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Category: Africa

Monday 11 February 1918 We Lost 292

The special service ship HMS Cullist (also known as HMS Westphalia) is torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-97 in the Irish Sea. Two Lieutenants killed have been previously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. A total of five officers, twenty seven ratings, two members of the Royal Marine Light Infantry and nine merchant marine reservists are lost in the sinking.

  • Sub Lieutenant George Hambrook Dean Doubleday DSC is killed at age 22. He is the third son of the Reverend John Doubleday.
  • Engineer Lieutenant Neil Shaw MacKinnon (Royal Naval Reserve) is also killed at age 40.

Also sunk today when torpedoed in the English Channel by U-53 is the steamer Merton Hall (Master A Cameron). Her crew suffers fifty seven fatal casualties including her master. Also lost is

  • Able Seaman Herbert Lawrence (Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) whose son will be killed serving in the Royal Naval Air Force Reserve in the Second World War.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • A member of the clergy
  • Two Naval Lieutenants both winners of the Distinguished Service Cross
  • A man whose son will be killed in the Second World War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Neville Bowes Elliott-Cooper VC DSO MC (commanding 8th Royal Fusiliers) dies as a prisoner of war at age 29. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Robert Elliott-Cooper KCB and was awarded his Victoria Cross for efforts last 30th
  • Lieutenant (Intelligence Officer) the Reverend Robert Hellier (Nyasaland Field Force attached King’s Own Africa Rifles) dies of wounds in Portuguese Africa at age 33.
  • Private Ernest Charles Day (Bedfordshire Regiment) dies of wounds received in action at age 24. His brother was killed in May 1917.

Saturday 2 February 1918 We Lost 234

Twenty two including the ship’s Master are killed when S S Avanti (Skipper Fransisco De Sousa age 27) is torpedoed and sunk 4 miles southeast from St Albans Head. The trawler Remindo (Skipper George William Howard) is sunk when shelled by a German submarine in the Seine Estuary. There are no survivors and among the casualties is

  • Lieutenant Harold Sidney Rogers who is killed at age 36. His son will be killed in the Second World War.

Today’s losses include:

  • A man whose son will be killed in the Second World War
  • A nephew of Lord Strathclyde
  • A son of the Earl of Gainsborough
  • The son of the member of the clergy
  • A man whose brother was killed in April 1917

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Ian Ure (Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders) a nephew of Lord Strathclyde is killed in action in Italy by the explosion of a bomb at age 32.
  • Captain ‘the Honorable’ Robert Edmund Thomas More Noel (Royal Fusiliers attached Nigeria Regiment) dies of malaria at Massassi, East Africa at age 29. He is the son of the Earl of Gainsborough.
  • Cadet Ernest Seymour Kirby DCM (Australian Field Artillery) dies in Scotland on service at age 33. He is the son of the Reverend Augustus George Kirby Vicar of South Weald York.
  • Private Peter Watson Christian (Australian Infantry) is killed in action at age 32. His brother was killed in April 1917.

Friday 11 January 1918 We Lost 262

No 45 SQUADRON, ROYAL FLYING CORPS

45 Squadron Royal Flying Corps is escorting RE8s on a photo-reconnaissance of enemy aerodromes in the Vittorio area when they are attacked and heavy fighting breaks out. The Camel pilots make 5 claims while losing

  • Second Lieutenant Douglas William Robertson Ross at age 24. He was an Honours Graduate of McGill University.

Today’s losses include:

  • An Honours Graduate of McGill University
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A man whose son will be killed in June 1944

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Sydney Herbert Morris (Royal Army Medical Corps) dies on service at home at age 43. He is the son of the Reverend W E Morris.
  • Lance Corporal William Samuel Wright (Army Veterinary Corps) dies on service at age 29. His son will be killed in action in June 1944.
  • Private George Geoffrey Parmiter (Army Service Corps) is killed at Masasi East Africa at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend George Parmiter Vicar of Dawley Parva.

