Great War Lives Lost

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

Category: Palestine

25 February 1919 We Lost 292

Private E J Maudlin (East Surrey Regiment) dies on active service.  His brother was killed in November 1917 in Palestine.

Monday 24 November 1918 We Lost 523

Dudley John Beaumont

Lieutenant Dudley John Beaumont (Gloucestershire Regiment) age 41 dies during the influenza pandemic. He is a member of the ruling family of Sark. He is the husband of Dame Sibyl Mary Collings Beaumont Hathaway, later 21st Seigneur of Sark, and grandfather of the 22nd Seigneur of Sark. His son a Royal Air Force officer, film producer and the husband of actress Mary Lawson will be killed with his wife on 4th May 1941 during the Liverpool Blitz.

 

Today’s losses include:

  • A member of the Ruling Family of Sark
  • A General
  • The nephew of a General
  • A man whose son will be killed in the Royal Air Force during the Liverpool Blitz in May 1941
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

 

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

 

  • Brigadier General Ernest St George Pratt CB DSO (Durham Light Infantry, Inspector of Infantry Home Forces) dies at home at age 55.
  • Captain Charles Gerard Longmore (Royal Field Artillery) dies on service in Palestine at age 27. He is the son of Colonel ‘Sir’ Charles Elton Longmore KCB.
  • Lieutenant Leo Albert Kiburz (Canadian Railway Troops attached Royal Air Force) dies of pneumonia. He is the nephew of General J W Stewart.
  • Private Redvers V Thoday (Royal Fusiliers) dies in Germany at age 18. His brother was killed in May 1917.
  • Private Charles Badcock (Suffolk Regiment) dies on service in Belgium. His brother died of wounds on 7th July 1916 received the 1st the same day Charles was also wounded.
  • Private Percy Geary (King’s Shropshire Light Infantry) dies on active service at age 25. His brother was killed in March of this year.

Sunday 27 October 1918 We Lost 1,422

Keith MacDonald Scobie

The decisive assault of the Allied armies across the Piave begins.  At 06:45 the 12th Durham Light Infantry begins the advance onto the Green Dotted Line.  Very deep swift water is found in the most northerly area of the Piave and while wading this, the battalion suffers heavily from machine gun fire, the leading company losing nearly half its strength.  The Companies reorganize and press forward only to be held up by uncut wire close to the objective, which is strongly held.  The wire is cut most gallantly by various parties.  The battalion presses on, and C Company captures the first objective Blue Dotted Line, (the road from C Padovan to C Benedetti).  Here orders are received that as the Italians on the left of the brigade have failed to cross the Piave, no further advance is to be made. The battalion suffers 29 officers and men killed, 114 wounded and eleven missing.

During the morning, Major William George Barker (Royal Air Force) observes an enemy two-seater over the Foret de Mormal.  He attacks this machine and after a short burst it breaks up in the air.  At the same time a Fokker biplane attacks him, and he is wounded in the right thigh, but manages, despite this, to shoot down the enemy airplane in flames.  He then finds himself in the middle of a large formation of Fokkers who attack him from all directions, and he is again severely wounded in the left thigh, but he succeeds in driving down two of the enemy in a spin.  He loses consciousness then, and his machine falls out of control.  On recovery he finds himself being again attacked heavily by a large formation and singling out one machine he deliberately charges and drives it down in flames. During this fight his left elbow is shattered and he again faints, and on regaining consciousness he finds himself still being attacked, but notwithstanding that he is now severely wounded in both legs and his left arm shattered he dives on the nearest machine and shoots it down in flames.  Being greatly exhausted, he dives out of the fight to regain our lines, but is met by another formation, which attacks and endeavors to cut him off, but after a hard fight he succeeds in breaking up this formation and reaches our lines, where he crash-lands.  This combat, in which Major Barker destroys four enemy machines (three of them in flames), brings his total successes to fifty enemy machines destroyed, and is a notable example of the exceptional bravery and disregard of danger which this very gallant officer has always displayed throughout his distinguished career.  For this action he will be awarded the Victoria Cross.

Lieutenant Earl Frederick Crabb (Royal Air Force) having crashed an enemy machine, then goes to the assistance of one of our own that is being attacked, and materially helps to shoot the enemy down.  In addition to the above he has accounted for three other machines and assisted in crashing a fourth.

Second Lieutenant Keith MacDonald Scobie (Royal Garrison Artillery attached Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed at age 21.  His brother was killed in action in July 1916 and he is a Great War Poet.

