Great War Lives Lost

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

Category: Artillery

11 February 1919 We Lost 285

Gunner Reginald Eggleton (Royal Field Artillery) dies on service at home at 22. His brother was killed in action in October 1917.

6 February 1919 We Lost 231

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Major Bevil Brian Quiller-Couch

Today’s losses include:

  • A man whose brother was killed in October 1917
  • The fiancé of VAD member and poet May Wedderburn Cannan

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Douglas Harry Acworth MC (Cokes Rifles) dies at Port Said, Egypt at age 33. His brother had been killed in action in October 1917.
  • Major Bevil Brian Quiller-Couch DSO MC (Royal Field Artillery) dies in Cologne, Germany at age 28. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Arthur and Lady Quiller-Couch and had served continuously in Flanders and France from August 1914, and the fiancé of Poet and member of the VAD May Wedderburn Cannan

4 February 1919 We Lost 243

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The minesweeper HMS Penarth strikes a mine and sinks off the Yorkshire coast while sweeping Great War mines. It remains one of the worst peace-time disasters ever sustained by the Royal Navy. Lieutenant David Wainwright (Royal Navy) takes command of the situation at once superintending the manning and lowering of the starboard gig and later the launching of the Carley floats.  Hearing that a stoker is injured in one of the stokeholds, he calls for volunteers to show him the way and makes his way forward.  There is by now a heavy list to the ship and it is apparent she will not reamin afloat much longer the upper deck on the starboard sied being already awash.  Lieutenant Wainwright makes his way below unaided and while he is in the stokehold the ship strikes a second mine.  The foreport is blown off and sinks and he is forced to wait until the stokehold has filled before he can float to the surface up and escape.  For his efforts on this occasion he will be awarded the Albert Medal.  A total of two officers and thrity-three ratings are killed in the loss., with two ratings dying later.

Corporal George Rowlands (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) saves a man’s life at Clonmany, County Donegal, Ireland during a hand grenade accident.  For this action he will be awarded the Albert Medal.

Today’s losses include:

  • Two sons of members of the clergy
  • The son of a Regus Professor of Medicine at Oxford

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel William Ronaldson Clark (Royal Army Medical Corps) dies on service at age 58. He is the son of the Reverend John Sim Clark.
  • Lieutenant John William Thomson (Royal Garrison Artillery) dies of pneumonia at age 27. He is the son of the Reverend R Thomson.
  • Lieutenant Basil Raherne Garrod (North Lancashire Regiment attached Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed in Germany at age 21. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Archibald E Garrod KCMG the Regis Professor of Medicine at Oxford.

27 January 1919 We Lost 155

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Today’s losses include:

  • A man whose brother was killed in action during a dog fight by German Ace Max Immelmann
  • Multiple families that will lose two son to the Great War
  • The son of a member of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Oliver Alexander Mowat MC (Canadian Field Artillery) is killed in action with the North Russia Expeditionary Force at age 25. His brother was the 15th victim of Max Immelmann being killed in May 1916.
  • Lieutenant Franklin George Ekins MC (Royal Irish Regiment) dies in France at age 24. His brother had been killed in action in May 1917. They are sons of the Reverend George Richards Ekins Vicar of St Timothy Sheffield.

1 January 1919 We Lost 372

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Early in the morning, at approximately 01:55, HM Yacht Iolaire (Commander Richard Gordon William Mason, killed at age 44) hits the rocks known as the “Beasts of Holm” at the entrance to Stornoway Harbor, Western Isles Scotland.  All the lights on the ship go out.  One of the passengers, Alexander MacIver, Mate Royal Naval Reserve, who later drowns, finds some distress rockets and fires them to summon assistance.

The rockets light up the sky and Carpenter John Finlay MacLeod Royal Naval Reserve sees the layout of the coast line.  He gives the end of a heavy line to an islander on the deck beside him and tells him not to let go.  He then puts the line around his left hand and locks the end of the rope with his thumb.  He then drops into the sea.  On his first attempt the surge of the waves carries him away from the shore but fortunately he manages to get back to the ship.  With Extraordinary presence of mind in the situation he ascertains that seven smaller waves are followed by three large waves.  He uses this information to swim for a while and then be carried by the larger waves.  Two hundred five lives are lost within 20 yards of land. Among those lost is

  • Seaman Malcolm MacMillan who drowns at age 46. His son Quarter Master Malcolm MacMillan will be lost at sea serving in the Merchant Navy in 1942 at age 41.
  • Seaman Norman MacLeod drowns at age 20. He is the final of four brothers who lose their lives in the Great War.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple families that will lose two, three and four sons to the Great War
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Stanley Nixon (Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry attached Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed at age 26. He is the son of James Nixon JP.
  • Gunner G Norfield (Canadian Field Artillery) dies in England at age 28. His brother was killed last September.
  • Sapper Frank Binks (Royal Engineers) dies on Salonika at age 39. His two brothers were killed during the war.

