Great War Lives Lost

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

Category: Italy

Sunday 1 December 1918 We Lost 461

 

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Fred Leonard Perrett

The British Second Army enters Germany between Oudler and Eupen.

H M trawler T W Moult (Skipper Henry Williamson) strikes a mine and sinks off the Tyne. Her crew of ten is killed.

Eight German submarines surrender at Harwich bring the total surrendered to 122.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Welsh International Rugby Union player
  • A Military Chaplain
  • A civilian Chaplain
  • A family that will lose three sons to the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Roger de Vere (Royal Engineers) dies in Italy at age 33. His memorial follows: “Italy bore him, England reared him, and he gave his life for both lovingly.”
  • Second Lieutenant Fred Leonard Perrett (Welsh Fusiliers) dies of wounds at age 27. He is a Welsh International Rugby Union player who earned five caps. He is also a member of the Hull Football Club.
  • Civilian Chaplain “the Reverend” John Lionel Bacon (Young Men’s Christian Association) dies in France while performing missionary work among Chinese Labour battalions.
  • Chaplain the Reverend Ernest Edward Johnson (attached Lancashire Fusiliers) dies of pneumonia at age 33.
  • Lance Corporal James Shand (Mounted Military Police) dies on service at age 30. He is the third brother to lose his life as a result of war service.

Thursday 27 November 1918 We Lost 507

Today’s losses include:

  • A Military Chaplain
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Chaplain Evan Edwards dies on service at age 32.
  • Lance Corporal Edward Arthur Giles (Gloucestershire Regiment) dies as home after serving in Italy. His brother was killed in March 1918.
  • Gunner William Stevens (Royal Field Artillery attached Tank Corps) dies at home of influenza. His brother was killed in June of this year.
  • Private John Barsby (Leicestershire Regiment) dies at home at age 31, two days after his brother has died at home.
  • Air Mechanic 2nd Class John Thomas Barnes (Royal Air Force) dies at home at age 23. His brother was killed in action in February 1916.
  • Private Herbert Vickers (Royal Army Medical Corps) dies on service in Egypt at age 29. His two brothers have already lost their lives in the Great War.

Thursday 20 November 1918 We Lost 612

William Eric Thomas Avery MC

Today’s losses include:

  • Two Baronets
  • The son of a General
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A published author of poetry
  • A Military Chaplain

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major ‘Sir’ William Eric Thomas Avery MC (Army Service Corps) the 2nd Baronet dies of pneumonia in France at age 28.
  • Major Hugh Thomas Charles Jones-Vaughan (Rifle Brigade) dies on active service in Yemen at age 34. He is the son of Major General Hugh Jones-Vaughan, who also had a son killed in action in the first year of the Great War.
  • Captain ‘Sir’ Charles Grant Burdett (New Zealand Dental Corps) dies on service at home at age 41. He is the 8th Baronet.
  • Lieutenant William Neil Hanna (Royal Field Artillery attached Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed in Italy observing the Austrian Army’s retreat at age 23. He is the son of the Honorable William J Hanna KC and his step mother will leave money for an annual scholarship character and leadership at Toronto’s Victoria College in his honor.
  • Lieutenant Alfred George Bathurst-Norman (Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed in France at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend Harry Bathhurst-Norman and the author of a volume of poems entitled “Ditchling Beacon”.
  • Lieutenant Guy Hegan Bloor (Royal Field Artillery) dies on service in Italy at age 22. His brothers were killed in August 1914 and January 1918.
  • Chaplain Charles Thomas Claude Jefferys dies on service at home.
  • Second Lieutenant Frank Hutchinson McNay (Royal Air Force) dies of illness at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend Arthur Edward McNay.
  • ShoeSmith Ernest Chambers (#2 Section Guards Divisional Ammunition Column) dies of bronchial pneumonia at age 32. His brother was killed in June 1917.

