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Category: Australian Light Horse

Friday 29 November 1918 We Lost 446

Richard Vincent Sutton MC

Today’s losses include:

  • A Baronet
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • A Minister
  • A man whose brother was killed in action last July

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain ‘Sir’ Richard Vincent Sutton MC (Life Guards attached Guards Machine Gun Regiment) the Baronet dies in France at age 27.
  • Paymaster Sub Lieutenant Harold Mowell Manwell Crofton (HMS Curacoa) dies of illness at home. He is the son of the Reverend Henry Francis Crofton.
  • Private Philip Le I Findley (Canadian Army Medical Corps) dies on service at Etaples at age 27. He is a Wesleyan Minister.
  • Trooper Edward Owen Green (Australian Light Horse Machine Gun Squadron) is killed in a fall from his horse at age 32 near Tripoli, Syria. His brother was killed in action last July.

Friday 19 July 1918 We Lost 654

William Alexander Cosgrove

At 03:14 three Sopwith Camels take off from HMS Furious in the first ever air raid launched from an aircraft carrier. The raid on the Zeppelin sheds at Tondern has been delayed for some weeks due to bad weather.  Each aircraft carries two specially made 60-pound Cooper bombs.  The second flight of four aircraft departs HMS Furious at 03:22 but only three reach Tondern as one aircraft suffers severe engine trouble and is forced to return to the fleet where the pilot is successfully picked up, though is aircraft is destroyed when the rescuing destroyer runs in over.  There is no protecting enemy fighter aircraft at the base, although ground fire is intense.  Two Zeppelins, L54 and L60, are destroyed in huge explosions in one of the three sheds at the base.  Clouds and poor visibility may be a contributing factor to only one other aircraft returning safely to a British ship.  One pilot drowns when he presumably runs out of fuel and has to ditch. Three other pilots are forced to land or ditch in Denmark where they are interned.

Near Merville, Captain Edward Corringham Mannock, fires 80 rounds into an Albatross two-seater, which then goes to the ground in flames.

At 03:14 three Sopwith Camels take off from HMS Furious in the first ever air raid launched from an aircraft carrier. The raid on the Zeppelin sheds at Tondern has been delayed for some weeks due to bad weather. Each aircraft carries two specially made 60-pound Cooper bombs. The second flight of four aircraft departs HMS Furious at 03:22 but only three reach Tondern as one aircraft suffers severe engine trouble and is forced to return to the fleet where the pilot is successfully picked up, though is aircraft is destroyed when the rescuing destroyer runs in over. There is no protecting enemy fighter aircraft at the base, although ground fire is intense. Two Zeppelins, L54 and L60, are destroyed in huge explosions in one of the three sheds at the base. Clouds and poor visibility may be a contributing factor to only one other aircraft returning safely to a British ship. One pilot drowns when he presumably runs out of fuel and has to ditch. Three other pilots are forced to land or ditch in Denmark where they are interned.
Near Merville, Captain Edward Corringham Mannock, fires 80 rounds into an Albatross two-seater, which then goes to the ground in flames.
HMS Garry twice rams sinks the German submarine UB-110. For his actions during this affair her commanding officer, Lieutenant Commander Charles Herbert Lightoller will be awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. The damage to the Garry is so severe that she just bareGly gets back to dry dock. Commander Lightoller was the Second Officer of RMS Titanic on her maiden voyage in 1912.
The submarine E34 (Lieutenant Richard Ivor Pulleyne DSO DSC age 28) is lost with all thirty one hands in the North Sea through unknown causes.
The Turks and Germans mount a brief attack at Abu Tellul near the Jordan, but are defeated by Australian Light Horse regiments with heavy casualties to the Germans.

Today’s losses include:

• Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
• The son of a member of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

• Captain William Alexander Cosgrave Hedley (East Kent Regiment) dies of wounds at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend Herbert Hedley Vicar of Nackington.
• Lieutenant Donovan Joseph Trapp (Royal Air Force) is killed in action at age 23. He is the final of three brothers who die while serving in the Air Forces during the Great War.
• Second Lieutenant Francis Douglas (South African Infantry) is killed at age 24. His brother was killed in April 1917.
• Private Thomas Henry Quayle (South African Scottish) is killed in action at age 27. His brother was killed the previous month.

