Great War Lives Lost

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

Category: Canadian Army

14 December 1918 We Lost 246

A General Election is held in Britain.

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • A man whose brother was killed in May 1915 on Gallipoli

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain William R Martell (Central Ontario Regiment) dies on service at age 32. He is the son of Archdeacon George Rigby Martell.
  • Corporal Thomas Green (Hussars) dies at age 23. His brother was killed in May 1915 at Gallipoli.

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.

Monday 24 November 1918 We Lost 523

Dudley John Beaumont

Lieutenant Dudley John Beaumont (Gloucestershire Regiment) age 41 dies during the influenza pandemic. He is a member of the ruling family of Sark. He is the husband of Dame Sibyl Mary Collings Beaumont Hathaway, later 21st Seigneur of Sark, and grandfather of the 22nd Seigneur of Sark. His son a Royal Air Force officer, film producer and the husband of actress Mary Lawson will be killed with his wife on 4th May 1941 during the Liverpool Blitz.

 

Today’s losses include:

  • A member of the Ruling Family of Sark
  • A General
  • The nephew of a General
  • A man whose son will be killed in the Royal Air Force during the Liverpool Blitz in May 1941
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

 

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

 

  • Brigadier General Ernest St George Pratt CB DSO (Durham Light Infantry, Inspector of Infantry Home Forces) dies at home at age 55.
  • Captain Charles Gerard Longmore (Royal Field Artillery) dies on service in Palestine at age 27. He is the son of Colonel ‘Sir’ Charles Elton Longmore KCB.
  • Lieutenant Leo Albert Kiburz (Canadian Railway Troops attached Royal Air Force) dies of pneumonia. He is the nephew of General J W Stewart.
  • Private Redvers V Thoday (Royal Fusiliers) dies in Germany at age 18. His brother was killed in May 1917.
  • Private Charles Badcock (Suffolk Regiment) dies on service in Belgium. His brother died of wounds on 7th July 1916 received the 1st the same day Charles was also wounded.
  • Private Percy Geary (King’s Shropshire Light Infantry) dies on active service at age 25. His brother was killed in March of this year.

Monday 11 November 1918 We Lost 908

George Lawrence Price

The Armistice on the Western Front goes into effect at 11:00 this the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

Bolsheviks attack a blockhouse, near Troitsa, two hundred miles south of Archangel on the River Dwina.

Private George Lawrence Price (Saskatchewan Regiment) becomes the last British Empire casualty in the Great War when he is shot near the heart at 10:58. Price is part of an advance to take the small village of Havré. After an unauthorized crossing of the Canal du Centre into the town of Ville-sur-Haine under German machine gun fire, Private Price and his patrol move toward a row of houses intent on pursuing the machine gunner who has harassed their crossing of the canal. The patrol has entered the house they believed the shooting has come from but find the Germans have exited through the back door as they entered the front. They then pursue into the house next door and again find it empty. George Price is then fatally shot in the region of his heart by a German sniper[ as he steps out of the house into the street, against contrary advice from a house occupant and dies just 2 minutes before the armistice ceasefire. He was conscripted in late 1917 and will be buried in the St. Symphorien Military Cemetery that also contains the body of Private J Parr who was the first British casualty of the Great War.

The last British soldier to die is Private George Edwin Ellison (Lancers). He is a regular soldier, 40 years old, who first fought at Mons in 1914 and survived four years of war before being killed 90 minutes before it ends while on patrol near Mons. He leaves a wife and a six-year-old son.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • A Military Chaplain
  • A woman whose brother died eleven days earlier and is buried in the same cemetery

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Aubrey Parker Orde Ward (Lincolnshire Regiment attached Machine Gun Corps) dies at age 33. He is the son of the Reverend Frederick William Orde Ward.
  • Second Lieutenant Noel Everard Evans (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds at Rouen received 8th November at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend E J Evans.
  • Midshipman Ivor Neil Treasure (HMS Tancred Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) drowns. He is the son of the Reverend James Percy Treasure Vicar of Condover.
  • Chaplain the Reverend James Stanley Bromfield Brough dies of pneumonia following influenza at age 30.
  • Forewoman Jane Knox (Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps) dies at age 31 eleven days after her brother and is buried in the same cemetery.
  • Private Alfred George Durringotn (Royal Fusiliers) dies of wounds at age 22. His brother will die on service next April.
  • Private Charles William Scott (Kent Cyclist Battalion) dies of influenza in India at age 21. His brother was killed in September.
  • Private Andrew Anderson Speirs (Imperal Camel Corps) dies of wounds at home at age 28. He is the son of the Reverend E B Speirs DD.

