Great War Lives Lost

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Category: Indian Army

Thursday 24 October 1918 We Lost 1,823

son of Colin Archibald Mungo Park

40th squadron moves from Bryas to Aniche on the Douai-Denain road.

Lance Corporal Colin Archibald Mungo Park (Royal Sussex Regiment) is killed in action at age 31. He is the son of the Reverend Mungo Park. In June 1941 his son, a World War II Royal Air Force ace will be shot down and killed by German Lufwaffe ace Wilhelm Balthasar who will die in combat less than one week later. Both of the younger men lost their fathers serving in their respective armies in the Great War.

Today’s losses include:

  • A man whose son an RAF ace will be shot down and killed by German ace who will be killed within a week in June 1941 who also lost his father in the Great War
  • Multiple families that will lose two, three and four sons in the Great War
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • A member of the Penarth Rugby Football Club
  • Two Military Chaplains
  • A man who son will be killed in December 1940
  • A man whose brother was killed in the Great War and his son will be killed in the Second World War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Gordon Gordon-Smith (Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed. His brother was killed in December 1915.
  • Captain Victor Hubert Thornton (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 31. He is the son of the Reverend Edward Thornton, late Vicar of Ancroft.
  • Lieutenant William Bannister Augustus Pickop (Royal Fusiliers) dies of wounds at age 22. His brother died of wounds in June 1917 and they are sons of the Reverend Canon Pickop Vicar of Hatcliffe.
  • Second Lieutenant Rowland Hurst Bourne (Sussex Regiment) is killed in action at age 19. He is the son of Rowland Manlove Bourne JP.
  • Second Lieutenant Cyril de Clare Yeld (Indian Army Reserve of Officers attached Supply and Transport Corps) dies on service in India. He is a member of the Penarth Rugby Club.
  • Second Lieutenant Horace Burnaby Cooper (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend Horace Rowsell Cooper Vicar of Thornton.
  • Chaplains William Edgar Jones (attached Yorkshire Regiment) age 30 and Richard William Dugdale MC (Norfolk Regiment) die on active service He is the son of the Reverend Sydney Dugdale Rector of Whitchurch.
  • Lance Corporal Ben Mingay (Suffolk Regiment) is killed at age 33. His son will be killed in December 1940.
  • Private George Arthur Ginns (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 35. His brother was killed in December 1916 and his son will be killed on 28th May 1943 while serving with the Norfolk Regiment.
  • Pioneer Hubert William Duncan Brewster (Royal Engineers) dies of illness at age 42. His brother died of wounds in January 1917.
  • Private Harry Desborough (Machine Gun Company) is killed at age 29. His brother was killed in October 1916.
  • Private John William Lance Slee (Warwickshire Regiment) dies of illness at age 18. His brother died of illness in November 1914.
  • Private Frederick Arthur (Hampshire Regiment) dies of malaria on Salonika having been released after three years as a prisoner of war in Bulgaria.
  • Private Bertie Atkiss (West Surrey Regiment) is killed in action at age 20. His brother was killed in July 1916.
  • Private Aubrey Henry Simmonds (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed near Haussy, Cambrai at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend Charles S Simmonds Vicar of Exhall.
  • Gunner Thomas Lang (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 33. His brother will die on service in the Royal Navy next July.
  • Private Wilfred Simpson (Royal Marines HMS Hussar) dies in Italy. He is the third of four brothers who lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Private Joseph Robert Calder-Smith (Army Pay Corps) dies on service at age 42. His brother was killed on the first day of the battle of the Somme.
  • Private Charles Horace Dunkley (Sherwood Foresters) is killed. His brother was killed in November 1915 on Gallipoli.
  • Private Thomas Wortley Raitt (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) is killed at age 23. His twin brother was killed last May.
  • Private William Ernest Haynes (Somerset Light Infantry) is killed at age 25. His is one of three brothers who lose their lives in the Great War.

