Great War Lives Lost

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

Friday 26 April 1918 We Lost 1,422

Cecil Frederick Coles

Lieutenant Colonel John Ebenezar Stewart (Border Regiment attached South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 29 at Kemmel.  He is a Great War Poet.

Before Action

Over the down the road goes winding,

A ribbon of white in the corn –

The green, young corn. O, the joy of binding

The sheaves some harvest morn!

But we are called to another reaping,

A harvest that will not wait.

The sheaves will be green. O, the world of weeping

Of those without the gate!

For the road we go they may not travel,

Nor share our harvesting;

But watch and weep. O, to unravel

The riddle of this thing!

Yet over the down the white road leading

Calls; and who lage behind?

Stout are our hearts; but o, the bleeding

Of hearts we may not bind!

Today’s losses include:

  • A Great War Poet
  • A musician, composer and friend of Gustav Holst
  • A battalion commander
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A man whose son will be born in July
  • The son of a General
  • A Lancashire Cricket player
  • Multiple families that will lose two, three and four sons in the Great War
  • A man whose son was killed two years ago

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Hugh Thomas Kay Robinson (commanding the 13th Sussex Regiment) is killed in action. He is the son of the late Reverend William Kay Robinson Rector of Walwyn’s Castle.
  • Major Algernon George Parsons (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 32. He is the son of Honorable ‘Sir’ Charles A Parsons.
  • Captain Harold Faulder (York and Lancaster Regiment) is killed in action at age 33. His son will be born 5th
  • Captain Harold Godfrey Massy-Miles MC (Royal Army Medical Corps attached London Regiment) is gassed to death at age 32. He is the son of the Reverend Joseph Henry Massy-Miles Rector of Pangbourne.
  • Captain Philip Lloyd Stockley (Machine Gun Corps) is killed in action at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend Joseph John Gabbett Stockley Rector of Wolverhampton.
  • Lieutenant James Christopher Francis Lewis (HMS Castor) drowns at age 28. He is the son of Brigadier General Bridges Lewis CB DSO.
  • Lieutenant Owen Hewett Dampier Bennett (Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed at age 18. He is the son of the Reverend Owen Cyril Dampier Bennett Vicar of Abberley.
  • Lieutenant William Knowles Tyldesley (North Lancashire Regiment) is killed in action at age 30. He was a player for the Lancashire Cricket club from 1908 until 1914.
  • Sergeant and Bandmaster Cecil Frederick Coles (London Regiment) is killed as a stretcher bearer at age 29 by a sniper. He is a Scottish musician and composer and friend of Gustav Holst and dies humming Beethoven. He attended the Royal College of Music on a scholarship and also studied at Edinburgh University and Stuttgart Conservatory. After completing his studies he became assistant conductor to the Stuttgart Royal Opera and organist of St Katherine’s an English church in the city. While on active service he sent manuscripts home to Holst.
  • Lance Corporal Geoffrey Townsend (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) is killed at age 24. His brother was killed in August 1917.
  • Lance Corporal William Wallis (Cheshire Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in April 1917.
  • Lance Corporal Arthur Wrench (Cheshire Regiment) is killed at age 23. He is the middle of three brothers who are killed in the war.
  • Private George Spencer Maryon Smith (Sussex Regiment) is killed at age 32. He is the final of four brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War. Private Walter Henry Crook (Royal Fusiliers) is killed in action almost two years after his son was killed.
  • Private Edgar Stooke (Sherwood Foresters) is killed in action at age 18. He is one of four brothers who will be killed in the Great War.
  • Private George Sidney Robinson (East Kent Regiment) dies of wounds at age 19. His brother was killed in November 1916.

