Great War Lives Lost

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Category: Military Cross

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.

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.

Sunday 3 November 1918 We Lost 1,212

George Raymond Dallas Moor VC

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • The brother of a Victoria Cross winner previously killed
  • A member of the Editorial Staff of the Oregonian
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A nurse whose brother was previously killed and is the daughter of a member of the clergy
  • A man who unknown to him his wife died yesterday and his 11-year old son and name sake will die tomorrow
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • A man whose twin was killed earlier and whose son will be killed in June 1943

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Greville Havergal Shaw (Canadian Engineers) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed in April 1917 and they are sons of the Reverend William Henry Shaw Rector of Stapleton.
  • Captain Walter Adam (Royal East Kent Yeomanry attached Machine Gun Corps) dies at home. His brother was killed in January 1916.
  • Captain Tom G M Parker (Royal Army Medical Corps) dies on service at home. His brother was killed in November 1916.
  • Lieutenant George Raymond Dallas Moor VC MC (Hampshire Regiment) dies of Spanish Influenza at Mouvaux, France at age 22. He was awarded the Victoria Cross on Gallipoli in 1915.
  • Lieutenant John McClelland Adie (Canadian Motor Machine Gun Brigade) dies of wounds at age 35. He is the last of three brothers who are killed in the Great War.
  • Nurse Margaret Carew (Voluntary Aid Detachment) dies on service at age 28. Her brother was killed in October 1914 and they are children of the Reverend Henry William Carew Vicar of Rattery.
  • Nurse Gwynedd Violet Llewellyn (Voluntary Aid Detachment) dies on service of influenza at age 19. She is the daughter of Lieutenant Colonel A OBE and Lady Llewellyn.
  • Ordinary Seaman Walter Daniel Fairbrass (Royal Navy, HMS Pembroke) dies at home at age 18. He is the third brother to die in the Great War of six who served.
  • Private George Francis Stoney (British Columbia Regiment) is killed in action at age 46. He was a member of the Editorial Staff of “The Oregonian”, of Portland, Oregon.
  • Driver Thomas Ernest Scotcher (Royal Engineers) dies in a military hospital at age 22. His brother was killed in September 1914.
  • Private David Beaumont Kester (Northamptonshire Regiment) dies on service at home at age 28. His twin brother was killed in September 1917 and his son will be killed in June 1943 at age 26.
  • Private Leon Guy Austen (Royal Army Medical Corps) dies at home at age 38. His brother died on service in India in August 1916.
  • Private Frederick Ernest Barker (Sussex Regiment) is killed at age 29. Unknown to him his wife died yesterday of pneumonia and his 11-week old son, his namesake, will die tomorrow.
  • Private Frederick William Beatham (Army Service Corps) dies on service at age 32. He is the middle of three brothers who will lose their lives this year including Robert Matthew Beatham a Victoria Cross winner who was killed last August.
  • Private William Edward Hermon (Sussex Regiment) dies of wounds at age 19. His brother was killed last August.
  • Sapper John Latimer Owen (Canadian Railway Troops) is killed at age 35. He is the son of the Reverend John Robert Blayney Owen Rector of Bradwell on Sea.
  • Driver William Smith (Royal Engineers) is killed at age 29. His brother was killed in September 1916.
  • Private George H Rolfe (Australian Army Medical Corps) dies on service at sea at age 31. His brother died of wounds in July 1916.
  • Gunner Edward Steer (South African Field Artillery) dies on service at age 19. His brother was killed in December 1917.