Saturday 29 December 1917 We Lost 342

William Victor Edwards

The British line in Palestine is pushed forward another three miles. Birch, nine miles north of Jerusalem on the Shechem Road and several places east of the road are captured.

The hired trawler Sapper (Skipper Charles Thomson RNR) disappears off the Owers Light Vessel with 19 on board.  Her skipper is lost at age 24.

Some cotton waste, which has been stored in a wooden cupboard in the magazine of H.M. Motor Launch No. 289, catches fire from an unknown cause. When the fire is discovered as a result of the smell of burning and by the smoke rising from the Magazine hatch, when it is opened, Deckhand John George Stanners  Royal Naval Reserve, without hesitation, goes down into the magazine and brings up a quantity of the burning waste. Leading Deckhand Ruper Walter Bugg Royal Naval Reserve, who is in Motor Launch No. 285 alongside No. 289, smells something burning, and on observing Deckhand Stanners coming up from the Magazine with burning material, immediately goes down and extinguishes the remainder of the ignited cotton waste. The prompt of action and the courage shown by these men in the face of very grave danger averts a serious fire, and in all probability-saved both Motor Launches and the lives of those on board. Both men will be decorated with the Albert Medal.

Today’s losses include:

  • An Irish International Rugby player, Irish 200 yard swimming champion and water polo champion
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • Families that will lose four and five sons in the Great War
  • The son of a member of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain William Victor Edwards (Dublin Fusiliers) is killed in Palestine at age 30. He is an Irish International Rugby player, the Irish 200 yard swimming champion and water polo champion. He is also believed to be the first man to swim the Belfast Lough.
  • Captain Christopher Russell Farmar-Cotgrave (Worcestershire Regiment) is accidentally killed in Winnezelle along with four others. His brother was killed in action seven weeks earlier.
  • Lieutenant William Reginald Karslake (Pembroke Yeomanry) dies at home at age 50. He is the son of the Reverend W H Karslake.
  • Sergeant Richard R Parry MM (Welsh Fusiliers) dies of wounds in Palestine at age 25. His brother died of wounds in September 1915.
  • Company Sergeant Major James Catto (Seaforth Highlandrers attached King’s African Rifles) is killed at age 28. He is the last of four brothers who will be killed in the war.
  • Rifleman Leonard Reeve Beechey (London Regiment) dies of wounds. He is the last of five sons of the Reverend Prince William Beechey who will lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Private David Allan Kininmont (Auckland Regiment) is killed at age 26. His brother was killed less than three months ago.

Tuesday 4 December 1917 We Lost 556

Stanley Boughey VC

Bourlon Wood is evacuated by the British.

There are minor actions north of Jaffa and on the Jerusalem road.  At El Burf when Turkish soldiers in a large number manage to crawl up within 30 yards of the British firing line and with bombs and automatic rifles are keeping down the fire of the British machine-guns, Second Lieutenant Stanley Henry Parry Boughey (Royal Scots Fusiliers) dies of wounds received three days earlier performing actions for which he will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross.