Thursday 25 April 1918 We Lost 2,107

Stanley Wallace Rosevear

Captain John Robinson with Lieutenant Russell carries out a photo recon of Bruges and Zeebrugge. The photos expose eleven plates over Bruges dock and five plates over Zeebrugge Harbor and the Mole.  Three enemy aircraft are observed off Ostend, which make towards the flight but they turn away when the British machines turn to attack. Heavy and accurate anti-aircraft fire is experienced over Bruges, the machine being hit in several places, the main spar of the lower starboard plane being badly shattered and also the rear flying wire. A piece of shrapnel enters the pilots view finder, smashing the watch on the dashboard and scratching the pilot’s face, nevertheless the crew carry on and take their photographs of Zeebrugge

Four small British war vessels are lost. The sloop Cowslip is torpedoed and lost, losing five officers and one man.  Meanwhile, Torpedo boat #90 founders during heavy weather with the loss of one officer and twelve men. Also lost is the St Seiriol taking 12 of her crew down with her. The special service ship Willow Branch, also known as Bombala is also lost           .

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple families that will lose two, three and four sons in the Great War
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A 25-victory ace
  • The son of Albert Whelan a famous Australian entertainer of the era
  • The Assistant Scout Master of the 1st Chadwell Heath Boy Scouts

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Henry Ellis Robinson (Royal Army Medical Corps attached West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 32. His brother was killed in August 1916 and they are sons of the Reverend Edward Cecil Robinson.
  • Captain Stanley Wallace Rosevear DSC (Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed at age 23. He is a 25-victory ace.
  • Captain James Beverley Metcalfe DSO MC (Australian Army Medical Corps) dies of wounds. His brother died of wounds last October.
  • Lieutenant Cyril Whelan (Royal Air Force) is killed as the result of a mid-air collision at 19 in England. He is the son of Albert Whelan a famous Australian entertainer of the 1900’s.
  • Second Lieutenant Clifford Robinson Hames (Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed while landing at Dover at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend Arthur Benjamin Hames.
  • Second Lieutenant Joseph Holt Royley (West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 27. His brother was killed in September 1916.
  • Second Lieutenant Aubrey Herbert Bower Webster (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed at age 27. He is the son of the Reverend John Webster Vicar of Ombersley.
  • Sergeant Daniel Thomas Whetton (Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother was killed last October.
  • Lance Corporal Thomas Augustus Paris (London Regiment) is killed in action at age 21. He is the Assistant Scout Master 1st Chadwell Heath Boy Scouts.
  • Lance Corporal Douglas S Hamilton (Royal Scots) is killed at age 18. He enlisted when he was 16 years old and was released when discovered to be under age and rejoined one month before his 18th
  • Lance Corporal Arthur William Souls MM (Cheshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 31, five days after his twin brother was killed. Three other brothers will also be killed in the Great War.
  • Gunner Leonard Twigg (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed. His two brothers were killed in July 1916.
  • Gunner Charles Alfred Spivey (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds at age 30. His brother will be killed in September.
  • Gunner Albert Sprudd (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 27. His brother will be killed next October.
  • Sapper Herbert Walburn (Royal Engineers) is killed in action at age 33. His brother was killed in August 1916.
  • Private Walter Joy Cleaver (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed by a sniper at age 28. His brother was killed earlier this month in Palestine.
  • Private George Gordon (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 30. His brother was killed last January.
  • Private George T Wayman (East Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed last July.

Wednesday 24 April 1918 We Lost 1,695

Nursing Sister Agnes Florien Forneri (Canadian Army Medical Service) dies in England at age 39 of a peptic ulcer. Her brother was killed in March 1917 and they are children of the Reverend Canon Richard Sykes Forneri Rector of St Luke’s Kingston, Ontario.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Bradford City FC player
  • A Nursing Sister
  • Multiple families that will lose two children in the Great War
  • A battalion commander
  • The son of a former Aide de Camp to General Henderson
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The brother of a Great War diarist
  • A man whose son will be killed in November 1943