Wednesday 6 November 1918 We Lost 1,523

Alan Arnett McLeod

While on leave back home in Alberta his weakened state leaving him susceptible to the Spanish Influenza pandemic Lieutenant Alan Arnett McLeod VC dies at age 19. He was awarded the Victoria Cross earlier this year.

Sergeant James Hargreaves Morton (East Lancashire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 37.  He is a cotton town Impressionist who is deemed in touch with European trends and movements. He leaves behind more than 400 oils, water colours, pastels and drawings including a self-portrait.

James Hargreaves Morton

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • An Impressionist artist
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • A woman whose brother’s son will be killed in the Royal Air Force in September 1944
  • A woman whose brother was killed
  • A man whose twin was killed last December
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Arthur Derrick Hamer (Northern Cyclist Battalion) is killed at age 24. He is the son of Canon Charles John Hamer Vicar of St Paul’s Newcastle.
  • Captain Henry Norman Aston (York and Lancaster Regiment) dies at home at age 27. He is the son of the late Alderman Aston JP.
  • Captain Henry Bernard Perry (London Regiment) is killed at age 34. He is the son of the late Reverend Roger E Perry.
  • Lieutenant James Alexander Hedderwick (Royal Garrison Artillery) dies on service at age 20. His brother was killed in May 1915.
  • Surgeon Sub Lieutenant Eugene Arthur Pearson (Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) dies of pneumonia at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend J G Pearson.
  • Corporal Alfred Carey MM (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed at age 24. His brother was killed in December 1915.
  • Sapper Frank Hollyman (Royal Engineers) dies of pneumonia in Italy at age 26. His twin brother died of wounds last December.
  • Private John William Kingsland (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend John P Kingsland of St Congregational Church, St. Helier, Jersey.
  • Private George Arthur Howe (Northamptonshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 19. His older brother died of wounds in September 1914.
  • Telegraphist Kenneth Lawrence Jakes (HMS Queen Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) dies in Italy at age 18. His brother will die next month.
  • Mate Ernest Black (HMT Afternoon) dies in France at age 27. His brother will die at home one month later.
  • Private Victor Moss Brabenetz (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 18. His brother was killed on Gallipoli in August 1915.
  • Member Marguerite Gertrude Woodcock (Woman’s Royal Air Force) dies of pneumonia at age 18. Her brother’s son will be killed serving in the Royal Air Force in September 1944.
  • Mechanic Driver Winifred Mary Grace J C Smith-Sligo (Women’s Legion Army Service Corps) dies on service at age 18. Her brother was killed in September 1914.

Monday 4 November 1918 We Lost 2,767 – Highest loss before the war’s end

Lieutenant Wilfred Edward Salter Owen MC (London Regiment attached Manchester Regiment) the world renown war poet is caught in a German machine gun attack and killed at the Olse Canal, north of Ors, France age 25. He is on the Continent teaching until he visits a hospital for the wounded and is deeply affected by this and decides then and there, in September 1915, to return to England and enlist. Owen describes his decision to enlist in the following “I came out in order to help these boys – directly by leading them as well as an officer can; indirectly, by watching their sufferings that I may speak of them as well as a pleader can. I have done the first”. Owen is injured in March 1917 and sent home and when he is deemed fit for duty returns to the front in August of this year. His poems include The Dead Beat, Dulce Et Docorum Est, The Sentry, Anthem for the Doomed Young, Exposure, The Parable of the Young Man and the Old and Strange Meeting. The bells will be ringing on 11 November in Shrewsbury to celebrate the Armistice when the doorbell rings at his parent’s home bringing them the telegram telling them he has been killed.

Asleep

Uder his helmet, up against his pack,

After so many days of work and waking,

Sleep took him by the brow and laid him back.

There, in the happy no-time of his sleeping,

Death took him by the heart. There heaved a quaking

Of the aborted life within him leaping,

Then chest and sleepy arms once more fell slack.

And soon the slow, stray blood, came creeping

From the intruding lead, like ants on track.