Monday 21 October 1918 We Lost 1,168

Major Richard Hugh McGillycuddy MC (Royal Army Medical Corps) dies on service in England at age 34.  He is the son of “The McGillycuddy of The Reeks” a member of Irish nobility and active member of the Standing Council of Irish Chiefs and Chieftains

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of “The McGillycuddy of The Reeks”
  • A Military Chaplain
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • A man whose first cousin will die as a Prisoner of War in August 1943
  • An Australian Rules footballer

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Roger Dawson Duffield Brownson (Royal Army Medical Corps) dies of pneumonia in India following gas wounds at age 35. He is the son of the Reverend F Brownson.
  • Lieutenant John Fraser Follit (Indian Army Reserve of Officers attached Indian Lancers) is killed at age 26. His brother was killed in August 1916.
  • Chaplain C W Hodder dies on service at home.
  • Private Arthur Edward Green (Royal Warwickshire Regiment) is killed by shell fire at age 19. His older brother was killed in January of last year.
  • Private Joe Ward (Durham Light Infantry) dies at home of wounds received in action at age 26. His brother died of tuberculosis in February 1918.
  • Gunner Albert Trower (Royal Marine Artillery) dies of pneumonia at age 32. His brother was killed in November 1916.
  • Private Leslie James Lochlan Cubbins (Australian Infantry) is killed. His brother died of illness in August 1918.
  • Driver Harry Revitt (Royal Field Artillery) dies on service in India at age 28. His brother was killed in September 1916.
  • Private Sidney Addley (Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed. His 1st cousin will die of cholera as a Royal Air Force prisoner of war in August 1943.
  • Private William Newlands (West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in May 1915.
  • Private Samuel Cleland Campbell (Australian Reinforcements) dies of influenza and pneumonia en-route to England at Freetown Sierra Leone. In 1910 he played for Collingwood in the Victoria Football League and his cousin will die on service.
  • Private John Lovery (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 27. His brother was killed in September of last year.

Tuesday 8 October 1918 We Lost 2,486

 

William Herbert Waring VC

Captain Allan Hepburn and Second Lieutenant Horace George Eldeon shoot down a Fokker D VII southwest of Cambrai.

Beirut is occupied by the 7th (Meerut) Division with French ships are already in the harbor.

Sergeant William Herbert Waring (Royal Welsh Fusiliers) leads an attack against enemy machine guns and, in face of devastating fire from the flank and front, rushes a strong point singlehanded, bayoneting four of the garrison and capturing twenty others with their guns; then under heavy shell and machine gun fire, he re-organizes his men, leads and inspires them for another 400 yards, when he falls mortally wounded. For his action he will be awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • A battalion commander
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • Multiple families that will lose two, three and four sons in the Great War
  • A Military Chaplain
  • A Civilian Chaplain
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The daughter of a member of the clergy
  • A schoolmaster
  • The son of a Baronet
  • A man whose father died on service
  • A man who lose both a brother and sister on service
  • A Bradford and Brighton footballer

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel George Despard Franks CMG DSO (commanding 19th Hussars) is killed at age 45. He is the son of Matthew Franks DL JP.
  • Major Gerald Messervy MC (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 28. He is the second of two brothers who are killed in the war along with a cousin who was killed in 1915.
  • Captain Eustace Hammick MC (Indian Infantry) dies on service in Egypt at age 29. His brother died on service in India in May 1916.
  • Captain James Arthur Jones (South Wales Borderers) is killed at age 28. He is the son of the Reverend James Jones Vicar of Llandebie.
  • Captain Philip de Malpas Wayne Egerton (Hussars) is killed in action at age 23. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Philip Henry Brian Grey Egerton the 12th Baronet, his brother was killed in November 1914.
  • Lieutenant Arthur Charles Fleming Griffith (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed at age 21. He is the son of the Very Reverend C E T Griffith the Dean of Llandaff.
  • Sub Lieutenant F C Harry (Hawke Battalion, Royal Naval Division, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) is killed in action at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Lewis T Harry.
  • Second Lieutenant Gordon Eyre Baxter (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed in April 1915 on Gallipoli.
  • Chaplain William Evans Jones (attached Welsh Fusiliers) dies on service at age 24.
  • Civilian Chaplain “the Reverend” Joseph George Aldridge (Young Men’s Christian Association) dies at the front at age 45.
  • Driver Mildred Constance Davis (French Red Cross Society) dies on service at age 25. She is the daughter of the Reverend Edward Smith Davis.
  • Corporal Louis Henry Foxworthy (Devonshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 31. His brother will die in December 1918 from war service after being discharge.
  • Private Ivor Jenkins (Welsh Regiment) is killed in action. He has had two brothers and a brother-in-law previously killed in the Great War.
  • Rifleman Thomas Caesar Kelly (New Zealand Rifle Brigade) is killed in action at age 28. His brother died in June 1918.
  • Private George Wheeler (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed in action. His two brothers will also die serving in the forces, the first in December of this year in Germany the second when HMS Courageous is sunk in September 1939 while serving in the Royal Marines.
  • Private John Richard Dolman (Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in August 1915.
  • Private Horace Dean (Hertfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 26. He is the former Scoutmaster for Berkhamsted.
  • Sapper E J Mellon (Royal Engineers) died in Damascus. His two brothers have already lost their lives in the Great War.
  • Private Maurice Zimmerman (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 33 in Palestine becoming the fourth brother to be killed since August 1916.
  • Private Robert Lennox Butcher (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 19. His father died at home on service in 1915.
  • Trooper Arthur Juniper (Guards Machine Gun Regiment) dies of wounds. His brother died of wounds in April 1918 and their sister Nurse Emily died on board a ship.
  • Gunner James Smith (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 29. He is a footballer who scored 49 goals in 90 appearances for Bradford after scoring 37 goals in 59 appearances for Brighton.
  • Private Raymond Pickford (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed at age 24. His brother will die of wounds in less than three weeks.

