Great War Lives Lost

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

Category: Merchant Navy

Saturday 10 August 1918 We Lost 1,502

Jean Baptiste Arthur Brilliant VC

During this morning Captain Henry John Burden (Royal Air Force) leads his patrol in three attacks and he destroys three enemy machines.  This evening he destroys two more. Captain William Roy Irwin (Royal Air Force) leads his flight down to attack fifteen Fokkers.  In the engagement that ensues he shows brilliant leadership and personal courage, accounting for two machines.

Lieutenant Jean Baptiste Arthur Brillant (Quebec Regiment) dies of wounds received over the past two days performing acts that will win him a posthumous Victoria Cross. When in charge of a company which he leads in attack during two days with absolute fearlessness and extraordinary ability and initiative, the extent of the advance being twelve miles. On the first day of operations shortly after the attack has begun, his company’s left flank is held up by an enemy machine gun. Lieutenant Brillant rushes and captures the machine-gun, personally killing two of the enemy crew. While doing this, he is wounded but refuses to leave his command. Later on the same day, his company is held up by heavy machine-gun fire. He reconnoiters the ground personally, organizes a party of two platoons and rushes straight for the machine-gun nest. Here 150 enemy and fifteen machine-guns are captured. Lieutenant Brillant personally killing five of the enemy, and being wounded a second time. He has this wound dressed immediately, and again refuses to leave his company. Subsequently this gallant officer detects a field gun firing on his men over open sights. He immediately organizes and leads a “rushing” party towards the gun. After progressing about 600 yards, he is again seriously wounded. In spite of this third wound, he continues to advance for some 200 yards more, when he falls unconscious from exhaustion and loss of blood.

The defensively armed tanker Tatarrax (Master William Read age 39) is torpedoed and sunk by UC.34 in Mediterranean off Rosetta, Egypt. Her entire crew of 61, primarily Asian merchant seamen are lost.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A six-victory ace
  • A five-victory ace
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • Multiple Australian Rules footballers
  • The Captain of the Post Office football team

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Brevet Lieutenant Colonel (Temporary Colonel) Alexander John Anderson (Army Service Corps) dies of heart failure in France at age 37. He is the son of the Reverend J H Anderson.
  • Major John Archibald Grove (Army Service Corps) dies on service at age 43. He is the son of the Reverend William Henry Grove Rector of Cliffe.
  • Captain William Otway Boger DFC (Royal Air Force) a five-victory ace is killed in action at age 23.
  • Lieutenant Alfred John Haines DFC (Royal Air Force) is killed at age 20 when his aircraft takes a direct hit from anti-aircraft fire in Italy. He is a six victory ace. Lieutenant Stephen Arthur Dawson (Royal Air Force) is killed in action at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend George F Dawson.
  • Lieutenant Cecil Arthur Auchterlonie (Australian Infantry) is killed in action at age 18. He is the third and last surviving brother to be killed in the Great War, both of his brothers being killed in 1915 on Gallipoli.
  • Lieutenant Frederick Francis Whitelaw MC (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 29. His brother was killed in June 1917.
  • Lieutenant Arthur Ryrie (Tank Corps) is killed at age 30. He is the son of the Reverend Andrew Ryrie.
  • Lieutenant Harold Collins DCM (Australian Infantry) is killed in action at age 26. He is an Australian rules footballer who played six games for Fitzroy.
  • Second Lieutenant Edmund John Waldegrave (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend Samuel Edmund Waldegrave Rector of Osborne.
  • Battery Sergeant Major Joseph Robert Towner DCM (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds at age 37. He is a South Africa War veteran and Captain of the Post Office Football Team.
  • Private Henry Thomas Hatton (East Kent Regiment) is killed in action at age 33 in Bulgaria. His brother was killed in September 1916.
  • Rifleman Alfred John Charles Dodson (Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in September 1915.
  • Private Henry John Dowden (West Surrey Regiment) dies of wounds at age 20. His brother was killed in the first weeks of the War.
  • Private Harold Daniel MM (Australian Infantry) is killed by shellfire at age 39. He is an Australian rules footballer who played 11 matches with Carlton in the Victorian Football League.
  • Private Frederick George Yeoman (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in November 1916.
  • Trooper Walter Collett Timms (Oxford Hussars) is killed. His brother was killed in June of this year.

