Great War Lives Lost

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

The brother of multi-time Wimbledon Doubles Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist

During Wimbledon seems like a time to honor Second Lieutenant John Ambrose Barratt (Rifle Brigade) who will be killed on the first day of the Battle of Passchendaele 31 July 1916 at age 36. He was a signalling officer and well liked by his fellow officers; the young officer’s called him ‘Father Barrett’. He is the brother of the Wimbledon Doubles Tennis Champion of 1909, 1912 and 1913 who also won the 1908 Indoor Olympic Doubles Gold Medal Champion.

Members of J R R Tolkien’s Tea Club and Barrovian Society (total membership 8)

One of these men will be killed in just over two weeks on  the first  day of the Battle of Passchendaele

  • Geoffrey Bache Smith
  • Robert Quilter Gilson
  • Ralph Stuart Payton
  • Thomas Kenneth Barnsley
  • Thomas Ewart Milton – not a member but a cousin of Tolkien

Saturday 14 July 1917 We Lost 492

Royal Humane Society’s Medal for life saving

Today’s losses include:

  • A holder of the Royal Humane Society’s Medal for life saving
  • Grandson of a member of the clergy
  • A man whose son was killed earlier this yeaer
  • A man whose brother was killed on Gallipoli in 1915

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Douglas Scrivenor Howard Keep (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 24. He is a holder of the Royal Humane Society’s Medal for life saving.
  • Lieutenant Edward Vivian Morgan Crofton (Royal Engineers) is killed at age 28. He is the grandson of the Reverend Henry William Crofton.
  • Sergeant Instructor Joseph Johnson (Royal Artillery) dies on service at age 55 in Malvern. His son was killed in May of this year.
  • Private Charles Arthur Gibbs (Sussex Regiment) is killed at Arras at age 22. His brother was killed on Gallipoli in June 1915.