Great War Lives Lost

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

Category: New Zealand Army

Tuesday 22 October 1918 We Lost 1,288

Julian L’Estrange

Brigadier General Edward John Granet Commanding Royal Artillery dies of wounds at age 60.   The wounds he died of were received at Suvla Bay, Gallipoli on 13th August 1915.

Near Hoogemolen, Belgium, Lieutenant David Stuart McGregor VC (Royal Scots) conceals his guns on a limber under the bank of a sunken road, but immediately the troops advance they are subjected to such intense enfilade machine-gun fire that he realises it is impossible to get the guns carried forward without great delay. Having ordered the teams to take a safer route, he lays flat on the limber, the driver then gallops forward under the heaviest machine-gun fire to cover beyond, the guns are put into action and the advance resums. Lieutenant McGregor continues directing the fire until he is killed at age 23. For his actions he will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross.

Today’s losses include:

  • A silent screen and Broadway actor
  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • A Brigadier General
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Charles Holbrook Rosling (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) is killed at agae 36. He is the son of the Reverend Charles Douglas Rosling Rector of Caerhays.
  • Lieutenant George William Kenneth Smith (Royal Air Force) dies of wounds at age 19 having been wounded in the throat he flew 30 miles and made a perfect landing at his aerodrome.
  • Second Lieutenant Ernest Llewelyn Rees (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend D M Rees.
  • Second Lieutenant Julian L’Estrange (Royal Flying Corps) dies of pneumonia and influenza at age 38. He is a stage actor who made his debut as the cupbearer in Herod at His Majesty’s Theatre in October 1900. He also appeared as Borachio in Much Ado About Nothing at Drury Lane in The Sins of Society. He frequently appeared with his wife the actress Constance Hardy and appeared on Broadway regularly between 1908 and 1916 and in several silent films. He joined the Royal Flying Corps in Canada but as later discharged on medical reasons.
  • Corporal James Robertson (New Zealand Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 34. His brother was killed in June of last year.
  • Private Arthur Thomas William Oke (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) dies on active service in India. His brother was killed in February of this year.
  • Private James William Evans (Machine Gun Corps) dies on service at home at age 36. His brother died of wounds in France last July.
  • Private James William Evans (Machine Gun Corps) dies at home at age 36. His brother died of wounds in July.
  • Leading Signalman (Frederick Albert Habgood) HMS Victory dies at home of influenza. His brother died of wounds in July 1916.
  • Sapper Charles Edward Angus Thorburn (Royal Engineers) dies at home at age 29. He is the son of the Reverend Thomas James Thorburn.

Thursday 17 October 1918 We Lost 1,114

Charles Gordon White

Today’s losses include:

  • A South African cricket international
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The daughter of a member of the clergy
  • A family that will lose two sons and a daughter
  • Multiple families that will lose two, three and four sons in the Great War
  • A nephew of the Vice General of the Isle of Man
  • The son of a Baronet