Friday 8 November 1918 We Lost 1,153

Herbert George Flaxman Spurell

Captain Herbert George Flaxman Spurell (Royal Army Medical Corps attached Royal Air Force and Egyptian Expeditionary Force) dies of pneumonia at Alexandria, Egypt at age 41.  He is a biologist, physician and author, the only son of the architect Herbert Spurrell and nephew of the archaeologist Flaxman Charles John Spurrell. He discovered and classified fish, reptiles and frogs form the Gold Coast and South America and was a Fellow of the Zoologoical Society.  In addition to writing a number of scientific works he also wrote fiction.

Today’s losses include:

  • A world-famous biologist, physician and author
  • A son of the Private Chamberlain to the Pope
  • A son of the 1st Baron Ernie
  • A Military Chaplain
  • A Bedforshire Constable
  • The last Yates to be killed in the Great War
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Luke Joseph Teeling (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed in September 1914 and they are sons of Captain Bartholomew John Teeling Private Chamberlain to the Pope.
  • Captain George Mayo McClenaghan (Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend George Richard McClenaghan of Ipswich who lost another son in June 1915.
  • Lieutenant Rowland John Prothero (Hussars) dies on service in Iraq at age 24. He is the son of the 1st Baron Ernie.
  • Lieutenant Douglas Kipp Hamilton (Central Ontario Regiment) is killed in action at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend Richard D Hamilton.
  • Lieutenant Claude William Telfer (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) dies of wounds at age 22. His brother was killed in July 1916.
  • Second Lieutenant Lionel Russell Wilford (Royal Fusiliers) is killed in action. He is the son of the Reverend Herbert Hignett Wilford Rector of Welney.
  • Second Lieutenant Walter Ettrick Moore (Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed. His brother was killed in June 1916 and they are sons of the Reverend George Moore Vicar of Packingotn.
  • Chaplain John James Wallace (attached North Staffordshire Regiment) dies on active service at age 39.
  • Sergeant Aldwyn Lewis Watts (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 26. His brother was killed last March.
  • Lance Sergeant Francis Joseph McCartie (Coldstream Guards) dies on service at home at age 31. He is a member of the Bedfordshire Constabulary.
  • The last Yates to be killed in the Great War is Private John Yates (North Staffordshire Regiment) who is killed at age 23.
  • Rifleman Harry Sharman (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) dies at home at age 18. His brother was killed in July 1915.
  • Private Samuel William Mould (London Regiment) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed in September 1916.

Sunday 3 November 1918 We Lost 1,212

George Raymond Dallas Moor VC

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • The brother of a Victoria Cross winner previously killed
  • A member of the Editorial Staff of the Oregonian
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A nurse whose brother was previously killed and is the daughter of a member of the clergy
  • A man who unknown to him his wife died yesterday and his 11-year old son and name sake will die tomorrow
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • A man whose twin was killed earlier and whose son will be killed in June 1943