Whether his deeper sleep lies shaded by the shaking

Of geat wings, and the thoughts that hung the stars,

High-pillowed on calm pillows of Gods making,

Above these clouds, these rains, these sleets of lead,

And this winds’ scimitars,

-Or whether yet his thin and sodden head

Confuses more and more with the low mould,

His hair being one with the grey grass

Of finished fields, and wire-scraggs rusty-old,

Who knows? Who hopes? Who troubles? Let it pass!

He sleeps. He sleeps less tremulous, less cold,

Than we who wake, and waking say Alas!

Killed along side Owen this day is Lieutenant James Kirk of the same regiment who will later be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross for his actions today while attempting to bridge the Oise Canal. To cover the bridging of the canal Lieutenant Kirk took a Lewis gun, and, under intense machine-gun fire, he paddles across the canal on a raft, and at a range of ten yards expends all his ammunition. Further ammunition is paddled across to him and he continuously maintains a covering fire for the bridging party from a most exposed position till he is killed at his gun.

Another Victoria Cross winner Lieutenant (Acting Lieutenant Colonel) James Neville Marshall (Irish Guards commanding 16th Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 31. He will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross for most conspicuous bravery, determination and leadership in the attack on the Sambre-Oise Canal, near Catillon. When a partly constructed bridge comes under concentrated fire and is broken before the advanced troops of his battalion can cross Lieutenant Colonel Marshall goes forward and organizes parties to repair the bridge. The first party are soon killed or wounded, but by personal example he inspires his command, and volunteers are instantly forthcoming. Under intense fire and with complete disregard of his own safety, he stands on the bank encouraging his men and assisting in the work, and when the bridge is repaired he attempts to rush across at the head of his battalion and is killed while so doing.

Captain Allen Hepburn and his observer Alexander Tranter (Royal Air Force) score their last two victories of the Great War when they destroy two Pfalz DIII in the Mainvault-Faucaumont area.

The Battle of Vittoria-Veneto ends with the Armistice on the Italian Front.  During the battle, the 14th British Corps has captured over 28,000 prisoners and two hundred nineteen guns.

  • Captain Thomas Charles Richmond Baker DFC MM (Australian Flying Corps) is killed in action at age 21. He is a twelve-victory ace.
  • Captain the Reverend George William Jones (Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed at age 39.
  • Lieutenant Henry Michael de Bathe (Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed at Sleaford at age 29. He is the grandson of the late General ‘Sir’ Henry de Bathe Baronet KCB.
  • Second Lieutenant John Douglas Lightbody (Royal Air Force) a five-victory ace is killed in action at age 19.
  • Cadet Geoffrey William Auden (Royal Air Force) dies at home at age 18 of pneumonia. He is the son of the Reverend Alfred Auden, Church Broughton Vicarage.

 

  • Captain Adam Francis Burdett (South African Service Corps) dies on service in South Africa at age 36. He took part in the 1906-7 South Africa rugby union tour, the original ‘Springbok’ tour. He was awarded two caps for South Africa.
  • Captain Burleigh Leycester Muir (Army Service Corps attached III Corps Headquarters) is killed in action. He is the son of Sir Richard and Lady Muir.
  • Private John William Moulds (Army Service Corps) dies of illness at Woolwich. His brother was killed in July 1916.
  • Private Stephen Owbridge Parish (Army Service Corps) dies on service in Egypt at age 36. His son will be killed 16 September 1942 at Khartoum Airfield in the Sudan attempting to save the life of a passenger on a crashed aircraft and will be posthumously awarded the George Cross for his efforts.