Wednesday 17 July 1918 We Lost 434

RMS Carpathia rescuer of Titanic sinking victims

The Cunard liner Carpathia the ship that in 1912 picked up the survivors of the Titanic disaster is struck by two torpedoes fired by a German U-boat.  The ship is traveling in convoy, bound for Boston from Liverpool and is some one hundred twenty miles west of Fastnet.  A third torpedo hits the ships as the lifeboats are being manned.  The explosions kill five of the crew.  The remainder of the crew and the one hundred fifty-seven passengers on board are picked up by HMS Snowdrop and safely brought back to Liverpool.  The Carpathia sinks at 12:40 the following morning.

Today’s losses include:

  • A 6-victory ace
  • A 5-victory ace
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Christopher Percy Evill MC (Royal Engineers) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend Henry Marten Evill Vicar of St Martin’s Hereford.
  • Captain Claud Robert James Thompson (Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed in England at age 26. He was a six-victory ace.
  • Lieutenant Horace Murray Tollemache (Hampshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 27. He is the son of the late Honorable Murray Arthur Tollemache who has six other sons who are action in the forces.
  • Sergeant J W Abbotts (North Staffordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 26. His brother will die at home while serving in the same regiment in August 1918.
  • Sergeant Edward Harper Sayers (Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed at home. He is a five victory ace.
  • Sapper William Mainwaring (Royal Engineers) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed in December 1915.
  • Private Oscar Bruce (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 30. His brother will die on service in August next year.
  • Private John Potts (Cheshire Regiment) dies on service in India. He is the last of three brothers who are killed in the Great War.

Saturday 29 June 1918 We Lost 399

Motor Launch 482

A fire breaks out on board Motor Launch No. 483 while refueling alongside the jetty at Pembroke Dock, the fire being caused by the ignition of an overflow of petrol from a hose.  Leading Seaman Charles Davie Millar (HMS PC 51) is walking up and down the forecastle of his ship, on seeing the flames break out on the upper deck of the motor launch rushes afte and removes the primers of the depth charges on board. He then forces his way through the flames and kicks the hose overboard his clothes igniting as he does so. Having extinguished his burning clothing by jumping overboard, he climbs back on board and assists in getting the motor launch in tow.  For his actions he will be awarded the Albert Medal.

Captain Allan Hepburn and Sergeant Ernest Antcliffe shoot down a Fokker D VII near Bois Grenier, while Lieutenant William Wheeler and Second Lieutenant Thomas Sydney Chiltern (Royal Air Force) achieve two victories over D VII’s, the first northwest of Dixmude and the second at Ghistelles. The second victory they share with three other pilots and observers, Captain K R Simpson and Sergeant Charles Hill, Lieutenant Robert Cullen and Lieutenant Edward Ward and Lieutenant Kenneth Conn and Second Lieutenant Bertram Smyth.

The destroyer HMS Lysander finds the Captain’s lifeboat from the HMHS Llandovery Castle.  The crew is taken aboard and the boat left to its fate.

A depth charge explodes prematurely on HMS Vivien killing three.

The steamer Sixty Six (Master C Rounce) is torpedoed and sunk three miles east from Scarborough by UB-88. Six are killed including her skipper.

 Today’s losses include:

  • A man whose son will be killed serving in the Royal Air Force in January 1945
  • The only grandson of a Justice of the Peace
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Arnold Theobald MC (Royal Scots) dies at age 28. He is the son of the late Reverend G A Theobald.
  • Lieutenant James Noel Gatecliff (Royal Air Force) is shot down in flames and killed at age 20. He was the only grandson of John Charles Stead JP.
  • Second Lieutenant John Albert Gordon Smyth (Machine Gun Corps) is killed in action at age 33. He is the son of the Reverend H A Smyth.
  • Private Roy Hammersley Field (London Regiment) is killed in action at age 19. His brother was killed in September 1917.
  • Private Francis Andrew Lyon (Australian Infantry) dies of illness at age 32. His son will be killed in the Royal Air Force over Yugoslavia in January 1945.
  • Private Henry James Lane (Somerset Light Infantry) is killed. His brother will be killed in less than four months.