The submarine E34 (Lieutenant Richard Ivor Pulleyne DSO DSC age 28) is lost with all thirty one hands in the North Sea through unknown causes.

The Turks and Germans mount a brief attack at Abu Tellul near the Jordan, but are defeated by Australian Light Horse regiments with heavy casualties to the Germans.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • The son of a member of the clergy

 

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

 

  • Captain William Alexander Cosgrave Hedley (East Kent Regiment) dies of wounds at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend Herbert Hedley Vicar of Nackington.
  • Lieutenant Donovan Joseph Trapp (Royal Air Force) is killed in action at age 23. He is the final of three brothers who die while serving in the Air Forces during the Great War.
  • Second Lieutenant Francis Douglas (South African Infantry) is killed at age 24. His brother was killed in April 1917.
  • Private Thomas Henry Quayle (South African Scottish) is killed in action at age 27. His brother was killed the previous month.

Thursday 11 April 1918 We Lost 2,173

Ebenezer Maclay

Captain William Henry Hubbard (Royal Air Force) drives down an enemy machine out of control.

The Turks attack the bridgehead at El Ghoraniyeh and are severely repulsed.

Today’s losses include:

  • The father of 1984 Academy Award winning actress Dame Peggy Ashcroft
  • Multiple sons of member of the clergy
  • A 5-victory ace
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • Brothers killed togeher
  • The son of a Member of Parliament
  • The son of a Baronet
  • The son of a General
  • A South African cricket International
  • The son of a Councillor
  • A former goalkeeper for Hemel Hempstead FC

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major William Worsley Ashcroft (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 39. He is the father of the actress Dame Peggy Ashcroft. She won a 1984 Academy Award as best supporting actress for the film; the New York Film Critics Circle voted her best actress. She played a saintly, enigmatic Englishwoman in David Lean’s film of E. M. Forster’s novel “A Passage to India” and then was cast as a doubting former missionary in a television mini-series, “The Jewel in the Crown” based on Paul Scott’s “Raj Quartet.” The two performances brought her Britain’s top film and television awards. She had previously won a string of awards as the finest actress on the British stage, and she won a special Laurence Olivier Award, London’s major theatrical prize, for lifetime achievement in the theater.
  • Captain Patrick Lyon Playfair (Black Watch) is killed at age 24. He is the son of the late Reverend Patrick M Playfair DD.
  • Captain Kelvin Crawford (Royal Air Force) a five-victory ace is killed in action at age 22.
  • Captain William Askham (Army Cyclist Corps) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed in August 1916.
  • Captain Arthur Walsh MC (South Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 26 at Locon. He is the son of Stephen Walsh MP.
  • Lieutenant Ebenezer Maclay (Scots Guards) is killed at age 27. He is the son of the Baronet ‘Sir’ Joseph Paton Maclay who lost two sons in June 1915 within three days of each other on Gallipoli.
  • Lieutenant E Gilderthorp (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 26 the day before he brother met the same fate.
  • Lieutenant Dennistoun Hamilton Yatman (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 19. He is the son of Brigadier General Clement Yatman CMG DSO.
  • Second Lieutenant George J Stranger (Guernsey Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 23. His older brother Harry received a wound during the same engagement that will prove fatal one month later and their younger brother has been killed in action three weeks earlier.
  • Second Lieutenant Charles R Shaw (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed in action at age 29. His brother will be killed in October.
  • Second Lieutenant John Ormonde Butler (General List attached Royal Air Force) dies of wounds as a prisoner of war received 24th March at age 19. He is the only son of the Reverend Robert Moore Peile Butler Rector of Priston.
  • Corporal Arthur Edward Ochse (South African Infantry) is killed in action at age 48. He appeared in two test cricket matches in 1888 for South Africa becoming the youngest South African test debutant.
  • Corporal Albert Harrison MM (South Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 31. He is the son of Councillor Walter Harrison.
  • Trooper Robert James Crozier (Australian Light Horse) is killed in action in Palestine at age 21. His brother died of wounds in January 1917.
  • Brothers and Gunner Malcolm, 20, and William McIsaac, 26, are killed together serving with the Royal Garrison Artillery and are buried in adjacent graves in Arras Faubourg d’Amiens Cemetery.
  • Private George Thomas Perry (Essex Regiment) is killed in action. He is a former goalkeeper for Hemel Hempstead Football Club.
  • Private Cuthbert William Nesbit (Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend John William Nesbit Rector of Loudborough.

