Great War Lives Lost

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

Sunday 8 September 1918 We Lost 598

At dawn the village of Epehy is attacked in the pouring rain by the 9th Royal Fusiliers. Among those killed by the enemy machine guns is Private Thomas Stephen Austin killed at age 19.  His brother died of wounds in January 1916.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The grandson of a member of the clergy
  • A family that will lose two sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain A E E Roebuck (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed in action at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend Alfred Roebuck.
  • Lieutenant George Keith Elliott (Royal Welsh Fusiliers attached Welsh Horse Yeomanry) is killed in action at age 20. He had been a Science Scholar of University College, Oxford and is the grandson of the Reverend Robert Cowan.
  • Lieutenant William Margetson Heald (Royal Army Medical Corps) dies of wounds at age 24 received 23rd August when a shell struck his aid post near Bray. He is the son of the Reverend Charles William Heald Rector of Chale.

 

Saturday 7 September 1918 We Lost 687

Master W Steel age 26 and his entire crew of eleven are killed when S S Ruysdael is sunk by a German submarine 228 miles west of Ushant while carrying coal to Taranto.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Wolverhampton Wanderers footballer
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Arthur Hamilton Young (Canadian Army Pay Corps attached 7th Brigade Headquarters Canadian Infantry Brigade) is killed. He is the son of Archdeacon Young.
  • Private John McCulloch (Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 19. His brother was killed in September 1916.
  • Driver James Ingram (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 20. His brother was killed in July 1917.
  • Private Arthur Oldring (Alberta Regiment) is killed at age 46. He is the son of the Reverend George Wright Oldring.
  • Private Harold Ingram Davidson (Gordon Highlanders attached London Regiment) dies of wounds at age 20. His brother was killed in March 1916.
  • Private Arthur Ernest Scott MM (Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother will die the day the Armistice takes effect during the Great Influenza outbreak.
  • Private John Shelton (Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed at age 34. He is a footballer who played for the Wolverhampton Wanderers from 1907 to 1911 making 94 appearances scoring 17 goals and played in the 1908 FA Cup victory for the Wanderers. He later played for Port Vale making 139 appearances until conscripted in the summer of 1917.