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Grey Latham DSO MC (commanding 2nd Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 46. He is the son of William Latham KC.
  • Captain John Patrick Francis Kennedy (Rifle Brigade) is killed in action at age 26. He is the son of ‘Sir’ John Kennedy KCMG of His Majesties Diplomatic Service and had served as Aide de Camp to General Sir Bruce Hamilton.
  • Captain Learo Aylmer Henry Hackett MC (Irish Rifles) is killed. Captain Norman Ansley Magor DSC (Royal Air Force) is killed in air combat over England at age 27. His brother was killed in air combat on the Western Front two days ago.
  • Captain Henry Harris Jago MC (Devonshire Regiment) is killed in action. His brother has been killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
  • Lieutenant Francis Sinclair Burt (Machine Gun Corps AIF) is killed in action. He is the son of the ‘Honorable’ Septimus KC and is 32 years of age.
  • Second Lieutenant John Webb Bocking (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry attached London Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother will be killed in August and they are sons of the Reverend John Child Bocking Vicar of Gnosall.
  • Sergeant Frederick Charles Chandler (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 21. His two younger brothers will lose their lives in the Great War, the first in 1916 the second six days ago.
  • Corporal Ernest Bartholomew MM (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed in action at age 24. His brother Percy was killed on 21st March
  • Lance Corporal George Henry Hainsworth (East Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 24. His brother will die of wounds in November.
  • Gunner Robert Torrance (Royal Field Artillery) is killed when the hospital he is in is hit by enemy shelling. He is a famous Bradford City center halfback, whose smash up tactics did a great deal to help with the Football Association English Cup for the Valley Parade Club when they met Newcastle United in the replayed final at Old Trafford in 1911.  He played for the Bradford City and the Kirkintilloch Harp Football Clubs.
  • Private Joseph Swinburn (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 37. His brother was killed last December.
  • Private Christian Munro (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed in July last year and a third brother will have his diaries published after the war as Diaries of a stretcher-bearer 1916-18.
  • Private John Edgar Garner (Leicestershire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 26. His brother was killed last month.
  • Bombardier Hary Pether Burton (Australian Field Artillery) is killed at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend Alfred Burton Rector of Swan West Australia.
  • Private Geoffrey William Edward Greatorex (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Theophilius Greatorex Rector of Guildford Western Australia.
  • Private Edgar Woodman (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 31. His son will lose his life in November 1943 serving in the military.
  • Private Henry Fletcher Gallaher (Australian Infantry) is killed in action. His brothers were killed in June 1916 and October 1917.
  • Private Joseph Kitching (Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed at age 25. His brother died of wounds as a prisoner of war in November 1917.
  • Private Harold Edward Harrison (West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 19. His step-brother was killed last October.

Tuesday 23 April 1918 We Lost 2,461

At Zeebrugge, Sergeant Norman Augustus Finch (Royal Marine Artillery) is second in command of the pom-poms and Lewis gun in the foretop of HMS Vindictive.  At one period Vindictive is being hit every few seconds, but Sergeant Finch and the officer in command keep up a continuous fire, until two heavy shells make direct hits on the foretop killing or disabling everyone except Sergeant Finch who is, however, severely wounded.  Nevertheless he remains in his battered and exposed position, harassing the enemy on the Mole until the foretop receives another direct hit, putting the remainder of the armament completely out of action.  Captain Edward Bamford (Royal Marines) lands on the Mole from HMS Vindictive with three platoons of the Royal Marines storming force in the face of great difficulties.  When on the Mole and under heavy fire, he commands his company with total disregard of personal danger and shows a magnificent example to his men.  He first establishes a strong point on the right of the disembarkation and when satisfied that it is safe, leads an assault on a battery to the left.  Both men will be awarded the Victoria Cross for their efforts on this day.

Lieutenant Commander Arthur Leyland Harrison VC (HMS Lion, serving HMS Vindictive, Royal Navy) is killed while in the immediate command of the Naval Storming Parties embarked in HMS Vindictive.  Immediately before coming alongside the Mole Lieutenant Commander Harrison is struck on the head by a fragment of a shell which breaks his jaw and knocks him senseless.  Recovering consciousness he proceeds on the Mole and takes over command of his party, who are attacking the seaward end of the Mole.  Though in a position fully exposed to the enemy’s machine gun he gathers his men together and leads them to the attack.  His is killed at the head of his men all of whom are either killed or wounded.  For his actions he is awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously. He had been a member of the England Rugby Football Team in 1914 and dies at the age of 32.