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.

Tuesday 25 June 1918 We Lost 337

S S Orissa grave of Hugh Brown (Albert Medal)

The steamship Orissa is torpedoed and sinks in the North Atlantic twenty-one miles south west from Skerryvore killing six of the crew. The explosion took place about twenty feet from the store room where some members of the crew including Boatswain Hugh Brown and his son who was the Steward’s Boy are receiving their tobacco issue.  The store room is immediately flooded but the Boatswain and his son are able to fight their way to the stairway leading to the weather deck, the bottom stairs of which have been blown away.  The boy manages to reach the weather deck but Brown then hears the Storekeeper who is still in the flooded store room calling for help.  As soon as he has been assured of his son’s safety Brown wishes the boy farewell and though he could probably have saved himself he turns back in the hope of assisting the Storekeeper.  The ship sinks not long after and neither the Boatswain nor the Storekeeper is seen again.  For his actions Boatswain Brown is posthumously awarded the Albert Medal.  Hugh Brown dies at age forty-three.

Observer Sergeant Ernest Antcliffe achieves his first victory when he shoots down a Fokker D VII near Thorout while flying with Lieutenant J P West.

 Today’s losses include:

  • An Albert Medal winner
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • A man whose brother was killed serving in the American Expeditionary Forces
  • A man shot at dawn

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Corporal John Douglas Hazelton (Alberta Regiment) is killed at age 33. He is the son of the Reverend Edward Hazelton.
  • Private Walter Oswald Larsen (Manitoba Regiment) is killed at age 26. He is a United States citizen whose brother was killed serving in the American Expeditionary Forces.
  • Private Walter Dossett (York and Lancaster Regiment) is executed at age 22 for desertion during the Ludendorff Offensive earlier in 1918. The execution takes place near Vlamertinghe, in the Ypres Salient.

Sunday 9 June 1918 We Lost 412

Walter Alexander Tyrrell

The collier SS Moidart is sunk by UC-77 while on a voyage from Barry to Rouen with a cargo of coal.  The crew of 15 is lost.

Today’s losses include:

  • A 17-victory ace
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • The son of an Alderman and Justice of the Peace
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Walter Alexander Tyrrell MC (Royal Air Force) is killed in action at age 19 when he is hit by enemy machine gun fire from the trenches. He is a seventeen victory ace.  His brother will be killed in less than two weeks and they are sons of Alderman John Tyrrell JP.
  • Lieutenant Edward Stillingfleet Sedley Taylor (North Staffordshire Regiment) dies of consumption brought on by exposure in the firing line. He is the son of Reverend John Gleig Taylor Canon of Hereford Cathedral.
  • Lieutenant Eric Walter Greswell (Cheshire Regiment attached Royal Air Force) is killed at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend Walter Greswell.
  • Second Lieutenant Reginald Arthur Baring (Royal Air Force) is killed at age 19. His two brothers have been killed previously in the Great War and they are sons of the Reverend Francis Henry Baring Rector of Eggesford.
  • Second Lieutenant Edward Tyrrell Bruce (Machine Gun Corps) age 34 is killed in action two weeks after his brother suffered the same fate.
  • Private Harry Victor Barnard (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 19. He is the last of three brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.

Saturday 8 June 1918 We Lost 506

Edwin John Leat

During an intense bombardment Corporal Joseph Thomas Kaeble MM (Quebec Regiment) remains at the parapet with his Lewis gun shouldered ready for action, the field of fire being very short. As soon as the barrage lifts from the front line, about fifty of the enemy advances towards his post. By this time the whole of his section except one has become casualties. Corporal Kaeble jumps over the parapet, and holding his Lewis gun at the hip, empties one magazine after another into the advancing enemy, and although wounded several times by fragments of shells and bombs, he continues to fire and entirely blocks the enemy by his determined stand. Finally, firing all the time, he falls backwards into the trench mortally wounded. While lying on his back in the trench he fires his last cartridges over the parapet at the retreating Germans, and before losing consciousness shouts to the wounded about him: “Keep it up, boys; do not let them get through! We must stop them” The complete repulse of the enemy attack at this point is due to the remarkable personal bravery and self-sacrifice of this gallant non-commissioned officer, who will die of his wounds tomorrow.

