Great War Lives Lost

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

Category: Military Cross

27 January 1919 We Lost 155

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Today’s losses include:

  • A man whose brother was killed in action during a dog fight by German Ace Max Immelmann
  • Multiple families that will lose two son to the Great War
  • The son of a member of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Oliver Alexander Mowat MC (Canadian Field Artillery) is killed in action with the North Russia Expeditionary Force at age 25. His brother was the 15th victim of Max Immelmann being killed in May 1916.
  • Lieutenant Franklin George Ekins MC (Royal Irish Regiment) dies in France at age 24. His brother had been killed in action in May 1917. They are sons of the Reverend George Richards Ekins Vicar of St Timothy Sheffield.

31 December 1918 We Lost 179

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William Leefe Robinson VC

Captain William Leefe Robinson VC (Royal Air Force) dies at the Stanmore home of his sister, the Baroness Heyking, from the effects of the Spanish flu pandemic after his release from a prisoner of war camp. On the night of 2nd/3rd September 1916 over Cuffley, Hertfordshire, Lieutenant Robinson, flying a converted BE2c night fighter, sighted a German airship – one of 16 which had left bases in Germany on a mass raid over England. The airship was the wooden-framed Schütte-Lanz SL11 Robinson made an attack at an altitude of 11,500 ft approaching from below and, closing to within 500 ft, raked the airship with machine-gun bullets. As he was preparing for another attack, it burst into flames and crashed in a field behind the Plough Inn at Cuffley, killing the crew of 16. For his actions he was awarded the Victoria Cross. His wife’s first husband died of wounds in November 1914.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner whose wife lost her first husband to wounds in November 1914
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • A man whose father died das a prisoner of war in November 1915

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Frederick Meredyth Mangin (Royal Army Medical Corps) dies in India at age 51. He is the son of the Reverend James Mangin of King’s School Canterbury.
  • Captain Alexander Ralph Abercrombie DSO MC (Royal West Surrey Regiment) dies of influenza at home at age 22. His father died of wounds as a prisoner of war in November 1915.

Tuesday 3 December 1918 We Lost 417

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William Robert Aufrere Dawson DSO

The Inter-Allied Conference continues and concludes.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Battalion Commander
  • Grandson of the 1st Marquess of Abergavenney
  • Son of a Justice of the Peace
  • A Military Chaplain and son of a member of the clergy
  • A family that will lose three sons (two in this war and one in the next(
  • A man whose brother died of wounds in September 1915

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel William Robert Aufrere Dawson DSO (commanding 6th Royal West Kent Regiment) dies on service at age 27.
  • Captain Ruper William Nevill DSO (Rifle Brigade) dies on service at age 34. He is the son of Lord George Montacute Nevill and grandson of ‘Sir’ William Nevill 1st Marquess of Abergavenney.
  • Lieutenant William Henry Lionel Sommerville MC (Royal Ordinance Corps) dies on service at age 36. He is the son of the late Alexander Annardah Sommerville JP.
  • Chaplain ‘the Reverend’ William David Abbott dies of influenza at Dieppe at age 35. He is assisting in the process of identifying and burying War casualties on the Western Front when he becomes ill. He is the son of the late Reverend David Wyley Abbott, Vicar of Cardington.
  • Private Robert J Wheeler (Wiltshire Regiment) dies on active service in Germany at age 28. His two brothers will also die serving their King the first in October 1918 the second on HMS Courageous in September 1939 while serving as a Royal Marine.
  • Private Robert Smith (Labor Corps) dies on service at age 23.  His brother died of wounds in September 1915.

Friday 29 November 1918 We Lost 446

Richard Vincent Sutton MC

Today’s losses include:

  • A Baronet
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • A Minister
  • A man whose brother was killed in action last July

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain ‘Sir’ Richard Vincent Sutton MC (Life Guards attached Guards Machine Gun Regiment) the Baronet dies in France at age 27.
  • Paymaster Sub Lieutenant Harold Mowell Manwell Crofton (HMS Curacoa) dies of illness at home. He is the son of the Reverend Henry Francis Crofton.
  • Private Philip Le I Findley (Canadian Army Medical Corps) dies on service at Etaples at age 27. He is a Wesleyan Minister.
  • Trooper Edward Owen Green (Australian Light Horse Machine Gun Squadron) is killed in a fall from his horse at age 32 near Tripoli, Syria. His brother was killed in action last July.

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.