Today’s losses include:

  • A world renown Great War Poet
  • Multiple Victoria Cross winners
  • A Battalion Commander
  • Flying ace
    • 12-victory ace
    • 5-victory ace
  • A member of the clergy
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Grandson of a General and Baronet
  • A member of the original South African Rugby ‘Springbok’ tour
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • A man whose father died on service and whose brother was killed
  • A man whose son was previously killed
  • A man whose son will be killed in September 1942 performing deeds which will win him a George Cross
  • A man whose son will be killed in 1944
  • A well known cricketer

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Edward Frank Harrison CMG DSO (Royal Engineers, Control of Chemical Warfare) dies at home at age 49. His son was killed in July 1916.
  • Major Cyril D’Albini Sykes-Banks MC (Royal Garrison Artillery) dies of illness at home at age 29. His father died of illness on service in February 1916 and his brother was killed in April 1917.
  • Captain Robert Colvill-Jones MC (Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 22. His brother died of wounds as a prisoner of war in May.
  • Captain Francis Jones-Bateman (Royal Welsh Fusiliers) is killed in action two and half years after his older brother has been killed in France. He dies at age 22.
  • Captain Rupert Ayrton Hawdon (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed in action at age 24. He is the middle of three brothers to die in the war the first in 1916 the second later this month.
  • Lieutenant Robert Evelyn Sandford Poole (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed at age 22. His brother died of pneumonia in January 1917.
  • Second Lieutenant George Augustus Hughes MC (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed at age 30. He is the son of the Reverend William Hughes of Hawnby Rectory, York who has already lost a son in the war and will lose another later this month.
  • Second Lieutenant John McNair Lamb (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend John Lamb.
  • Second Lieutenant Robert Stewart White (Royal Field Artillery dies of wounds at age 20 at home. He is the son of the Right Reverend William Charles White Bishop of Honan China.
  • Private Martin Leslie Johnson (Essex Regiment) is killed in action at age 19. His brother was killed in October 1917.
  • Private Albert Charles Wilson (Labour Corps) dies on service at age 29. His brother was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
  • Private Robert Heaford Dempster (Sherwood Foresters) is killed in action at age 19. His brother was killed in April 1917.
  • Private Robert Moody (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed in March of this year.
  • Private Frederick Ernest Barker (Royal Sussex Regiment). He was a well-known cricketer. Munitions Worker at the Aeroplane Works Richard Sutton Staines dies at home. His brother died of wounds in October of last year.
  • Private Percy W Billings (Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed. His brother was killed in July 1917.
  • Private Birkett Stuart (Border Regiment) is killed at age 20. He is the final of three brothers who lost their lives in the Great War.
  • Private James Sallis (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 32. His brother was killed last month.
  • Private Arthur Edmund Potts (Sherwood Foresters) dies on service at home at age 18. His brother was killed two months ago.
  • Private Percy Albert Russell (South Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 34. His brother was killed in May of this year.
  • Private Richard Leadbeater (South Wales Borderers) is killed. His brother was killed in October 1916.
  • Gunner Alexander Francis Lyall Houison (Canadian Field Artillery) is killed at age 24. His brother was killed in September 1917.
  • Private Lewis George Ellis (Sherwood Foresters) is killed in action. His son will be killed in the Second World War in April 1944.
  • Private Samuel Needham VC (Bedfordshire Regiment) is accidentally killed by a gunshot at age 33 in Egypt. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions last September at Kefr Kasim, Palestine.

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.

Tuesday 29 October 1918 We Lost 1,371

Edward John Parfett

Gunner Edward John Parfett MM (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 22. Ned Parfett was the 16-year-old newsboy selling morning papers and holding the banner headline on the street-corner in London on the April morning in 1912 which announced the sinking of the Titanic. The photograph has become an iconic image, symbolising the shock and disbelief that greeted news of the disaster. Parfett joined the British Army in 1916, serving as a dispatch-rider and an observer on the Western Front, being mentioned in dispatches. Today he is about to head home on leave when he pauses to collect some fresh clothes from a quartermaster’s store just behind the lines near Valceniennes. At that moment, it is struck by an artillery shell and Parfett is killed. He is one of four brothers all of whom served in the war, the other three survived.

The Battle on the Piave turns as the Austrian forces attempt a final resistance on the Monticano but are broken.  Although enemy reinforcements are brought up to hold the line a breach is made which fundamentally splits the two Austrian Armies and a rout quickly develops.