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Greville Havergal Shaw (Canadian Engineers) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed in April 1917 and they are sons of the Reverend William Henry Shaw Rector of Stapleton.
  • Captain Walter Adam (Royal East Kent Yeomanry attached Machine Gun Corps) dies at home. His brother was killed in January 1916.
  • Captain Tom G M Parker (Royal Army Medical Corps) dies on service at home. His brother was killed in November 1916.
  • Lieutenant George Raymond Dallas Moor VC MC (Hampshire Regiment) dies of Spanish Influenza at Mouvaux, France at age 22. He was awarded the Victoria Cross on Gallipoli in 1915.
  • Lieutenant John McClelland Adie (Canadian Motor Machine Gun Brigade) dies of wounds at age 35. He is the last of three brothers who are killed in the Great War.
  • Nurse Margaret Carew (Voluntary Aid Detachment) dies on service at age 28. Her brother was killed in October 1914 and they are children of the Reverend Henry William Carew Vicar of Rattery.
  • Nurse Gwynedd Violet Llewellyn (Voluntary Aid Detachment) dies on service of influenza at age 19. She is the daughter of Lieutenant Colonel A OBE and Lady Llewellyn.
  • Ordinary Seaman Walter Daniel Fairbrass (Royal Navy, HMS Pembroke) dies at home at age 18. He is the third brother to die in the Great War of six who served.
  • Private George Francis Stoney (British Columbia Regiment) is killed in action at age 46. He was a member of the Editorial Staff of “The Oregonian”, of Portland, Oregon.
  • Driver Thomas Ernest Scotcher (Royal Engineers) dies in a military hospital at age 22. His brother was killed in September 1914.
  • Private David Beaumont Kester (Northamptonshire Regiment) dies on service at home at age 28. His twin brother was killed in September 1917 and his son will be killed in June 1943 at age 26.
  • Private Leon Guy Austen (Royal Army Medical Corps) dies at home at age 38. His brother died on service in India in August 1916.
  • Private Frederick Ernest Barker (Sussex Regiment) is killed at age 29. Unknown to him his wife died yesterday of pneumonia and his 11-week old son, his namesake, will die tomorrow.
  • Private Frederick William Beatham (Army Service Corps) dies on service at age 32. He is the middle of three brothers who will lose their lives this year including Robert Matthew Beatham a Victoria Cross winner who was killed last August.
  • Private William Edward Hermon (Sussex Regiment) dies of wounds at age 19. His brother was killed last August.
  • Sapper John Latimer Owen (Canadian Railway Troops) is killed at age 35. He is the son of the Reverend John Robert Blayney Owen Rector of Bradwell on Sea.
  • Driver William Smith (Royal Engineers) is killed at age 29. His brother was killed in September 1916.
  • Private George H Rolfe (Australian Army Medical Corps) dies on service at sea at age 31. His brother died of wounds in July 1916.
  • Gunner Edward Steer (South African Field Artillery) dies on service at age 19. His brother was killed in December 1917.

Friday 1 November 1918 We Lost 1,568

Alleyne Kingsley Conan Doyle

Before Valenciennes a platoon of the Saskatchewan Regiment has a machine-gun open up on it. Without hesitation Sergeant Hugh Cairns DCM seizes a Lewis gun and single-handed in the face of direct fire he rushes the post killing the crew of five and capturing the gun. Later when the line is held up by machine gun fire he again rushes forward killing 12 enemy and capturing 18 and two guns. Subsequently when the advance is held up by more machine guns and field guns, although wounded, he leads a small party to outflank them, killing many, forcing about 50 to surrender and capturing all the guns. After consolidation he accompanies a battle patrol to exploit Marly and forces 60 of the enemy to surrender. While disarming this party he is severely wounded. Nevertheless, he opens fire and inflicts heavy losses. Finally he is rushed by about ten enemy and collapses from weakness and loss of blood. He will be awarded the last Canadian Victoria Cross earned in the war and will die of his wounds tomorrow.

Captain Alexander Beck (60 Royal Air Force) scores his squadrons last victory of the war, shooting down a Fokker D.VII.

The submarine G7 (Lieutenant Charles Arthur Campbell Russell) is reported lost when she fails to arrive at her base at Blyth, Northumberland. The last communication with the boat was on 23rd October.  Her entire crew of 31 is lost.

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of Arthur Conan Doyle
  • A man fatally wounded winning the Victoria Cross
  • Multiple Military Chaplains
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • A professor of English at the University of Bristol
  • An Australian Rules footballer

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Charles Henry Vernon Smith (Canadian Army Medical Corps) dies of pneumonia at age 32. He is the son of the Reverend William Smith.
  • Captain Alleyne Kingsley Conan Doyle (Hampshire Regiment) dies of influenza at home aggravated by wounds received in action at age 24. He is the son of the Arthur Conan Doyle.
  • Lieutenant Arthur Rowland Skemp (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed in action at age 36 at Le Cateau. He is a professor of English at the University of Bristol and the son of the Reverend T R Skemp.
  • Lieutenant William Holmes St John Lyons (Middlesex Regiment) dies in England at age 29. He is the son of the late Right Honorable W H H Lyons.
  • Chaplain 4th Class the Reverend Harold William Wood (attached Royal Garrison Artillery) dies of pneumonia as a result of influenza at age 31. He is the Vicar of Norton and son of the Reverend Arthur Wood Rector of St John’s Clerkenwell.
  • Chaplain Basil Robert Streeten (Lancashire Fusiliers) dies on service.
  • Driver Samuel Hainsworth (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds at age 28. His brother was killed in April.
  • Driver Albert Woodey (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 18. His brother was killed in the Navy in July 1918.
  • Private Arthur Moulson (Machine Gun Corps) dies of wounds as a prisoner of war at age 28. He was taken prisoner on 27th May at Crayonne, on the Chemin des Dames. His brother was killed in action in November 1917.
  • Private Albert O’Connell (Australian Infantry) dies of wounds in Wales received on service two months earlier. He is a former Australian rules footballer who played with St Kilda.
  • Private Leonard John Redler (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in July 1916.
  • Private Edwin Burchett (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed at age 40. He is the last of three brothers who are killed in the war.
  • Private Peter Downs (South Wales Borderers) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in September 1916.