Thursday 31 October 1918 We Lost 1,342

YMCA Chaplain Edward Masters Poole

Today’s losses include:

  • A man whose sister will die on service
  • A Military Chaplain
  • A YMCA Chaplain
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Robert Archibald Fitzgerald Law MC (Wiltshire Regiment) dies of wounds received in action at age 21. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Archibald Law Kt. and Lady Law.  His brother was killed last August.
  • Second Lieutenant William Knox (Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed at age 19. His sister will die in eleven days and both are buried in the same cemetery.
  • Second Lieutenant Francis Joseph Dodd (Machine Gun Corps) dies at home at age 29. His older brother was killed in November 1916 while his younger brother was killed one year ago to the day.
  • Civilian Chaplain “the Reverend” Edward Masters Poole (Young Men’s Christian Association) dies at Le Treport at age 31. He was the Congregational Minster at Holly Mount Church, Malvern Worcestershire.
  • Chaplain Walter Philip Montagu (Royal Garrison Artillery) dies of wounds at 45th Casualty Clearing Station at age 32.
  • Private Stanley Thomas Whitehead (Royal Air Force) is gassed to death at age 27. His brother was killed in April of this year.
  • Private William MacGregor (Seaforth Highlanders) dies of wounds at age 30. His two brothers have already been killed in the Great War.
  • Private Frederick James Bull (East Surrey Regiment) dies on service in India. His brother will die of wounds at the end of next month.
  • Sapper Enos Owen Coles (Royal Engineers) is killed at age 30 becomes the third brother to lose his life in the Great War.

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.

Saturday 26 October 1918 We Lost 1,380

Chaplain Charles A Sparling

Lieutenant Jules Edward Ferrand (Royal Air Force) takes part in an engagement with a large hostile formation. Singling out a Fokker he attacks it at close range, driving it down to crash.  Being isolated from his companions he turns to regain our lines but is at once attacked by seven Fokkers, who keep up a running fight for many miles. He maintains a stout defense against these long odds, crashing two of the enemy machines, and eventually reaching our lines with all his ammunition exhausted.

The 8th Royal Berkshire Regiment advances after a barrage at Le Cateau and is immediately met with opposition from machine gun posts.  Many men do not make it out of our trenches.

  • Private Thomas Blakey MM (Royal Berkshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 32. His brother died on service in March 1915.

Today’s losses include:

  • A battalion commander
  • The son of the 1st Lord Glanusk
  • A 12-victory ace
  • A Military Chaplain
  • A member of the Dickinson Silver Band
  • A man whose son will be killed in June 1942
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Hyla Napier Holden DSO (Indian Cavalry commanding 1st Lancers Indian Army) dies in Beirut at age 47. He is the son of the Reverend Oswald Mangin Holden Rector of Steeple Langford and served on the North West Frontier in 1908.
  • Captain ‘the Honorable’ John Lancelot Bailey (South Wales Borderers) dies on service in India at age 39. He is the son of the 1st Lord Glanusk and his brother was killed in August 1915.
  • Lieutenant Henry Coyle Rath DFC (Royal Air Force) a twelve-victory ace is accidentally killed when he collides with Lieutenant Roderick Sutherland Gunn MacLean over Tournai less than two weeks after being part of an action that will win him the Distinguished Flying Cross. Lieutenant MacLean will die of his injuries tomorrow.
  • Lieutenant Maurice Neville Meredith MC (Mysore Lancers Indian Army) dies on service at Beirut at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend William Henry Fitzgerald Meredith Vicar of Neen Savage.
  • Chaplain the Reverend Charles A Sparling (Canadian Army Chaplains Department) dies on service at home at age 37.
  • Gunner Sydney Herbert Goodman (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds at age 28. He is a member of the Dickinson Silver Band.
  • Private Thomas Fairclough Hall (Lancashire Regiment) died of wounds received two days prior at age 24. One of his brothers was killed in April 1917 while his first committed suicide the day after war was declared.
  • Private Allen Pettengell Whitfield (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 22. His brother was killed in April 1916.
  • Private T D Thomas (Welsh Fusiliers) dies at Gibraltar at age 27. He is the son of the Reverend John Thomas.
  • Boy 1st Class (HMS Carnarvon) dies of illness at age 16. His brother was killed on HMS Good Hope in November 1914.
  • Private Arthur Roberts (South Staffordshire Regiment) dies of pneumonia at age 23. His brother was killed on Gallipoli in August 1915.
  • Private James Cross Holcroft (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 27. His son will be killed in June 1942.