Lieutenant Robert Reginald Richardson and his observer Lieutenant Hurst sight a U boat on the surface at 56.43 north 42 west.  The U-boats periscope is still visible when they reach it and they drop two 230-pound bombs, which reportedly bring up oil and bubbles.

HMS Zennia and an American destroyer rescue the survivors of the Cunard liner Ausonia which was sunk last month some six hundred twenty miles west of Fastnet.  Forty-four crew members of the liner have been lost and the survivors have sailed some nine hundred miles in five lifeboats. Captain R Capper of the Ausonia will be awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions.

Mrs. Catherine Stamp of Gloucester loses both her 50-year old husband Thomas and 16-year old son Richard when the merchant ship SS Olwen is sunk. Thomas was the Master of the ship, while his son served as the cook.

Today’s losses include:

  • A father and son killed together
  • A battalion commander
  • Multiple families that lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • A man whose son will be killed in May 1940
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • A first class cricketer for Somerset
  • The son of Viscount D’Arcy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Gerard Chipchase Roberts (commanding 14th Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 42. His son will be killed at Dunkirk in May 1940 and his brother was killed in October 1915.
  • Captain William Fraser Hale (Canadian Army Medical Corps) is killed in action at age 40. He is the son of the Reverend Joseph Hale.
  • Second Lieutenant Edwin John Leat (Dorsetshire Regiment) is killed at age 33. He is a first class cricket player for Somerset.
  • Second Lieutenant Samuel Hollis Alfred D’Arcy DSO (Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed flying at home at age 19. He is the son of the Viscount D’Arcy.
  • Private Herbert Scott (Australian Infantry) is killed in action at age 33. His two brothers have been killed previously in the Great War.
  • Private Charles Sallabanks (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in April 1916.

Thursday 30 May 1918 We Lost 842

Bertha Gavin Stephenson

Edwin Louis Benbow

Thirty-five Camels of 28, 45 and 66 Squadrons Royal Flying Corps carry out a low bombing raid on enemy positions it Val d’Assa Italy. One ton of bombs are dropped and 9,000 rounds of ammunition fired.

While traveling between New York and Liverpool, the Cunard liner Ausonia under the command of Captain R Capper, is torpedoed some six hundred twenty miles west of Fastnet.  The crew abandons ship, upon which it is discovered that eight stewards have been killed in the initial explosion.  About forty-five minutes after the torpedo attack, the German submarine responsible surfaces and sinks the ship with shellfire.  (See 8th June)

 Today’s losses include:

  • A General
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • An 8-victory ace who shot down the Red Baron in March 1917
  • A 6-victory ace
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • The granddaughter of a late Member of Parliament
  • The great grandson of a member of the clergy
  • A Military Chaplain