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Leonard Montague Greenwood DSO (Durham Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend T Greenwood.
  • Captain Joshua Bower Hughes-Games MC (Durham Light Infantry) dies of pneumonia at home at age 30. He was seriously wounded on 1st October 1916 and spent 20 months in hospital prior to being discharged in July of this year. He is the son of the late Reverend Joshua H Wynn Hughes-Games and nephew of the Vice General of the Isle of Man. His brother was killed in March of this year.
  • Captain and Dental Surgeon Lawrence Charles Crockett (Royal Army Medical Corps) dies at home at age 37. His brother was killed in August 1916 and they are sons of ‘Sir’ James Crockett Kt.
  • Lieutenant Charles Wilfred Kidson (Dublin Fusiliers) is killed at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend Joseph Charles Eyre Kidson of Holy Trinity Church Sittingbourne.
  • Lieutenant Charles Leonard Davey (Machine Gun Corps) is killed. His brother will die on service in December.
  • Lieutenant Gordon Charles White (Cape Corps South African Forces) dies of wounds in Gaza at age 36. He was a South African cricketer who played in 17 Test matches from 1906 to 1912.
  • Lieutenant George William Edendale Whitehead (Royal Field Artillery attached Royal Air Force) is killed at age 23. His brother will die on service of influenza in March 1919. They are sons of ‘Sir’ George Hugh Whitehead 2nd Baronet and grandson of ‘Sir’ James Whitehead Baronet and ‘Sir’ William Ascroft.
  • Second Lieutenant Edward Crewdson Pitt Pitts (East Kent Regiment) is killed in action at age 26. His brother was killed in August of this year.
  • Second Lieutenant Lionel William Halse (Gloucestershire Regiment) dies of wounds received in action at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend William Halse Vicar of Holy Trinity Bridlington.
  • Second Lieutenant Oliver Charles Ballard (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 26. He is the last of three brothers who are killed in a year.
  • Flight Cadet Spencer Harold Millard (Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed at age 18. He is the son of the Reverend Frederick Luke Holland Millard Vicar of St Aidan’s Carlisle.
  • Sergeant J H Douglas (Seaforth Highlanders) becomes the last of four brothers do lose his life in the Great War when he dies at home.
  • Sapper John Robert Hall (Royal Engineers) dies in Antwerp as a prisoner of war. He is one of three brothers who served, two of whom fell.
  • Private William Godson (Sherwood Foresters) is killed at age 26. His brother was killed in July 1915.
  • Trooper Bernard Guthrie Whishaw (New Zealand Mounted Machine Gun Squadron) dies on service in Egypt at age 26. His brother was killed in July 1916 while his sister will die on service next month.
  • Private Allen Victor Sallis (Shropshire Light Infantry) is killed at age 19 becoming the first of two brothers who are both killed in the last month of the war.
  • Staff Nurse Annie Elinor Buckler (Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service) dies on service at age 43. She is the daughter of the Reverend John Findlay Buckler rector of Bidston Cheshire.

Sunday 13 October 1918 We Lost 1,387

Claude Handley Trotter

Second Lieutenant Joseph William Gould (York and Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 31.  His brother was killed in September 1915. The following Privates of the York and Lancashire Regiment are killed on this day having also lost their brothers earlier in the Great War.

  • Thomas Daltry is killed at age 23. His seventeen-year old brother was killed last August.
  • R J Cranfield is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in October 1916.
  • Frederick Bennett is also killed at age 19. His brother was killed in July 1917.

Lieutenant Claude Handley Trotter (Alberta Dragoons attached Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed while flying at night in Essex at age 23.  He is the son of the Reverend Canon John Crawford Trotter.  He was previously recommended for the Albert Medal for attempting to save his pilot’s life in an earlier crash.

Flight Sergeant Albert Edgar Warne AM (Royal Air Force) dies on service at home. He was awarded the Albert Medal for attempting to save life of a pilot who crashed in January of this year.

Today’s losses include:

  • An Albert Medal winner
  • A man recommended for the Albert Medal
  • A General
  • A man whose son will be born after his death and then killed in November 1944
  • A woman whose brother was killed in September 1915

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Brigadier General Colin Lawrence MacNab CMG dies of illness contracted on service at home at age 47.
  • Second Lieutenant Harold Robert Robinson (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Alexander Robinson.
  • Second Lieutenant Reginald Gillon Christophers (Otago Regiment) is killed at age 36. He is the last of four brothers who will be killed in the Great War.
  • Sergeant Hugh G Matheson DCM MM (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed. His brother was killed in May 1917.
  • Private Robert Miller (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed. His brother died as a result of an accident at home in May 1916.
  • Private Edward John Poole (London Regiment) is killed in action at age 18. His older brother was killed at the third battle of Ypres in 1917.
  • Gunner Henry Davies (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 21. He is the last of three brothers who are killed in the war.
  • Private William Alexander Fotheringham (Black Watch) is killed. His brother was killed in September 1916.
  • Private Edward Parker Wilkinson (Royal Army Medical Corps) is killed in Mesopotamia at age 47. He is the son of the Reverend Robert Parker Wilkinson Rector of Longparish.
  • Private John Joseph Hobart (Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed in action. His son and namesake who is born after his death will be killed in November 1944.
  • Member Edith Mary Tonkin (Volunteer Aid Detachment) dies on service at age 26. Her brother was killed in September 1915.

