Great War Lives Lost

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

Category: New Zealand Army

17 March 1919 We Lost 122

Today’s losses include:

  • A man killed in North Russia
  • A family that will lose four sons to the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Francis Mortimer Taylor MC (Royal Army Medical Corps) is killed in action in North Russia. He is the son of ‘Sir’ John J Taylor KCB.
  • Lance Corporal Philip John Hartnett (Canterbury Regiment) dies at home at age 30. His three brothers, Cyril, Dennis and John all were killed during the Great War.

12 March 1919 We Lost 160

Arthur McCulloch Inglis DSO

Today’s losses include:

  • The former Aide de Campe to the Governor of Gambia Colony
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • Two families that will lose two sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Arthur McCulloch Inglis DSO (Gloucestershire Regiment) dies at age 34 of wounds received in action in August 1918. He was the former Aide de Campe to the Governor of Gambia Colony.
  • Major Gordon Evans Gill (Royal Engineers) dies of influenza at age 28. He is the son of the Reverend William T Gill.
  • Second Lieutenant Lionel Matthew Tansey (New Zealand Machine Gun Battalion) dies at home at 33. His brother was killed in September 1916.
  • Private C E S Haskett (Somerset Light Infantry) dies on service at age 31. His brother was killed in August 1916.

14 February 1919 We Lost 315

Gerald Oldroyd Cornock-Taylor

The Draft Covenant of the League of Nations is completed.

Today’s losses include:

  • The Deputy Director of Graves Registration
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • The father of the 1st and last Viscount Whtielaw
  • Men who lost brothers in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Gerald Oldroyd Cornock-Taylor CBE (General List Deputy Director of Graves Registration and Secretary to the Imperial War Graves Commission) dies of pneumonia at age 34.
  • Captain Robert George Hyndman Caie (Royal Fusiliers) dies of pneumonia following a bout with influenza at age 39. He is the son of the Reverend George McIntosh.
  • Lieutenant William Alexander Whitelaw (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) dies on service at home at age 27. He is the father of the 1st and last Viscount Whtielaw KT CH MC PC DL Deputy Prime Minister and one-time Home Secretary under Margaret Thatcher and his two younger brothers both died during the Great War.
  • Sapper Duncan Henry McIntosh (Royal Engineers) dies of pneumonia after developing influenza at age 33. His brother died of wounds in May 1918.
  • Private James Melvin Taylor (Army Service Corps attached New Zealand Army Service Corps) dies on service in Germany at age 30. He is the last of four brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.

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.

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.

Sunday 10 November 1918 We Lost 974

Francis Edmund Storrs

The last ship sunk in the war is the paddle minesweeper Ascot when she is torpedoed by UB-67 off the Faroe Islands in the North Sea. Fifty-three are killed including

  • Stoker 2nd Class Charles Edward Mafeking Gardner. His brother was killed in November 1917.

H M Trawler Renarro (Skipper Simon Fairnie, Royal Naval Reserve) is sunk by a mine in the Dardanelles killing twelve of her crew including her skipper at age 38.

Lieutenant William Stanley Jenkins crashes an enemy two-seater, and later destroys a Fokker, in addition to attacking enemy troops and transport with marked success.

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of a Justice of the Peace and brother of a Brigadier General
  • A Nursing Sister who has had two brothers killed in the Great War
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Edmund Hamilton Giffard (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 31. His has had two brothers who have been killed previously in the war.
  • Captain Henry Maitland Maitland (Intelligence Corps) dies at Cherbourg of pneumonia following influenza. He is the son of the late Arthur Maitland JP and only brother of Brigadier General E M Maitland DSO (Royal Air Force).  He is a regular contributor to the Bystander.
  • Lieutenant Henry Harvey Dowse (Army Service Corps attached Royal Air Force) dies of wounds at Genoa at age 24. His brother was killed in August 1915 and they are sons of the Reverend Canon John Clarence Dowse Rector of Monkstown.
  • Lieutenant Francis Edmund Storrs (Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) dies of illness at home at age 35. He is the son of John Storrs Dean of Rochester.
  • Second Lieutenant George Emerson Dowler age 25 and Second Lieutenant William Gordon Coulthurst (Royal Air Force) age 20 collide while on an offensive patrol, both pilots are killed. They are the only two British casualties of the war buried in Montbliart Communal Cemetery.
  • Private Charlie Handcock (Australian Infantry) dies of pneumonia at age 39. His brother was killed landing at Gallipoli in April 1915.
  • Sister Mabel Helen Whishaw (New Zealand Army Nursing Services) dies on service at home. Her two brothers have already lost their lives in the Great War.

Saturday 9 November 1918 We Lost 1,015

The last day of the Great War with over a thousand fatalities.