26 December 1918 We Lost 177

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Today’s losses include:

  • The son of a General who played Rugby football for Tombridge School, Blackheath and Kent
  • Multiple families who will lose two sons as a result of the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Geoffrey Selwyn Barrow OBE (Royal Field Artillery attached Army Cyclist Corps) dies of influenza in Paris at age 27. He is the son of General ‘Sir’ Edmund George Barrow GCB GCSI. He played Rugby football for the Tombridge School XI and Blackheath and Kent.
  • Sergeant A W Hampson (Welsh Regiment) dies of heart failure on the Western Front at age 40. His brother was killed in action in May 1915.
  • Gunner Ian Gordon Cochrane (Royal Garrison Artillery) dies of dysentery and malaria at Salonika at age 26. His brother was killed in March 1917.

10 December 1918 We Lost 325

Today’s losses include:

  • A family that will lose two sons to the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Gunner P E F Foney (Royal Field Artillery) dies at age 29 in France. His brother was killed in the sinking of HMS Hampshire in 1916.

Saturday 6 December 1918 We Lost 344

Cologne is entered by the Second British Cavalry Brigade and armoured cars.

Members of the 9th British West Indies Regiment attack there officers due to their poor treatment. More incidents of of insubordination follow as the troops refused to carry out duties that are assigned to them.

Today’s losses include:

  • A man whose son was killed in June 1917
  • The younger brother of author Gilbert K Chesterston
  • The assistant editor to the Eye Witness newspaper
  • The granddaughter of a Baronet
  • Daughter of a member of the clergy
  • A woman whose brother was killed in September 1917

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain William Henry Compton (Royal Army Medical Corps) dies at home at age 56. His son was killed in action in June 1917. After having served since August 1914,
  • Gunner Arthur Willis Inglis (Royal Field Artillery) dies on service at at 23. The younger brother of author Gilbert K Chesterston
  • Private Cecil Edward Chesterton (Highland Light Infantry) dies of pneumonia on service in France at age 39. He is the assistant editor to the Eye Witness newspaper.
  • Nurse Mary Murial Graham (Voluntary Aid Detachment) dies in London of acute meningitis at age 23. She is the granddaughter of ‘Sir’ Richard Graham 4th Baronet of Netherby.
  • Assistant Administrator Anna Marjorie Whall (Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps) dies at age 36. Her brother was killed in September 1917 and they are children of the Reverend Edward Haversham Whall Rector of North Barsham.

Friday 5 December 1918 We Lost 407

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The recently arrived Light Cruiser Cassandra is mined off the Gulf of Finland and sinks with 11 dead.

Battery Sergeant Major Charles Edward Haydon Parker VC (Royal Field Artillery) dies in London at age 49.  On 31st March 1900 at Sanna’s Post, South Africa ‘Q’ and ‘U’ Batteries of the Royal Horse Artillery are ambushed with loss of most of the baggage column and five guns of the leading battery.  When the alarm is given, ‘Q’ Battery went into action 1,150 yards from the post until the order to retire was received, when Major Phipps-Hornby, commander of ‘Q’ Battery, ordered the guns and their limbers to be run back by hand to a safe place.  For his actions Sergeant Parker was awarded the Victoria Cross.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • Multiple families that will lose two son in the Great War
  • A Military Chaplain

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Philip Edmund Vaughan DSO (Worcestershire Regiment) dies on service at home at age 40. His brother was killed in April 1915.
  • Lieutenant Hubert Burgoyne Davey (South Wales Borderers) dies on service at age 28. His brother was killed last October.
  • Chaplain the Reverend Frederick William Ainley dies on active service.

Friday 28 November 1918 We Lost 500

Today’s losses include:

  • A member of the Penarth Rugby Football Club
  • The Chauffeur to the Bishop of Sodor, Manchester
  • A family that will lose four sons to the Great War
  • A man whose brother was killed in action in November 1917 at Cambrai

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Second Lieutenant Richard James Pawley (Royal Garrison Artillery) dies on service at home. He is a member of the Penarth Rugby Club.
  • Private Walter B Smith (Manchester Regiment) dies of influenza at age 30. He was the Chauffeur to the Bishop of Sodor, Manchester.
  • Private James Sutherland (Seaforth Highlanders) dies of pneumonia. His brother was killed in action in November 1917 at Cambrai.
  • Private Fred Gleed (Wiltshire Regiment) dies of wounds. He is the last of four brothers who lose their lives as a result of war service.