Great War Lives Lost

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

Category: Canadian Army

9 February 1919 We Lost 259

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • A Military Chaplain

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Alfred Selwyn Basil Jones ((Canadian Railway Troops) dies in England at age 37. He is the son of the Reverend Canon Jones of Llanfair.
  • Chaplain the Reverend Albert Edward Bates (Australian Army Chaplains Department) dies on service at age 34.

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.

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.