Friday 4 October 1918 We Lost 1,206

Lieutenant Robert Allan Caldwell (Royal Air Force) destroys an enemy balloon in flames north of Bohain at 5,000 feet in spite of very heavy anti-aircraft fire. On the way home he descends to 50 to 100 feet and creates great confusion and does much damage to the enemy infantry, transport and artillery marching westwards to counter-attack, returning with his machine again much shot about.  While flying on a low bombing raid Lieutenant Wilfred James Jenner (Royal Air Force) is shot through both legs.  Although suffering great pain, he continues his flight and drops his bombs on the objective before returning to his aerodrome.

Lieutenant Horace George Eldon (Royal Air Force) achieves his final victory as an observer while flying with Lieutenant I G Fleming when they shoot down a Fokker V II southeast of Lille.  Lieutenant Gerald Anderson and Second Lieutenant Thomas Sydney Chiltern (Royal Air Force) also bring down their last victim when they shoot down a Fokker D VII at Quesnoy.

An attack is carried out by 23 Camels of 28 and 66 Squadrons at the training school of the Austrian Air Force at Campoformido with phosphorus and high explosive bombs causing a great deal of damage.  Some aircraft of the school which come up to attack the formation are also shot down.  Two of 28’s Camels are shot down and the pilots killed.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • A General
  • A Baronet
  • A Battalion commander
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • A Military Chaplain
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • A Scottish Rugby International8
  • The 1914 Australasian Tennis Open Champion
  • RAF Aces
    • An 8-victory ace
    • A 6-victory ace

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Brigadier General Sir William Algernon Ireland Kay (commanded 3rd Infantry Brigade) CMG DSO, 6th Baronet, is killed in action at age 42. He and his Brigade Major, Captain William Fulton Somervail DSO MC are killed instantly by a gas shell near St Quentin while reconnoitering new areas.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Edward Hills Nicholson DSO (commanding 3rd Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 38.
  • Major Arthur Holroyd O’Hara Wood (Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed at age 28 when his Camel collides with that of Second Lieutenant Lorn Lamond Saunders while on a patrol over Saint-Quentin. He is the 1914 Australasian Tennis Open Champion and he scored the first victory for 4th Australian Flying Corp on 24th January 1918. Lieutenant Saundres is also killed.
  • Captain Gerald Montague Hedley (Royal Engineers) dies of wounds. He is the son of the Reverend William Hedley Vicar of Felkirk.
  • Captain and Quartermaster W T Humphreys (Royal Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 24. He is the son of Frederick Humphreys JP.
  • Lieutenant Charles Penruddocke (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed at age 25. His brother was killed on Salonika in April 1917.
  • Lieutenant John Weston Warner DFC (Royal Air Force) is killed in action when his Sopwith Camel is shot down over Busigny. The 19-year old is an eight-victory ace.
  • Second Lieutenant Walter Riddell Sutherland (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed by a stray shell on his 28th birthday. He was a Scottish rugby union footballer who gained 13 caps between 1910 and 1914.
  • Second Lieutenant Charles Percival Henry Manley MC (Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Charles Augustus Manley Vicar of St Dunstan’s Canterbury.
  • Chaplain the Reverend Guy Spencer Bryan-Brown (New Zealand Chaplains Department) is killed at age 32. He is the son of the Reverend Willoughby Bryan-Brown of St Stephen’s Eastbourne.
  • Sergeant Louis McGuffie VC (King’s Own Scottish Borderers) is killed by a shell. In December he will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross for actions performed near Wytschaete on 28th September.
  • Sergeant William James Middleton DFM a six-victory ace (Royal Air Force) dies of wounds received in action.
  • Gunner John Kenneth Groves (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 21. His brother was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
  • Private John Miller (Warwickshire Regiment) dies of malaria in Mesopotamia at age 32. His brother died of wounds in August 1917.
  • Private Claude Ogle (Lincolnshire Regiment) dies of wounds received the previous day at age 20. His brother will be killed next April.
  • Private William Kennedy (Cameron Highlanders) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in March 1916.

