Great War Lives Lost

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

July 7 1930 Arthur Conan Doyle dies – Great War Connections include

Arthur Alleyne ‘Kingsley’ Conan Doyle

Arthur Conan Doyle connection

  • Arthur Alleyme Kingsley Conan Doyle – son
  • John Francis Innes Hay Doyle – brother
  • Malcolm Leckie – brother-in-law
  • Leslie W S Oldham – brother-in-law
  • Arthur Oscar Hornung – nephew
  • Alex Forbes – nephew
  • John Ernest Vivian Rathbone – Basil Rathbone’s (Sherlock Holmes) younger brother
  • Eric William Benson – a cousin once removed of Basil Rathbone.

Made the same woman a widow in the Great War

Maurice Howard Helyar

Charles Gosling

  • Brigadier General Charles Gosling & Captain Maurice Howard Helyar (both men will die before their only child is born from their widow Victoria Repps Evans-Lombe
  • Major Ernest Cole Fleming & Captain George Armand Furse
  • Major George Bernard Stratton & Captain Percy Yarborough Harkness
  • Captain William Leefe Robinson VC & Captain Herbert Connell Whipple
  • Sergeant Christopher Loomes & Lance Corporal Albert Hewitt
  • Sergeant Charles Isidore Laugeard & Gunner Walter Gaudin Mason
  • Corporal Noel Clayton & Private Gerald Clarke
  • Private Edwin Curley & Private Bryen Sidney Smither
  • Private George Henry Berry & Private Robert Herring
  • Stoker George Thomas Illing & Stoker Percy Franklin

Sunday 8 July 1917 – We Lost 382

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Two battalion/battery commanders

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Harold Thomas Belcher DSO (52nd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 42. He is the middle of three sons of the Reverend Thomas Hayes Belcher Rector of Bramley who are killed in the war.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Collis George Herbert St Hill (commanding the Royal North Devon Hussars) is killed in action at age 52. He is the son of the Reverend Canon Warren Woodford St Hill and had fought in the Matabele and South African Wars. He also served at Gallipoli, where he commanded the 6th Lincolnshire Regiment at the evacuation of Suvla Bay.
  • Second Lieutenant Howard Charles Brufton (Rifle Brigade attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 22 when he is shot down behind enemy lines at Salonika. His brother will be killed in September 1918.
  • Private Edward Sheehan (Newfoundland Regiment) is killed at age 29. His brother will die at home on service in November of next year.
  • Sapper Peter Burns (Royal Engineers) is killed on his 29th His brother was killed last year.