Friday 8 November 1918 We Lost 1,153
Captain Herbert George Flaxman Spurell (Royal Army Medical Corps attached Royal Air Force and Egyptian Expeditionary Force) dies of pneumonia at Alexandria, Egypt at age 41. He is a biologist, physician and author, the only son of the architect Herbert Spurrell and nephew of the archaeologist Flaxman Charles John Spurrell. He discovered and classified fish, reptiles and frogs form the Gold Coast and South America and was a Fellow of the Zoologoical Society. In addition to writing a number of scientific works he also wrote fiction.
Today’s losses include:
- A world-famous biologist, physician and author
- A son of the Private Chamberlain to the Pope
- A son of the 1st Baron Ernie
- A Military Chaplain
- A Bedforshire Constable
- The last Yates to be killed in the Great War
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Major Luke Joseph Teeling (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed in September 1914 and they are sons of Captain Bartholomew John Teeling Private Chamberlain to the Pope.
- Captain George Mayo McClenaghan (Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend George Richard McClenaghan of Ipswich who lost another son in June 1915.
- Lieutenant Rowland John Prothero (Hussars) dies on service in Iraq at age 24. He is the son of the 1st Baron Ernie.
- Lieutenant Douglas Kipp Hamilton (Central Ontario Regiment) is killed in action at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend Richard D Hamilton.
- Lieutenant Claude William Telfer (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) dies of wounds at age 22. His brother was killed in July 1916.
- Second Lieutenant Lionel Russell Wilford (Royal Fusiliers) is killed in action. He is the son of the Reverend Herbert Hignett Wilford Rector of Welney.
- Second Lieutenant Walter Ettrick Moore (Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed. His brother was killed in June 1916 and they are sons of the Reverend George Moore Vicar of Packingotn.
- Chaplain John James Wallace (attached North Staffordshire Regiment) dies on active service at age 39.
- Sergeant Aldwyn Lewis Watts (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 26. His brother was killed last March.
- Lance Sergeant Francis Joseph McCartie (Coldstream Guards) dies on service at home at age 31. He is a member of the Bedfordshire Constabulary.
- The last Yates to be killed in the Great War is Private John Yates (North Staffordshire Regiment) who is killed at age 23.
- Rifleman Harry Sharman (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) dies at home at age 18. His brother was killed in July 1915.
- Private Samuel William Mould (London Regiment) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed in September 1916.