Friday 29 March 1918 We Lost 1,306

Henry Arthur Dobson

Major General Edward Feetham CB CMG General Officer Commanding 39th Division dies of wounds at age 52.  At about 12 noon, the enemy commences a bombardment of Demuin while the General and his General Staff Officer are walking up the main street.  One shell bursts on the houses they are passing and a fragment strikes Major General Feetham in the neck. The son of the Reverend William Feetham Vicar of Penrhos dies of wounds shortly thereafter. He is a veteran of the South African War. For the second time in eleven days the 39th Division has lost a commanding officer.

Brigadier General Harry Townsend Fulton CMG DSO General Officer Commanding 3rd New Zealand Brigade New Zealand Division dies of a concussion received the previous day at age 48.  During the previous day there has been a marked increase in the enemy’s artillery as well as machine-gun fire.  In the evening an unlucky 5.9-inch shell scores a direct hit on the cellar that is the New Zealand Rifle Brigade’s headquarters at Collincamps.  The entire place is wrecked and its occupants completely buried.  General Fulton, who has arrived back the previous day, succumbs to the effects of the concussion today.  He is the son of Lieutenant General John Fulton, RA and served on the India Frontier in 1897, South Africa War in 1900 Samoa in 1914 and Egypt in 1915.

Today’s losses include:

  • Two Generals
  • An Aston Villa footballer
  • The son of a General
  • A battalion commander
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • A member of Miss Florence Harris’ Shakespearean Company
  • A man whose sister will die serving in the Voluntary Aide Detachment
  • A Military Chaplain
  • A man killed on his 21st birthday
  • A man whose son will be killed in the Second World War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Cecil Buckley Morgan CMG DSO (commanding 22nd Durham Light Infantry) dies of wounds received at age 58 at Proyart Somme.
  • Major Harold Frederic Barker (Royal Garrison Artillery attached 126th Battery, Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action five days after his brother met the same fate. Harold is killed at age 27
  • Major Leycester Penryn Storr DSO (Liverpool Regiment attached Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) is killed at age 38. He is the son of the Reverend John Storr and husband of the Honorable Mrs Leycester Storr.
  • Captain George Thorold Waters (Suffolk Regiment) is killed at age 44. He is the son of the Reverend Thomas Waters Rector of Staverton.
  • Captain William Humphrey Ronald Rayson (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend William Robert Rayson Vicar of Coatham.
  • Captain Norman McConnochie MC (Hampshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 34. He is the son of the late Reverend J McConnochie.
  • Captain Alfred Cyril Parsons (Somerset Light Infantry) is killed at age 25. His brother was killed in April 1917.
  • Lieutenant Walter Owen Edis (Bedfordshire Yeomanry) is killed at age 25. He is a member of Miss Florence Harris’s Shakespearean Company and his brother will be killed in August of this year.
  • Lieutenant George Muir Warnock (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) is killed at age 25. His sister will die on service in France in May serving in the Voluntary Aid Detachment.
  • Lieutenant Alexander Scott Harvey (Gordon Highlanders) dies of wounds at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend Thomas Harvey Minister of St David’s UF Church, Edinburgh and had been wounded twice previously. After being wounded this day he is carried in after dark under conditions of great bravery and fidelity by Private J Scott.
  • Chaplain ‘the Reverend’ Edward Reginald Gibbs (attached Grenadier Guards) is killed at age 32 when a shell lands close to him as he is returning from conducting the funeral of a soldier. He is the son of the Reverend William Cobham Gibbs Rector of Clyst St George who lost another son earlier in the War.
  • Second Lieutenant Ernest Graham Humphrey (South Lancashire Regiment attached Royal Flying Corps) dies of wounds at age 21 received the previous day flying low and defending a road near Amiens. He is the son of the late Reverend William John Humphrey formerly Principal of Fourah Bay College Sierra Leone.
  • Second Lieutenant Norman Bayley Wilkes (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed on his 21st He is the only son of the Reverend Thomas William Wilkes of St Peter’s Church.
  • Lance Corporal Arthur Cowley (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 33. His brother was killed in April 1918.
  • Gunner Horace Bywaters (Royal Garrison Artillery) dies of wounds received in action at age 21. He is the third brother to die in the Great War.
  • Trooper Sydney James Crozier (Australian Light Horse) is killed in action at age 23 in Mesopotamia. His brother died of wounds in August 1916.
  • Private Henry Arthur Dobson (North Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 24. He played 6 league matches for Aston Villa and also played football for Chesterton Foresters and Audley North Staffs.
  • Private Ernest Alexander Lawes (Sussex Regiment) dies of wounds at age 21. His brother was killed in October 1914.
  • Private John Kirk Adlard (East Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 27. His son will be killed in April 1944.