The Admiralty trawler Thomas Cornwall (Skipper John Slater RNR) is sunk after a collision off Flamborough Head with a loss of twenty.  Her skipper is killed at age 29.

Today’s losses include:

  • The 16-year-old newsboy selling morning papers and holding the banner headline on the street-corner in London on the April morning in 1912 which announced the sinking of the Titanic in the photo above
  • The son of a General
  • 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:

  • Major William Henry Egerton Dickinson (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds at age 38. He is the son of the late Major General William Rice Dickinson (Royal Engineers).
  • Captain George Hugh Richardson (Manchester Regiment) is killed at age 38 in Italy. He is the son of the Reverend William Richardson Vicar of Poulton le Fylde.
  • Captain John Towlson Morgan (Welsh Fusiliers attached Royal Air Force) is killed at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend Ernest Arundell Morgan Vicar of St Andrew’s.
  • Lieutenant Harold Francis Box (Essex Regiment attached Royal Engineers) is killed in action at age 23. His is the son of the late Reverend C F Box Vicar of South Benfleet and had been an undergraduate of Keble College, Oxford.
  • Company Sergeant Major Daniel Evershed (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 33 becoming the third brother to be killed this year.
  • Corporal Arthur Newton Hooker (New Zealand Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed last August.
  • Lance Corporal Tom Buckle (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed at age 22. He is the third brother to be killed since September 1916.
  • Private William W Swan (Army Service Corps) dies of pneumonia at age 26 at home. His brother was killed in December 1914. +Driver James Wishart Gorrie (Australian Field Artillery) dies of pneumonia at age 30. His brother was killed in April 1916.

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.

Sunday 27 October 1918 We Lost 1,422

Keith MacDonald Scobie

The decisive assault of the Allied armies across the Piave begins.  At 06:45 the 12th Durham Light Infantry begins the advance onto the Green Dotted Line.  Very deep swift water is found in the most northerly area of the Piave and while wading this, the battalion suffers heavily from machine gun fire, the leading company losing nearly half its strength.  The Companies reorganize and press forward only to be held up by uncut wire close to the objective, which is strongly held.  The wire is cut most gallantly by various parties.  The battalion presses on, and C Company captures the first objective Blue Dotted Line, (the road from C Padovan to C Benedetti).  Here orders are received that as the Italians on the left of the brigade have failed to cross the Piave, no further advance is to be made. The battalion suffers 29 officers and men killed, 114 wounded and eleven missing.

During the morning, Major William George Barker (Royal Air Force) observes an enemy two-seater over the Foret de Mormal.  He attacks this machine and after a short burst it breaks up in the air.  At the same time a Fokker biplane attacks him, and he is wounded in the right thigh, but manages, despite this, to shoot down the enemy airplane in flames.  He then finds himself in the middle of a large formation of Fokkers who attack him from all directions, and he is again severely wounded in the left thigh, but he succeeds in driving down two of the enemy in a spin.  He loses consciousness then, and his machine falls out of control.  On recovery he finds himself being again attacked heavily by a large formation and singling out one machine he deliberately charges and drives it down in flames. During this fight his left elbow is shattered and he again faints, and on regaining consciousness he finds himself still being attacked, but notwithstanding that he is now severely wounded in both legs and his left arm shattered he dives on the nearest machine and shoots it down in flames.  Being greatly exhausted, he dives out of the fight to regain our lines, but is met by another formation, which attacks and endeavors to cut him off, but after a hard fight he succeeds in breaking up this formation and reaches our lines, where he crash-lands.  This combat, in which Major Barker destroys four enemy machines (three of them in flames), brings his total successes to fifty enemy machines destroyed, and is a notable example of the exceptional bravery and disregard of danger which this very gallant officer has always displayed throughout his distinguished career.  For this action he will be awarded the Victoria Cross.

