Great War Lives Lost

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

Friday 21 September 1917 We Lost 1,246

William Keith Seabrook’s mother

Flight Commander Stearne Tighe Edwards (Royal Naval Air Service) drives down a two-seater enemy machine down out of control.

Brigadier General Francis Aylmer Maxwell VC CSI, DSO, General Officer Commanding 27th Brigade, 9th Division is killed in action at age 46.  A rifle bullet when visiting a front line post kills him.

Second Lieutenant William Keith Seabrook (Australian Infantry) dies of wounds received yesterday in the battle in which his two older brothers were killed. He dies at age 21. Found in his pocket is a photograph of his mother with the bullet hole through it that will cause his death.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Brigadier General
  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • A battalion commander
  • A man whose brother-in-law will be killed next June
  • The son of future Prime Minister Andrew Bonar Law
  • The of another Member of Parliament and Baronet
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • Flying Aces
    • 15 victories
    • 6 victories
    • 5 victories
  • A pilot shot down by Hermann Goring
  • A Metropolitan Police Officer
  • A son of a member of the clergy
  • A man whose son will be killed in the Second World War
  • A man whose son was killed in 1915

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Cyril Benton Johnson (commanding 1st/6th Sherwood Foresters) is killed at age 27. He was married last May to Dorothy Lord whose brother Lieutenant Evelyn Geoffrey Lord (Machine Gun Corps) will die of wounds next June.
  • Captain James Kidston Law (Royal Fusiliers attached Royal Flying Corps) is shot down and killed at age 24. He is the son of the future Prime Minister Andrew Bonar Law who lost another son in Palestine in April of this year.
  • Captain R F N Mills (Royal Flying Corps) is killed. He is the son-on-law of ‘Sir’ Francis Douglas Blake MP 1st
  • Captain David Sidney Hall (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders attached) MC and his observer Second Lieutenant Edward Patrick Hartigan (Munster Fusiliers attached Royal Flying Corps) are shot down and killed. Hall is a six-victory ace five of those being achieved with Hartigan and is killed at age 25. Hartigan is 22 years old and was born in New York having returned to Ireland when he was five. His brother was killed three months earlier.
  • Lieutenant Ralph Luxmore Curtis (Royal Flying Corps) a fifteen victory ace is shot down and killed at age 19 by Oberleutant Hermann Goring. His victories which were achieved in a BF2b from 3rd July until his death make him one of the most successful Bristol Fighter pilots of the year.
  • Second Lieutenant A C Campbell (Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed at home at age 18. His brother will be died of wounds next month serving with the Canadian Cameron Highlanders.
  • Second Lieutenant Henry John Robinson (Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed at age 34. He is a sergeant in the Metropolitan Police Force.
  • Second Lieutenant Nigel Walter Henry Digby Cartwright (Durham Light Infantry) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in August 1915 and they are sons of the Reverend William Cartwright Vicar of Aynhoe.
  • Rifleman Edward Francis Coates (Rifle Brigade) dies of tuberculosis on service at age 55. He volunteered for service shortly after his son was killed in March 1915.
  • Private William Still (West Surrey Regiment) is killed at Ypres at age 36. His brother was killed in September 1914.
  • Private Hugh McMillan (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) is killed in action. His brother will die of wounds received in the Middle East in June 1918.
  • Private Henry Thomas Lackey (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) dies of wounds. His son will be killed serving in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in the Second World War.

Families that will lose 4 and 5 sons in the Great War

      

