Great War Lives Lost

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

Earls and sons of Earls killed in the Great War

Hugo Francis Charteris

Yvo Alan Charteris

Earls

  • Henry Molyneux Paget Howard the 19th Earl of Suffolk & 12th Earl of Berkshire
  • James Ogilie-Grant the 11th Earl of Seafield (see below)
  • Richard Bernard Boyle the 7th Earl of Shannon
  • William John Lydston Poulett the 7th Earl Poulett
  • Francis Annesley the 6th Earl Annesley
  • William Edward Parsons the 5th Earl of Rosse
  • Charles William Reginald Duncombe the 2nd Earl of Feversham of Ryedale

Sons of Earls 

  • Hugo Francis and Yvo Alan Charteris two sons of the 11th Earl of Wemyss
  • Hugh Cecil Robert and Henry Simon Feilding two sons of the 9th Earl of Denbigh
  • Robert Sheffield and Andrew John Stuart two sons of the 6th Earl of Castle Stewart
  • Edward and Philip Wodehouse two sons of the 2nd Earl of Kimberley who will have a third son killed in an air raid on London in April 1941
  • Ernest William Maitland son of the 12th Earl of Meath
  • Keith Anthony Stewart son of the 11th Earl of Galloway
  • George Baillie Hamilton Binning son of the 11th Earl of Haddington
  • Cyril Myles Brabazon Ponsonby MVO son of the 8th Earl of Bessborough
  • Eustace George Walter Bourke son of the 8th Earl of Mayo
  • Albert Edward George Arnold Keppel son of the 8th Earl of Albemarle
  • Heneage Greville Finch son of the 8th Earl of Aylesford
  • Fergus George Arthur Forbes son of the 7th Earl of Granard
  • Gerald Legge son of the 6th Earl of Dartmouth
  • Cecil Richard Molyneux son of the 6th Earl of Sefton
  • Patrick Julian Harry Stanley Ogilvy son of the 6th Earl of Airlie
  • Richard Philip Stanhope son of the 6th Earl Stanhope
  • Ivan Campbell son of the 6th Earl of Breadbane
  • Herbert Lyttelton Pelham son of the 5th Earl of Chichester
  • Maurice Henry Dermot Brown son of the 5th Earl of Kenmare
  • George Seymour Dawson-Damer son of the 5th Earl of Portarlington
  • Neil James Archibald Primrose son of the 5th Earl of Rosebery
  • Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox son of the 5th Earl of Ranfurly
  • Richard Orlando Beaconsfield Bridgeman son of the 4th Earl of Bradford
  • Henry William Crichton son of the 4th Earl Erne of Crom Castle
  • Josceline Charles William Savile Foljambe son of the 4th Earl of Liverpool
  • Gavin William Esmond Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound son of the 4th Earl of Minto
  • Geoffrey Lambton son of the 4th Earl of Durham
  • Robert Nathaniel Dudley Ryder son of the 4th Earl of Harrowby
  • Edmond William Claude Gerald de Vere Pery son of the 4th Earl of Limerick
  • Charles Sackville Pelham son of the 4th Earl of Yarborough
  • Arthur George Coke son of the 3rd Earl of Leicester of Holkham
  • Schomberg Kerr McDonnell son of the 3rd Earl of Antrim
  • Francis Lambton son of the 2nd Earl of Durham
  • Robert Stafford Arthur Palmer son of the 2nd Earl of Selborne
  • Michael Hugh Hicks-Beach son of the 1st Earl St Aldwyn
  • Archer Windsor-Clive son of the 1st Earl of Plymouth
  • Raymond Asquith son of the 1st Earl of Oxford
  • Gerald Ernest Francis Ward son of the 1st Earl of Dudley
  • Denis Bertram Buxton son and heir of the 1st and last Earl Buxton

Sunday 19 August 1917 We Lost 794

A tramcar full of passengers is descending a hill at Dover and loses control. The driver finding that the brakes will not engage jumps off the front platform and Private Walter George Gunner (Dragoon Guards attached Army Pay Corps) promptly takes the driver’s place on the platform and makes every effort to stop the car by the application of the brakes. Unfortunately in spite of Private Gunner’s courage and presence of mind he is unable to stop the tram which runs to the bottom of the hill at great speed and overturns. Private Gunner will lose both his feet as a result of this accident for which he will be awarded the Albert Medal.

British forces capture German trenches near Gillemont Farm southeast of Epehy and advance the line to a depth of five hundred yards on a mile front in the neighborhood of the Ypres-Poelcapelle Road.

Major Okill Massey Learmonth VC MC (Eastern Ontario Regiment) dies of wounds received yesterday at age 23 east of Loos during a determined counter-attack on our new positions/ Major Learmonth, when his company was momentarily surprised, instantly charged and personally disposed of the attackers. Later, although under intense barrage fire and mortally wounded, he stood on the parapet of the trench, bombing the enemy and on several occasions he actually caught bombs thrown at him and threw them back. When unable to carry on the fight, he still refused to be evacuated and continued giving instructions and invaluable advice, finally handing over all his duties before he was moved to hospital where he died.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • A family that will lose four sons in the Great War
  • The son of a Jurist
  • A 7-victory ace
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A son of the 4th Baron de Freyne
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • The stage manager and pianist for the Concert Party ‘The Light Blues
  • A man whose son will be killed in the Second World War
  • One of five New Zealanders executed in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Henry Eric Dixon (Middlesex Regiment attached Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed. His brother was killed in action in August 1915.
  • Captain Carleton Main Clement MC (Royal Flying Corps) is killed by anti-aircraft fire at age 21. He is a 7-victory ace and the son of the Honorable Justice W H P Clement.
  • Lieutenant John Howard Williams (Rhodesia Native Regiment) is killed in action in East Africa at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend Howard Williams.
  • Lieutenant Ernest Aloysius French (South Wales Borderers) is killed in action at age 22. He is one of four sons of the 4th Baron De Freyne to die in the Great War.
  • Lieutenant William Norman Maule Parry (London Regiment) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend John Parry.
  • Second Lieutenant George Strachan Gordon (Cameronians and Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 20. He is the son of Robert Gordon JP.
  • Lance Sergeant Thomas Kilby Keeley (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 29. His brother was killed last May.
  • Rifleman Harry Pond Bartlett (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed in an enemy air raid at age 35. He is the Pianist and Stage Manager to the Concert Party, “The Light Blues”.
  • Private Thomas Smith (Devonshire Regiment attached Labour Corps) is killed in action at age 24. His brother, a holder of the Military Medal will be killed in September 1918.
  • Sapper Ernest Managhan (Royal Engineers) is killed at age 33. His son will be killed in the Second World War.
  • Private John King (Canterbury Regiment) is executed for desertion after a long record of going absent, deserting and illness at age 32. He is one of five New Zealanders who are executed during the war.