Wednesday 27 March 1918 We Lost 2,526

Basil Arthur Horsfall VC

Second Lieutenant Alan Arnett McLeod, while flying with his observer, Lieutenant Arthur W Hammond MC, attacks hostile formations with bombs and machine gun fire.  He is assailed at a height of 5,000 feet by eight enemy triplanes which dive at him from all directions, firing from their front guns.  By skilful maneuvering he enables his observer to fire bursts at each machine in turn, shooting three of them down out of control.  By this time Second Lieutenant McLeod has received five wounds, and while continuing the engagement a bullet penetrates his petrol tank and sets the machine afire. He then climbs out on to the left bottom plane, controlling his machine from the side of the fuselage, and by side slipping steeply keeps the flames to one side, thus enabling the observer to continue firing until the ground is reached.  The observer is wounded six times when the machine crashes in “No Man’s Land” and Second Lieutenant McLeod, notwithstanding his own wounds, drags him away from the burning wreckage at great personal risk from heavy machine gun fire from the enemy’s lines.  This very gallant pilot is again wounded by a bomb while engaged in the act of rescue, but he perseveres until he has placed Lieutenant Hammond in comparative safety, before falling himself from exhaustion and loss of blood.  For this action Lieutenant McLeod will be awarded the Victoria Cross.

Lieutenant Colonel John Stanhope Collings-Wells (Bedfordshire Regiment) VC DSO is killed in action at age 37 performing the acts that will win him the Victoria Cross.  Beginning on 22nd March during the fighting from Marcoing to Albert when the rearguard was in great danger of being captured, Lieutenant Colonel Collings-Wells calls for volunteers to remain behind and hold up the enemy for 1½ hours while the remainder of the rearguard withdraws.  During the time the colonel moved amongst his men guiding and encouraging them and even when twice wounded continues to encourage them until he is killed.

Second Lieutenant Basil Arthur Horsfall (East Lancashire Regiment) dies of wounds at Ayette at age 30 received 21st March between Moyenneville and Ablainzevelle, France performing acts for which he will be awarded the Victoria Cross. When the enemy attacked Second Lieutenant Horsfall’s center platoon, his three forward sections are driven back and he is wounded in the head by enemy fire. Ignoring the wound, he immediately reorganizes what remains of his troops and counter-attacks to regain his original position. Despite the severity of his head wound, he refuses to go to the dressing station, as the three other officers in his company have been killed. Later, he makes another counterattack, but is ordered to withdraw. The last to leave his position, he was shot soon afterwards.

Two old destroyers are mined in company off the east coast of England in the North Sea. HMS Kale (Commander Harold E Dennison) sinks while the Exe is damage losing five of her crew.