The 11th and 14th British Corps take over from the Italians the Montello sector of the Piave River front, with the French on their left.  The Montello sector acts as a hinge to the entire Italian line, joining that portion facing north from Mt. Tomba to Lake Garda with the defensive line of the Piave River covering Venice, which is held by the Third Italian Army.  The British troops in this sector will not be involved in any large operations, but they will carry out continuous patrol work across the Piave River, as well as much successful counter battery work.  The Piave will prove to be a very serious obstacle, especially in the wintertime, the breadth opposite the British front being considerably over 1,000 yards and the current fourteen knots.  Every form of raft and boat will be used, but wading will prove to be the most successful method of crossing, in spite of the icy coldness of the water.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • A battalion commander
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel John Maxwell MC (Rifle Brigade commanding 7th King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed at age 36.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Henry Charles Rochfort-Boyd (Royal Horse Artillery) dies of wounds received three days before near Cambrai at age 40. He is the son of Colonel C A Rochfort-Boyd CMG.
  • Major Norman Cecil Ingpen (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 23. His brother died of wounds in June 1916 in East Africa.
  • Captain Anthony Dalzell Clark (Essex Regiment) dies of wounds at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend Harold Clark.
  • Corporal Leslie Reed Langtry (Australian Light Horse) is killed in action at age 27. His brother was killed in October last year.
  • Corporal James Greer Gould Fairbairn (Imperial Camel Corps) is killed near Jerussalem at age 31. He is the son of the Reverend William David Fairbairn.
  • Private Frank Veasey (South Staffordshire Regiment) dies at age 20. His brother will be killed next April.
  • Private Josiah Hayman (North Devonshire Yeomanry) is killed in Palestine at age 20. His brother was killed last August.

Saturday 1 December 1917 We Lost 1,440

Alastair Malcolm McReady-Diamid

By today the impetus of the German advance is lost, but continued pressure will lead to the German capture of La Vacquerie in two days and the withdrawal of the British from the east of the St Quentin canal. The Germans have reached a line looping from the ridge at Quentin to near Marcoing. Their capture of Bonvais ridge makes the British hold on Bourlon precarious. Gonnelieu southwest of Cambrai is recovered though British forces withdraw from Masnieres as German counter attacks continue at Cambrai. The enemy attacks heavily at Bourlon Wood and claim 4,000 prisoners and 60 guns captured. While attacking Gauche Wood from the south-west the 18th King George’s Own Lancers fight on foot. The tanks that are supposed to accompany them are late in arriving (07:15 hours) and then become lost in the grey morning light. The Lancers though advance into the wood where they find men from the Grenadier Guards already fighting their way in from Gouzeaucourt. Machine gun nests are dealt with by the returning tanks which patrol the perimeter of the wood. To get into the wood the Grenadiers have chosen the tactic of running as fast as they can. The German gunners cannot get the range right and the casualties are light. Still with all of their senior officers gone the Grenadiers put themselves under the direction of the Lancers who organise the consolidation of Gauche Wood.

  • Captain George Henry Tatham Paton (Grenadier Guards) dies of wounds at age 22 while performing acts that will win him the Victoria Cross for his part in numerous counter attacks in the face of heavy machine gun fire until he was mortally wounded.
  • Captain John Bernard Mary Burke (Grenadier Guards) dies of wounds at age 25. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Henry Farnham Burke and the great grandson of John Burke founder, author and editor of Burke’s Peerage.
  • Lieutenant Philip Anthony Assheton Harbord MC (Grenadier Guards) is killed in action at age 20. His brother will die of wounds in July 1918 and a nephew will died of wounds in September 1919.
  • Lieutenant Bertram John Hubbard MC (Grenadier Guards) is killed in action at age 22. He is the son of the Honorable Evelyn Hubbard Member of Parliament for Lambeth and Director of the Bank of England and grandson of the 1st Baron Addington.
  • Second Lieutenant Stephen Hetley Pearson (Grenadier Guards) is killed at age 35. His twin will die on service in Egypt next November.
  • Second Lieutenant Richard Charles Denman (Grenadier Guards) is killed at age 21. He is the grandson of the 1st Baron Denman of Dovedale

Attacking the Quentin Mill (from which General de Lisle had made his hasty exit the day before) the Coldstream Guards and four tanks have little difficulty in gaining their objective though at the cost of three of the tanks. The 3rd Guards Brigade has been given the objective of taking Gonnelieu itself and attack with the Welsh Guards on the right and the Grenadier Guards on the left. The Welsh are brought to a halt at the top of the ridge in front of Gonnelieu with two thirds of their men being downed by the constant stream of fire from German Machine Gun positions in the old British trenches. At this moment the only surviving tank of four with the battalion rolls into action cruising along the trench spraying the Germans with all her Lewis guns. The Germans begin to surrender and the Welshmen seize the opportunity to grab the crest of the ridge. The Grenadiers manage to fight their way into Gonnelieu village but they arrive just as the Germans themselves had been preparing their next assault and are thus feeding the area with reinforcements. Faced by superior numbers the Grenadiers withdraw to a covering position alongside the Welsh Guards.