Wednesday 30 October 1918 We Lost 1,185

Jack Lindsay Doubleday

Lieutenant Frederick Stanley Gordon (Royal Air Force) achieves his last victory when he shoots down an enemy balloon over Quaremont. Lieutenant V Voss and Sergeant Ernest Antcliffe (Royal Air Force) achieve a victory over a victory a Fokker D.VII in their BF2b north of Beciers, while Lieutenant J Baird and Sergeant Charles Hill of the same squadron achieve a victory over a Fokker at Herquegnies.

The Armistice between the Entente Powers and Turkey is signed at Mudros on the island of Lemnos.

HMCS Galiano (Lieutenant Robert Mayes Pope RNCVR) goes down in the Pacific Ocean with a loss of thirty-eight officers and men. The wireless station at Triangle, British Columbia, receives an urgent message from Galiano requesting immediate assistance. A heavy southeast gale is raging in Barkley Sound at the time. As soon as the message is received, all ships in the immediate vicinity and approaching the direction of Galiano, are notified, but nothing further is seen or heard of her.

Today’s losses include:

  • Two families that will lose FIVE sons in the Great War
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • A man whose son will be killed in October 1940
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The grandson of a member of the clergy
  • A man whose father was killed in August 1916
  • An Australian Rules footballer
  • A Midlands Rugby XV player versus the All-Blacks

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Henry Wyndham Francis Blackmore Farrer MC (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 24. He is the son the Reverend Canon Farrer. He played for the Midlands Counties Rugby XV versus the New Zealand All Blacks and was wounded six times previously.
  • Captain George Reinhold Barclay (General List, formerly Suffolk Regiment) is killed in action at age 36. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Thomas Barclay Kt.
  • Captain Norman Langley Buckham (Royal Army Ordnance Corps) is killed in action at age 29. He is the son of ‘Sir’ George Thomas Buckham.
  • Dentist and Lieutenant Jack Lindsay Doubleday (Australian Dental Corps) a former Australian rules footballer who played 43 games scoring 21 goals for University and Melbourne dies of influenza at sea en route to the front at age 28.
  • Lieutenant Frederick Arthur Hamilton Sharp (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 24. His father was killed in August 1916 and he is the grandson of the Reverend J P Sharp.
  • Second Lieutenant Augustus Paget DFC (Royal Air Force) is killed in action in Italy at age 20. He was a three-time victor over enemy aircraft, brought down one enemy kite balloon and sent one machine down out of control before his death.  Two of his four brothers have been previously killed in the Great War.
  • Sapper Walter Henry Nudds (Royal Engineers) is killed in action at age 20. His brother died of wounds in July 1916.
  • Writer 1st Class Herbert Francis Prior (HMS Pembroke, Royal Navy) becomes the last of six brothers to die in the service of their country when he dies at Chatham. Four of his brothers were killed in the Great War while the eldest was accidentally killed in 1912 while serving on HMS King Edward VII.
  • Private Arthur Edward Lewis (Canadian Machine Gun Corps) dies of wounds at age 46. He is the son of the Very Reverend Evan Lewis the Dean of Bangor.
  • Private Daniel Munn (Highland Light Infantry) dies of wounds in Baghdad at age 34. He is the last of five brothers to be killed in the Great War.
  • Private Stephen Alfred Twyman (Labour Corps) is killed at age 38. His son will be killed in October 1940.