Flight Lieutenant Lea Ewart Barnes Wimbush (Royal Naval Air Service) is performing aerobatics over the assembled crowd at Berkhampstead Grammar School’s speech day when the wings of his Sopwith Triplane tear off while attempting three consecutive loops. He will die of his injuries tomorrow at age 19. His cousin will be killed in the Royal Air Force next May and due to their parents both being John and Maud Wimbush they are sometimes believed to be brothers.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Welsh Rugby International
  • A man who is both the son and father of Baronets
  • Multiple Victoria Cross Winners
  • Multiple battalion commanders
  • Multiple families that will lose two and the sons in the Great War
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple men whose sons will be killed in the Second World War
  • A medical student
  • The grandson of a member of the clergy
  • A man whose father will die on service next September
  • A Police Officer
  • The Captain of the East Grimstead Football Club

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Harry Fearnley Kirkpatrick DSO (East Kent Regiment commanding Anson Battalion Royal Naval Division) dies of wounds at age 42. He is the son of ‘Sir’ James Kirkpatrick 8th Baronet of Closeburn and the father of the 10th His brother was killed in May 1917.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Skinner Raymond Sebastian MC (commanding 5th Oxford & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry) dies of wounds received in action at Cugny on 23rd March at age 31.
  • Major Austin Hanbury Brown DSO MC (Royal Engineers) is killed at age 31. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Robert Hanbury Brown KCMG.
  • Major George Paterson Nunneley MC (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 36. He is the son of the Reverend Frederick Barham Nunneley Vicar of Rennington whose younger son was killed in October 1914.
  • Captain Percival St George Findlater (Army Service Corps) is killed at age 36. He is the son of ‘Sir’ William Findlater.
  • Captain Noel Forbes Humphreys MC (Tank Corps) dies of wounds at age 27. He is a Welsh Rugby International and member of the 1910 British Tour of South Africa Rugby team. He is the son of the Reverend Henry James Humphreys Vicar of Thornley who has previously lost two other sons in the war.
  • Captain Charles Frederick Wybrow Nash MC (Norfolk Regiment) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Charles Barnett Nash Vicar of Watton.
  • Lieutenant Edward Treloar Smart (Royal Garrison Artillery attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed in action. He is the son of the Reverend John Raester Smart Chaplain of Tonbridge School.
  • Lieutenant Edmund Sydney Howells (Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed while instructing at age 19. He is the son of Canon Edmund Howells vicar of Milford Haven.
  • Lieutenant Michael William Doyle (General List attached Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed at age 24. His brother died of wounds in February 1916.
  • Lieutenant Lionel Raymond Whately (South Wales Borderers attached Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed in November 1916.
  • Lieutenant Dudley Walter Rowland Hall (Royal Marine Light Infantry) dies of wounds received in action at age 26. He is the son of the Reverend Thomas Rowland Hall of Kirstead Rectory.
  • Flight Sub Lieutenant Edward Cuthbert Stocker (Royal Naval Air Service) is killed at age 18. His brother was killed in May 1915.
  • Second Lieutenant Edward White Irvine (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 20 at Morcourt. He is a medical student at Aberdeen University and the son of the Reverend John A Irvine of the South United Free Church.
  • Second Lieutenant Robert Mather (Liverpool Regiment) is killed in action at Folies. His two brothers have been killed previously in the war.
  • Second Lieutenant David Macklin (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Herbert Walter Macklin Rector of Houghton.
  • Sergeant George Henry Caton (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) is killed at age 22. His father will die of pneumonia on service next September.
  • Sergeant Lionel William Loveband (Australian Light Horse) is killed in the Middle East at age 29. His brother was killed in December 1914 and they are sons of the Reverend Matthew Loveband Vicar of Burrington.
  • Corporal William Henry Warren (Machine Gun Corps) is killed. His son will be killed in the Second World War in April 1942.
  • Corporal Ashley Hatchard (South African Infantry) dies of wounds as a prisoner of war. He is the son of the late Reverend Alfred Hatchard (Resident Commissioner, Mafeking) and grandson of the late Right Reverend T G Hatchard, Bishop of Mauritius.
  • Lance Corporal Thomas Woodcock VC (Irish Guards) is killed at age 29. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions last September.
  • Lance Corporal Albert Edward Joseph (Sussex Regiment) is killed in action. He is the third son of Reverend F Joseph to die in the Great War and had been the Captain of the East Grinstead football club.
  • Rifleman Frank Godfrey (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed last June.
  • Private Thomas Daniel Richard Carter (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 19. His brother was killed in July 1916.
  • Private Don W MacBeath (Seaforth Highlanders) dies of wounds. His two brothers have already lost their lives in the Great War.
  • Private Harold Crossley (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) is killed at age 26. His brother was killed on Christmas Eve December 1914.
  • Private William George Elliott (Royal Fusiliers) is killed in action. His brother was killed on Gallipoli in August 1915.
  • Private George Edward Astley (Welsh Guards) is killed at age 26. He was a police officer for the London and North Western Railway Police.
  • Private Thomas Beaumont (Machine Gun Corps) is killed in action at age 19. His only son will die in 1943 as a prisoner of the Japanese while serving in the West Yorkshire Regiment.
  • Gunner Arthur George Freeman (Royal Garrison Artillery) dies of wounds at age 33. His brother was killed in August 1916.
  • Private John Williams Bailey (Cheshire Regiment) is killed at age19. His brother was killed in August 1916.

