Great War Lives Lost

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

Category: Mesopotamia

Sunday 21 July 1918 We Lost 512

Charles Allum

Sergeant Charles Allum (Inniskilling Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 41. He is the former boxing champion of England.  Charlie Allum 1876-1918 Champion of England from fight record compiled by the boxing historian Harold Alderman. In 1896 he joined the Rugby Club boxing section and won the Rugby amateur boxing club ‘old guards’ challenge cup at catch weight (any weight). In a later Polytechnic boxing club fight at the Turnhalle in Kings Cross, according to The Mirror of Life he ‘shaped like a professional, which Brewer accused him of being.’ 1899 In another Mirror report, he boxed at the opening show of the season Kensington boy’s club’s competition at the Drill Hall, Wood Lane, Shepherd’s Bush. Then he joined the 2nd Royal Fusiliers after the outbreak of the Boer War.

Today’s losses include:

  • A former boxing champion of England
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • The son of the Chief Constable of Aberdeen

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Robert Chichester Durnford DSO (Hampshire Regiment) is killed on the bridge near Iman Zadeh Hashim Northwest Persia. His brother was killed in July 1915 and they are sons of the Bishop of Durnford.
  • Captain John Cameron Thomson Teggart (Royal Army Medical Corps attached Royal Field Artillery) is killed. His twin was killed last October.
  • Second Lieutenant Henry Angus Anderson (Gordon Highlanders) is killed in action at age 20. He is the son of the Chief Constable of Aberdeen.
  • Second Lieutenant William Dunglinson (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 33. His brother was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
  • Private Arthur James Etherington (Sussex Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother was killed in May 1915.
  • Private Samuel Henry Evans (Welsh Regiment) dies of wounds at a prisoner of war at age 21. His brother was killed in August 1916.

Tuesday 16 July 1918 We Lost 504

Lionel Arthur Ashfield DFC

HMS Anchusa is sunk by the German submarine U-54 off the north coast of Ireland killing 78.

  • Lieutenant Henry Neville Chamberlain (Royal Naval Reserve) is killed in the sinking of the sloop. He dies at age 31 and is the son of the late Reverend George Chamberlain.
  • Leading Stoker Frank Woodey killed at age 25. His brother will be killed in November.

Major General Dunsterville lands at Baku with the 9th Warwickshire and 9th Worcestershire Regiments.

Today’s losses include:

  • A pilot shot down by an Ally
  • A Military Chaplain
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • A 5-victory ace

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Awdry Morris Vaucour MC DFC (Royal Artillery attached Royal Air Force) is killed at age 28 when his Sopwith Camel is shot down by an Italian pilot. He is the son of the late Reverend H M Vaucour.
  • Chaplain Sidney Dunstan dies on active service at home at age 34.
  • Lieutenant Frank Dalziel Adam (Rifle Brigade) dies of wounds at age 21. He is the son of the late William Adam JP and his brother died last year of enteritis in Baghdad.
  • Lieutenant Lionel Arthur Ashfield DFC (Royal Air Force) is killed in action at age 19. He is a five victory ace.
  • Sergeant Ernest William Orange (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 30. His brother was killed in February 1917.
  • Private Herbert Wynne Walton-Evans (Australian Army Service Corps) is killed. He is the son of the late Venerable David Evans Archdeacon of St Asaph.

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.

Wednesday 12 June 1918 We Lost 321

At a railhead in France several trucks loaded with heavy ammunition catch fire causing an explosion.  Several men are wounded and some lay underneath the burning trucks.  Private James Dunn (Coldstream Guards) at once rushes forward and carries two of the wounded men to a shelter trench close by where he renders first aid.  He then returns to the assistance of other wounded men when a second explosion takes place.  Notwithstanding this and also the very grave danger of further explosions he continues to assist the wounded and help to rescue those who are lying under the burning trucks. For his actions he will be awarded the Albert Medal.

At first light the Cossacks start for the bridge at Menjil anticipating a hard fight. Martinsydes flying over the enemy positions discover that the enemy has failed to occupy a key ridge commanding their lines. The Cossacks quickly take the ridge and site their artillery. The enemy then retreat and the bridge is secured.

