Great War Lives Lost

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

Category: Artillery

6 April 1919 We Lost 78

  • Major Owen Leech Tripook (Royal Field Artillery) dies in Baghdad at age 36. He is the son of the Reverend John Crampton Triphook Rector of Little Tey.

5 April 1919 We Lost 112

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple families that lost two sons to the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Private Leslie Holland Durrington (Royal Fusiliers) dies on service at home at age 24. His brother died of wounds on the last day of the Great War.
  • Private Frank Phillip Roote (Suffolk Regiment) dies at home on service at age 24. His brother died of wounds in 1917 at home and is buried in the same grave.
  • Driver Herbert E Armour (Royal Field Artillery) dies of illness at home. His brother was killed in May 1915.

25 March 1919 We Lost 117

Today’s losses include:

  • A man whose only child will be killed at Dunkirk
  • A man whose brother was killed in 1916

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant (Army Service Corps) dies as a result of war service at age 39. His only child Captain Walter Edward Norkett (Army Service Corps) will be killed in 1940 at Dunkirk.
  • Driver Sstanley Diplock (Royal Field Artillery) dies as a result of an operation at age 25. His brother was killed in April 1916.

15 March 1919 We Lost 135

While some Turkish prisoners of war are bathing at Beirut, Lebanon under the guard of British soldiers, one of them gets into difficulties.  Two members of the escort go to his assistance but fail to rescue him.  On hearing of the man’s danger Trumpeter Mangal Sain (Indian Lancers) at once swims out through the surf and eventually with great difficulty brings him to shore.  Shortly afterwards two British soldiers who are bathing are seen to have been caught in a current and to be in danger of drowning and Mangal Sain, although still exhausted from his rescue of the first man again swims out to the assistance of the two others.  He succeeds in bringing one man ashore and then immediately starts without hesitation to the rescue of the other soldier.  He is, however, called back, as it is seen that the man has drifted so far out that it is impossible to save him.  Both men who are rescued are in the last state of collapse and inevitabley would have drowned had it not been for the gallantry displayed by Mangal Sain who incurred great risk in rendering the services, owing to the violent surf and dangerous currents beyond.  For his efforts Mangal Sain will be awarded the Albert Medal.

                                                              Today’s losses include:

  • A retired Admiral whose son was killed in the Great War
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • Two families that will lose two sons to the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Admiral (ret) Herbert Lyon CB (Royal Navy) dies of illness. His son was killed commanding the destroyer HMS Marmion when it was in a collision in October 1917.
  • Captain John Severn Fuller (Royal Field Artillery) dies on service in Hong Kong at age 23. He is the son of the Richard Henry Fuller Rector of Emmanuel Loughborough.
  • Driver A Bosher (Royal Field Artillery) dies on service at age 35. His brother was killed in September 1915.
  • Private Leon N Chaloner (Motor Transport Army Service Corps) dies of malaria at age 28. His brother was killed in August 1916.

4 March 1919 We Lost 222

Today’s losses include:

  • A man who becomes his widows second lost husband to the Great War
  • A man whose brother was killed in June 1916

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Harry Young (Royal Garrison Artillery) dies of influenza. His brother was killed n June 1916.
  • Stoker Percy Franklin (HMS Boadicea) dies of illness at age 25. He will be buried in the same grave as his wife’s first husband who died on service in April 1915.

19 February 1919 We Lost 351

John Francis Innes Hay Doyle

Today’s losses include:

  • A Brigadier General and brother of ‘Sir” Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • The brother of historian and writer Andrew Lang

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Brigadier General John Francis Innes Hay Doyle (Royal Field Artillery) dies of pneumonia while on service in Flanders at age 45. He is the brother of ‘Sir’ Arthur Conan Doyle.
  • Major Constantine James Phipps DSO MC (Royal Engineers) dies on service at age 26. His brother was killed in July 1916 and they are sons of Canon Constantine Osborne Phipps Vicar of Lee Great Missenden.
  • Lieutenant Gerald Vivian Oldrey (Nottinghamshire Yeomanry) dies on active service in Egypt. His brother was killed in October 1914.
  • Second Lieutenant James Gibson Grant (King’s Liverpool Regiment) dies of illness caused by hardship and exposure while on service. He was the brother of Andrew Lang, the historian and writer.
  • Sapper Henry Errington Kirby Byard (Royal Engineers) dies in France at age 27. He is the son of the Reverend H Kirby Byard.
  • Air Mechanic 2nd Class John Henry Toole (Australian Flying Corps) dies on service at age 29. His brother was killed last August.

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.