
  • Lieutenant William Norman Stubbs (Cheshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend Frederick William Stubbs Vicar of Arbury.
  • Lieutenant H W Trelawny (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Frank E Trelawny.
  • Lieutenant Osborne John Orr (Royal Air Force) a five-victory ace is killed in action at age 23.
  • Sergeant Henry James Nicholas VC MM (Canterbury Regiment) is killed near Beaudigniesa when a German patrol charges into his post on a flank guarding a bridge over the River Ecaillon. He is killed by heavy gun fire at age 27. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for actions performed on 3rd December 1917.
  • Corporal Harry Francis Gully (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 21. His brother was killed in November 1917.
  • Private Percy Benwell (Welsh Regiment) is killed in action at age 24. His older brother was killed in March 1917.
  • Private Charles D B Mowat (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) dies of wounds at Selle. His brother was killed in August of last year.
  • Driver Patrick Ahern (Royal Engineers) dies on service at Ramleh. His mother will die of wounds received 31st March 1941 during an air raid on Stirling at age 80.
  • Worker Rose Cotton (Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps) dies on service at age 26. Her brother was killed in action in 1916.
  • Rifleman Bernard William King (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed at age 30. He is the son of the Reverend William Templeton King Vicar of Christ Church Ealing London.
  • Private Ernest Harold Lane (Shropshire Light Infantry) is killed in action. His brother was killed earlier this year.
  • Private James Murray (Royal Scots) is killed at age 22. He is the last of three brothers who are killed over a three-year time frame.
  • Gunner Arnold Alexander Macully (Australian Field Artillery) is killed at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend Alexander Macully Vicar of Brighton South Australia.

Tuesday 22 October 1918 We Lost 1,288

Julian L’Estrange

Brigadier General Edward John Granet Commanding Royal Artillery dies of wounds at age 60.   The wounds he died of were received at Suvla Bay, Gallipoli on 13th August 1915.

Near Hoogemolen, Belgium, Lieutenant David Stuart McGregor VC (Royal Scots) conceals his guns on a limber under the bank of a sunken road, but immediately the troops advance they are subjected to such intense enfilade machine-gun fire that he realises it is impossible to get the guns carried forward without great delay. Having ordered the teams to take a safer route, he lays flat on the limber, the driver then gallops forward under the heaviest machine-gun fire to cover beyond, the guns are put into action and the advance resums. Lieutenant McGregor continues directing the fire until he is killed at age 23. For his actions he will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross.

Today’s losses include:

  • A silent screen and Broadway actor
  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • A Brigadier General
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Charles Holbrook Rosling (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) is killed at agae 36. He is the son of the Reverend Charles Douglas Rosling Rector of Caerhays.
  • Lieutenant George William Kenneth Smith (Royal Air Force) dies of wounds at age 19 having been wounded in the throat he flew 30 miles and made a perfect landing at his aerodrome.
  • Second Lieutenant Ernest Llewelyn Rees (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend D M Rees.
  • Second Lieutenant Julian L’Estrange (Royal Flying Corps) dies of pneumonia and influenza at age 38. He is a stage actor who made his debut as the cupbearer in Herod at His Majesty’s Theatre in October 1900. He also appeared as Borachio in Much Ado About Nothing at Drury Lane in The Sins of Society. He frequently appeared with his wife the actress Constance Hardy and appeared on Broadway regularly between 1908 and 1916 and in several silent films. He joined the Royal Flying Corps in Canada but as later discharged on medical reasons.
  • Corporal James Robertson (New Zealand Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 34. His brother was killed in June of last year.
  • Private Arthur Thomas William Oke (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) dies on active service in India. His brother was killed in February of this year.
  • Private James William Evans (Machine Gun Corps) dies on service at home at age 36. His brother died of wounds in France last July.
  • Private James William Evans (Machine Gun Corps) dies at home at age 36. His brother died of wounds in July.
  • Leading Signalman (Frederick Albert Habgood) HMS Victory dies at home of influenza. His brother died of wounds in July 1916.
  • Sapper Charles Edward Angus Thorburn (Royal Engineers) dies at home at age 29. He is the son of the Reverend Thomas James Thorburn.