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Brigadier General Ralph Hamer Husey (commanding 25th Brigade, 8th Division) dies of wounds as a prisoner of war that he received on the 27th
  • Major Edward Bence-Trower MC (South Wales Borderers) is killed in action at age 27 one day after his brother Second Lieutenant Alfred Bence-Trower has been killed.
  • Captain Frank Copeland Worster MC (Worcestershire Regiment) dies of wounds received in action at age 29. He had been a Classical Master at St Paul’s School.
  • Captain William Crawshay Loder-Symonds (Wiltshire Regiment attached Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed at home while flying. He escaped from a prisoner of war camp ten weeks earlier having been captured during the first month of the war. In the meantime three of his brothers have died in the service of the King. They are sons of Captain Frederick Cleave Loder-Symonds JP.
  • Captain Edwin Louis ‘Lobo” Benbow (Royal Air Force) is killed in action at age 22. The eight victory ace who downed Baron Manfred von Richtofen in March 1917 and is the only ace to achieve all his victories in the FE8.  He had returned to the front earlier this month having spent much of 1917 as an instructor.
  • Captain John Gordon Smith Cheetham Smith-Grant (Royal Air Force) is wounded in action and taken to a Canadian field hospital where he will die during a German air raid this evening. The 6-victory ace dies at age 25.
  • Lieutenant John Headlam (Royal Air Force) is killed in action at Boffles. He is the grandson of ‘Sir’ James Headlam-Morley and great grandson of the late Reverend Canon Headlam of Whorlton Hall.
  • Lieutenant Alexander Goble Mitchell (Middlesex Regiment) is killed during an air raid on a hospital in France where he is recovering from a recent operation. The 21-year old is the only son of ‘Sir’ Thomas and Lady Mitchell.
  • Second Lieutenant W F J Prince (#1 Observers of Aerial Gunnery, Royal Air Force) is killed while swimming in a restricted area when he and two other officers are strafed by aircraft while on practice duty. He is 20-years old.
  • Bertha Gavin Stevenson, a granddaughter of the late James Cochran Stevenson, Member of Parliament, is killed instantly during an air raid while on active service with the YMCA at a base camp in France. She is 21-years old and a holder of the Croix de Guerre avec Palme.
  • Chaplain Charles Blairquahan Whitefoord (attached London Regiment) dies of wounds received in action the previous day at age 33. He is one of the clergy at the Roman Catholic Cathedral in Shrewsbury.
  • Sergeant Arthur Sanders Bowhay (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother was killed in March 1917.
  • Lance Corporal Alfred John Davis (Norfolk Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed in January 1915.
  • Sapper Edwin Allen Le Leu (Australian Engineers) is killed. His brother was killed in May 1917.
  • Private Charles Alfred Atkin (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 37. His brother was killed in November 1914.
  • Private Thomas Lowe (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 22. His brother will fall in August.
  • Private William Piercy (Welsh Regiment) is killed in action at age 19. His brother will be killed in exactly four months.
  • Private Stewart William Talboys (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother will die of war wounds in 1922.

Monday 27 May 1918 We Lost 2,727

James Bertram Falkner Cartland

The hired transport S S Leasowe Castle (Captain E J Holl) is torpedoed and sunk one hundred and four miles west by north from Alexandria, Egypt. The bodies of eighty-three soldiers (mainly of Yeomanry regiments), who are among the one hundred and one dead are not recovered.

  • Among the dead is the ship’s captain.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Hugh Annesley Gray-Cheape DSO (commanding Worcestershire Yeomanry) at age 39. He is the former joint Master of the Berwickshire Hunt and led the last cavalry charge of the British Army at Huj in the Sinai on 8th November 1917 when 181 horses of the Worcester Yeomanry ridden by men armed with rifles and sabres successfully charged a force of 20,000 Turks, 21 German field guns and three Austrian howitzers. This is the action that resulted in his being awarded the Distinguished Service Order.
  • Lieutenant Ivan Jephson Gardiner (Norfolk Regiment attached Royal Air Force) is also lost. He gave his place in a lifeboat to allow others to be saved.  His brother was killed last April in Gaza.

 Today’s losses include:

  • A General
  • The son of a General
  • Multiple battalion commanders
  • Multiple sons of member of the clergy
  • A man who has two sons will be killed in the Second World War
  • The father of both the author Barbara Cartland and a Member of Parliament
  • A 47-victory ace (Australia’s #1 scoring ace of all time)
  • A 20-victory ace
  • The son of a Baronet
  • The former joint Master of the Berwickshire Hunt
  • The man who lead the last cavalry charge of the British Army in Sinai on 8 Nov 1917
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • A man whose son is also killed in the Great War
  • The son of an Admiral
  • A man whose survived the Lusitania sinking with his wife but lose their infant son
  • A military Chaplain and author
  • A Norwich City Footballer