Lunae

Have you ridden alone in the country ever

By the dusty light of the harvest-moon?

Cycled intent in a vain endeavor

To match your speed to your soul’s quick tune

When there’s never a sound to break the magic;

For the tyres; crisp whir on the powdered road

And the hoot of an oul in the distance, tragic,

Are pricking your heart with a fairy goad?

Then the hawthorn hedges, sweet dissembling,

Stealthily close on your path, till fear

Of their dense bulk looms; and your heartsick trembling

Shakes into stillness as you swing clear.

Then the high haw-hedges furious will bide,

Drawing back from the light of the moon:

But the black trees haste down the silver hillside.

You know in your hear that you laughed too soon.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Great War Poet
  • A battalion commander
  • The son of a Field Marshall
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • A 7-victory ace
  • A former police constable
  • A man whose wife is widowed a second time by the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Ashton Alexander St Hill DSO (commanding 11th Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed in Italy at age 44.
  • Major James Boswell Egerton (Indian Cavalry) is killed in action at age 38 in Mesopotamia. He served in the Somali Expedition and on the North West Frontier of India and is the son of the late Field Marshall ‘Sir’ Charles Egerton who also lost a son in April of this year.
  • Captain George Pomeroy Sterling DSO (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed in action in Italy at age 23. He is the son of the late Reverend Canon Sterling of the CMS Gaza Palestine.
  • Lieutenant (Temporary Captain) Guy Wilbraham Wareing DFC (Royal Flying Corps) a seven-victory ace is shot down and killed at age 19.
  • Lieutenant Robert Lukyns Williams (Indian Cavalry) is killed at age 24. His brother was killed in December 1915.
  • Private Percival Henry Onyett (West Surrey Regiment) is killed at age 25 in Italy. His brother died of wounds in Eygpt in November 1917.
  • Gunner Alfred James Hyder (Royal Garrison Artillery) dies of influenza at age 29. He is a former police constable.
  • Private William Hall (Newfoundland Regiment) dies on service. His brother was killed in October 1916.
  • Private Bryen Sidney Smither (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed in Italy at age 20. His widow was widowed in March 1915 when her then husband was killed.
  • Private John Morris (Devonshire Regiment) dies on service after a serious operation. His brother was killed in August 1916.
  • Able Seaman James J Toole (HMS Lion) dies of pneumonia at age 19. His brother was killed in July 1916.
  • Driver Alf Rayner (Royal Field Artillery) becomes the third brother to be killed in successive Octobers.

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.

Tuesday 15 October 1918 We Lost 1,107

Submarine J6

The submarine J6 (Lieutenant Commander Geoffrey Warburton) is lying on the surface outside Blythe.  The Q-ship Cymric is in the area and has already encountered two British submarines this day.  At 16:00 a third submarine is spotted closing to have what Cymric thinks is a good look before attacking.  The Cymric at once goes to action stations believing the submarine to be the German U-boat U-6.  As shells pour into the submarine the signalman attempts to hoist a recognition signal but is killed.  J6 attempts to lose the Q-ship by entering a fog bank but Cymric follows and finds the submarine settling in the water. It is only when survivors are picked up that the mistake becomes clear. Sixteen of her crew are killed.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Baronet
  • Families that will lose two, three and four sons in the Great War
  • A Military Chaplain
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain ‘Sir’ Walter Randolph FitzRoy Farquhar (Royal Field Artillery) the 5th Baronet is killed at age 40.
  • Cadet Claude Vivian Grigson (Cadet Wing – Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed at home at age 18. His two brothers have been previously killed in the Great War and they are sons of the Reverend William Suckforth Grigson Vicar of Pelynt.
  • Chaplain George Southey Pardoe dies on service in Jerusalem at age 41.
  • Gunner Herbert Colles Kennedy (Royal Field Artillery) dies at home of illness at age 19. He is the son of the Very Reverend Herbert Brownlow Kennedy Dean of Christ Church Dublin.
  • Sergeant William Shells (Durham Light Infantry) is killed at age 25. His brother was killed exactly six months ago.
  • Sapper James Henry Jarvis (Canadian Engineers) is killed at age 37. His four brothers are also killed in the War.