Tuesday 18 November 1918 We Lost 586

Reginald Oscar Schwarz MC

Major Reginald Oscar Schwarz MC (King’s Royal Rifle Corps attached Headquarters 1st Echelon) dies at Etaples of influenza at age 43.  He is a South African cricketer who was the 1908 Wisden cricketer of the year. He also an international rugby footballer who earned 3 caps playing Rugby for England against Scotland in 1899, and Wales and Ireland in 1901.  Schwarz played a handful of rugby games for Middlesex in 1901 and 1902 before emigrating to South Africa and joining Transvaal, but it was on his return to England with the South African cricket team in 1904 that he made his mark, having learned how to bowl.  Schwarz retired from regular playing after the 1912 season, though he appeared three more times for L Robinson’s XI over the next two seasons.

Today’s losses include:

  • A South Africa & England cricket and rugby International and the 1908 Widen Cricketer of the Year
  • The brother of a Victoria Cross winner killed in the Great War
  • A Military Chaplain
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Henry Thornbury Fox Russell MC (Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed at age 21. He is the brother of Captain John Fox Russell (Royal Army Medical Corps) who was awarded the Victoria Cross and killed last year.
  • Chaplain Frederick William Ashton (Royal Air Force) dies of illness at age 33.
  • Private Lewis Herbert Reeve (Machine Gun Corps) dies on service at age 29. His brother was killed in April 1917.

Thursday 14 November 1918 We Lost 701

Guy Dodgson

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • The son of a schoolmaster

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Guy Dodgson (Hertfordshire Regiment) dies of wounds near Caudry at age 23. His brother has been killed in action in July 1916.
  • Lieutenant Kenneth James Stafford MC (Royal Field Artillery) dies at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend John O Stafford.
  • Second Lieutenant Charles John Norman Adams (Grenadier Guards) dies of wounds received 4th November attacking the line of the Fresnay-Wargnies-Le Petit Road at age 29. He is the son of the Reverend George Augustus Samuel Adams rector of Nettlestead and was a school master prior to the war.
  • Second Lieutenant Eric Albert Coates (New Zealand Machine Gun Corps) dies at home at age 24. His brother was killed in June 1917.
  • Gunner Laurence Ernest Aylwin (Royal Field Artillery) dies in Salonika at age 26. His older brother was killed in September 1914.
  • Private John Fendley (Army Cyclist Corps) dies on active service of influenza and pneumonia at age 37. His brother was killed in the sinking of HMS Aboukir in the first year of the war.

Wednesday 13 November 1918 We Lost 736

Today’s losses include:

  • A son of the 4th Baron De Freyne
  • Multiple families that will lose two, three and four sons in the Great War
  • An Assistant Scout Master
  • The daughter of a member of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Philip Wyndham Brodie (Seaforth Highlanders attached Royal Air Force) dies of illness at age 31. His brother was killed in the sinking of the submarine E15 in April 1915.
  • Captain Roger Beverley Walker MC (West Yorkshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 32. He is the final of three brothers who lose their lives in the war.
  • Lieutenant Roger Beverley Walker (Yorkshire Hussars attached West Yorkshire Regiment) dies of wounds received in action at age 32. His two brothers were both killed in the opening days of the Great War, the first in August the second in October 1914.
  • Second Lieutenant Edward Fulke French (Royal Field Artillery) dies at age 32 as a prisoner of war in Mainz, Germany. He is the last of four sons of the 4th Baron De Freyne who will lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Corporal Frederick Stanley Spurin (Royal Field Artillery) dies on active service at age 22. He is the Assistant Scout Master of the 110th North London Boy Scouts.
  • Bombardier John Bullard (Royal Field Artillery) dies in Lebanon at age 28. His brother was killed in August 1918.
  • Driver Frances Mary Dulcie Llewellyn-Jones (Women’s Royal Air Force) dies of influenza in England at age 24. She is the daughter of the Reverend David Llewellyn-Jones.