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Brigadier General Cuthbert Thomas Martin (Highland Light Infantry) General Officer Commanding 151st Brigade, 50th Division is killed in action at age 40. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Acquin and Lady Martin.  Brigadier General Riddell was at 151st Brigade Headquarters with Brigadier General Martin, when the enemy is reported to be close. As the two Brigadiers hurriedly leave their dugout they find themselves surrounded. As they begin to fight their way through, the Germans are scattered by a salvo from their own artillery, but one, however, bursts overhead and General Martin is instantly killed and General Riddell wounded.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Jerome Boileau Allsopp DSO (commanding 2nd South Lancashire Regiment) is killed in action at age 38. He is the son of the Reverend and Mrs. R W Allsopp.  He served in the South African War with the Imperial Yeomanry.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Galbraith Buckle DSO MC (commanding 2nd Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed. He is the son of Major General Christopher Reginald Buckle CB CMG DSO.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Edward Dawson Kent (commanding 4th Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action.
  • Major James Bertram Falkner Cartland (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed in action at age 42. He has two sons who will be killed in action in World War II, one day apart in May 1940. One of his sons is a Member of Parliament. His daughter, Barbara, will become one of the world’s most prolific authors.
  • Captain Robert Alexander ‘Bob’ Little (Royal Air Force) DSO DSC is killed at age 22 while attempting to intercept German Gothas making a night raid near Filescamp Farm, Noeux. It seems that he is killed by one of the Gotha’s defensive gunners, while blinded by a searchlight beam.  The forty-seven-victory ace is considered Australia’s foremost fighter pilot.  His totals make him not only the highest scoring Australian ace of the Great War but also the highest scoring Australian ace ever as no one in any other war has ever achieved greater battle success.
  • Captain Douglas John Bell MC (Royal Air Force) is killed at age 24 when he dives on an enemy two-seater with two comrades for his twentieth win. He is killed by machine gun fire from the aircraft’s observer. His wartime tally of 20 victories consisted of 1 (and 1 shared) balloons destroyed, 7 (and 4 shared) aircraft destroyed, and 6 (and 1 shared) ‘out of control’. While serving on Home Defense in England he engaged a Gotha bomber on 25th September 1917. After nearly fifteen minutes of machine-gunning the Gotha crashed into the North Sea. His claim for this victory went unconfirmed; it would have been Home Defense’s first victory.
  • Captain Hamilton Stewart Walford (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend Walter Shirley Walford Rector of Sproatley.
  • Captain Robert Henry Lindsay Dashwood (West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 20. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Robert Dashwood the 9th
  • Captain John Arthur Greenshields MC (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) is killed at age 27. His brother was killed in November 1916.
  • Captain Frederick Arthur John Robertson Brooke (Royal Army Medical Corps attached Wiltshire Regiment) is killed in action, thirteen months and three days after his son has been killed in action.
  • Captain George Walter Young (East Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 21. His younger brother was killed less than two months prior.
  • Captain David Heaton-Ellis MC (Rifle Brigade) is killed in action at age 21. He is the son of Vice Admiral ‘Sir’ Edward Heaton-Ellis KBE and his brother will die on service in January 1919.
  • Lieutenant Francis Aylmer Richardson (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 35. He is the son of the Reverend Francis Richardson.
  • Lieutenant Robert William Mills Close (Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action. He is the son of the Reverend Arthur Wilfrid Mills Close Vicar of Hutton Magna.
  • Lieutenant Cecil Willie Laws (Sherwood Foresters) is killed in action at age 23. His brother was killed in May 1915.
  • Lieutenant George Bertrand Coote (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 22. His brother was killed in October 1915.
  • Second Lieutenant James MacMeeken (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend James MacMeeken.
  • Second Lieutenant Hugh Reginald White (Middlesex Regiment) is killed by a shell at age 19. He is he son of the Reverend Charles Edward White Vicar of Holy Trinity Sloane St.
  • Second Lieutenant Thomas Edward George Davies (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed in action at the explosion of a mine at age 28. He is the son of the late Reverend T Davies, Pastor of Bethany Baptist Church, West Cross.
  • Second Lieutenant Francis James Neville Dicks (Worcestershire Regiment) dies of wounds in the Aisne area. His brother will be killed in the Royal Navy in one month and one day.
  • Second Lieutenant Cyril Elmore Pells (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 27. He and his wife were in the 2nd class dining saloon when the Lusitania was torpedoed. They both survived the sinking but their infant son John was lost.
  • Second Lieutenant Owen Loftus Desages (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed last March.
  • Chaplain George Bernard Hamilton Bishop (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 34. He is the author of “The Religion in Russia”.
  • Sergeant William Fiske (Border Regiment) is killed in action at age 31. He is a professional football player for the Norwich City Club.
  • Lance Corporal Albert Fenwick (Royal Engineers) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed in October 1916.
  • Private Walter Maurice Bartram (Bedfordshire Yeomanry) is killed in action at age 33. His brother will be killed in September of this year.
  • Private Henry Lovett (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 19. His brother was killed in September 1916.
  • Private James Parrott (Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed. His brother was killed in February 1916.
  • Private Harry Pollard (Leicestershire Regiment) is killed at age 23. His brother fell six weeks earlier.
  • Private Harry Clarke (Yorkshire Regiment) is killed. His brother was killed in April 1917.
  • Private John Thomas Stanford (Durham Light Infantry) is killed at age 19. His brother will be killed in August of this year.
  • Private James Raitt (Durham Light Infantry) is killed at age 23. His twin brother will be killed in October 1918.
  • Private Charles Valentine Botting (Royal West Kent Regiment) dies of disease at age 36. His brother was killed in August of last year.
  • Private Reginald Thomas Nield (Leicestershire Regiment) is killed. His brother was killed in July 1916.
  • Private Arnold Vickers (Leicestershire Regiment) is killed at age 19. He is the middle of three brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Private Herbert Lambert (Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed at age 24. His two brothers were killed in July 1916.
  • Gunner John Edward Palmer (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 37. His brother died of wounds last October.
  • Private Alfred Binks (Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed in action. His two brothers also lost their lives as a result of war service including one who will die in Salonika next New Year’s Day.
  • Private Victor John Gillions (Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in August 1917.
  • Private James Raitt (Durham Light Infantry) is killed at age 23. His twin brother will be killed in October 1918.
  • Private James Badger (East Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 24. His brother was killed in October 1917.