Thursday 3 October 1918 We Lost 1,666

Charles Julian Mann

The 1st King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry capture Prospect Hill.

  • Private William Hubert Darwin (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) is killed at age 24. His brother was killed in July 1915.

Lieutenant Robert Allan Caldwell (Royal Air Force) drops four bombs into Beauvois and then descends to 100 to 200 feet, firing 400 rounds into the enemy trenches which we are attacking south of Cambrai.

The submarine L10 (Lieutenant Commander Alfred Edward Whitehouse age 30) is in the vicinity of a German convoy which had been attacked by British destroyers the previous night.  This afternoon a number of German ships are spotted searching the area for survivors and L10 signals her intention of attacking the German squadron which consists of the destroyers S33 and S34 and two torpedo boats heading from Zeebrugge to Germany.  S34 strikes a mine with the result that the other ships were forced to ignore the danger of mines to rescue the sinking destroyer’s crew.  L10 moves in and fires a torpedo at S33 which severely damages the destroyer but initial thoughts of another mine are dispelled by the Germans when L10’s conning tower broaches the surface. S33 manages to bring her guns to bear and sinks the submarine through shelling.

The tanker S S Eupion is torpedoed and sunk ten miles west of Loop Head, River Shannon and sunk. Eleven of the crew survive the sinking but die in a lifeboat afterwards including

  • Third Officer Christopher Clark who is one of three brothers and their brother in law who all lose their lives in the Great War

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • A 21-victory ace
  • A member of the clergy
  • Multiple sons of members of the cleryg
  • A Military Chaplain
  • The son of a Baronet

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Charles Robert Reeves Hickey DFC (Royal Air Force) is killed in a midair collision with Second Lieutenant Schomberg Edward Matthey when he dives through a cloud southwest of Ramscapelle. Captain Hickey dies at age 21. In April of this year he forced down a Rumpler C near Wulpen and after landing beside it, was attempting to protect his prize from Belgian citizens when the German aircraft exploded killing several bystanders and injuring Hickey.  Hickey was a twenty-one-victory ace.
  • Captain the Reverend Frederick Wystans Hipkins MC (Sherwood Foresters) is killed at age 32. He is the Rector of Bamford-in-the Park and the son of the Reverend Frederick Charles Hipkins.
  • Captain Humphrey Stuart King MC (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at Le Catelet at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend John King Rector of Crock and was a June 1914 graduate of Durham University as a Divinity Student.
  • Lieutenant Jack Aubrey Sykes (Royal Air Force) is killed at age 19. His two brothers lost their lives last year in the Great War.
  • Lieutenant John D C Gould-Taylor DFC (Australian Flying Corps) is killed at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend W Gould-Taylor.
  • Lieutenant Charles Julian Mann (Hussars) is killed in action at age 26. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Edward Mann, the 1st Baronet and had been educated at Pembroke College, Cambridge.
  • Lieutenant George Richard Lancelot Baillie (Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend William Baillie.
  • Lieutenant John MacKay (Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry) dies of wounds. His two brothers were killed in 1915.
  • Second Lieutenant Homer Harding (Indian Army Reserve of Officers) dies in India. He is the last of three brothers who lose their lives in the Great War. A final brother will be lost in the sinking of submarine M1 in November 1925 as a result of collision with a Swedish steamship.
  • Chaplin the Reverend Charles Robertson is killed at age 39. Chaplain Eric Oswald Read (Doresetshire Regiment) is killed at age 30.
  • Sergeant Alex Polson MM (Scots Fusiliers) is killed at age 21. His brother died on service at home in January 1915.
  • Private Zaccheus Simpson (Sherwood Foresters) is killed at age 35. His brother was killed in September 1916.
  • Private Herbert Howden (North Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed in January 1917.
  • Private George Alfred Beard (Dorsetshire Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed in August 1915.
  • Private William Ethelbert Abbott (Australian Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 35. He is the son of the Reverend John Thomas Henry Abbott Vicar of Mulllaghdun Enniskillen.
  • Private George Borthwick (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) is killed on Salonika at age 26. His brother was killed July 1916.
  • Private Hugh eland Clatworthy (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in January 1916.