Tuesday 1 October 1918 We Lost 2,289

A fire breaks out at No. 36 Casualty Clearing Station at Rousbrugge, Belgium and quickly reaches the operating theater where a surgeon is performing an abdominal operation. The lights go out and the theater is quickly filled with smoke and flames but the operation is continued by the light of an electric torch Miss Alice Batt (Voluntary Aid Detachment), Sister Gertrude Walters Carlin, Staff Nurse Harriet Elizabeth Fraser both of the Territorial Force Nursing Service and Sister Gladys White (British Red Cross Society continue the work of handing instruments and threading needles with steadfast calmness thereby enabling the surgeon to complete the operation.  Afterwards all four do splendid work in helping to carry men from the burning wards to places of safety. During this time ether bottles and nitrous oxide cylinders are continually exploding filling the air with fumes and flying fragments of steel.  For their actions the four nurses will be awarded the Albert Medal.

Sergeant Frederick Charles Riggs VC MM (York and Lancaster Regiment) near Epinoy laving led his platoon through strong uncut wire under severe fire, continues straight on and although losing heavily from flanking fire, succeeds in reaching his objective where he captures a mchine gun. Later he handles two captured guns with great effect and causes 50 of the enemy to surrender. Subsequently when the enemy again advances in force Sergeant Riggs cheerfully encourages his men exhorting them do resist to the last and while doing so he is killed. For his actions he will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • Multiple battalion commanders
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The grandson of a member of the clergy
  • The grandson of the 15th Viscount Hereford
  • A man whose nephew will be killed in 1945
  • A published author
  • The son of a Member of Parliament
  • The son of a former Member of Parliament
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel John Henry Bridcutt DSO (commanding 2nd Royal Irish Rifles) is killed.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Robert Romney Gordon Kane DSO (commanding 1st Munster Fusiliers) is killed at age 29. He is the son of Judge R R Kane.
  • Major Geoffrey De Bohun Devereux MC (Auckland Regiment) is killed in action at age 28. He is the son of ‘the Honorable’ Henry De Bohun Devereux and grandson of the Reverend Robert Devereux 15th Viscount Hereford. His brother was killed in the South African War.
  • Major Roderick Ogle Bell-Irving DSO MC (Manitoba Regiment) is killed at age 27 during the Battle of Cuvillers, near Cambrai. His battalion is surrounded and unsupported after gaining its objective and is forced to retire. Major Bell-Irving is wounded and suffers a broken leg before being seen to be helped off the field by two Germans as a prisoner.  His body will later be found with a bullet wound to the head.  His nephew will be killed in action in March 1945.
  • Captain William Fowler Templeton (Scots Fusiliers) is killed at age 29. During the war he published a volume entitled Songs of the Ayreshire Regiment.
  • Lieutenant Allan Adam (Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders attached Machine Gun Corps) is killed in action at Marcoing at age 24. He is the younger son of the Reverend James Allan Adam.