Lieutenant Earl Frederick Crabb (Royal Air Force) having crashed an enemy machine, then goes to the assistance of one of our own that is being attacked, and materially helps to shoot the enemy down.  In addition to the above he has accounted for three other machines and assisted in crashing a fourth.

Second Lieutenant Keith MacDonald Scobie (Royal Garrison Artillery attached Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed at age 21.  His brother was killed in action in July 1916 and he is a Great War Poet.

Lunae

Have you ridden alone in the country ever

By the dusty light of the harvest-moon?

Cycled intent in a vain endeavor

To match your speed to your soul’s quick tune

When there’s never a sound to break the magic;

For the tyres; crisp whir on the powdered road

And the hoot of an oul in the distance, tragic,

Are pricking your heart with a fairy goad?

Then the hawthorn hedges, sweet dissembling,

Stealthily close on your path, till fear

Of their dense bulk looms; and your heartsick trembling

Shakes into stillness as you swing clear.

Then the high haw-hedges furious will bide,

Drawing back from the light of the moon:

But the black trees haste down the silver hillside.

You know in your hear that you laughed too soon.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Great War Poet
  • A battalion commander
  • The son of a Field Marshall
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • A 7-victory ace
  • A former police constable
  • A man whose wife is widowed a second time by the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Ashton Alexander St Hill DSO (commanding 11th Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed in Italy at age 44.
  • Major James Boswell Egerton (Indian Cavalry) is killed in action at age 38 in Mesopotamia. He served in the Somali Expedition and on the North West Frontier of India and is the son of the late Field Marshall ‘Sir’ Charles Egerton who also lost a son in April of this year.
  • Captain George Pomeroy Sterling DSO (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed in action in Italy at age 23. He is the son of the late Reverend Canon Sterling of the CMS Gaza Palestine.
  • Lieutenant (Temporary Captain) Guy Wilbraham Wareing DFC (Royal Flying Corps) a seven-victory ace is shot down and killed at age 19.
  • Lieutenant Robert Lukyns Williams (Indian Cavalry) is killed at age 24. His brother was killed in December 1915.
  • Private Percival Henry Onyett (West Surrey Regiment) is killed at age 25 in Italy. His brother died of wounds in Eygpt in November 1917.
  • Gunner Alfred James Hyder (Royal Garrison Artillery) dies of influenza at age 29. He is a former police constable.
  • Private William Hall (Newfoundland Regiment) dies on service. His brother was killed in October 1916.
  • Private Bryen Sidney Smither (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed in Italy at age 20. His widow was widowed in March 1915 when her then husband was killed.
  • Private John Morris (Devonshire Regiment) dies on service after a serious operation. His brother was killed in August 1916.
  • Able Seaman James J Toole (HMS Lion) dies of pneumonia at age 19. His brother was killed in July 1916.
  • Driver Alf Rayner (Royal Field Artillery) becomes the third brother to be killed in successive Octobers.

Wednesday 23 October 1918 We Lost 2,367

The 1st Middlesex Regiment is ordered to assault German positions near Montay located in the forest.  They capture 200 German prisoners but suffer heavy casualties themselves.

  • Lieutenant Alexander Charles Thomas Kroenig-Ryan (Middlesex Regiment) is killed at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend Alexander Solomon Kroenig-Ryan Vicar of Parkeston.
  • Sergeant Alfred John Emery (Middlesex Regiment) is killed at age 31. His brother was killed in April 1915.

The 2nd Bedfordshire Regiment in position at Le Cateau is ordered to attack an objective known as Richemont Hill.  The attack made across high ground causing many casualties in the battalion.

  • Private Augustus Webb (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 29. His brother was killed in November 1916.
  • Private James Knibbs (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 29. His brother was killed in April 1917.
  • Private Robert Christopher Prentice (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed. His brother died of wounds in March 1917.

Captain Roy Edward Dodds (Royal Air Force) successfully leads a bombing formation home intact from Leuze in failing light while under attack from ten Fokker biplanes, three of which his formation brings down.  Second Lieutenant James Herbert Grahame (Royal Air Force) while on a bombing raid to Hirson railway junction, although late in the afternoon with the visibility very poor through heavy ground mist, obtains two direct hits on the railway, one of which causes a very large fire.