Monday 23 September 1918 We Lost 631

Auriol Ernest Eric Lowry

The Mysore and Jodhpur Lancers capture Haifa.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple Battalion Commanders
  • Multiple son of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • A man whose only nephews will be killed in the Second World War
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Auriol Ernest Eric Lowry (commanding 2nd West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at Arleux at age 25. His brother Cyril died of wounds in his arms in March of this year and their oldest brother was killed in June 1915 on Gallipoli. Also their only nephews and sons of their sister will be killed in Burma in World War II.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Charles Edward Ridley Holroyd Smyth DSO MC (Dragoon Guards, commanding 15th Durham Light Infantry) dies of wounds at home received during an attack at Villers Guislain at age 36. He is the son of Colonel and Lady Holroyd Smith.
  • Lieutenant Colonel James Meldrum Knox DSO (commanding 1st/7th Royal Warwickshire Regiment) is killed in action in Italy at age 40. He is the son of James Knox JP.
  • Captain Henry Russell Weeks (Welsh Regiment) dies of wounds received five days before at age 24. His brother died of wounds last November.
  • Captain Philip Pipon Braithwaite (Indian Army Reserve of Officers attached Jacob’s Horse) is killed in Palestine at age 38. He is the son of Canon Philip Richard Pipon Braithwaite.
  • Captain George Ernest Cornaby MC (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend W Arthur Cornaby.
  • Lieutenant Cyril Robert Nichols (East Surrey Regiment attached Trench Mortar Battery) is killed. His brother died of wounds in October 1916.
  • Flight Cadet Harold Kingsley Percival (Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed at age 28. He is the son of the Reverend G C Percival.
  • Signal Boy Arnold Augustus Flory (HMS Eaglet, Royal Naval Reserve) dies at home at age 16. His two brothers were killed in action earlier this year.  The three boys are sons of the Reverend Henry William Flory Vicar of St Matthew’s Littleport.
  • Private Frank Peters (Suffolk Regiment) is killed in action at age 32 His brother was killed in November 1916.
  • Private Thomas Charles Burley (Leicestershire Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed last October

Tuesday 13 August 1918 We Lost 514

Lieutenant (Acting Captain) Eugene Seeley Coler and Second Lieutenant C W Gladman (Royal Air Force) while on escort duty dive on a formation of twenty enemy airplanes.  In the engagement that follows the pilot destroys three and his observer two, making a total of five machines destroyed in this fight.

During an enemy counter-attack, Sergeant Robert Spall’s (Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry) platoon is isolated. There upon Sergeant Spall takes a Lewis gun and, standing on the parapet, fires upon the advancing enemy, inflicting very severe casualties. He then comes down the trench directing the men into a sap seventy-five yards from the enemy. Picking up another Lewis gun, this gallant NCO again climbs the parapet, and by his fire holds up the enemy. While holding up the enemy at this point that he is killed. For his actions this day Sergeant Spall will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • A 29-victory ace
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • The son of the Comte and Comtesse de Folle
  • The father of the man who will be the Head of the Home Civil Service 1974-77

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Charles Dawson Booker (Royal Air Force) dies of wounds received at age 21. He is a 29-victory ace.
  • Lieutenant Richard Daunteshey Colnett (Essex Regiment attached Punjabi) is killed in Palestine at age 24. He is the son of the Rector of Willingale Spain, Essex.
  • Private William James De Tolle-Swain (Vicomte De Tolle) (London Regiment) dies of injuries received in rescuing three men from drowning at age 19. He is the only son of the Comte and Comtesse de Folle.
  • Private Albert John Allen (Sussex Regiment) is killed in action. He is the father of Douglas Albert Vivian Allen a politician and civil servant and Head of the Home Civil Service from 1974 to 1977.