Thursday 10 October 1918 We Lost 1,657

Royal Mail Ship S S Leinster (Captain William Birch) operated by the City of Dublin Steam Packet Company, serving as the Dublin-Holyhead mail-boat is torpedoed by the U-boat UB-123.  Having departed the Dublin ferry port at Kingstown (now re-named Dun Laoghaire) she is sunk just outside Dublin Bay at a point four miles east of the Kish light.  When she goes down 501 people perished — the greatest single loss of life at sea in the Irish Sea.  Despite many previous requests for a naval escort the Admiralty relied on the Leinster’s speed as her only protection from U-boat attack. She had been unsuccessfully attacked before but the torpedoes missed their target.

On her final morning she carries a crew of 77 and 694 passengers, of whom 500 are soldiers.  Initially UB-123 fires two torpedoes; one misses, passing harmlessly across the ship’s bow, but the other strikes the Leinster mid-ship forward of the bridge.  The ship begins to settle very slowly bow down in the water. In response to her distress call the British destroyers HMS Lively and HMS Mallard go to her assistance.  It is believed that at this stage she could have been saved by being towed back into Dublin or Dun Laoghaire harbour but the captain of the submarine decides to administer the coup de grace and finish her off with a third torpedo.  This he does as the Leinster continues taking on water and is disembarking her passengers into the lifeboats in rough seas. One hundred seventy-six of the 757 people on board are lost, including

  • Captain Birch who has been wounded in the initial attack and drowns when the lifeboat he is in swamps in heavy seas and capsizes while trying to transfer survivors to HMS Mallard. Others killed include
  • Lieutenant Commander George Richard Colin Campbell (Royal Navy Compass Department) age 34 the superintendent of the Magnetic Compass Department and inventor of the Campbell-Bennett aperiodic compass who is travelling with his wife and 4½ year old daughter. All are lost. He is the son of the Reverend Edward F Campbell.
  • Clerk shorthand typist Josephine Carr (Women’s Royal Naval Service) killed at age 19 after being in the service less than 30 days. She is the first WREN killed on active service.
  • Able Seaman David White (HMS Pembroke) is lost at age 41. His wife is pregnant and will name their son George Paul Leinster White.
  • Lieutenant Anchitel Edward Fletcher Boughey (Rifle Brigade) drowns at age 26. He is the son of the Reverend Anchitel Harry Fletcher Boughey (Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge).
  • Captain Harold Locke (Irish Regiment) is killed at age 45. He is the son of Frederick Locke DL JP.
  • Captain Robert Ernest Lee (Royal Army Medical Corps) is killed at age 35. His brother was killed in action on Gallipoli in August 1915 and they are sons of the late Edward Lee JP.
  • Second Lieutenant Douglas Gilbert Hayward Aldworth (Berkshire Regiment) is killed at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend Arthur Ernest Aldworth Vicar of Laverstock.
  • J Shaw-Jones dies of injuries received in the sinking. He is a veteran of the South Africa War and rejoined the army at the outbreak of the Great War and was wounded twice and invalided out. He then worked in the Factory Audit Department of the Ministry of Munitions and was returning from a business trip.
  • Corporal Samuel Eddy (Welsh Regiment) is killed at age 25. His brother was killed in action earlier this year.

 Today’s losses include:

  • The co-inventor or the Campbell-Bennett aperiodic compass with his wife and young son
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The first WREN (Women’s Royal Navy Service) member killed in action
  • Multiple sons of Justices of the Peace
  • A twice wounded discharge veteran currently working in the Department of Ministry of Munitions
  • Multiple battalion commanders
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • The son of a Member of Parliament

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel George Ernest Beaty-Pownall DSO (Border Regiment commanding 1st King’s Own Scottish Borderers) dies of wounds at age 41. His brother has been killed in March 1917.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Philip Edward Kelly (Royal Irish Fusiliers commanding 9th (North Irish Horse) Royal Irish Fusiliers) is killed at age 29.
  • Lieutenant Colonel George Bissett DSO MC (commanding 1st Royal Scots Fusiliers) is killed at age 28.
  • Major Leonard Coulthard Hill MC (Royal Field Artillery attached Fourth Army Artillery School) is accidentally killed at age 31. He is the son of the Reverend Percival Oakley Hill.
  • Captain Kenneth Sutherland Rudd (West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 24. He is the son of Prebendary Eric John Sutherland Rudd Rector of Souldern.
  • Captain George Goldon Dilliway (Army Service attached Camel Transport Corps) is killed in Palestine at age 28. His brother was killed on the first day of the battle of the Somme.
  • Captain Robert Chaworth-Musters MC (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) dies at home. His two brothers have previously been killed in action in the Great War.
  • Lieutenant John Hackett (HMS Nimrod) dies of illness at home. He is the son of the Reverend John Hackett Rector of Orlingbury.
  • Lieutenant Richard Henry Hocken (Canadian Light Horse Regiment) is killed at age 26. He is the son of H C Hocken MP.
  • Lieutenant John Carruth (Dublin Fusiliers attached Irish Rifles) dies of wounds. His brother was killed in September 1916.
  • Second Lieutenant Victor James French (Irish Guards) is killed in action at age 20. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Somerset French KCMG.
  • Driver George Lawrence (Royal Garrison Artillery) dies of pneumonia at age 20. His brother died of wounds in July 1916.
  • Private Frederick William Knight (Lord Strathcona’s Horse) is killed in action at age 22. His brother was killed in May of this year.
  • Private Maurice Rudolph Hannam (Royal Air Force) dies on service in Canada at age 18. His brother was killed in November 1916 and the boys came from Brooklyn New York.
  • Private James Samuel Griffiths (Manchester Regiment) is killed. His brother was killed in July 1916.
  • Private Herbert Bennett (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed in Mesopotamia at age 33. One brother died of wounds as a prisoner of war in August 1917 while a second died of wounds at home in September 1916.