Thursday 7 November 1918 We Lost 1,295

Arthur Moore Lascelles VC

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple battalion commanders
  • Two Military Chaplains
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The grandson of member of the clergy and a Major General
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • The last ace killed in action in the Great War
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • A Lusitania sinking survivor
  • A man whose father dies the same day at home
  • A member of the Tring Town Band

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Francis Louis De Moulin MC (Sussex Regiment commanding 1st East Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 29.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Reginald Kirkpatrick Lynch-Staunton (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds in Baghdad received 26th October at age 38. He is the son of George S J P Lynch-Staunton JP.
  • Lieutenant Colonel George Arthur Tryon MC (commanding 4th King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed in action at age 32. He is the son of the Reverend Arthur William Tryon Vicar of Middle Rasen and the grandson of Major General Tryon and the Reverend Thomas Wimberley Mossman Rector of West Torrington.
  • Major Arthur Hugh Aglionby MC (Royal Garrison Artillery) dies of wounds received at Monvaux at age 33. He is the son of the Reverend Canon Francis Keyes Aglionby DD, of Newbold Pacey Vicarage, Warwick.
  • Victoria Cross winner Captain Arthur Moore Lascelles VC MC (Durham Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 38. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions last December at Masnieres.
  • Captain Claud Harry Stokes DFC (Royal Aiir Force) is killed at age 34. He is a five-victory ace and the last ace killed prior to war’s end when he is shot down by anti-aircraft fire.
  • Captain Clive Andrews Brown (Royal Engineers) dies on service at age 28. His brother was killed last September.
  • Captain Reginald Claude Moline Gee MC (Durham Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend Claude Valentine Gee Vicar of Castletown.
  • Lieutenant Frederick Neville Wells (Horse Transport and Supply, Army Service Corps) dies on service at age 38. He is the son of the Reverend Harry Wells.
  • Lieutenant Christopher William Griffiths (Royal Engineers) dies of wounds received in action 29th October at age 35. He survived the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915.
  • Second Lieutenant Benjamin Dowell Skelton (Essex Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed last month.
  • Chaplains John Watters (attached 115th Brigade Headquarters) dies and William Gerard Cheese (attached Lincolnshire Regiment) dies of wounds on active service. Cheese dies at age 35 while Watters is only 26.
  • Company Quarter Master Sergeant Eric William Parker Stamper (Sherwood Foresters attached Labour Corps) dies on service at age 27. His brother was killed in March of this year and they are sons of the Reverend William Parker Stamper Vicar of Stonebroom.
  • Private James B Gowler (West Surrey Regiment) is killed in action at age 20. He had been in France only five weeks and his father dies of influenza on the same day at home.
  • Private Frederick Edward Clarke (Eastern Counties Labour Corps) dies of pneumonia at home. He was a member of the Tring Town Band.
  • Able Seaman John Phililp Hill (Drake Battalion, Royal Naval Division) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed in March 1917.
  • Drummer James Cash (Dublin Fusiliers) dies at home at age 22. His brother will die on service next February.

Tuesday 5 November 1918 We Lost 1,324

Arthur John Palliser

During strong winds, HMS Campania begins to drag anchor in the Firth of Forth.  Soon it collides with another ship anchored nearby, HMS Royal Oak, which in turn collides with HMS Glorious.  A gaping hole is torn in the port side of the Campania and it begins to sink by the stern.  Just over three hours later it sinks stern first.

Today’s losses include:

  • A 7-victory ace
  • A former member of the All Blacks Rugby Club
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • A man who had two cousins killed last year

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Harman James Lindale Willink (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed at age 32. He is the son of the Reverend Arthur Willink Vicar of Nackington.
  • Captain Arthur Brownlow Denham-Cookes (London Regiment) dies at home at age 27. He is the son of the ‘Honorable’ Mrs. Denham-Cookes.
  • Captain Robert Edward Watson Semple MC (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds received in action on 22nd October at age 22. He is the son of Lieutenant Colonel ‘Sir’ David Semple and his older brother has been killed in action in 1916.
  • Lieutenant Norman Royston (Royal Air Force Kite Balloon Section) dies of pneumonia at age 19. His brother died of wounds in October 1916.
  • Lieutenant Arthur John Palliser (Australian Flying Corps) a seven-victory ace is killed in action at age 28.
  • Lieutenant James Hyslop MM (London Regiment) is killed at age 32. His brother was killed last March.
  • Corporal Edwin George Page (Warwickshire Regiment) dies at age 22. His brother was killed in August 1917.
  • Lance Corporal Arthur Frederick Huckle (Bedfordshire Yeomanry) is killed in action at age 24. His brother was killed in October 1916.
  • Corporal Edward George Page (Warwickshire Regiment) dies at age 22. His brother was killed in August 1917.
  • Private Reuben Morris (East Surrey Regiment) dies of wounds at Agra, India at age 32. He is the youngest and last of three brothers who lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Rifleman Alexander Joseph Ridland (New Zealand Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 36. He is a former member of the All Blacks Rugby Football Club.
  • Gunner James Jeffrey Huggan (Royal Garrison Artillery) dies of wounds at age 30. His two cousins were killed last year.