Thursday 21 February 1918 We Lost 243

Crystal City (Manitoba) Memorial

Australian mounted troops enter Jericho at 08:20 and secure the British right flank in Palestine.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Second Lieutenant Douglas Stanley Gordon (Special Reserve Royal Field Artillery attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed by machine gun fire from the ground at age 29. He is the son of the Reverend S C Gordon.
  • Private Lawrence Dimsdale Adamson MM (Manitoba Regiment) dies at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend W W Adamson.

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.

Wednesday 7 November 1917 We Lost 752

      Walter Sterndale Bennett

Abu Hareira is about midway on the road from Beersheba to Gaza, in front of the Wadi el Sheria.  The Turkish lines here are attacked and captured by the 10th, 60th (London) and 74th (Yeomanry) Divisions. British forces finally captured the deserted and ruined city of Gaza after two previous unsuccessful attempts.

At Sheria, Palestine, under most difficult conditions, in darkness and in an unknown country, Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Drummond Borton (London Regiment) deploys his battalion for attack and at dawn leads his attacking companies against a strongly held position.  When the leading company waves were checked by withering fire, he moves freely up and down the line under heavy fire and then leads his men forward, capturing the position.  At a later stage he leads a party of volunteers against a battery of field guns in action at point-blank range, capturing the guns and the detachments.  For his actions this day he will be awarded the Victoria Cross.

The Allied Supreme War Council is created at Rapollo, Italy.

Today’s losses include:

  • A grandson of the composer ‘Sir’ William Sterndale Bennett
  • A man whose brother will die on service in the Second World War
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A Military Chaplain

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Commander Walter Sterrndale-Bennett DSO (Drake Battalion, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) dies of wounds received in action three days before at age 24. His brother will die on service in 1941 at age 51 in the East Kent Regiment. They are great grandsons of the composer ‘Sir’ William Sterndale Bennett.
  • Captain Harry Cormac Walshe (Royal Field Artillery) is killed. His brother died of wounds in November 1914 and they are sons of Edward Cormac Walshe JP DL.
  • Lieutenant George Walpole Winthrop Denman-Dean (Royal Marines) is dies of wounds at age 21. He is the only son of the Reverend Richard Denman-Dean Rector of Woodbridge.
  • Second Lieutenant Andrew Reid Muir (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds. He is the son of the Reverend J Muir.
  • Second Lieutenant Bernard Robert Hadow Carter (Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 19 in an accident at home. He is the son of the Reverend James Octavius Holderness Carter Rector of Slymbridge.
  • Battery Sergeant Major Nelson Godfrey (Royal Garrison Artillery) dies on service at age 36. His brother died on service on the last day of last month.
  • Private W O Reece (Nova Scotia Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in October 1916.
  • Trooper John Stanley Friend (Imperial Camel Corps) dies of wounds in Palestine at age 21. His brother George also fell.
  • Chaplain the Reverend William James Dunbar (attached Australian Light Horse) is killed in Palestine at age 37.