Monday 21 October 1918 We Lost 1,168

Major Richard Hugh McGillycuddy MC (Royal Army Medical Corps) dies on service in England at age 34.  He is the son of “The McGillycuddy of The Reeks” a member of Irish nobility and active member of the Standing Council of Irish Chiefs and Chieftains

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of “The McGillycuddy of The Reeks”
  • A Military Chaplain
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • A man whose first cousin will die as a Prisoner of War in August 1943
  • An Australian Rules footballer

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Roger Dawson Duffield Brownson (Royal Army Medical Corps) dies of pneumonia in India following gas wounds at age 35. He is the son of the Reverend F Brownson.
  • Lieutenant John Fraser Follit (Indian Army Reserve of Officers attached Indian Lancers) is killed at age 26. His brother was killed in August 1916.
  • Chaplain C W Hodder dies on service at home.
  • Private Arthur Edward Green (Royal Warwickshire Regiment) is killed by shell fire at age 19. His older brother was killed in January of last year.
  • Private Joe Ward (Durham Light Infantry) dies at home of wounds received in action at age 26. His brother died of tuberculosis in February 1918.
  • Gunner Albert Trower (Royal Marine Artillery) dies of pneumonia at age 32. His brother was killed in November 1916.
  • Private Leslie James Lochlan Cubbins (Australian Infantry) is killed. His brother died of illness in August 1918.
  • Driver Harry Revitt (Royal Field Artillery) dies on service in India at age 28. His brother was killed in September 1916.
  • Private Sidney Addley (Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed. His 1st cousin will die of cholera as a Royal Air Force prisoner of war in August 1943.
  • Private William Newlands (West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in May 1915.
  • Private Samuel Cleland Campbell (Australian Reinforcements) dies of influenza and pneumonia en-route to England at Freetown Sierra Leone. In 1910 he played for Collingwood in the Victoria Football League and his cousin will die on service.
  • Private John Lovery (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 27. His brother was killed in September of last year.

Sunday 20 October 1918 We Lost 1,732

Francis Granger Quigley

The monitor M21 strikes two mines off Ostend killing five.  She manages to steam to Dover but sinks there.

Today’s losses include:

  • A battalion commander
  • 33-victory ace
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The son of an Alderman and Justice of the Peace
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • A Liverpool City Police officer

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Bryan John Jones DSO (Leinster Regiment commanding 15th Irish Rifles) is killed at age 44.
  • Captain Francis Granger Quigley DSO MC (Royal Air Force) dies of influenza in Liverpool two days after returning from serving as an instructor in Canada at age 24. He is a thirty-three-victory ace.
  • Captain Noel Martyn Saunders (Border Regiment) is killed at age 35. He is the son of the Reverend Clement Morgan Saunders Rector of Rumboldswyke.
  • Lieutenant Walter Randall Tilling (Royal Naval Reserve) dies at home at age 36. He is the son of the late Alderman George John Tilling JP.
  • Second Lieutenant James Martin Tolson (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 20. His brother was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
  • Second Lieutenant John Haslip Fletcher (Scots Guards) is killed at age 20. His brother died on service at home in October two years ago.
  • Second Lieutenant Edward Westcott King (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 36. He is the son of the late Reverend E G King DD.
  • Private John Pryce (Welsh Guards) a member of the Liverpool City Police is killed in action at age 27.
  • Private William Edward Norman Baker (West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 19. His brother was killed in September 1917.
  • Private Arthur Brennan (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 18. His brother was killed on Gallipoli in 1915.
  • Private Charles Wellavise (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 24. His brother was killed in August 1915.
  • Rifleman Alfred Thomas Watson (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in October 1915.

Saturday 19 October 1918 We Lost 990

Arthur Bracton Bagley MC

Today’s losses include:

  • A man whose brother will be killed on service in 1924
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The grandson of a Justice of the Peace
  • A Glasgow University Librarian

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Commander Christopher John Charles Eddis (HMS Scimitar) dies at age 33. His brother will be killed on 10th January 1924 commanding submarine L24 when it is accidentally sunk during maneuvers. They are sons of the Reverend John Elwin Eddis, Vicar of Holy Trinity Isle of Wight.
  • Captain Arthur Bracton Bagley MC (Dublin Fusiliers) dies of wounds at age 27 received two days earlier. He is the grandson of John Higginson JP.
  • Lieutenant Warwick Huxley De Buriatte (Royal Garrison Artillery) dies at home at age 32, three and half years after his younger brother has been killed in action.
  • Sergeant George Battison Smith (Cameronians) is killed at age 24. He was the Assistant Librarian at Glasgow University.
  • Gunner Arthur James Dewsbury (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed in September 1915.
  • Private George Albert Park (Dorsetshire Regiment) dies of wounds as a prisoner of war at age 39. He is the son of the Reverend George Edward Park Vicar of Burton Fleming.

Friday 18 October 1918 We Lost 1202

 

Chaplain Theodore Bayley VC

Lieutenant Kenneth Burns Conn (Royal Air Force) when raiding enemy troops in retreat, descends to 300 feet and attacks three companies of infantry with machine gun fire, inflicting heavy casualties.  So vigorous is the attack that the troops disperse.