Lieutenant Commander George Nicholson Bradford (Royal Navy) becomes the third brother in his family to be killed in action. He is in command of the naval storming parties embarked on HMS Iris II and they find there is great difficulty in placing the parapet anchors when the ship comes along the Mole.  Although securing the ship is not part of his duties he climbs a derrick which is projecting out over the Mole and under heavy fire with the derrick crashing against the Mole because of the violent tossing of the ship he picks a moment and jumps with the anchor.  Just as he places it in position he is killed at age 30. For his actions he will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross; the second won by his family, his brother Roland Boys Bradford who was awarded the Victoria Cross in 1916 was killed in action last November.

  • Major Charles Edward Campbell Eagles DSO (Royal Marine Light Infantry) is killed at Zeebrugge at age 34. He is the only son of the Reverend Canon C F Eagles Vicar of Coughton and a nephew of General Eagles.
  • Captain Henry Crosby Halahan DSO (Royal Navy) is killed on HMS Vindictive at age 34. His brother was lost in the Baltic in submarine E18 in June 1916.
  • Lieutenant Charles Theodore Paynter (HMS North Star) is killed at age 22 when his ship gets lost in the smoke during the Zeebrugge raid and is sunk by shore batteries. He is the son of Canon Francis Samuel Paynter Rector of Springfield.
  • Lieutenant George Spencer DSC (HMS Iris, Royal Naval Reserve) dies of wounds received at Zeebrugge. He is the son of the late Reverend A Eagles, the vicar of Accrington and was an officer of the White Star Line when war broke out and he immediately transferred to the Royal Naval Reserve.
  • Wing Commander Frank Arthur Brock OBE (Royal Navy) is killed on the Mole at Zeebrugge. He was the inventor of the Brock anti-Zeppelin bullet, color filter, Dover flare, and the smoke apparatus used to cover the ships in the raid.
  • Able Seaman Frederick William Bowlt (HMS Vindictive) is killed at age 19. His brother died on service in September 1915.
  • Private Frederick Thomas Swan (Royal Marines Light Infantry) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed last July.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple Victoria Cross winners
  • A member of the England Rugby football team in 1914
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • The brother of a Victoria Cross winner
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The nephew of a General
  • The Inventor of the Brock Anti-Zeppelin bullet, color filter, Dover flare and smoke laying apparatus
  • An 8-victory ace
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace and stepson of a General
  • A medical student
  • A son of the 8th Duke of Grafton
  • A man whose son will be killed in the Second World War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Edric C O Ross (Merwara Infantry) dies of wounds received in action in the Middle East at age 36. He is the son the late Reverend George Gould Ross, the Rector of Michaelstow, St Teath, Cornwall.
  • Captain Kenneth William Junor MC (Canadian Machine Gun Corps) an 8-victory ace is killed at age 24.
  • Lieutenant Christopher Lancelot Usher (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Robert Usher Rector of Fovant.
  • Lieutenant James Cairnes (Army Service Corps) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed in September 1917.
  • Second Lieutenant Charles John Dawson-Greene (Grenadier Guards) dies of wounds received in action at age 20. He is the son of Henry Dawson-Greene JP and stepson of Brigadier General Cecil Monck.
  • Second Lieutenant Archibald Mitchell Woodside (Highland Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 20. He was a medical student at Glasgow University, a son of the Reverend David Woodside DD and had two brothers killed in 1916.
  • Second Lieutenant ‘Viscount Ipswich’ William Henry Alfred Fitzroy (Coldstream Guards attached Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed in Wiltshire at age 33. He is a son of the 8th Duke of Grafton.
  • Second Lieutenant Charles Leslie Symons (Royal Engineers) is killed at age 19. His only brother will die on service in February 1919.
  • Corporal Ivan Cecil Whtielaw MM (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 23. He is the third of three brothers to be killed in the Great War.
  • Lance Corporal Frederick James Whitehead (Durham Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 21. His brother will be gassed to death in October of this year.
  • Private John Shields (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) is killed. His brother was killed on Gallipoli in August 1915.
  • Private Alexander Plummer (Durham Light Infantry) is killed at age 30. His two brothers were killed in 1916.
  • Gunner D G Gilbert (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed in August 1915 on Gallipoli.
  • Private Frederick Charles Metcalfe (Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action. His son will be lose his life in the Second World War.

