Great War Lives Lost

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

Friday 3 August 1917 We Lost 930

British forces retake St. Julien and positions on Infantry Hill.

Today’s losses include:

  • The Captain of the North Island and a New Zealand Maori Rugby player
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple sons who lose two sons in the Great War
  • A man whose son will be a member of Guy Gibson’s Dambusters Crew later killed in action on 31 March 1944

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Cyril Farmer DSO (Royal Garrison Artillery attached Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 33. He is the son of the late Reverend C H Farmer.
  • Major John De Havilland Chisholm-Batten (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed in September 1915.
  • Captain William Popkiss Stidston (Leinster Regiment) dies of wounds at age 33. He is the son of the late Reverend Samuel Stidston Vicar of Shaugh Prior.
  • Captain Charles Cadwaladar Trevor-Roper (Hampshire Regiment) dies of wounds received the previous day at age 33. His son Flight Lieutenant Richard Dacre Trevor-Roper will serve in Guy Gibson’s crew for the “Dambusters Raid” and will be killed on 31st March 1944 at age 28. His brother will be killed next month serving in the Royal Fusiliers
  • Second Lieutenant Henry St John Saunders-Jones (Punjabis) is killed in Dar es Salaam at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend David Saunders-Jones.
  • Second Lieutenant Roger Paul Hepburn (Royal Engineers) dies of wounds at age 24. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Thomas Henry and Lady Hepburn.
  • Second Lieutenant Autini Pitara Kaipara (New Zealand Pioneers) is killed at 30 during the wiring of the posts in from of La Basseville when he is struck by a piece of shell while assisting to carry his wounded batman Nikora Te Tuhi into a sap. Te Tuhi will die wounds tomorrow. Kaipara is Captain of North Island and a New Zealand Maori Rugby player.
  • Sergeant Frank William Jestico (Sussex Regiment) is killed. His brother was killed in May 1915.
  • Sergeant James Brebner (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds at age 28. His brother will be killed serving on HMS Viking in a collision in February 1918.
  • Private Robert Hunt (West Surrey Regiment) is killed in action at age 28. His brother was killed in July 1916.
  • Private James Everett Sharples (Border Regiment) is killed at age 26. His brother will be killed in May 1918.
  • Private Francis Henry Dixon (Berkshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 20. His brother will die as a prisoner of war in June next year.
  • Private Richard Harney (Royal Fusiliers) is killed in action. His brother will be killed in October.

Thursday 2 August 1917 We Lost 1,022

Cap badge of the 129 Duke of Connaught’s Baluchis

Squadron Commander Edwin Harris Dunning DSC (Royal Naval Air Service) becomes the first pilot to land his aircraft on a moving ship when he lands his Sopwith Pup on HMS Furious in Scapa Flow.  He will be killed in less than a week attempting the same maneuver.

Today’s losses include:

  • A former battalion commander
  • A member of the Marylebone Cricket Club
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The son of a Baronet
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Albert Edward Sydney Louis Paget MVO (Hussars) dies at home of illness contracted at the front at age 38. He is the son of General the Right Honorable ‘Sir’ Arthur Henry Fitzroy Paget and a member of the MCC.
  • Major Cyprian Edward Borton (Baluchis attached Malay States Guides) is killed at Jniad Aden at age 37. He is the son of the Reverend Neville Borton Vicar of Burwell Cambridgeshire.
  • Lieutenant Rupert George Carington Napier (Grenadier Guards) is killed in action at age 31. He is the son of Colonel the Honorable George Campbell Napier.
  • Lieutenant Wilfred James Dashwood (Grenadier Guards) dies of wounds at age 34. He is the son of ‘Sir’ George John Egerton Dashwood the 6th His two brothers were killed in action in May 1915.
  • Lieutenant Kenneth Fleetwood Gordon Pinhey (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 21. He is the son of Lieutenant Colonel ‘Sir’ Alexander Pinhey.
  • Second Lieutenant John Ernest North Albrecht (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 19. His brother was killed in the first weeks of the Great War.
  • Second Lieutenant Clifford Jones (Royal Welsh Fusiliers) is killed at age 25. He is the only son of the late Reverend Daniel Jones a Baptist Minister.
  • Lance Corporal Arthur John Thomas (Coldstream Guards) dies of wounds received three days prior at age 28. His brother was killed in October 1914.
  • Private William George Marshall (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed at age 30. His brother was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.