  • Five sons of William and Julia Annie. Souls, of Great Barrington, Oxford
  • Five sons of the Reverend Prince William Thomas Beechey and Amy Beechey of 197 Wragby Rd, Lincoln Rector of Friesthorpe
  • Five sons of Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Stewart, of Leeds
  • Five sons of the late Alexander and Elizabeth Cranston of St Martin’s Gate Haddington East Lothian
  • Five sons of the late Lewis and Ada Jarvis of Bedford
  • Five sons of James and Margaret Munn of Clydebank
  • Five sons of Christiana Charlotte and the late John Robert Stooke of Carlby, Stamford, Lincolnshire
  • Five sons of Sergeant William Prior (a sixth son was killed on service in 1912)
  • Five sons of ‘Sir’ Thomas Richardson
  • Four sons of W and C George of South Creake Fakenham Norfolk (a fifth will be killed in the Second World War
  • Four sons of Arthur French the 4th Baron de Freyne of Coolavin
  • Four sons of Andrew and Margaret Mochrie of Kilbirnie, Ayrshire (three of whom were killed on 25 September 1915) serving in different Regiments and all commemorated on the Loos Memorial
  • Four sons of ‘the Honorable’ Mrs. Maxwell-Stuart of Dorset
  • Four sons of Mr. and Mrs. James Catto, of 101, South St., Elgin
  • Four sons of Captain and Mrs. Frederick C Loder-Symonds of Hilton Manor Faringdon
  • Four sons of John and Elizabeth Haynes of Birmingham
  • Four sons of Mathida S C Bruback Forest Hill, London
  • Four sons of James and Elizabeth Ellis of Leominster
  • Four sons of the Reverend and Mrs. Charles Henry James Vicar of Haigh
  • Four sons of the Reverend and Mrs. Francis Henry and Amy Baring
  • Four sons of Truman and Agnes Brighton of Launceston, Cornwall
  • Four sons of James and Elizabeth Lynn of Mousetown, Coalisland, Co. Tyrone
  • Four sons of Samuel Joseph and Kate Garraway
  • Four sons of Charles Gleed
  • Four sons of Major William De Courcy Stretton of Park Hill House
  • Four sons of Thomas and Jemina Clayton of Hawick Roxburghshire
  • Four sons of William Dalby Pipe and Emma Starland
  • Four sons of Hugh Fraser of Holyrood Terrace Edinburgh
  • Four sons of John and Jane Wilkins Vine Cottage Clewer
  • Four sons of Agnes Collins Waterford
  • Four sons of Samuel and Fanny Browning East Ham, London
  • Four sons of Thomas and Mary Ann Burgess of Sunbury Middlesex
  • Four sons of Ernest and Mary Clarke of Railway Villas, Herts.
  • Four sons of Charles and Emma Cooke of London
  • Four sons of David and Janet McClelland of Danevale Crossing
  • Four sons of Mrs Susan Neil of 2 Kinnaird Street, Dundee
  • Four sons of Mrs. Eva Zimmerman, of 34, Kensington Gardens, Balsall Heath Rd., Birmingham
  • Four sons of Patrick and Mary Hartnett, of Deloraine, Tasmania.
  • Four sons of Mrs. A N Quinn of Lower Sydenham
  • Four sons of Reverend C. H. and Emily James, of Epperstone Rectory, Nottingham. Born Haigh, Wigan
  • Four sons of Alexander and Helen Allan Farquharson, of Cross Roads Cottage, Knockando, Morayshire
  • Four sons of Alexander and Ann Jane Farquhar, of 47, Warrington St., Blackburn
  • Four sons of Elizabeth Beatham of Glassonby, Cumberland
  • Four sons of William and Mary Ellen Waterfall, of 172, Over Lane, Belper, Derby
  • Four sons of Nora Kay Anderson, of “Strathairley” Largo, Fife, and the late W. J. Anderson CBE
  • Four sons of James and Mary McCheyne of New Galloway
  • Four sons of Thomas and Sarah McGee of Stuntney, Ely Cambridgeshire
  • Four sons of Alfred and Constance Rebecca Bradford of 70 Beach Road Eastbourne
  • Four sons of the late John and Mary Twynam of Droxford
  • Four sons of John Joseph and Beatrice Bell of Tyne House Brocklesby Road South Norwood London
  • Four sons of James Wyld and Primrose Marianne Roose Brown of Eastrop Grange Highworth Wilts
  • Four sons of William Henry and Thirza Gratton of Landkey Newland Barnstaple Devon
  • Four sons of Walter and Elizabeth Annie Ware of Havant Road Cosham Hants
  • Four sons of Francis and Mary Taylor, of Norton Cottage, Kincardine-O’Neil, Aberdeenshire
  • Four sons of the late Hely-Hutchinson and Mrs. E F Almond
  • Four sons of James and Agnes Doublas of Selkirk
  • Four sons of Peter and Elspet Tocher of Aberdeen
  • Four sons of Anthony and Juliet Mary Christophers
  • Four sons of Son of Henry and Mary A Simpson of Whitehill, Winchcomb
  • Four sons of Anne and Henry Brazier of Broughton Green, Hanbury
  • Four sons of Charles and Emma Barlow of Madingley Cambridgeshire
  • Four sons of James and Susannah Harman of Watcombe Road Watlington Oxon
  • Four sons of Donald MacLeod of Stornoway Ross-Shire
  • Four sons of John Henry and Harriet Williams of Lydd, Kent
  • Four sons of William and Mary Reid of Woodside Disblaire
  • Three sons of Canon William Shuckforth Grigson who will lose two more sons in the Second World War