Second Lieutenant John Carlos Deremo (Royal Air Force) engages a large body of troops and transports from the air, and while doing this is heavily engaged by machine gun fire.  His rudder control is shot away and tanks pierced.  He lands about two miles on the enemy side of the lines and hides in a wooded area until dusk when he makes his way to our lines.  He brings in a most valuable report as to the enemy’s movements and intentions, part of which information has been gleaned from civilians in the vicinity of his hiding place.

Captain Frank Clifton Gorringe (Royal Air Force) locates enemy troops dug in and attacks them from fifty feet, causing numerous casualties.  He then lands close behind our infantry and informs them of the enemy’s position.

The battleship HMS Britannia is torpedoed off Cape Trafalgar by the German U boat UB-50 while on her approach to Gibraltar.  UB-50 fires three torpedoes, two of which strike the battleship causing her to sink in just over three hours after attempts by the destroyer HMS Rocksand and the sloop HMS Coreopsis to tow her to Gibraltar.  There are over fifty killed including

  • Surgeon Lieutenant Dundas Simpson Macknight (Royal Navy) killed at age 43. He is the son of the Reverend John Macknight.
  • Bugler James Peel (Royal Marine Artillery) is killed at age 15.

Today’s losses include:

  • A 15-year old Royal Marine bugler
  • The 5th Marquis of Conyngham
  • The son of a Baronet
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Victor George Henry Francis Conyngham (Irish Regiment) dies on service at home at age 35. He is the 5th Marquis of Conyngham.
  • Lance Corporal Horace Hills (Suffolk Regiment) dies of complication from wounds as a prisoner of war that he received at the Somme. He is the last of three brothers who die in service in the Great War.
  • Rifleman William Kelland Le Fleming (New Zealand Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 31. He is the son of ‘Sir’ William Hudleston Le Fleming the 9th Baronet.
  • Private John Duroe (Norfolk Yeomanry) is killed in action at age 26. His brother was killed in September 1917.
  • Private William James Ellis (Durham Light Infantry) dies of wounds received in action at age 22. His brother was killed in action in May 1915.
  • Private E W Thackray (Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry) is killed at age 29. He is the son of Reverend W W Thackray.

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.

Tuesday 29 October 1918 We Lost 1,371

Edward John Parfett

Gunner Edward John Parfett MM (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 22. Ned Parfett was the 16-year-old newsboy selling morning papers and holding the banner headline on the street-corner in London on the April morning in 1912 which announced the sinking of the Titanic. The photograph has become an iconic image, symbolising the shock and disbelief that greeted news of the disaster. Parfett joined the British Army in 1916, serving as a dispatch-rider and an observer on the Western Front, being mentioned in dispatches. Today he is about to head home on leave when he pauses to collect some fresh clothes from a quartermaster’s store just behind the lines near Valceniennes. At that moment, it is struck by an artillery shell and Parfett is killed. He is one of four brothers all of whom served in the war, the other three survived.

The Battle on the Piave turns as the Austrian forces attempt a final resistance on the Monticano but are broken.  Although enemy reinforcements are brought up to hold the line a breach is made which fundamentally splits the two Austrian Armies and a rout quickly develops.

The Admiralty trawler Thomas Cornwall (Skipper John Slater RNR) is sunk after a collision off Flamborough Head with a loss of twenty.  Her skipper is killed at age 29.

Today’s losses include:

  • The 16-year-old newsboy selling morning papers and holding the banner headline on the street-corner in London on the April morning in 1912 which announced the sinking of the Titanic in the photo above
  • The son of a General
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major William Henry Egerton Dickinson (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds at age 38. He is the son of the late Major General William Rice Dickinson (Royal Engineers).
  • Captain George Hugh Richardson (Manchester Regiment) is killed at age 38 in Italy. He is the son of the Reverend William Richardson Vicar of Poulton le Fylde.
  • Captain John Towlson Morgan (Welsh Fusiliers attached Royal Air Force) is killed at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend Ernest Arundell Morgan Vicar of St Andrew’s.
  • Lieutenant Harold Francis Box (Essex Regiment attached Royal Engineers) is killed in action at age 23. His is the son of the late Reverend C F Box Vicar of South Benfleet and had been an undergraduate of Keble College, Oxford.
  • Company Sergeant Major Daniel Evershed (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 33 becoming the third brother to be killed this year.
  • Corporal Arthur Newton Hooker (New Zealand Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed last August.
  • Lance Corporal Tom Buckle (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed at age 22. He is the third brother to be killed since September 1916.
  • Private William W Swan (Army Service Corps) dies of pneumonia at age 26 at home. His brother was killed in December 1914. +Driver James Wishart Gorrie (Australian Field Artillery) dies of pneumonia at age 30. His brother was killed in April 1916.

Wednesday 23 October 1918 We Lost 2,367

The 1st Middlesex Regiment is ordered to assault German positions near Montay located in the forest.  They capture 200 German prisoners but suffer heavy casualties themselves.