Communications are lost with the submarine G7 (Lieutenant Commander Arthur Campbell Russell) during a North Sea patrol.  A week later she is declared lost.

The “Passage of the Piave” during the final Battle of Vittoria-Veneto begins.  It will end with the Armistice of 4th November.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Baronet whose brother was the first officer killed in the Great War, whose father was killed in the South Africa War and whose son will be killed in the Second World War
  • Aces
    • 8-victory
    • 5-victory
  • The son of another Baronet
  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • A man whose mother will be killed during the blitz in March 1941
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families who will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • A man whose twin has been previously killed
  • A woman whose brother was killed in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Walter Balfour Barttelot DSO (Coldstream Guards) the 3rd Baronet and former military attaché at Teheran is murdered in his bed by a jealous husband in Tehran Persia at age 28. His brother has been the first Royal Navy officer killed in war in August 1914.  He succeeded to the title of 3rd Baronet Barttelot, on 23rd July 1900, after his father, ‘Sir’ Walter George Barttelot, 2nd Baronet, was killed in action during the South Africa War and his son will be killed in action as a Brigadier on 16th August 1944.
  • Captain Thomas Walter Nash DFC (Royal Air Force) is killed at age 26. He is an 8-victory ace.
  • Captain Frank Oswald Spensley (Royal Army Medical Corps) dies at home at age 39. He is the son of the Reverend James Spensley.
  • Captain Hector Charles Seymour Munro MC (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed in action at age 23. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Hector Munro, the 11th Baronet.
  • Captain Eric Victor Morse MC (West Kent Regiment) is killed at age 26. His twin brother was killed on 7th December 1917.
  • Lieutenant Alfred James Baddeley (Sussex Regiment) is killed at age 19. He is the brother of the Reverend Walter H Baddeley.
  • Captain Kenneth Carlyle Gill MC (Cambridgeshire Regiment attached Royal Air Force) dies of injuries received as a result of a flying accident the previous day at age 28. He is the son of the Reverend Arthur Tidman Gill.
  • Lieutenant William Huntriss (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment attached Gold Coast Regiment) is killed in Ghana at age 32. His brother was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
  • Lieutenant William Norman Stubbs (Cheshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend Frederick William Stubbs Vicar of Arbury.
  • Lieutenant H W Trelawny (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Frank E Trelawny.
  • Lieutenant Osborne John Orr (Royal Air Force) a five-victory ace is killed in action at age 23.
  • Sergeant Henry James Nicholas VC MM (Canterbury Regiment) is killed near Beaudigniesa when a German patrol charges into his post on a flank guarding a bridge over the River Ecaillon. He is killed by heavy gun fire at age 27. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for actions performed on 3rd December 1917.
  • Corporal Harry Francis Gully (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 21. His brother was killed in November 1917.
  • Private Percy Benwell (Welsh Regiment) is killed in action at age 24. His older brother was killed in March 1917.
  • Private Charles D B Mowat (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) dies of wounds at Selle. His brother was killed in August of last year.
  • Driver Patrick Ahern (Royal Engineers) dies on service at Ramleh. His mother will die of wounds received 31st March 1941 during an air raid on Stirling at age 80.
  • Worker Rose Cotton (Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps) dies on service at age 26. Her brother was killed in action in 1916.
  • Rifleman Bernard William King (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed at age 30. He is the son of the Reverend William Templeton King Vicar of Christ Church Ealing London.
  • Private Ernest Harold Lane (Shropshire Light Infantry) is killed in action. His brother was killed earlier this year.
  • Private James Murray (Royal Scots) is killed at age 22. He is the last of three brothers who are killed over a three-year time frame.
  • Gunner Arnold Alexander Macully (Australian Field Artillery) is killed at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend Alexander Macully Vicar of Brighton South Australia.