Chaplain Theodore Bayley Hardy VC DSO MC (Lincolnshire Regiment) dies of wounds received in action one week earlier at age 54.  He is a Victoria Cross winner from April of this year. He had been appointed to the honorary Chaplain to His Majesty on 17th September of this year.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Military Chaplain and Victoria Cross winner
  • A battalion commander
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace and son-in-law of the High Baliff of Ramsey
  • A former Member of Parliament, the Assistant Military Attache in Washington DC who is buried at Arlington National Cemetery
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel William Anderson Watsson Crellin DSO (Sherwood Foresters) dies of wounds received in action at age 25. He is the son of the late John C Crellin JP and son in law of the High Bailiff of Ramsey.
  • Major ‘the Honorable’ Charles Henry Lyell (Assistant Military attaché, British Embassy, Washington, DC, Royal Garrison Artillery) dies in Washington at age 43 of heart failure following influenza and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. He is the only son of the 1st Baron Lyell and resigned his seat as Member of Parliament for South Edinburgh in 1917.
  • Captain Reginald Victor Byron Loxley (Royal Air Force) dies of pneumonia in Paris less than two years after one brother has been killed in action at Ancre and three years after another brother was killed as Captain of HMS Formidable on 1st January 1915. They are sons of the Reverend Arthur Smart Loxley Vicar of Fairford.
  • Second Lieutenant John Cyril Walker (Royal Air Force) is killed in action at age 19. He is one of six brothers who served three of whom fell including one who was killed in April of this year.
  • Private Herbert Wright (West Surrey Regiment) dies of wounds. His brother was killed in August 1917.
  • Private Lionel Kenelm Digby (Norfolk Regiment) is killed at age 34. He is the son of the Reverend Reginald Digby Rector of Tittleshall.
  • Gunner Frederick Jesse Goodsell (Royal Garrison Artillery) dies on Salonika at age 23. His brother was killed in 1914.
  • Gunner Henry Blizzard (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed in April of this year.

Thursday 17 October 1918 We Lost 1,114

Charles Gordon White

Today’s losses include:

  • A South African cricket international
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The daughter of a member of the clergy
  • A family that will lose two sons and a daughter
  • Multiple families that will lose two, three and four sons in the Great War
  • A nephew of the Vice General of the Isle of Man
  • The son of a Baronet

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Leonard Montague Greenwood DSO (Durham Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend T Greenwood.
  • Captain Joshua Bower Hughes-Games MC (Durham Light Infantry) dies of pneumonia at home at age 30. He was seriously wounded on 1st October 1916 and spent 20 months in hospital prior to being discharged in July of this year. He is the son of the late Reverend Joshua H Wynn Hughes-Games and nephew of the Vice General of the Isle of Man. His brother was killed in March of this year.
  • Captain and Dental Surgeon Lawrence Charles Crockett (Royal Army Medical Corps) dies at home at age 37. His brother was killed in August 1916 and they are sons of ‘Sir’ James Crockett Kt.
  • Lieutenant Charles Wilfred Kidson (Dublin Fusiliers) is killed at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend Joseph Charles Eyre Kidson of Holy Trinity Church Sittingbourne.
  • Lieutenant Charles Leonard Davey (Machine Gun Corps) is killed. His brother will die on service in December.
  • Lieutenant Gordon Charles White (Cape Corps South African Forces) dies of wounds in Gaza at age 36. He was a South African cricketer who played in 17 Test matches from 1906 to 1912.
  • Lieutenant George William Edendale Whitehead (Royal Field Artillery attached Royal Air Force) is killed at age 23. His brother will die on service of influenza in March 1919. They are sons of ‘Sir’ George Hugh Whitehead 2nd Baronet and grandson of ‘Sir’ James Whitehead Baronet and ‘Sir’ William Ascroft.
  • Second Lieutenant Edward Crewdson Pitt Pitts (East Kent Regiment) is killed in action at age 26. His brother was killed in August of this year.
  • Second Lieutenant Lionel William Halse (Gloucestershire Regiment) dies of wounds received in action at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend William Halse Vicar of Holy Trinity Bridlington.
  • Second Lieutenant Oliver Charles Ballard (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 26. He is the last of three brothers who are killed in a year.
  • Flight Cadet Spencer Harold Millard (Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed at age 18. He is the son of the Reverend Frederick Luke Holland Millard Vicar of St Aidan’s Carlisle.
  • Sergeant J H Douglas (Seaforth Highlanders) becomes the last of four brothers do lose his life in the Great War when he dies at home.
  • Sapper John Robert Hall (Royal Engineers) dies in Antwerp as a prisoner of war. He is one of three brothers who served, two of whom fell.
  • Private William Godson (Sherwood Foresters) is killed at age 26. His brother was killed in July 1915.
  • Trooper Bernard Guthrie Whishaw (New Zealand Mounted Machine Gun Squadron) dies on service in Egypt at age 26. His brother was killed in July 1916 while his sister will die on service next month.
  • Private Allen Victor Sallis (Shropshire Light Infantry) is killed at age 19 becoming the first of two brothers who are both killed in the last month of the war.
  • Staff Nurse Annie Elinor Buckler (Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service) dies on service at age 43. She is the daughter of the Reverend John Findlay Buckler rector of Bidston Cheshire.

