Great War Lives Lost

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

Category: Canadian Army

1 March 1919 We Lost 285

John Harry McNeaney

Today’s losses include:

  • A five-victory ace
  • Two sons of members of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain John Harry McNeaney (Royal Air Force) a five-victory ace dies of pneumonia on service at age 21.
  • Captain Theodore Augustus Girling (Canadian Army Veterinary Corps attached 2nd Canadian Division Headquarter Belgrade) dies of service at age 43. He is the son of the Reverend William Henry Girling Vicar of Wilshaw.
  • Lieutenant Bruce Martin (Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed at home at age 26. He is the son of the Reverend J J Martin.

18 February 1919 We Lost 341

Leonard Allan Payne

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • Two RAF 11-victory aces

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Thomas Harold Hill Beven (Canadian Machine Gun Corps) dies of pneumonia at age 32. He is the son of the Reverend Canon W Bevan.
  • Captain Leonard Allan Payne MC (Royal Air Force) dies on service at age 24. He is an 11-victory ace.
  • Captain Herbert Andrew Patey DFC (Royal Air Force) dies of double pneumonia at age 20. He is also an 11-victory ace.

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.