  • Captain Reginald Percy Loyd MC (Coldstream Guards) is killed in action at age 22. He is the son of the Honorable Mrs. E Loyd.
  • Second Lieutenant Thomas Harry Basil Webb (Welsh Guards) is killed at age 19. He is the son of Lieutenant Colonel ‘Sir’ Henry Webb the 1st Baronet and his nephew Roger Christopher Arthur Watson will be killed in World War II.

At El Burf, Palestine, when the enemy in large number have managed to crawl up to within 30 yards of our firing line and with bombs and automatic rifles are keeping down the fire of our machine guns, Second Lieutenant Stanley Henry Parry Boughey (Royal Scots Fusiliers) rushes forward alone with bombs right up to the enemy, killing many and causing the surrender of a party of 30.  As he turns to go back for more bombs he is mortally wounded at the moment when the enemy is surrendering. He will die of his wounds in three days. For his actions on this day he will be awarded the Victoria Cross.

German East Africa is cleared of enemy forces as Lettow-Borbeck retires across the Rovuma River into Portuguese territory.

Yesterday at the Moeuvres Sector, France, when the enemy penetrated into our position, and the situation is extremely critical, Captain Allastair Malcolm Cluny McReady-Diarmid VC (Middlesex Regiment) leads his company through a heavy barrage and immediately engages the enemy and drives them back at least 300 yards, causing numerous casualties and taking 27 prisoners. Today the enemy again attacks and drives back another company which has lost all its officers. The captain calls for volunteers, and leading the attack, again drives them back. It is entirely due to his throwing of bombs that the ground is regained, but he is eventually killed by a bomb. For his efforts on these two days he will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • A great grandson of John Burke founder, author and editor of Burke’s Peerage
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • A man whose nephew will be killed
  • The son of a Member of Parliament and Director of the Bank of England
  • The grandson of the 1st Baron Addington
  • A man whose twin will die on service
  • A grandson of the 1st Baron Dovedale
  • The son of a Baronet
  • The uncle of a man who will be killed in the Second World War
  • A man whose son will be killed in the Second World War
  • Multiple Military Chaplains
  • A battalion commander
  • A man whose daughter will be born next year
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The grandson of former Prime Minister Lord Salisbury
  • A Australian Rules footballer
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • One of the Herder brothers memorialized on the trophy to the Newfoundland and Labrador Senior Ice Hockey Champions every year