Wednesday 16 October 1918 We Lost 1,114

John McNamera VC

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • A school headmaster
  • A man whose mother and son were killed in the Lusitania sinking
  • Families that will lose two, three and five sons in the Great War
  • The son of a General
  • An educator
  • The son of a member of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain John Francis Leather (Army Service Corps attached King’s Shropshire Light Infantry) dies of pneumonia at age 24. He was the Head of Repton School and a Domus Exhibitioner of Balliol College.
  • Captain Peter Handcock Broughton-Adderley MC (Scots Guards) dies of wounds received the previous day at age 27. He is the son of ‘the Honorable’ F M Broughton-Adderley.
  • Captain Francis Chalton Stephens (Quebec Regiment) dies at home of influenza at age 30. He is the son of the Canadian Liberal politician the Honorable George Washington Stephens Sr and his mother and son were killed in the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915.
  • Lieutenant Charles William Tomkinson (Cheshire Regiment) dies at home at age 25. His brother will be accidentally killed next month just before the armistice.
  • Lieutenant Richard Henry Charles Ewart (Black Watch) is killed in action at age 26. His is the son of Major General ‘Sir’ R H Ewart.
  • Lieutenant James Melville Dewar (Black Watch) is killed in action at age 28. He is an English teacher at George Heriots School, Edinburgh.
  • Second Lieutenant Owen James Butler (Norfolk Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed in June 1916.
  • Cadet James Scott Garden (Royal Air Force) becomes the last of three brothers to be killed in the Great War and the second to die in an aircraft accident when he crashes in Canada at age 23.
  • Corporal John McNamara VC (East Surrey Regiment) is killed in action at age 30. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions on 3rd September of this year.
  • Private Victor Albert Brown (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 21. His brother was killed in April of this year.
  • Private Herbert Newnham (East Surrey Regiment) is killed in action at age 20. His brother was killed in the sinking of HMT Arcadian in April 1917.
  • Private George H Harman (Army Service Corps) dies on service in Mesopotamia. His four brothers have lost their lives in the last two and a half years.
  • Gunner Edwin Borwick Schofield (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 34. He is the son of the Reverend Daniel Schofield Vicar of Stalmine.

Just a note about Winnie the Pooh and death in the Great War

#OTD 1926 A A Milne’s WInnie-the-Pooh is published this day

His best friend Second Lieutenant Ernest John Pusch was killed in action 8 August 1916 at age 19 11th Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment

Son of Emile Pusch, of 5, Albert Court, London. His brother Frederick Leopold Pusch also fell.

Tuesday 15 October 1918 We Lost 1,107

Submarine J6

The submarine J6 (Lieutenant Commander Geoffrey Warburton) is lying on the surface outside Blythe.  The Q-ship Cymric is in the area and has already encountered two British submarines this day.  At 16:00 a third submarine is spotted closing to have what Cymric thinks is a good look before attacking.  The Cymric at once goes to action stations believing the submarine to be the German U-boat U-6.  As shells pour into the submarine the signalman attempts to hoist a recognition signal but is killed.  J6 attempts to lose the Q-ship by entering a fog bank but Cymric follows and finds the submarine settling in the water. It is only when survivors are picked up that the mistake becomes clear. Sixteen of her crew are killed.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Baronet
  • Families that will lose two, three and four sons in the Great War
  • A Military Chaplain
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain ‘Sir’ Walter Randolph FitzRoy Farquhar (Royal Field Artillery) the 5th Baronet is killed at age 40.
  • Cadet Claude Vivian Grigson (Cadet Wing – Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed at home at age 18. His two brothers have been previously killed in the Great War and they are sons of the Reverend William Suckforth Grigson Vicar of Pelynt.
  • Chaplain George Southey Pardoe dies on service in Jerusalem at age 41.
  • Gunner Herbert Colles Kennedy (Royal Field Artillery) dies at home of illness at age 19. He is the son of the Very Reverend Herbert Brownlow Kennedy Dean of Christ Church Dublin.
  • Sergeant William Shells (Durham Light Infantry) is killed at age 25. His brother was killed exactly six months ago.
  • Sapper James Henry Jarvis (Canadian Engineers) is killed at age 37. His four brothers are also killed in the War.