Thursday 1 November 1917 We Lost 963

Leslie Cevil Maygar VC

The 1st Australian Light Horse Brigade occupies Ramleh.  A night attack on Gaza by 21st Corps takes the outer defenses but is stopped.

The submarine E52 (Lieutenant P E Philips) torpedoes and sinks the German submarine UC-63 in south of the Goodlands.

Lieutenant Colonel Leslie Cecil Maygar VC DSO (Australian Light Horse) dies of wounds at Beersheba at age 42. He is wounded and his arm shattered the previous day by an attacking enemy aircraft.  His horse bolted into the darkness and is later found by troopers of the Light Horse but Maygar is not with him. He is later found in the night but having lost a great amount of blood dies today.  He had been awarded the Victoria Cross during the South African War for actions performed on 23rd November 1901.

Second Lieutenant William Armine Edwards (Pembroke and Glamorgan Yeomanry dies of wounds at age 25. He was a member of the Glamorgan County club that won the Minor Counties Championship in 1913.  He is married to the daughter of R L Sails JP of Mumbles, Glamorgan. Second Lieutenant Edwards was already in the Pembroke and Glamorgan Yeomanry when war broke out, was called up with his Regiment in August 1914, and volunteered for overseas service. He was gazetted as Second Lieutenant and in October 1916, left for Egypt. He is mortally wounded while leading his platoon in the attack on the Beersheba position on and dies a few hours later.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • The son-in-law of a Justice of the Peace
  • The golfer who won the Minor Counties Championship in 1913
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • A man whose father will be killed in two weeks
  • A First Class cricketer for Yorkshire County

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Second Lieutenant Richard Alfred Waller (Royal Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 33. He is the son of Canon R A Waller.
  • Private James Robert Calder (Manitoba Regiment) dies of wounds received in action at age 33. He is one of three brothers who will die in the Great War.
  • Private Joseph Ambrose (Hertfordshire Regiment) dies of wounds received in action at Passchendaele at age 27. His brother was killed last July.
  • Signaller Robert Moore (Manitoba Regiment) dies of wounds at age 22. His father will be killed in two weeks.
  • Gunner Fairfax Gill (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 34. He is a first class cricketer who played two matches for Yorkshire County in 1906.
  • Private Herbert Samuel Brackell (London Regiment) is killed at Beersheba. He is the middle of three brothers who lose their lives in the Great War.

Wednesday 31 October 1917 We Lost 963

General Allenby’s forces entrenched on the Gaza-Beersheba line, behind the road and the towns, the XXth Corps (10th, 53rd, 60th and 74th Divisions) of the west, and the Desert Mounted Corps on the East.  This evening, the 4th Australian Light Horse Brigade charges over the Turkish trenches and into the town of Beersheba.  The 4th Australian Light Horse led by General W. Grant charges and takes Beersheba and its valuable water wells, a charge that reminds many of the Charge of the Light Brigade in 1854. The Light Horse force of 800 loses only 31 killed and 36 wounded most casualties from hand-to-hand combat in the trenches, not from the cavalry charge.

The 4th Australian Light Horse Brigade, in three lines about 400 yards apart, crest the ridge four miles south of the town. The men ride with bayonets drawn.  Commencing at a trot, the lines spread out until there is a space of about five yards between each trooper.  The Turkish guns immediately open fire, and some casualties are taken. Suddenly it is noticed that the Australians are under the range of the Turkish artillery. The Turks have their guns set at long range and the Light Horsemen are charging faster than the ranges can be reset. When they reach the trenches they do not stop. They jump over, reign up and dismount.  The Light Horse is not considered cavalry they are actually mounted infantry and while they may ride into battle, they dismount to fight.  They then go to work with both bayonet and rifle.

The Turks are totally dismayed at what has happened. Morale is broken and many flee. Several Australian squadrons find that they are able to go straight through the defenses and on into the town itself.