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Malcolm Docherty DSO (commanding Lord Strathcona’s Horse) is killed in action at age 40 while leading a charge. He served in the South Africa War as a Sergeant.
  • Lieutenant Randle William Gascoyne-Cecil (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 28. His daughter will be born in July 1918. His two brothers will also be killed during the Great War the first in July 1915 the second in August 1918 and they are sons of the Right Reverend Lord William Cecil Bishop of Exeter and grandsons of the former Prime Minister Lord Salisbury.
  • Lieutenant John Charles William Pinney (Royal Fusiliers attached Central India Horse) is killed at age 21. He is the son of the Honorable Mrs. Pinney.
  • Lieutenant Donald Fairfax Mackenson (HMS Tower) drowns on service with Gunner John Henry Burton DSC. Mackeson is the son of Payton Temple Mackenson, JP.
  • Second Lieutenant Arthur J Herder (Newfoundland Regiment) is killed at age 32. His brother was killed in July 1916 and they are memorialized on the Herder Memorila Trophy which is awarded annually to the Newfoundland and Labrador senior ice hockey Champions.
  • Chaplain the Reverend Thomas Howell (attached Shropshire Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 33.
  • Chaplain the Reverend Oswald Addenbrooke Holden (attached 60th Infantry Brigade) is killed at age 43. He is the Vicar of Penn and the son of the Reverend Oswald Mangin Holden Rector of Steeple Langford who will lose another son in Italy next October.
  • Sergeant Thomas Newby (Welsh Regiment) is killed in Palestine at age 38. His son will lose his life in the Second World War in April 1941.
  • Sergeant Otto Lowenstern (Lord Strathcona’s Horse) is killed at age 28. He is an Australian rules footballer who played with St Kilda in the Victorian Football League. Lowenstern spent both the 1910 and 1911 seasons playing in the VFL. He appeared once in 1910 while playing 11 games in 1911.
  • Corporal Bertram William Bloy (London Regiment) dies of wounds at age 22. His brother was killed in June 1916. Lance Corporal Walter Edwards (Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 21. His brother was killed in March of this year.
  • Private Hugh Williams (Newfoundland Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in October 1916.
  • Private Percy Freshwater (Essex Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in August 1915 on Gallipoli.
  • Private Arthur John Byard (Royal Army Medical Corps) dies of wounds at age 37. His brother will die of wounds next March.
  • Private Thomas Henry Brocklehurst (Army Service Corps) dies on service at home at age 23. His brother was killed in action in October 1915.
  • Private Thomas William Carr (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed. His brother will be killed in September 1918.

Wednesday 28 November 1917 We Lost 803

Machin brothers honoured

The Cambrai offensive officially ends and the British troops are ordered to lay wire and dig in and the Germans are quick to concentrate their artillery on the new British positions. Today over 16,000 rounds are fired into Bourlon Wood.

Colonel Tafel in command of 3,500 German troops from Mahenge cut off from the main for of von Lettow-Vorbeck surrenders near Newala, British East Africa.

The Guards Division clear Fontaine Notre Dame, but are counter-attacked by two German divisions and forced back.

Today’s losses include:

  • The grandson of a General and Justice of the Peace
  • The grandson of a member of the clergy
  • A man killed on the day his grandfather is buried
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • A family that will lose four sons in the Great War
  • Two brothers killed together
  • A Birmingham Police Officer

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain (Brevet Major) Greville John Massey Bagot Chester (Scots Guards) is killed at age 52. He is fine athlete who won many running and jumping competitions. He once won a bet for 100 pounds that he could ride, run and walk a mile in under 20 minutes. He is the grandson of Lieutenant General John Chester JP.
  • Captain Robert Chichester Drummond DSO (Coldstream Guards) is killed at age 21. This is the day his grandfather the Bishop of Chichester is buried.
  • Captain William Norman Lowe (Highland Light Infantry attached South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 28. He is the son of Lieutenant Colonel T E Lowe OBE TD JP.
  • Private George Fisher (Highland Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 19. His brother died of wounds on Gallipoli in 1915.
  • Private Charles, 26, and Sergeant William Ernest Machin, 28, are killed while serving with the Lincolnshire Yeomanry in Palestine.
  • Private Jesse Hughes (Welsh Guards) is killed at age 29. He is a Birmingham Policeman and his brother also a policeman was killed in June 1916.
  • Private James McClelland (Highland Light Infantry) is killed at age 22 becoming the last of four brothers who are killed in the war.