Today’s losses include:

  • A man whose uncle was killed in 1916 as the commanding officer of his battalion
  • A man whose brother was killed in May 1916

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Second Lieutenant Humphrey Gilbert Machell (Border Regiment) is killed in action at age 30. He is the nephew of Colonel (Commanding) P W Machell, who was killed in action in 1916.
  • Private R Bolland (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 20. His brother was killed in May 1916.

Tuesday 11 June 1918 We Lost 388

Patrols by the Royal Air Force destroy six enemy aircraft, one by Captain William Henry Hubbard.

Cossacks supporting the Dunsterforce depart the British forward positions in Qazvin, Iran with elements of the 14th Hussars.

Today’s losses include:

  • A General
  • A man whose brother died as a civilian at the front
  • The son of a member of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Brigadier General Wellesley Lyndock Henry Paget CB CMG MVO (Royal Artillery) dies at home at age 60.
  • Lieutenant William Robie Bowick (Royal Air Force) is killed in a flying accident at home at age 20. His younger brother died at the front as a civilian one-month prior.
  • Private Arthur Shannon Wilson (West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 18. He is the son of the Reverend Charels Usher Wilson Vicar of Sutterton.

Tuesday 4 June 1918 We Lost 370

John Ernest Vivian Rathbone (middle & below)

At 02:30 the 10th Lancashire Fusiliers position in Beaumont Trench near the village Beaumont Hamel is subjected to a heavy artillery barrage under the cover of which the Germans launch a trench raid.  Eventually the attackers are driven off.

A group of five flying boats from Felixstowe and Yarmouth set off in the afternoon to investage wireless activity possibly coming from enemy airships. One is forced to land with a broken feed pipe and about this time the patrol is attacked by a small group of enemy airplanes.  These are driven off by a Curtiss H12 which is forced down in Dutch waters and the crew interned.

 Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • A General
  • The son of the 3rd Earl Cawdor
  • The brother of the actor Basil Rathbone
  • An Australian Rules footballer
  • The great grandson of a sailor at the Battle of Trafalgar
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Brigadier General Frederick William Lumsden VC DSO CB (General Officer Commanding 14th Brigade 32nd Division) is killed in action at Blairvill, near Arras, when he is shot through the head at age 41. Lumsden was born into a military family in Frizabad, India on 14th December 1872. At a young age he returned to Britain and attended Bristol Grammar School until he joined the Royal Marine Artillery as a junior officer. Serving in the Marine Service until 1907 he entered the Staff College in 1910. He then became the second staff officer at Singapore, not returning home until called home for war service in the months leading up to the outbreak of hostilities in August 1914. Between 3rd April and 4th April 1917 at Francilly, France, Major Lumsden undertook to bring in six captured enemy field-guns which had been left in dug-in positions 300 yards in front of the British troops. The enemy is keeping these guns under very heavy fire. Major Lumsden led four artillery teams and a party of infantry through the hostile barrage, and despite casualties they eventually got all the guns away. He himself made three journeys to the guns and then stayed there directing operations until the last gun had been taken back. This is the action for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Eric Octavius Campbell DSO (Seaforth Highlanders) dies of cerebral hemorrhage at home while undergoing treatment for an illness contracted on active service at age 32. He is the son of the 3rd Earl Cawdor.
  • Captain Claude Frank Lethbridge Templer (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed in action at age 22. He was on a raid to any enemy trench in December 1914 when he was captured. He made thirteen attempts at escape before finally succeeding and after returning to England received a private audience with His Majesty the King. He is now killed while returning from a successful raid on another enemy trench.
  • Captain John Ernest Vivian Rathbone (Dorsetshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 20. He is the brother of the actor Basil Rathbone.
  • Lieutenant Leslie John Primrose (Australian Flying Corps) is accidentally killed at age 28. He is a former Australian rules footballer who played with University.
  • Lieutenant Brian Wilton Meadway (Northamptonshire Regiment attached Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed at home while flying at age 22. His great grandfather George Wilton was on board HMS Agamemnon at the Battle of Trafalgar.
  • Private John W Cartmell (Lancaster Regiment) is killed at age 33. His brother was killed on Christmas Eve 1915.
  • Private Ronald Adamson (Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed at age 18. His brother died on service in Baghdad in October 1917.

