Great War Lives Lost

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

Friday 14 December 1917 We Lost 365

Philip Dudley Waller

Two officers of the 71st Siege Battery of the South African Heavy Artillery are killed when the battery car they are driving to a railhead is struck by a stray 4-inch shell. Major Percy Nugent George Fitzpatrick is killed at age 28. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Percy and Lady Fitzpatrick and had volunteered on 4 August 1914 and served in the Rebellion and German South West Africa with the Imperial Light Horse. His father is the author of “Jock of the Bushveld” and conceived the idea of the two-minute silence observed on Armistice Day in memory of all those men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Also killed is Lieutenant Philip Dudley Waller who is killed at age 28. He is and English-born international rugby union forward who won six caps for Wales and also played for the British Isles in their 1910 tour of South Africa earning three caps.

Today’s losses include:

  • A son of the man who will conceive the idea of the two minute silence observed on Armistice Day
  • A Wales International Rugby player
  • A man whose son will be killed in the Second World War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Piper Sergeant Thomas Henderson (Gordon Highlanders) is killed at age 36. His son Sergeant Pilot Thomas Valentine Henderson will be killed with the Royal Air Force in September 1940.

Thursday 13 December 1917 We Lost 484

The armed boarding cruiser Stephen Furness is sunk in the Irish Sea west of the Isle of Man by German submarine UB-64.  Six officers and 95 ranks are killed.

  • Assistant Stewart Richard Henry Buckett is among the dead. He had been awarded the DSM for his actions during the sinking of the Alcantar in February 1916.
  • Telegraphist Arthur Frederick Churchhouse is killed at age 19. His brother was killed last July.

The steamer Garthwaite (Master James Smith) is also sunk by a submarine four miles east of Whitby. Fourteen including the master are lost.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A woman will die on service whose brother will be killed next March

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Herbert Mataher Spoor MC (Royal Army Medical Corps) is killed at age 45. He is the son of the Reverend Spoor.
  • Lieutenant Digby Guy Learoyd (Royal Engineers) is killed in Mesopotamia at agae 28. He is the son of the Reverend Digby Johnson Learoyd Rector of Debden.
  • Second Lieutenant Harold Wyse Allin (Shropshire Light Infantry) dies of wounds at El Arish Egypt at age 28. He is the son of the Reverend Alfred Thomas Allin.
  • Regimental Sergeant Major Walter Charles Grubby (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 35. His brother will be killed next August.
  • Chauffeuse Helen Maud Peel (Volunteer Aid Detachment British Red Cross Society) dies at home at age 22. Her brother will be killed in action the following March.

Saturday 15 December 1917 We Lost 385

Hume Buckley Roderick

The steamship Formby is sunk by the German submarine U-62 twenty miles west northwest of Bardsey Island with the loss of fifteen lives including her Master. Among the dead is First Engineer John Moir killed at age 51.  His son was killed when S S Stuart Prince was sunk in March of this year while serving as Fourth Engineer Officer.

Today’s losses include:

  • A man whose son was killed last March
  • A man whose daughter will be born next June
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • A 6-victory ace
  • One of the brothers for whom the King’s College Canterbury Gough Photographic Prize will be established

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Hume Buckley Roderick (Welsh Guards) is killed in action at age 30. His daughter will be born on the 20th June next year.
  • Lieutenant Harold Buchanan Ryley (Suffolk Regiment) is killed in Palestine at age 49. He is the son of the Reverend George Buchanan Ryley.
  • Lieutenant George Henry Waldron Gough (Cheshire Regiment) is killed in Jerusalem when he is shot in the head at age 23. His brother will be killed in March 1918 and their father will establish at King’s College Canterbury the Gough Photographic Prizes in their memory.
  • Sergeant James Hubert Ronald Green (Royal Air Force) is killed at age 20. He is a 6-victory ace.
  • Corporal James R Sutherland (Otago Infantry) is killed in action at age 29. His brother was killed in February of this year.