Saturday 17 November 1917 We Lost 507

Evelyn Achille de Rothschild

German minesweepers clearing a path through the British minefield in the Heligoland Bight near the coast of Germany are intercepted by three British cruisers, HMS Calypso, HMS Cardiff and HMS Caledon, performing counter-minesweeping duties. The German ships flee south toward the protection of the battleships SMS Kaiser and SMS Kaiserin. The two cruisers engage the German battleships, while their own screening force of the battlecruisers HMS Tiger, HMS Renown, HMS Repulse, HMS Courageous, and HMS Glorious of the First Battlecruiser Squadron, commanded by Admiral Sir Charles Napier, come up to assist.  All personnel on the bridge of HMS Calypso, including Captain Herbert L Edwards, are killed by a 12-inch shell. HMS Repulse, Captain William Boyle, later Admiral of the Fleet, 12th Earl of Cork and Orrery, briefly engage the German battleships, but the Germans make it back to the safety of their own minefields with the loss of one minesweeper.

A total of twenty-two naval personnel are killed in this the Second Battle of Heligoland Bight.

  • Ordinary Seaman John Henry Carless (Royal Navy, HMS Caledon) dies of wounds at age 21 received while performing acts that will be rewarded with a posthumous Victoria Cross. Although mortally wounded in the abdomen, he still continued serving the gun at which he was acting as rammer, lifting a projectile and helping to clear away the other casualties.  He collapses once, but gets up, tries again, and cheers on the new gun’s crew.  He then falls down and dies.  He not only set a very inspiring and memorable example, but he also, while mortally wounded, continues to do effective work against the King’s enemies.
  • Bugler Charles Ernest Timmins (Royal Marine Light Infantry HMS Cardiff) age 14 is killed when a shell strikes the ships bridge. His father was killed in the sinking of HMS Hogue.

The destroyer HMS Firedrake sinks the German submarine UC-51 off Harwich.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • A fourteen year old Marine bugler
  • Captain of HMS Calypso
  • Grandson of Baron de Rothschild
  • The son of a member of the clergy and Chaplain to the services
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Evelyn Achille de Rothschild (Royal Buckinghamshire Hussars) dies at Citadel Hospital, Cairo of wounds received during the Battle of Mughar Ridge age 31. He is a member of the prominent Rothschild banking family.  He was born into wealth and privilege and was expected to play a major role with the N M Rothschild & Sons At the outbreak of the Great War he and his brother Anthony joined the Army. In November 1915 while on the Western Front he was wounded and sent home to recuperate. Within a few months he was back at the Front where in March 1916 his service resulted in his being Mentioned in Dispatches. Sent to fight in Palestine, he was critically wounded on 13th November fighting the Turkish Seventh Army and he dies of those wounds today. On 5th December 1920 his brother, Captain Anthony de Rothschild, will unveil the War Memorial in the churchyard of All Saints Church at Wing, Buckinghamshire honoring Evelyn and his other comrades from Wing who were killed in the war. He is the grandson of Baron Lionel Nathan de Rothschild.
  • Captain (Brigade Major) Charles Gordon Dowding MC (Punjabis) is killed in action in East Africa at age 28. He is the son of the late Reverend William Berkeley Dowding Chaplain to the Forces.
  • Driver William Francis Pulham (King Edward’s Horse) dies at home as a result of shell shock. His brother will be killed next March.

Thursday 15 November 1917 We Lost 467

Captain Neil James Archibald Primrose MC PC MP (Buckinghamshire Hussars), a Member of Parliament for Wisbech Division, Cambridgeshire since 1910 dies of wounds at age 34.   He is the second son of the 5th Earl of Rosebery (the former Prime Minister) and brother of the writer Lady Sybil Grant and has served previously as Privy Councilor.  His cousin Evelyn de Rothschild will die of wounds in two days.  On 7th April 1915, he married Lady Victoria Stanley, daughter of Edward Stanley, 17th Earl of Derby. The couple has one daughter: Primrose was commissioned into the Royal Buckinghamshire Hussars in 1909. Promoted Captain in 1915 and was awarded the Military Cross in 1916. According to Vladimir Jabotinsky’s “The Story of the Jewish Legion”, Primrose came very close to joining the Jewish Legion but did not because of a miscommunication.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Member of Parliament
  • The son of a former Prime Minister
  • A man whose cousin will die of wounds in two days
  • The son-in-law of the 17th Earl of Derby
  • A man whose brother was killed in the South Africa War
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • A Baronet
  • The brother of a Baronet
  • Men who will lose one and two sons in the Second World War
  • Multiple men whose sons were previously killed in the Great War
  • The son of an Admiral
  • A YMCA Chaplain
  • The son of a member of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include