Sunday 26 May 1918 We Lost 510

Thomas Frederick Le Mesurier DSC

The steamer Thames (Master W A McPhail) is torpedoed and sunk six miles from Seaham Harbour. Four of her crew are killed including her master.

S S Kyarra two days after sailing from Tilbury for Devonport, Plymouth towards the western end on the Channel where she is to embark with civilian passengers and full general cargo is attacked and fatally wounded by UB-57 near Swanage and sent to the bottom. Six lives are lost.

  • Lamps Henry Watterson (S S Princess Royal) is killed at age 53 when his ship is sunk by a submarine. His nephew was killed earlier this month while also serving in the merchant marine.
  • Also lost on the Princess Royal are father Cood John William France age 48 and his son Assistant Stewart Harry France age 17.

Lieutenant Commander Paul Thomond Gape Methuen (HMS Hercules, Royal Navy) dies of illness at home at age 31. He is the son of the Reverend Paul Edward O’Bryen Methuen.

 

Today’s losses include:

  • Families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • A man whose nephew was recently killed
  • A father and son killed together
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A 7-victory ace
  • An actor
  • The father of the man called the ‘first corporate electronic systems analyst’

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Thomas Frederick LeMesurier DSC (Royal Air Force) is killed at age 21. He is a seven victory ace.
  • Lieutenant Frank Wilfred Butt is killed at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend Arthur Butt Rector of Rodmarton.
  • Second Lieutenant Harold Augustus Boyd Oliver (Irish Guards attached Guards Machine Gun Regiment) dies of wounds at age 34. He is an actor and the son of the Reverend George William Oliver.
  • Lance Corporal Henry Jack Triesman (West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 26. He is the father of Davaid Triesman Caminer OBE who has been called the world’s “first corporate electronic systems analyst”. He served in the Second World War losing a leg in March 1943 at the Battle of Mareth while serving in the Green Howards in Tunisia.
  • Lance Corporal Frank Hartley MM (Royal Engineers) is killed. His brother was killed in August 1917.
  • Private Abram Dale (Essex Regiment) is killed at age 24 becoming the oldest and last of three brothers who are killed in the Great War.