Monday 22 April 1918 We Lost 1,001

The steamship SS Luis is struck by a torpedo in the stokehold three and a half miles south east from St Catherine’s.  The engine room becomes full of escaping steam and the second engineer Robert Coulson and the fourth engineer are seriously scalded.  Instead of making for safety Mr. Coulson in spite of his injuries carries the fourth engineer, who is in a helpless condition, up the engine room ladders to the top platform, out of immediate danger of steam and the inrush of water and he then collapses exhausted.  The chief engineer who had run to the engine room from the bridge assists both men out of the engine room and with help manages to get them into a life boat.  The ship will sink and after being landed both injured engineers are taken to a hospital where they will succumb to their injuries, Mr. Coulson in ten days.  For his actions Mr. Coulson will be posthumously awarded the Albert Medal.

Today’s losses include:

  • An Albert Medal winner
  • A battalion commander
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The son-in-law of a member of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • A family that will lose four sons in the Great War
  • An Australian Rugby footballer
  • The former Captain of cricket, football and hockey teams at Queen’s College Cambridge

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Francis Arthur William Armitage (West Yorkshire Regiment commanding 1st Hampshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 34. He is the son in law of the Reverend C R Day CMG Assistant Chaplain General of the BEF.
  • Major Frank Northey Harston MC (East Lancashire Regiment) is killed in action at age 27. He is the son of HM Inspector of Factories.
  • Captain George Gordon Miln (Cheshire Regiment) is killed in action. His brother will be killed next month.
  • Captain John Eric Trevor-Jones MC (Rifle Brigade) is killed in action at age 20. His older brother was killed in action on the first day of the battle of the Somme.
  • Captain Jervoise Purefoy Causton (Hampshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend Canon Francis Jervoise Causton Master of St Goss.
  • Captain Clarence Wallach MC (Australian Infantry) is killed in action at age 28. He was an Australian Rugby football player and his brother was killed in May 1916.
  • Captain Gerald Atkinson Magr (Royal Air Force) is killed over Moreuil Wood at age 21. His brother will be killed in two days in air combat over England.
  • Lieutenant Herbert Cyril Ramsay (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 27. He is the son of the Reverend W B Ramsay.
  • Lieutenant Lestock Handley Adams (Rifle Brigade) is killed in action at Pacant Wood at age 30. He is the son of the Reverend Henry Frederick Spencer Adams Vicar of Holy Trinity Redhall and had captained the cricket, football and hockey teams at Queen’s College, Cambridge.
  • Second Lieutenant Sidney Emlyn Jenkins Welsh Fusiliers) is killed at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend Rhys Jenkins.
  • Second Lieutenant Lewis Laugharne Morgan MC (Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed as an instructor in England at age 24. He lost a leg in 1917 and rejoined in March 1918. His cousin was killed in Palestine last month.
  • Second Lieutenant Ernest Cecil Watson Deacon (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry attached Royal Air Force) is killed in action at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend Ernest Deacon.
  • Private Benjamin George Hambling (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 22. His brother was killed one month ago.
  • Private John William Wilton (Tank Corps) dies of wounds received in action at age 19. His brother died on service in July 1917.
  • Private Francis Barnett Barlow (Durham Light Infantry) dies of wounds at age 20 eighteen days after the death of his second brother in action. A fourth brother will die of a result of his war service in 1919.