  • Major Francis Morphet Twisleton (Auckland Mounted Rifles) dies of wounds he received in the abdomen the previous day at age 44. His brother Thomas was killed in South Africa in 1901.
  • Captain Harold Christian (HMS President Royal Navy) dies at home at age 50. He is the son of Admiral Henry Christian MVO.
  • Captain ‘Sir’ George Everard Arthur Cayley (Royal Defence Corps) the 9th Baronet dies at age 56. His son F D E Christian has been killed in action previously.
  • Lieutenant Frederick Caesar Hawkins (South African Horse attached King’s African Rifles) is killed in East Africa at age 30. His brother will be killed in April 1918 and they are younger brothers of the 6th
  • YMCA Chaplain ‘the Reverend’ Oswald Chambers dies of a ruptured appendix in Egypt while serving the forces at age 43.
  • Corporal Frank Pennock (Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action. His son will be killed serving in the Royal Air Force in May 1941.
  • Private Mark Hewett (Manitoba Regiment) is killed at age 24. His brother was killed on HMS Goliath in May 1915.
  • Private Wilfrid Entwisle Bury (Canadian Mounted Rifles) is killed at age 36. He is the son of the Reverend Edward Bury Vicar of New Ferry.
  • Private Frank Pennock (Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action on the Western Front. He has two sons who will be killed in the Second World War.
  • Private Joseph Stanley Claydon MM (Cambridgeshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 19. His brother died of wounds in September 1916.
  • Private James F Moore (New Brunswick Regiment) is killed at age 48 two weeks after his son died of wounds.
  • Private Thomas Hemshall (East Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed last July.

Wednesday 14 November 1917 We Lost 474

             Orlando George Gunning

The 75th Division captures Junction Station, cutting the Turkish rail link to Jerusalem. By the end of the next day, the British have captured Ramleh and Ludd on the railway line north, and have advanced east to Latron opening the way for an advance into the Judean Hills to Jerusalem.

Today’s losses include:

  • A General
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A man whose son will be killed in the Second World War

Today’s highlighted casualties include

  • Brigadier General Orlando George Gunning CMG DSO (commanding 36th Brigade, 36th Sikhs) dies in South Africa at age 50. He served in the Miranzai Expedition in 1891, Dongola 1896, Northwest Frontier 1897-8 and Malakand and in Mesopotamia earlier in the war.
  • Captain Leonard John Bates (Tanks Corps) is accidentally killed during disembarkation at Dublin. His brother died of wounds in March 1916.
  • Captain Aubrey Lloyd St Clair Thomson MC (Liverpool Regiment) dies of wounds at home. His brother died of wounds in May of this year.
  • Lieutenant Charles Crowther Hart (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment attached King’s African Rifles) dies in East Africa. He is the son of the Reverend Frederick Hart Rector of Kimberley South Africa.
  • Lieutenant Benjamin Wynford Philipps (Royal Garrison Artillery attached Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed at Doncaster at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend D Philipps.
  • Second Lieutenant Christopher Charles Morse (Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 18. He is the son of ‘Sir’ George Henry Morse.
  • Corporal William Glenister (Hertfordshire Regiment) is killed in action at Passchendaele at age 23. His brother was killed last June.
  • Corporal Charles Francis Harrison (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 26. His brother was killed in August 1916.
  • Private Leonard Lee (Cheshire Regiment) is killed at age 20. He is the middle of three brothers who are killed.
  • Private Alexander Polson (Central Ontario Regiment) is killed at age 28. His son will be killed serving in the Royal Canadian Air Force in the Second World War.