Monday 11 November 1918 We Lost 908
The Armistice on the Western Front goes into effect at 11:00 this the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
Bolsheviks attack a blockhouse, near Troitsa, two hundred miles south of Archangel on the River Dwina.
Private George Lawrence Price (Saskatchewan Regiment) becomes the last British Empire casualty in the Great War when he is shot near the heart at 10:58. Price is part of an advance to take the small village of Havré. After an unauthorized crossing of the Canal du Centre into the town of Ville-sur-Haine under German machine gun fire, Private Price and his patrol move toward a row of houses intent on pursuing the machine gunner who has harassed their crossing of the canal. The patrol has entered the house they believed the shooting has come from but find the Germans have exited through the back door as they entered the front. They then pursue into the house next door and again find it empty. George Price is then fatally shot in the region of his heart by a German sniper[ as he steps out of the house into the street, against contrary advice from a house occupant and dies just 2 minutes before the armistice ceasefire. He was conscripted in late 1917 and will be buried in the St. Symphorien Military Cemetery that also contains the body of Private J Parr who was the first British casualty of the Great War.
The last British soldier to die is Private George Edwin Ellison (Lancers). He is a regular soldier, 40 years old, who first fought at Mons in 1914 and survived four years of war before being killed 90 minutes before it ends while on patrol near Mons. He leaves a wife and a six-year-old son.
Today’s losses include:
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
- A Military Chaplain
- A woman whose brother died eleven days earlier and is buried in the same cemetery
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Aubrey Parker Orde Ward (Lincolnshire Regiment attached Machine Gun Corps) dies at age 33. He is the son of the Reverend Frederick William Orde Ward.
- Second Lieutenant Noel Everard Evans (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds at Rouen received 8th November at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend E J Evans.
- Midshipman Ivor Neil Treasure (HMS Tancred Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) drowns. He is the son of the Reverend James Percy Treasure Vicar of Condover.
- Chaplain the Reverend James Stanley Bromfield Brough dies of pneumonia following influenza at age 30.
- Forewoman Jane Knox (Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps) dies at age 31 eleven days after her brother and is buried in the same cemetery.
- Private Alfred George Durringotn (Royal Fusiliers) dies of wounds at age 22. His brother will die on service next April.
- Private Charles William Scott (Kent Cyclist Battalion) dies of influenza in India at age 21. His brother was killed in September.
- Private Andrew Anderson Speirs (Imperal Camel Corps) dies of wounds at home at age 28. He is the son of the Reverend E B Speirs DD.