Thursday 11 July 1918 We Lost 298

William John Lydston Poulett

Brigadier General Arthur Blount Cuthbert Williams (Director of Supply and Transport, Indian Army) dies on service in India at age 57.

Skipper Benjamin Tuck Rose (H M Trawler Euripides) drowns at age 30

Today’s losses include:

  • A General
  • The 7th Earl Poulett

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain William John Lydston Poulett (Royal Horse Artillery) 7th Earl Poulett dies suddenly of pneumonia following influenza at home at age 34.

Monday 1 July 1918 We Lost 419

Chilwell Shell Filling Factory

An explosion takes place at the National Shell Filling factory at Chilwell, near Nottingham when eight tons of TNT is ignited.  One hundred nine men and twenty-five women are killed while approximately two hundred fifty are injured.

 Today’s losses include:

  • Son of a General
  • Grandson of a member of the clergy
  • A man whose brother was killed last March

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Francis James Brook Campbell (Cantonment Magistrate, Indian Army) dies on service in India at age 57. He is the son of Major General John Peter Campbell.
  • Major Ernest Willis (Kite Balloon Section, Royal Air Force) dies of injuries on service in Malta at age 35. His brother was killed in March of this year.
  • Flight Lieutenant John Eckford Gow (Royal Air Force) dies of wounds at age 19. He is the grandson of the late Reverend John Eckford.
  • Lieutenant Roy James Fitzgerald MC (Royal Air Force) is killed at age 27. He was captured at Fresnoy in May 1917 while serving in the Gloucestershire Regiment and later escaped and transferred to the Royal Air Force.

Friday 28 June 1918 We Lost 717

Lieutenant Alec Williamson and Sergeant Edward Hoare (Royal Air Force) achieve their first two victories as a team when they shoot down two Halberstadt’s at Houlthulst Forrest.

Twenty members of the crew of SS Queen (Captain Carlton Valentine de Mornay Cowper) including

  • Signaler Ernest Godfrey Dicks (Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) are killed when their ship is sunk 130 miles northwest from Cape Villano. His brother was killed last month.
  • Signalman Samuel Watmore (Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) lost at age 19. His father was killed in action last April.

 Today’s losses include:

  • The author of the book Best O’Luck commits suicide
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • A man whose father was killed last April
  • A Hampshire Cricketer
  • The son of a General

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Henry Wilfred Persse MC (Royal Fusiliers) dies of wounds at age 32. He played in 51 matches for Hampshire County including the 1905 County Championship. His brother will be killed in October.
  • Lieutenant Maurice Richard Wheatley Johnson (Indian Army Reserve of Officers attached Kohat Mountain Battery Indian Mountain Artillery) is killed in Mesopotamia at age 28. He is the son of Brigadier General R F Johnson CB CMG CBE.
  • Lieutenant Harold Francis Amboor Keating (Royal Engineers) is killed in action at age 23. He had won the Gold Medal of the Royal Asiatic Society while at Eton.
  • Second Lieutenant Douglas Gordon Fisher-Brown (Royal Garrison Artillery) dies at home. His brother was killed in action in August 1915.
  • Sergeant Alexander McClintock DCM (Montreal Regiment) commits suicide after having been severely wounded in November 1916. He is the author of Best O’Luck.
  • Lance Corporal Eri Wonnacott (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother was killed in May 1917.

Friday 14 June 1918 We Lost 339

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of a General
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Harold Lake Compton Turner (Gurkha Rifles) dies of heat stroke in India at age 45. He is the elder son of the late Major General S (RE, Inspector General of Military Works).
  • Second Lieutenant (Temporary Lieutenant) (Machine Gun Corps attached Royal Air Force) Cyril Thomas Lovell is killed in a flying accident at age 22. He is the only son of Samuel Marchant Lovell JP.
  • Private Harry Carter (Bedfordshire Regiment) dies of wounds received in action at age 27. His brother was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
  • Private Robert W Hewitt (Cheshire Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in May 1915.