Tuesday 8 October 1918 We Lost 2,486

 

William Herbert Waring VC

Captain Allan Hepburn and Second Lieutenant Horace George Eldeon shoot down a Fokker D VII southwest of Cambrai.

Beirut is occupied by the 7th (Meerut) Division with French ships are already in the harbor.

Sergeant William Herbert Waring (Royal Welsh Fusiliers) leads an attack against enemy machine guns and, in face of devastating fire from the flank and front, rushes a strong point singlehanded, bayoneting four of the garrison and capturing twenty others with their guns; then under heavy shell and machine gun fire, he re-organizes his men, leads and inspires them for another 400 yards, when he falls mortally wounded. For his action he will be awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • A battalion commander
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • Multiple families that will lose two, three and four sons in the Great War
  • A Military Chaplain
  • A Civilian Chaplain
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The daughter of a member of the clergy
  • A schoolmaster
  • The son of a Baronet
  • A man whose father died on service
  • A man who lose both a brother and sister on service
  • A Bradford and Brighton footballer

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel George Despard Franks CMG DSO (commanding 19th Hussars) is killed at age 45. He is the son of Matthew Franks DL JP.
  • Major Gerald Messervy MC (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 28. He is the second of two brothers who are killed in the war along with a cousin who was killed in 1915.
  • Captain Eustace Hammick MC (Indian Infantry) dies on service in Egypt at age 29. His brother died on service in India in May 1916.
  • Captain James Arthur Jones (South Wales Borderers) is killed at age 28. He is the son of the Reverend James Jones Vicar of Llandebie.
  • Captain Philip de Malpas Wayne Egerton (Hussars) is killed in action at age 23. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Philip Henry Brian Grey Egerton the 12th Baronet, his brother was killed in November 1914.
  • Lieutenant Arthur Charles Fleming Griffith (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed at age 21. He is the son of the Very Reverend C E T Griffith the Dean of Llandaff.
  • Sub Lieutenant F C Harry (Hawke Battalion, Royal Naval Division, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) is killed in action at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Lewis T Harry.
  • Second Lieutenant Gordon Eyre Baxter (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed in April 1915 on Gallipoli.
  • Chaplain William Evans Jones (attached Welsh Fusiliers) dies on service at age 24.
  • Civilian Chaplain “the Reverend” Joseph George Aldridge (Young Men’s Christian Association) dies at the front at age 45.
  • Driver Mildred Constance Davis (French Red Cross Society) dies on service at age 25. She is the daughter of the Reverend Edward Smith Davis.
  • Corporal Louis Henry Foxworthy (Devonshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 31. His brother will die in December 1918 from war service after being discharge.
  • Private Ivor Jenkins (Welsh Regiment) is killed in action. He has had two brothers and a brother-in-law previously killed in the Great War.
  • Rifleman Thomas Caesar Kelly (New Zealand Rifle Brigade) is killed in action at age 28. His brother died in June 1918.
  • Private George Wheeler (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed in action. His two brothers will also die serving in the forces, the first in December of this year in Germany the second when HMS Courageous is sunk in September 1939 while serving in the Royal Marines.
  • Private John Richard Dolman (Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in August 1915.
  • Private Horace Dean (Hertfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 26. He is the former Scoutmaster for Berkhamsted.
  • Sapper E J Mellon (Royal Engineers) died in Damascus. His two brothers have already lost their lives in the Great War.
  • Private Maurice Zimmerman (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 33 in Palestine becoming the fourth brother to be killed since August 1916.
  • Private Robert Lennox Butcher (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 19. His father died at home on service in 1915.
  • Trooper Arthur Juniper (Guards Machine Gun Regiment) dies of wounds. His brother died of wounds in April 1918 and their sister Nurse Emily died on board a ship.
  • Gunner James Smith (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 29. He is a footballer who scored 49 goals in 90 appearances for Bradford after scoring 37 goals in 59 appearances for Brighton.
  • Private Raymond Pickford (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed at age 24. His brother will die of wounds in less than three weeks.