Saturday 25 May 1918 We Lost 480

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Stanley Malcolm Bruce (Lancers, Indian Army) is killed in action at age 40 in the Middle East. His brother will die of wounds in two weeks.
  • Captain Jacob Andrew Norman Hessler (Durham Light Infantry) is killed at age 25. His brother was killed two months ago.
  • Lieutenant Reginald Walter Bowly (Manchester Regiment attached Cheshire Regiment) is killed at age 33. He is the son of the late Reverend Canon C H Bowly.
  • Gunner W Logan Sinclair (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 21. His uncle was killed in October 1917.
  • Private Daniel Conway (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 26. His brother was killed in August 1916.

Saturday 11 May 1918 We Lost 370

Egerton Lowdnes Wright

The first of 12 air raids on the enemy naval base at Cattaro is made today.  It involves a 400 mile round trip over sea by land aircraft.  Six DH4s bomb ships and submarines with one crew being lost and made prisoners.

An Atlantic escort submarine E35 on duty while proceeding to meet a convoy, sights and sinks a German cruiser type submarine U-154. A heavy sea is running in the latitude of Cape St Vincent at the time and there are no survivors.  Shortly afterwards another enemy submarine is sighted, but by swift diving she escapes.

One hundred thirty three officers and men of the Labour Corps are fatally gassed while laying cables in the Fonquevillers area.

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of a Baron
  • An Oxford cricketer
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • An Aston Villa footballer

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Herman Walter von Poellnitz (Lincolnshire Regiment attached Royal Air Force) dies of injures received the day before in a motor accident in Mesopotamia. The 27-year-old is the only child of the Baron and Baroness Von Poellintz and the grandson of ‘Sir’ Walter Elliott.
  • Captain (Brigade Major 6th Infantry Brigade) Egerton Lowndes Wright MC (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 32. He played cricket for Oxford vs. Cambridge.
  • Captain Harry Easterbrook Knollys Stranger (Guernsey Light Infantry) dies of wounds received in action 11 April. He is the third brother to die in the Great War within a two-month period.  His brother George is killed in the same action he received his fatal wound in.  He is 27-years old.
  • Captain Arthur Alexander Austen-Leigh (Berkshire Regiment attached Trench Mortar Battery) is killed at age 27. He is the son of the Reverend Arthur Henry Austen-Leigh.
  • Lieutenant Guy Clifton Davis (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed in June 1916.
  • Lieutenant Edward Vaughan-Jones (Royal Welsh Fusiliers) is killed in action in Salonika at age 38. His younger brother was killed in action in February 1917.
  • Lieutenant John Walter Kimber (Black Watch) dies of wounds at age 32. He played in seven league matches for Aston Villa from July 1907 to August 1912 and also played for Aston Manor and Coventry City.

Tuesday 30 April 1918 We Lost 809

Eric Tristram Harper

In Flanders a train of ammunition has been placed at an ammunition refilling point, and after the engine has been detached, and is being run off the train, the second truck suddenly bursts into flames.  Sapper (acting Company Sergeant Major) Alfred Henry Furlonger immediately orders Lance Corporal John Edward Bigland, the driver, to move the engine back on to the train for the purpose of pulling away the two trucks nearest the engine.  Bigland does so without hesitation, and the engine is coupled up by Furlonger, assisted by Sapper Joseph Collinton Farren, while the burning truck is uncoupled from the remainder of the train by Sapper Thomas Henry Woodman.  The two trucks are then drawn away clear of the ammunition dump, it being the intention to uncouple the burning wagon from the engine and the first wagon and so isolate it, with the object of isolating the fire as far away as possible.  The uncoupling is about to be done when the ammunition explodes, completely wrecking the engine and both trucks, killing Furlonger, Farren and Sapper George Edward Johnson (a member of the train crew), and seriously wounding Bigland.  All five participants are members of the Royal Engineers and all will be awarded the Albert Medal for their actions on this day.