  • Lieutenant Norman Bank (King’s Own Scottish Borderers attached Royal Air Force) is killed at age 22. He is the son of Arthur Septimus Bank JP.
  • Second Lieutenant Reginald Horace Mansfield (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds at age 26. His brother was killed last August and they are sons of the former Member of Parliament for Spalding Lincolnshire.
  • Second Lieutenant John Stephen King (Royal Air Force) is killed at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend William Richard Cambridge King Rector of Swainswick.  The original wooden cross which marked his grave in France is now in St Nicholas Church Cholderton  Lost the same day in the 13th squadron is Lieutenant Martin Joseph Sheehan second son of Captain Daniel Desmond Sheehan (known as D D) MP for Mid-Cork, Ireland killed at age 22. He was educated at Christian College, Cork and Mount St. Joseph’s College, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary. He won several prizes in school sports and played for Munster in the Rugby Inter-Provintial Senior College Championships, being described in the Dublin Press as ‘the most brilliant three-quarter back the College had produced for years’. He went to Canada in 1913, and was employed in the Union Bank of Canada at Bassano and Bellevue, Alberta. He joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force as a private in 1915 and won the all-round Athletic Championship of his Division in Nova Scotia. He came overseas with his battalion in 1916, and transferred as a cadet to the Royal Munster Fusiliers, and later obtained his commission. He transferred to the Royal Flying Corps as an observer and saw considerable service in France and Italy with the 13th Squadron. His brother Daniel Joseph Sheehan was killed serving with the Royal Flying Corps on 10th May 1917. Second Lieutenant Robert Ellerton Thompson (Royal Air Force) is killed at age 18.  He is the son of the Reverend H V Thompson.
  • Second Lieutenant Robert Murphy (Irish Rifles) is killed at age 22. His brother was killed in July 1916.
  • Sergeant John Dick (Manitoba Regiment) is killed at age 25. He is one of three brothers, all of whom fell including one who died of wounds in April 1917.
  • Lance Corporal Clifford Kitchen (Sherwood Foresters) is killed at age 31. His brother died of wounds on Malta in September 1915.
  • Private George Chase Ricketts (Manitoba Regiment) is killed in action at age 25. His brother was killed in April 1915.
  • Private William Daniels (Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed at age 27. His brother was killed last October.
  • Private Edwin Fereday (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed on Salonika at age 22. His brother died of wounds in May 1917.
  • Private Lawrence Nuttall (Royal Lancaster Regiment) is killed in action. His two brothers have been previously killed in the Great War.
  • Private Tom Hadley Houghton (Central Ontario Regiment) is killed at Canal du Nord at age 28. His brother was killed in August 1917.
  • Private Cyril Gurl (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed in March 1917.
  • Private Harry Noble Cordiner (Scots Fusiliers) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed last June.

