Great War Lives Lost

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

Category: Military Cross

8 May 1919 We Lost 86

Captain Bernard Paul Gascoigne Beanlands MC (Hampshire Regiment attached Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed flying in Northolt at age 21. He is the son of the late Canon Beanlands and a 9-victory ace.

1 May 1919 We Lost 92

Captain Arthur Carlile Sturdy MC

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • A man whose brother was killed in April 1918

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Arthur Carlile Sturdy MC (Royal Army Medical Corps attached Indian Army) dies on service in Bombay at age 36. He is the son of the Reverend H C Sturdy.
  • Corporal George Edgar Budgett (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) dies on service at age 24. His brother was killed in action in April 1918.

22 April 1919 We Lost 129

Today’s losses include:

  • Two sons of members of the clergy both holders of the Military Cross

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Thomas John Jones MC (Royal Field Artillery) dies at age 28. He is the son of the late Reverend Evan Jones (Congregational Minister).
  • Lieutenant Arthur Barlow Whiteside MC (Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed at age 28. He is the son of the Reverend Arthur Whiteside.
  • Lance Corporal William Rickard (Northumberland Fusiliers) dies on service in Mesopotamia at age 30.

2 April 1919 We Lost 134

Today’s losses include:

  • The last man killed in action in the Great War in the Yorkshire Regiment
  • A man whose brother died of wounds in 1917

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Tom Edmond Geoffrey Bailey MC (Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action at Chinova North Russia at age 35. He is the last officer of his Regiment to fall in the Great War. Private Albert Wilfrid Barnfield (Gloucestershire Regiment) dies on service at age 25 in Turkey. Is brother died of wounds in April 1917.

18 March 1919 We Lost 136

British troops are involved in the suppression of riots and public demonstrations seeking Egyptian independence. Eight unarmed men aboard a train traveling south of Cairo are set upon by successive mobs waiting at each station. Attempts are made by the men to get off the train after the driver abandons it but eventually they are all beaten or stabbed to death. One of the eight is Major Cecil Jarvis DSO MC (Deccan Horse) who is the last of five brothers to lose their lives in the Great War.

                                                              Today’s losses include:

  • Families that will lose two and five sons to the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Private Albert Roland Kerridge (Norfolk Regiment) dies on service at agae 22. His brother was killed in September 1918 and they are sons of the Reverend Albert Alfred Edward Kerridge Rector of Hawksworth.

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.