Sunday 21 April 1918 We Lost 793

Chaplain James Shine

Lieutenant (Honorary Captain) Arthur Roy Brown DSC (Royal Air Force) while leading a patrol of six scouts attacks a formation of twenty hostile scouts.  He personally engages two Fokker triplanes, which he drives off; then, seeing that one of our machines is being attacked and apparently hard pressed, he dives on the hostile scout, firing the entire time.  This scout, a Fokker triplane, nose dives and crashes to the ground.  This is the official Royal Air Force version of the death of Manfred von Richtofen.

Today’s losses include:

  • The son a Justice of the Peace and former Member of Parliament
  • A man whose brother was killed in February 1917
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace and former Member of Parliament
  • A family that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • A Military Chaplain

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Charles Roper Gorell Barnes DSO MC (Rifle Brigade and General List) the son of ‘Sir’ Frederick Barnes JP a former Member of Parliament dies of wounds at age 22.
  • Commander Bernard Henry Ellis DSO (Hawke Battalion, Royal Naval Division Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) is killed in action at age 33. His brother had been killed in February 1917.
  • Lieutenant Harold Barkley Winton (General List attached Royal Air Force) dies of injuries at age 25. He was an exhibitioner by proxy at Cambridge in 1915.
  • Second Lieutenant Percy Stuart Gaster (Royal Air Force) is killed at age 18. He is the son of the Reverend Percy Gaster Vicar of St Paul’s Greenwich.
  • Chaplain the Reverend James Shine (attached Middlesex Regiment) dies of wounds at age 37.

Saturday 20 April 1918 We Lost 823

Reginald Harry Myburgh Hands

Major Richard Raymond Barker MC (Royal Air Force) is killed in action at age 23 near Bois de Hamel when his Sopwith Camel is shot down by Manfred von Richthofen.  He is the Red Baron’s 79th victim and his body will never be found.  He is a 6-victory ace.

Skipper George Hillam (HM Trawler Numitor, Royal Naval Reserve) is killed when his ship is sunk by a mine off Orfordness at age 52.  His son had been killed in April 1915 while service in HMS Cornwallis at age 16.

Today’s losses include:

  • A 6-victory ace killed by the Red Baron
  • A man whose 16 year old son was killed in 1915 on HMS Cornwallis
  • A Rhodes Scholar
  • A Rugby International
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • A man whose twin was killed five days earlier
  • A family that will lose five sons in the Great War
  • A footballer who played with three different clubs

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Reginald Harry Myburgh Hands (South African Heavy Artillery attached Royal Garrison Artillery) a Rhodes Scholar and international rugby football player dies of wounds at age 29. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Harry Hands KBE.
  • Captain Eric Tatton (Royal Air Force) is killed at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend D Tatton.
  • Lieutenant Thomas Alington Royds (General List attached Royal Air Force is killed at age 33. He is the son of the Reverend Nathaniel Royds Rector of Little Barford.
  • Corporal Eustace Godfrey Kenny (Australian Machine Gun Corps) is killed in action. He is the son of the Reverend Robet Kenny York Peninsula Mission South Australian.
  • Lance Corporal Charles Sydney Flatt (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed at age 27. His brother was killed in April 1915.
  • Private Archibald Buchanan McMillan (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) is killed in action at age 25. He was a football player of class repute having played outside left with Croy Celtic, Rob Roy Celtic and Ayr United.
  • Private Alfred Souls (Cheshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 31, five days before his twin brother will meet the same fate. Three others brothers are also killed in the Great War.
  • Private Joseph Allen (Machine Gun Corps) dies of wounds at age 22. His brother was killed last month.

Friday 19 April 1918 We Lost 847

Thomas Andrew Cropper

Private Robert Craig (South Wales Borderers) dies of wounds at Boulogne received in action eight days earlier at age 30.  He played football for many clubs including the Celtic Football Club.  His Celtic career spanned from 1906 to 1909 when he appeared thirteen times as a fullback.

Second Lieutenant Guy Maddison Vaisey AM (Gloucestershire Regiment) dies of wounds received in action the previous day at Bethune at age 28.  On 6th April 1917 while training at Frenchcourt bombing range he threw himself on a grenade saving the lives of other soldiers around him.  For this action he was awarded the Albert Medal.