British forces east of the River Jordan begin an advance towards the Hedjaz Railway against enemy troops holding the foothills south of Es Salt. By midday cavalry are within two miles of the Turkish post and have taken two hundred sixty prisoners. West of the River Jordan the British line has been advanced at Mezrah, near the Jerusalem-Shechem road. In attacks on the Hedjaz railway near Maan, Arab forces take five hundred prisoners.

In Mesopotamia, British forces reach the Tauk River, one hundred forty miles north of Baghdad.

British patrols raid the enemy trenches at two places southwest of Canove and south of Asiago, inflicting losses on the garrisons.

HMS Coreopsis sinks the German submarine UB-85 in the Irish Sea.

The steamer Umba (Master James William Young) is torpedoed and sunk with the loss of twenty of her crew of twenty-five. Her Master is lost at age 57.

Today’s losses include:

  • A member of the original All Blacks team that toured England and Ireland, an all-round athlete and Alps mountaineer
  • Multiple Albert Medal winners
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two, three and five sons in the Great War
  • The son of the 1st Anglican Bishop of Canterbury

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Roland Churchill Layton (Sherwood Foresters) is killed in Palestine. He is the son of the Reverend William Edward Layton Vicar of Cuddington.
  • Lieutenant Bransby William Goodwin MC (South African Infantry) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend Bransby William Goodwin Rector of Queenstown South Africa.
  • Sergeant Sydney George Giles (London Regiment) is killed in Palestine. His brother was killed last December.
  • Sergeant Douglas John Scott (London Regiment) is also killed in Palestine. He is the last of three brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War all of whom were Sergeants.
  • Private Edward Fordyce (Gordon Highlanders) is killed in action. His brother James was also killed.
  • Private Bertie Frederick Harman (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) dies of wounds at age 23. He is the fourth of five brothers who will lose their lives in the second half of the Great War.
  • Trooper Eric Tristram Harper (Canterbury Mounted Rifles) is killed during an artillery bombardment while attempting to quiet horses in Palestine at age 40. He is notable New Zealand sportsman who played for the New Zealand national rugby union team and in 1905 he became one of the Original All Blacks who toured Great Britain and Ireland. He was also a hurdler and played cricket. He won the first New Zealand national track title in 1901 in the 440 yards hurdles and in 1902 he won the 880 yards hurdles. He was a mountaineer in the Alps who made many discoveries in the Southern Alps. He was the first to the 6,500 ft Denniston Pass in 1908 and had the honour of a creek being named after him. His brother died of wounds in 1916 and they are grandsons of Henry Harper the first Anglican Bishop of Canterbury.

Monday 29 April 1918 We Lost 1,120

This evening two British battalions attack Bulgarian positions at Macukovo (on the east of the Vardar River) into which they have previously thrown more than 50,000 shells.  Both sides suffer casualties and a few prisoners are brought back to our lines.

Today’s losses include:

  • A battalion commander
  • The son of an Admiral
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • The former editor of ‘The Denstonian’ at Denstone College

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Lambert Alfred Graham Hanmer DSO (commanding 21st Indian Cavalry) dies of wounds in Mesopotamia at age 49. He is the son of Rear Admiral John Graham Job Hanmer.
  • Lieutenant Joseph Cyril Walton (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend John Maxon Walton Vicar of Southowram.
  • Second Lieutenant Albert Edwin Braggins (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed at age 39. His brother was killed in September 1915.
  • Second Lieutenant Harold D’Arcy Champney (Yorkshire Regiment) dies of meningitis as a prisoner of war resulting from wounds received in action at age 20. He had been the editor of the “Denstonian” at Denstone College, Staffordshire.
  • Sergeant Major Robert Joseph Callister DCM MSM (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 33. His brother will be killed in September of this year.
  • Private Henry Baum (Royal West Kent Regiment) dies of wounds received in action. His brother was killed in June 1917.
  • Sapper Joseph William Hammond (Royal Engineers) dies of wounds at age 26. His brother will be killed in September.
  • Private Frederick George Tapp (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed last May.
  • Bombardier Clyde Archibald Eugene Heathorn (Royal Garrison Artillery) dies of wounds at age 35. His brother will be killed in August 1918.
  • Private Walter Stanley Seaman (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment” is killed at age 22. His brother was killed on the first day of the battle of the Somme.