Monday 30 September 1918 We Lost 2,097

Eric Howard Harvey

At 12:00 the Bulgars on Salonika surrender.

On 27th September, when his company commander and all other officers of his company have become casualties, Lieutenant Samuel Lewis Honey (Manitoba Regiment) takes command and skillfully reorganized it under very severe fire. He continued the advance with great dash and gained the objective. Then finding that his company has suffered casualties from enfilade machine-gun fire he located the machine-gun nest and rushed it single-handed, captured the guns and ten prisoners. Subsequently he repeled four counter-attacks and after dark again went out alone and located an enemy post, lead a party which captured the post and three guns. Yesterday he led his company against a strong enemy position with great skill and daring and continued to display the same high example of valor and self-sacrifice. He dies of wounds received today during the last day of the attack by his battalion. For his actions he will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • The brother of a Great War Poet
  • A 10-victory ace
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • A Military Chaplain
  • An Australian Rules footballer

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Cecil Alfred Orton (Royal Garrison Artillery) dies of wounds at home. He is the son of the Reverend Francis Orton Rector of Swyre.
  • Captain Eric Howard Harvey (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed in action at age 28. He is the brother of the war poet Frederick William Harvey.
  • Captain Cecil Vernon Gardner DFC (Royal Air Force) dies of wounds received three days earlier at age 29. He is a ten-victory ace and his brother was killed in May 1917.
  • Lieutenant Harold Doust MC (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 32. His brother was killed last September.
  • Second Lieutenant Harry Hutchinson (King’s Own Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed in November 1916.
  • Chaplain Cecil Alfred Mallett (New Zealand Chaplain’s Department) dies of accidental injuries at age 37.
  • Sergeant Arthur Leslie (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 33. He is the third brother to be killed in the Great War.
  • Lance Corporal Frederick Thomas Stephens MM (Saskatchewan Regiment) is killed at age 23. His brother died on service in the Royal Navy in August last year.
  • Private George Green (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 26. His younger brother was killed in May 1915.
  • Private John Sharp Cameron (Auckland Infantry) is killed. His brother died of wounds in June 1917.
  • Private Clarence Valentine Harris (Newfoundland Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed in November 1917.
  • Private Ernest George Hodder (Central Ontario Regiment) is killed at age 31. His brother was killed last April.
  • Private Denis Kelly (Leinster Regiment) is killed in action at age 20. He has two brothers who have previously been killed while serving in the Leinster Regiment.
  • Bombardier James Duncan Gordon (Australian Field Artillery) is an Australian rules footballer who played with Essendon in the Victoria Football League.
  • Private Griffith Piercy (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed at age 21 exactly four months after his brother was also killed.
  • Signalman George Redvers Victor Slater (HMS Vivid) dies of illness at home at age 18. He is the son of the Reverend Frederick George Slater Vicar of Ince

Saturday 28 September 1918 We Lost 1,992

During the advance to Piccadilly Farm near Wytschaete, Sergeant Louis McGuffie (King’s Own Scottish Borderers) single-handedly enters several enemy dugouts and takes many prisoners.  During subsequent operations he deals similarly with dugout after dugout forcing one officer and twenty-five other ranks to surrender. During the subsequent consolidation of the first objective he pursues and brings back several of the enemy who are slipping away and he is also instrumental in rescuing some of our own soldiers who are being led off as prisoners. Later in the day, while commanding his platoon he leads them in capturing many prisoners.  Sergeant McGuffie will be killed in less than a week during a shelling. For his actions Sergeant will be awarded the Victoria Cross

Captain G B Bailey and Lieutenant Joseph William Greig Clark (Royal Air Force) are detailed to watch and report on progress made by the 57th Division in its advance towards the Schelde Canal.  They reconnoiter the area in front of the infantry from a height of 400 feet and discover that the enemy has withdrawn to the east of the canal.  Realizing that the infantry might advance more rapidly, they drop a message on the advancing men, urging them to press on at once as they will find no opposition. The aircrew then returns to the Division Headquarters and drop a message informing them of their action. On returning to the infantry they notice that they are all advancing hurriedly towards the canal, on reaching which the infantry are able to seize the crossings.  In spite of this the enemy has been able to get into a trench line east of the canal.

Lieutenant Robert Allan Caldwell dives down to 400 feet over Catteniers – then seven to eight miles over the line which he observes to be congested with lorries, guns and limbers.  Flying the streets he drops four bombs separately, each with great affect. He then fires 350 rounds in all at assemblies of troops near Catteniers and on roads westwards. Seeing our troops advancing and skirmishing west of Noyelles, he five times attacks the enemy holding the bridgehead at Noyelles from 100 feet, greatly encouraging our New Zealand troops who are engaged and assisting them to discover the line held by the enemy.

Lieutenant Archie Buchanan (Royal Air Force) in an engagement with fifteen Fokker biplanes, owing to engine trouble is compelled to remain under his flight; he nevertheless accounts for two enemy machines, attacking one under its tail, causing it to crash, and driving another down out of control. Captain Allan Hepburn and Lieutenant Marshall shoot down a Fokker V II near Leuze-Ath.

