Great War Lives Lost

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

Survivors of sinking of RMS Titanic killed in the Great War

Surviving crewmen of the Titanic sinking

  • Fireman Robert William Pusey
  • Able Seaman Edward John Pulley
  • Kitchen Porter Reginald Hardwick
  • Lookout Archibald Jewell
  • Fireman Arthur John Priest

Ned Parfett, the young newspaper seller who appeared in one of the most famous pictures related to the Titanic (see top of this page), lost his life just six and a half years later, aged 22, whilst serving with the British army in France during the First World War.

Tuesday 3 July 1917 – We Lost 423

Shot at dawn memorial

British air forces raid Belgian towns.

While the steamship Shuna is anchored in the River Seine, a fire breaks out among some cases of grenades which form part of the deck cargo. Master Albert Spence immediately hurries to the scene of the fire, but by the time he reaches the spot the cases are already on fire. With a few buckets of water he succeeds in extinguishing the fire before the first hose can be started, and he then removes the charred cases. Later some others catch fire, but the fire is gotten under control by means of the hose. Captain Spence’s actions undoubtedly avert an explosion and save a great many lives for which he will be awarded the Albert Medal.

Two members of the 22nd Canadian Infatnry are shot at dawn for desertion.  Private Gustave Comte and Private Joseph LaLancette both pay the ultimate price for their actions.  The twenty-two year old Comte had enlisted in September 1915 and landed in England in June 1916.  The twenty-one year old LaLancette joined the army in June 1916 just two days after Comte landed in England. LaLancette was drafted to France in November 1916, just before the end of the Battle of the Somme.

Today’s losses include:

  • Two Canadian soldiers shot at dawn
  • The son of a member of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Second Lieutenant Leslie Nethercote Johnson MC (Sherwood Foresters) is killed at age 29. He is the son of the Reverend Alfred Henry Samuel Johnson Rector of Trusley.