Monday 28 October 1918 We Lost 1,255

Captain Robert North Chandler (Royal Air Force) attacks enemy troops with great success and silences an anti-tank gun.  Later he silences two enemy machine guns and inflicts heavy casualties on infantry in shell holes. While so engaged his machine is hit in the engine and he forced to land.  Prior this officer has destroyed three enemy aircraft and driven two others down out of control.  He has also displayed marked courage in attacking enemy troops on the ground.  When on an offensive patrol, Second Lieutenant Sydney MacGillvary Brown (Royal Air Force) in company with three other machines, attacks nine Fokkers; three of the latter being destroyed. Lieutenant Frederick Stanley Gordon (Royal Air Force) achieves two victories, his seventh and eighth, when he shoots down two enemy Fokker D.VII in the area of Wortegem.

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of the novelist Reverend Joseph Hocking
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Edward Cuthbert Hocking (Royal Field Artillery attached Royal Air Force) is killed at age 22. He is the son of the novelist the Reverend Joseph Hocking.
  • Lieutenant Arthur Eustace Blomfield (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 34 in Italy. He is the son of the Reverend John Blomfield and was the foreign language master on HMS Conway before he joined the Army in 1914.
  • Lieutenant Peter Hopcraft (Royal Air Force) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed on Queen Mary at Jutland.
  • Second Lieutenant Alexander Stark Douglas (Black Watch) is killed at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend Andrew Douglas United Free Church Invergordon Ross-shire.
  • Corporal Tudor Ceitho Worthington (South Wales Borderers) is killed. He is the son of David Worthington Vicar of Llangeitho.
  • Driver Robert Wooden (Canadian Field Artillery attached Tank Corps) is accidentally killed driving a tank in England at age 22. His brother will die during the influenza outbreak after serving in the forces.
  • Private John Edward Taylor (Worcestershire Regiment) dies as a prisoner of war at age 28. His brother was killed in action last month.
  • Private Dennis Lavender (Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed in Baghdad. His brother was killed in September 1916.
  • Bombardier John Alfred Olivry (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds at age 24. His brother was killed in September 1916.
  • Private George Kennington (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed at age 36. He is the last of three brothers who will be killed in the Great War.
  • Trooper Harold Denham (Dragoon Guards) is killed at age 31. His brother was killed in March 1915.
  • Private Herbert Turley Haywood (Army Service Corps) dies of pneumonia at age 28. He is one of three brothers who lose their lives in the Great War.

Wednesday 16 October 1918 We Lost 1,114

John McNamera VC

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • A school headmaster
  • A man whose mother and son were killed in the Lusitania sinking
  • Families that will lose two, three and five sons in the Great War
  • The son of a General
  • An educator
  • The son of a member of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain John Francis Leather (Army Service Corps attached King’s Shropshire Light Infantry) dies of pneumonia at age 24. He was the Head of Repton School and a Domus Exhibitioner of Balliol College.
  • Captain Peter Handcock Broughton-Adderley MC (Scots Guards) dies of wounds received the previous day at age 27. He is the son of ‘the Honorable’ F M Broughton-Adderley.
  • Captain Francis Chalton Stephens (Quebec Regiment) dies at home of influenza at age 30. He is the son of the Canadian Liberal politician the Honorable George Washington Stephens Sr and his mother and son were killed in the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915.
  • Lieutenant Charles William Tomkinson (Cheshire Regiment) dies at home at age 25. His brother will be accidentally killed next month just before the armistice.
  • Lieutenant Richard Henry Charles Ewart (Black Watch) is killed in action at age 26. His is the son of Major General ‘Sir’ R H Ewart.
  • Lieutenant James Melville Dewar (Black Watch) is killed in action at age 28. He is an English teacher at George Heriots School, Edinburgh.
  • Second Lieutenant Owen James Butler (Norfolk Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed in June 1916.
  • Cadet James Scott Garden (Royal Air Force) becomes the last of three brothers to be killed in the Great War and the second to die in an aircraft accident when he crashes in Canada at age 23.
  • Corporal John McNamara VC (East Surrey Regiment) is killed in action at age 30. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions on 3rd September of this year.
  • Private Victor Albert Brown (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 21. His brother was killed in April of this year.
  • Private Herbert Newnham (East Surrey Regiment) is killed in action at age 20. His brother was killed in the sinking of HMT Arcadian in April 1917.
  • Private George H Harman (Army Service Corps) dies on service in Mesopotamia. His four brothers have lost their lives in the last two and a half years.
  • Gunner Edwin Borwick Schofield (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 34. He is the son of the Reverend Daniel Schofield Vicar of Stalmine.