  • Lieutenant Alexander Charles Thomas Kroenig-Ryan (Middlesex Regiment) is killed at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend Alexander Solomon Kroenig-Ryan Vicar of Parkeston.
  • Sergeant Alfred John Emery (Middlesex Regiment) is killed at age 31. His brother was killed in April 1915.

The 2nd Bedfordshire Regiment in position at Le Cateau is ordered to attack an objective known as Richemont Hill.  The attack made across high ground causing many casualties in the battalion.

  • Private Augustus Webb (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 29. His brother was killed in November 1916.
  • Private James Knibbs (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 29. His brother was killed in April 1917.
  • Private Robert Christopher Prentice (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed. His brother died of wounds in March 1917.

Captain Roy Edward Dodds (Royal Air Force) successfully leads a bombing formation home intact from Leuze in failing light while under attack from ten Fokker biplanes, three of which his formation brings down.  Second Lieutenant James Herbert Grahame (Royal Air Force) while on a bombing raid to Hirson railway junction, although late in the afternoon with the visibility very poor through heavy ground mist, obtains two direct hits on the railway, one of which causes a very large fire.

Communications are lost with the submarine G7 (Lieutenant Commander Arthur Campbell Russell) during a North Sea patrol.  A week later she is declared lost.

The “Passage of the Piave” during the final Battle of Vittoria-Veneto begins.  It will end with the Armistice of 4th November.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Baronet whose brother was the first officer killed in the Great War, whose father was killed in the South Africa War and whose son will be killed in the Second World War
  • Aces
    • 8-victory
    • 5-victory
  • The son of another Baronet
  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • A man whose mother will be killed during the blitz in March 1941
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families who will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • A man whose twin has been previously killed
  • A woman whose brother was killed in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Walter Balfour Barttelot DSO (Coldstream Guards) the 3rd Baronet and former military attaché at Teheran is murdered in his bed by a jealous husband in Tehran Persia at age 28. His brother has been the first Royal Navy officer killed in war in August 1914.  He succeeded to the title of 3rd Baronet Barttelot, on 23rd July 1900, after his father, ‘Sir’ Walter George Barttelot, 2nd Baronet, was killed in action during the South Africa War and his son will be killed in action as a Brigadier on 16th August 1944.
  • Captain Thomas Walter Nash DFC (Royal Air Force) is killed at age 26. He is an 8-victory ace.
  • Captain Frank Oswald Spensley (Royal Army Medical Corps) dies at home at age 39. He is the son of the Reverend James Spensley.
  • Captain Hector Charles Seymour Munro MC (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed in action at age 23. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Hector Munro, the 11th Baronet.
  • Captain Eric Victor Morse MC (West Kent Regiment) is killed at age 26. His twin brother was killed on 7th December 1917.
  • Lieutenant Alfred James Baddeley (Sussex Regiment) is killed at age 19. He is the brother of the Reverend Walter H Baddeley.
  • Captain Kenneth Carlyle Gill MC (Cambridgeshire Regiment attached Royal Air Force) dies of injuries received as a result of a flying accident the previous day at age 28. He is the son of the Reverend Arthur Tidman Gill.
  • Lieutenant William Huntriss (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment attached Gold Coast Regiment) is killed in Ghana at age 32. His brother was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
  • Lieutenant William Norman Stubbs (Cheshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend Frederick William Stubbs Vicar of Arbury.
  • Lieutenant H W Trelawny (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Frank E Trelawny.
  • Lieutenant Osborne John Orr (Royal Air Force) a five-victory ace is killed in action at age 23.
  • Sergeant Henry James Nicholas VC MM (Canterbury Regiment) is killed near Beaudigniesa when a German patrol charges into his post on a flank guarding a bridge over the River Ecaillon. He is killed by heavy gun fire at age 27. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for actions performed on 3rd December 1917.
  • Corporal Harry Francis Gully (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 21. His brother was killed in November 1917.
  • Private Percy Benwell (Welsh Regiment) is killed in action at age 24. His older brother was killed in March 1917.
  • Private Charles D B Mowat (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) dies of wounds at Selle. His brother was killed in August of last year.
  • Driver Patrick Ahern (Royal Engineers) dies on service at Ramleh. His mother will die of wounds received 31st March 1941 during an air raid on Stirling at age 80.
  • Worker Rose Cotton (Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps) dies on service at age 26. Her brother was killed in action in 1916.
  • Rifleman Bernard William King (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed at age 30. He is the son of the Reverend William Templeton King Vicar of Christ Church Ealing London.
  • Private Ernest Harold Lane (Shropshire Light Infantry) is killed in action. His brother was killed earlier this year.
  • Private James Murray (Royal Scots) is killed at age 22. He is the last of three brothers who are killed over a three-year time frame.
  • Gunner Arnold Alexander Macully (Australian Field Artillery) is killed at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend Alexander Macully Vicar of Brighton South Australia.