A German air raid on an allied aerodrome just outside Boulogne scores a direct hit on a dormitory killing 85 men.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Battalion commander
  • A Cambridge football blue
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A son of the late Deputy Inspector General of Police in Jamaica
  • A man killed one day after the 18th anniversary of the day his brother was killed in front of him in the South Africa War
  • A man whose father was killed in the South Africa War
  • The son of Writer to the Signet
  • The brother of a man who was awarded a posthumous Albert Medal for his action last year during the Halifax Explosion
  • A Military Chaplain
  • A former child actor

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Charles James Townshend Stewart DSO (commanding Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry) is killed at age 44.
  • Major William James Gordon Burns DSO (Canadian Field Artillery) is killed by a shell splinter while on a recon at age 28. He is the son of the Reverend Robert N Burns. The James Burns award is presented annually to a student with overall A standing in a Second Year which included 3.0 Science courses at the University of Toronto.
  • Major Denis St George Knox Boswell (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) dies of influenza in Greece at age 24. He is a former Cambridge Football Blue.
  • Major Percival Thomas Priestley (Royal Army Medical Corps) is killed on Salonika at age 30. He is the son of the Reverend Thomas Priestley Vicar of Albrighton.
  • Captain Francis Dobree McCrea (Royal Canadian Regiment) is killed at age 23. He is the son of J McCrea, late Deputy Inspector General of Police, Jamaica.
  • Captain Richard Crawshay Bailey Partridge MC (Shropshire Light Infantry) is killed in action near Havrincourt Wood at age 42. Ironically, one day short of the eighteenth anniversary of the death in action of his brother during a skirmish with the Boers in the South African War in the presence of his brother.
  • Lieutenant John Prosser (Black Watch) is killed at age 29. He is the son of ‘Sir’ John Prosser Writer to the Signet Edinburgh.
  • Lieutenant Wesley Williams Irvine (Manitoba Regiment) is killed at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend S O Irvine.
  • Lieutenant John Noble (Cameron Highlanders attached Machine Gun Corps) is killed in action at age 30. He is a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Science at Glasgow University.
  • Lieutenant George Harvey Rochester MC (Central Ontario Regiment) is killed in action at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend W M Rochester DD.
  • Lieutenant Guy Triggs (Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry) dies on service at home at age 29. His brother was killed in the Halifax explosion of December last year performing acts that won him the Albert Medal.
  • Second Lieutenant Henry Augustine Buckmaster (North Lancashire Regiment) is killed in action at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Charles John Buckmaster Vicar of Hindley.
  • Second Lieutenant Denis Godfrey Eagar (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in May 1915 and they are sons of Captain Edward Boaz Eagar who was killed on 23rd November 1899 at Belmont South Africa.
  • Chaplain William Henry Tomkins attached South Staffordshire Regiment is killed.
  • Private John Walsh (Scots Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 21 one day after his brother has been killed.
  • Private David John Stanley Hixson (Cheshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 19. His brother was killed in March 1915.
  • Private Francis Haraold Van Schepdael (Alberta Regiment) is killed in action at age 28. His brother was killed in April 1915.
  • Private Albert Arthur Taylor (East Kent Regiment) dies of wounds received near Peronne at age 19. His brother was killed in June 1916.
  • Private Oswald Gilbert Darling (Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry) is killed at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend Charles B Darling.
  • Private John Nicholls (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 36. He is the last of three brothers who are killed in the Great War.
  • Private John Herbert Carr (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 33. His brother was killed last December.
  • Private Herbert Smith Peters (Alberta Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother was killed in June 1916.
  • Private Maurice Pollack (Dorset Yeomanry) dies of wounds in Damascus at age 33. He is an accomplished child actor, best known for his performance at Little Lord Fauntleroy in which he first appeared at the Grand Birmingham. His biography will be written by Peter Farrar.

Thursday 12 September 1918 We Lost 915

Arthur George Percival Heywood

SS Galway Castle is torpedoed and sunk one hundred sixty miles from Fastnet out in the Atlantic.  At least twenty-seven are killed. Nursing Sister Constance Addison (South African Military Nursing Service) is killed when she gives up her place in a lifeboat to another passenger. She goes down with the ship. She has two brothers who have been previously killed in the Great War.

