Sunday 28 January 1917 – We Lost 431

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Frank Widenham Gooden

Frank Widenham Gooden

H M Trawler Jacamar is sunk following a collision a few miles south of Folkstone.  Five of her crew members are lost.

Brigadier General Walter Long CMG DSO General Officer Commanding 56th Brigade, 19th Division is killed in action at age 37.  He is the eldest son of the Right Honorable Walter Long, a Member of Parliament and Secretary of State for the Colonies.  He was a champion lightweight boxer and twice won the middleweight boxing champion of the British Army.  In 1910 he married the Honorable Sibell Johnstone the eldest daughter of Lord Derwent and leaves one son who will be killed serving in the Coldstream Guards in the Netherlands in September 1944. Brigadier-General Long was gazetted to the Scots Greys in 1890. He served through the South African War and was wounded at Dronberg, after the Relief of Kimberley, having taken part in the famous ride of ‘Sir’ John French. He was twice mentioned in Despatches and received the DSO. Part of the time he served as ADC to General Bruce Hamilton. He went to France in August 1914 as a Captain in charge of a Squadron, and was shortly afterwards promoted to Major, then Lieutenant Colonel Commanding the 6th Wiltshire Regiment, and received the CMG.  He was promoted Brigadier-General Commanding 56th Brigade, 19th Division, and made a Brevet Lieutenant Colonel.  He is killed in the trenches near the junction of “Yankee Street” and the “Red Line” in front of the village of Hebuterne when a shell lands nearby.

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of a Member of Parliament
  • A Brigadier General
  • The son-in-law of Lord Derwent
  • Multiple men who will have a son killed in the Second World War
  • The Chief Test Pilot for the Royal Aircraft Factory
  • The co-pilot of the first flight to carry a passenger from Britain to France in 1910
  • A man whose son died of wounds last July
  • The son of a Major General
  • A man who brother was killed in the sinking of S S Persia
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • Another man whose brother will be killed in the Great War
  • A family that will lose three sons in the Great War
  • A Wing for the Western (Australian) Suburbs Rugby Club

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Police Constable Edward George Brown Greenoff of the Metropolitan Police dies from head injuries received on 19th January from an explosion at a fire in a munitions factory at Silvertown where, despite the imminent danger, he remained at the scene to warn others and evacuate the area. He is 30-years old. He will be posthumously awarded the King’s Police Medal for Gallantry.
  • Major Frank Widenham Goodden (Royal Flying Corps) is the chief test pilot for the Royal Aircraft Factory located at Farnborough, Hants a position to which he was appointed by 1915. In the late summer of 1916, reports had filtered back to the Factory that the Royal Aircraft Factory F.E.8 was involved in a series of spinning accidents and that the type’s reputation had garnered the nickname the “spinning incinerator”. To disprove this, Goodden deliberately spun an F.E.8 three times in both directions from an altitude of no more than 3,500 feet and recovered by applying customary control inputs. Goodden is killed today at age 30 in a crash at RAE Farnborough 1917 while flying one of the first prototypes of the Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5, when it breaks up in flight. At the time of his death, Goodden is one of Britain’s most experienced pilots. Inspection finds that the wings suffered failure in downward torsion. Plywood webs will be added to the compression ribs, curing the trouble and are standardized on all later S.E.5s and 5as. Gooden was the co-pilot on the first flight to carry a passenger from Britain to France on 11 April 1910.
  • Major H A S Barkworth (Border Regiment) dies at home at home. His son died of wounds in July 1916.
  • Captain (Temporary Lieutenant Colonel) George Aubrey Kennedy Lawrence DSO (Royal Field Artillery attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed flying in England at age 25. His brother was killed in the sinking of SS Persia in December 1915 and they are sons of Major General W A Lawrence.
  • Captain Arthur Stewart Churchyard (Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 33. He is the son of the Reverend Canon Oliver Churchyard Vicar of St Matthew’s Newcastle-on-Tyne.
  • Second Lieutenant Francis Gerald Russell (Royal Field Artillery attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed in action at age 28. His brother was killed last September.
  • Second Lieutenant Pieter Cedric Earlam Johnson (General List attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 18. He is the middle of three brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Private William Glover McBride (King’s Own Scottish Borderers) is killed. His son will be killed serving in Royal Canadian Air Force in the Second World War.
  • Private Charles George Rothwell (Australian Infantry) dies of wounds at age 22. He played wing for the Western Suburbs Rugby club between 1912 and 1914.