Today’s losses include:

  • An Albert Medal winner
  • A Celtic FC footballer
  • A battalion commander
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • The son of a man killed in the sinking of HMHS Britannic
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Charles Kenneth James DSO (commanding 6th Border Regiment) is killed in action
  • Captain George Trevor Williams (Royal Field Artillery) dies at age 31 in India. He is the son of the Reverend G H Williams Rector of Remenham.
  • Second Lieutenant Thomas Andrew Cropper (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 19. His father Captain John Cropper JP drowned in the sinking of HMHS Britannic in November 1916.
  • Sergeant Frank Thomas Libby MM (London Rifle Brigade) dies of wounds received 2 April at age 25. His brother was killed in January 1916.
  • Sergeant William Henry Hannaford (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed at age 25. His brother was killed two days earlier.
  • Private Alexander Davison (York and Lancaster Regiment) dies of wounds at age 24. His brother was killed in June 1915.
  • Rifleman Thomas John Hodge (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) dies of wounds at age 36 ten days after his brother met the same fate.
  • Private George Blizzard (South Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 27. His brother will be killed in October.

Thursday 18 April 1918 We Lost 1,417

John Williams Sayer VC

A random shell strikes 26th Brigade Headquarters killing four officers.  Lieutenant Colonel Robert Horn DSO MC (commanding 7th Seaforth Highlanders) is killed at age 36. He served on the Northwest Frontier in 1906. Chaplain the Reverend Charles Gustave Clarke Meister MC (attached Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) is killed at age 36. He is the Assistant Priest at Old St Paul’s Edinburgh. Also killed by this shell is Major Hugh Alexander Leslie Rose, the Brigade Major of Artillery, Captain Reginald Somers-Cocks MC (Somerset Light Infantry Staff Divisional Headquarters Captain attached 26th Infantry Brigade) will die of wounds within a week at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend Henry Lawrence Somers-Cocks Rector of Eastnor.

Lance Corporal John William Sayer VC (Royal West Surrey Regiment) dies of wounds as a prisoner of war received 21st March at Le Verguier where he held the flank of a small isolated post for two hours while inflicting heavy losses while exposed to heavy fire until nearly all the garrison has been killed and himself wounded and captured. For his actions he will be awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple battalion commanders
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A Military Chaplain
  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • The grandson of a Member of Parliament
  • The son of the Consul General Calais
  • The son of a former England National Cricket Captain
  • The son of a General
  • A man whose father will die on service next December

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major St John Shandon Quarry (Royal Berkshire Regiment, commanding 1st Royal Warwickshire Regiment) is killed in an attack on a house occupied by the enemy from which he is sniping at age 30, one day after taking command of the battalion the previous evening. Loses in the attack amount to 89 killed wounded and missing and are so heavy that the house cannot be held.
  • Captain Denys Cooke (Black Watch) is killed at age 26. He is the son of the Reverend Canon C E Cooke Warden and Chaplain of Whittington College.
  • Captain Ronald Charters MacPherson (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 21. He is the son of ‘Sir’ J Molesworth MacPherson.
  • Captain Arthur Stephen Greener MC (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed in February 1915.
  • Captain Ralph Eustace Smith (Northumberland Fusiliers attached Royal Air Force) is killed in action at age 28. He is the grandson of the late Thomas Eustace for many years MP for North Shields and Tynemouth.
  • Lieutenant Charles Mervyn Payton (Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed at age 23. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Charles A Payton MVO Consul General Calais.
  • Lieutenant John Haythorne Steel (HMS Munster, Royal Navy) drowns when washed overboard at sea at age 28. He is the son of Allan Gibson Steel, KC (Recorder of Oldham) and former English National Cricket Captain in 1886. His brother was killed last October
  • Second Lieutenant Godfrey Burnside Hudson (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed in action at Givenchy at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend Arthur Reginald the Rector of Huntsham who also lost another son in March of this year.
  • Second Lieutenant William Henry Stokes (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed in action at age 30. He was an honors student at Cambridge.
  • Second Lieutenant Ernest Kenneth Moncreiff Paul (Royal Garrison Artillery) dies of wounds received in action the previous day at age 20. He is the son of Brigadier General E M Paul.
  • Sergeant Charles Stroyan (Cameron Highlanders) is killed in action at age 22. His two brothers have been killed in 1914 and 1916.
  • Corporal James Gravers Hurley (New Zealand Entrenching Battalion) is killed in action at age 25. His brother was killed in September 1916.
  • Private Albert Joseph Campkin (Hertfordshire Regiment) dies of wounds received in action at age 33. He has two brothers who also are killed in the Great War, one in 1917 the other later this year.
  • Private Wilfred Harold Chandler (East Kent Regiment) dies on service in India at age 19. His two older brothers will be killed in the Great War, the first in 1916 the second in just six more days.
  • Private Albert Bertie Newstead (Norfolk Regiment) dies at home at age 25. His brother died of wounds in January 1916.
  • Private William Creed (Gloucestershire Regiment) dies of wounds. His father will die on service in December.
  • Private Harold Bendik Pittersen (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed one year ago.
  • Sapper Owen Jones (Royal Engineers) is killed on his 34th birthd