  • Lieutenant Alaric Pinder Boor (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry attached Royal Flying Corps) dies of wounds at Beersheba at age 25. He is a Rhodes Scholar.
  • Trooper Albert Cotter (Australian Light Horse) who is killed at age 33. He is an Australian cricketer who played in 21 Tests between 1904 and 1912 along with 113 first class matches. While regarded as the fastest of his era in Australia (his pace saw him nicknamed “Terror’ Cotter” by English fans) he did not always have the control to back it up. He took eight or more wickets in a match four times from his 21 Tests and his strike rate of 52 ranks up with the best. Cotter joined the AIF in April 1915. The enlistment of a former sporting champion was seen as powerful publicity for the AIF recruiting campaign. Despite having no great riding ability, he was accepted into the Australian Light Horse and he took a late part in the Gallipoli campaign. Cotter is at Beersheba as a stretcher-bearer. At the end of the charge, as troops dismount to engage the enemy, a Turk shot Cotter dead at close range while serving as a stretcher bearer.

Beginning at 05:50 the Bedfordshire Regiment is involved in an attack near Westrozebeke, northwest of Ypres but the movement goes bad due to the depth of the mud as deep as up to men’s knees.  To make matters worse the Germans are anticipating the attack and once it commences they bring heavy shelling to bear on the advancing British troops. Those who are not caught in the barrage cannot move and are shot by German snipers while stuck in the mud.

Today’s losses include:

  • Two Rhodes Scholars
  • An Australian cricketer
  • A man whose father will die on service in 1919
  • A man whose father was killed in January 1916 as a battalion commander
  • The grandson of a Baronet
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • Two Military Chaplain
  • The on only lost of a family that supplied seven sons to service
  • A man whose twin was killed earlier this year
  • A holder of the Indian Royal Humane Society Medal for life saving
  • The son of a member of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Acting Major Stewart Athur Rodney-Ricketts MC (Royal Field Artillery) becomes the second Rhodes Scholar killed today when he is lost at age 23.
  • Captain Percy James Belcher (Alberta Regiment) is killed at age 27. His father will die on service in February 1919.
  • Lieutenant Dering John Jasper Radcliffe (Grenadier Guards) is killed in action at age 22. He had been wounded in the head in 1915 at Neuve Chapelle and lost an eye yet returned to fight at the front when medically released. His father was killed commanding the 10th Essex Regiment in January 1916.
  • Lieutenant Philip Gregory Hickman (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 20. He is the grandson of ‘Sir’ Alfred Hickman 1st
  • Lieutenant William Lefevre Oxley Parker (Royal Field Artillery attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 22. He is the grandson of ‘Sir’ William Farrer.
  • Lieutenant Walter de Courcey Dodd (Munster Fusiliers attached Royal Flying Corps) dies of wounds received this day as a prisoner of war at age 21. He has two brothers that also lose their lives in the Great War, the first in November 1916 the second one year to the day from this day.
  • Lieutenant James Douglas Godfrey (HMS Attentive) dies on service at age 39. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for “coolness under fire” while serving on HMS Arethusa in 1914.
  • Chaplain the Reverend Cecil Langdon (attached Border Regiment) is killed in action at age 35.
  • Chaplain Wilfroid John Harding MC (attached Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) is killed at age 31.
  • Corporal Ernest Douglas Jenkins (Royal Army Medical Corps) is killed at age 20. He is the youngest of seven brothers who served.
  • Corporal C H Underhill (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed in action at age 28. His brother was killed in August 1916.
  • Private James Tolworthy (East Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother will be killed in March 1918.
  • Gunner Arthur John Bodley (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 26. His brother was killed in February.
  • Private Ernest John Flynn (Gloucestershire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 22. His twin brother was killed in June of this year.
  • Private Albert Rhodes (Canadian Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 36. He is the first of three brothers who are killed in the Great War.
  • Gunner Frank Summerville Liles (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 37. His brother will be killed in May 1918.
  • Private Thomas Ellery (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed at age 20 in Mesopotamia. He was awarded the Indian Royal Humane Society Medal for life saving on the Tigris River.
  • Private Maurice Patrick Walther (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 27. His brother will be killed in June next year.
  • Gunner Lawrence Tremaine Wilkinson (Canadian Field Artillery) is killed at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend William James Wilkinson.