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.

Monday 23 September 1918 We Lost 631

Auriol Ernest Eric Lowry

The Mysore and Jodhpur Lancers capture Haifa.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple Battalion Commanders
  • Multiple son of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • A man whose only nephews will be killed in the Second World War
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Auriol Ernest Eric Lowry (commanding 2nd West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at Arleux at age 25. His brother Cyril died of wounds in his arms in March of this year and their oldest brother was killed in June 1915 on Gallipoli. Also their only nephews and sons of their sister will be killed in Burma in World War II.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Charles Edward Ridley Holroyd Smyth DSO MC (Dragoon Guards, commanding 15th Durham Light Infantry) dies of wounds at home received during an attack at Villers Guislain at age 36. He is the son of Colonel and Lady Holroyd Smith.
  • Lieutenant Colonel James Meldrum Knox DSO (commanding 1st/7th Royal Warwickshire Regiment) is killed in action in Italy at age 40. He is the son of James Knox JP.
  • Captain Henry Russell Weeks (Welsh Regiment) dies of wounds received five days before at age 24. His brother died of wounds last November.
  • Captain Philip Pipon Braithwaite (Indian Army Reserve of Officers attached Jacob’s Horse) is killed in Palestine at age 38. He is the son of Canon Philip Richard Pipon Braithwaite.
  • Captain George Ernest Cornaby MC (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend W Arthur Cornaby.
  • Lieutenant Cyril Robert Nichols (East Surrey Regiment attached Trench Mortar Battery) is killed. His brother died of wounds in October 1916.
  • Flight Cadet Harold Kingsley Percival (Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed at age 28. He is the son of the Reverend G C Percival.
  • Signal Boy Arnold Augustus Flory (HMS Eaglet, Royal Naval Reserve) dies at home at age 16. His two brothers were killed in action earlier this year.  The three boys are sons of the Reverend Henry William Flory Vicar of St Matthew’s Littleport.
  • Private Frank Peters (Suffolk Regiment) is killed in action at age 32 His brother was killed in November 1916.
  • Private Thomas Charles Burley (Leicestershire Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed last October

Sunday 22 September 1918 We Lost 652

John Winnington DSO

British forces seize passages of Jordan north of the Dead Sea and close the enemy’s last means of escape, 25,000 prisoners and 260 guns are taken. Two Turkish armies are virtually wiped out.

  • Lieutenant Colonel John Francis Sartorius Winnington DSO (commanding 1st/4th Northamptonshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 42. He was on the first team for the Worcester Cricket Club in 1908.

The trawler Elise (Skipper Henry James) blows up two miles northeast of St Mary’s Lighthouse, Blyth while escorting a convoy when struck by a torpedo fired by UB-34. Fourteen are killed including her skipper and Seaman Cecil Robert Sharman at age 20 whose brother was killed in March 1916.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Battalion Commander
  • A Worcester cricketer
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons (including twins) in the Great War
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • An Australian Rules footballer
  • A man whose son will be killed in the Second World War
  • A champion biliards player

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Frederick Hoysted Bradley DSO (Royal Army Medical Corps attached 15th Field Ambulance) is killed at age 34. He is the son of the Reverend Canon W H Bradley.
  • Captain John Sutcliffe Jowett (Manchester Regiment) dies of wounds received in action on 18th August at age 24. He served with the East Lancashire Regiment at Gallipoli and had a twin brother who died of wounds in June 1916.
  • Captain Keith Andrews Brown (Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother will die in November.
  • Lance Corporal William Martin Rogers (Australian Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 25. He is a former Australian rules footballer who played three games with Carlton in 1913.
  • Private Frederick Thomas Clapham (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed at age 38. His son will be killed in the Second World War.
  • Private Frederick Holt (Welsh Guards) is killed at age 33. His is a champion billiards player.