Wednesday 17 April 1918 We Lost 1,292

William Hope Hodgson

Patrol drifters attack and sink the German submarine UB-82 in the English Channel.

Lieutenant Colonel Ronald Harcourt Sanderson (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 41.  He was a Cambridge and Leander oarsman and the son of the Reverend Prebendary Edward Sanderson.  He was a crew member on the British eight men’s rowing boat which won the 1908 Olympic gold medal.

Lieutenant William Hope Hodgson (Royal Field Artillery) is killed by a mortar shell at age 40.  He is the son of the late Reverend Samuel Hodgson and is a silent screen writer and author. He produced a large body of work, consisting mostly of short stories and novels, spanning several overlapping genres including horror, fantastic fiction and science fiction. Early in his writing career he dedicated effort to poetry, although few of his poems were published during his lifetime. He also attracted some notice as a photographer. Born 15th November 1877 in Blackmore End, Essex Hodgson ran away to sea at the age of thirteen and eventually served in the Merchant Marine. In 1898 he was awarded the Royal Humane Society medal for saving another sailor who had fallen overboard in shark-infested waters After a bodybuilding business venture failed he decided to support himself by writing. Two of his most noted works, The Voice in the Night and “The Boats of the Glen Carrig”, are based on his experiences at sea, and much of his work is set aboard ships or features seafaring characters.

Today’s losses include:

  • A 1908 Olympic Gold Medal winning rower
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • A silent screen writer and author
  • A holder of the Royal Humane Society Medal for Life Saving
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • A former Naval Chaplain

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Edward Moore Robson MC (Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed three weeks ago.
  • Captain Alfred William Johnson MC (Royal Engineers) dies of wounds and gassing at age 42. He is a veteran of the South Africa War and was a partner with Hugh Drummond Allan in the surveying company Johnson and Allan of Kamloops, British Columbia. Captain Allan was killed in action in April 1917.
  • Lieutenant Wynell Hastings Lloyd (Royal Engineers) is killed at age 23. His brother will die of wounds in October.
  • Second Lieutenant Gerald Trueman Fielding (Royal Field Artillery) a former Royal Navy Chaplain is killed at age 34. He is the son of Major Joshua Fielding JP.
  • Second Lieutenant Charles Frederick Heatly (Welsh Fusiliers attached a sniping company) is killed in action at age 23. His brother was killed in February 1915.
  • Acting Sergeant Ernest Tabrett (Hampshire Regiment) is killed in action. His brother was killed in June 1915.
  • Private Edward Clark (Royal Fusiliers) dies of wounds at age 17. His brother was killed in May 1915.
  • Private Harold William Deller (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 19. His brother died of wounds two years before.
  • Private Albert Hannaford (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) is killed at age 19. His brother will be killed in two days.
  • Private Hugh Byrne (Welsh Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.