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of a Baronet
  • A Nursing sister
  • A family that will lose three children in the Great War
  • A man whose father has previously died of wounds in the Great War
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • The son of a member of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Arthur George Percival Heywood (Manchester Regiment) is killed in action. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Arthur Percival Heywood the Baronet.
  • Second Lieutenant Duncan Francis Charles Adamson (London Regiment) is killed in action at age 21. His father died of wounds received in action as a CQMS in the London Regiment in May 1915.
  • Second Lieutenant Merton Alfred Rose MC (Royal Warwickshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 24. His brother will die of disease in Egypt in September 1919 on service.
  • Rifleman Thomas Mitchell Abernethy (New Zealand Rifle Brigade) is killed in action at age 27. He is the son of the Reverend Christopher Abernethy and his brother was killed in August 1917.
  • Rifleman Frederick William Farrant (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed in action at age 18. His brother died of wounds in November 1916.
  • Private Alfred Cecil Callister (Army Service Corps) dies at home. His brother was killed in April 1918.

Wednesday 11 September 1918 We Lost 543

Today’s losses include:

  • A former All Blacks Rugby footballer
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • The son of a General

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Lawrence Gordon Lyon (Royal Canadian Regiment) is killed in action at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend Paul Lyon Rector of Lower Sapey.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Philip Prideaux Budge DSO (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 36. His older brother killed in July 1916.
  • Lieutenant Arthur Charles Parker (Hussars) dies on service. He is the son of Brigadier General A Parker.
  • Lance Sergeant Ernest Henry Dodd (New Zealand Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 38. He is a former member of the All Blacks Rugby Football Club.
  • Corporal Guy Robert Hurst Maitland-Addison (Machine Gun Corps) becoming the third and final son of Major Alfred Maitland-Addison to be killed in the Great War. He dies at age 33.
  • Private Harold Pashley Davies (Somerset Light Infantry) is killed at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend Edward Davis Vicar of Chevithorne.
  • Private Lawrence Edward Courtney (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 36. He is the son of the Reverend Stanley Thomas Courtney Vicar of Bullington.

Tuesday 10 September 1918 We Lost 721

Captain Allan Hepburn (Royal Air Force) and Second Lieutenant Horace George Eldon shoot down an enemy Fokker D VII north of Douai.

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of an Admiral
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • The brother of a Victoria Cross winner
  • A man whose brother-in-law was killed
  • Multiple women who will lose a husband in the Great War and a son in the Second World War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Aylmer Louis Elliott Fleet (Royal Field Artillery) MC is killed in action at age 29. He is the son of Vice Admiral Henry L Fleet.
  • Captain and Adjutant Charles Edward de la Bere (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed in action. He is the son of the Reverend John de la Bere.
  • Second Lieutenant Frank Bidgood (London Regiment) is killed at age 25. He is the son of R Bidgood JP.
  • Corporal Albert Cairns (Saskatchewan Regiment) dies of wounds at age 23. His brother will be killed in November performing acts that will win him the Victoria Cross.
  • Private Arthur Graney (Sherwood Foresters) is killed in action at age 33 at Serona, Italy. His brother-in-law was killed in June 1917.
  • Private Richard Pearson (New Zealand Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 35. His two brothers have already been killed in the Great War.
  • Private Reginald Smith MM (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed in August 1917.
  • Private William Alfred Kerridge (Durham Light Infantry) is killed at age 30. His brother will die on service in March next year and they are sons of the Reverend Albert Alfred Edward Kerridge Rector of Hawksworth.
  • Private Herbert Hermon Mordecai (East Yorkshire Regiment) is killed. His son will be killed in the Second World War.
  • Private J W Bowron (East Yorkshire Regiment) is killed. His son will be killed in May 1940 at Dunkirk.
  • Private Benjamin Morris Percy Williams (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) is killed at age 26. His son will be killed in the Second World War in May 1944.