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Category: Palestine

Friday 20 September 1918 We Lost 974

Arthur Richard Careless Sanders

Lieutenant George Poole and Sergeant Charles Hill (Royal Air Force) shoot down two Fokker D VII’s, the first southeast of Capinghern, the second which they share the victory with Lieutenant Kenneth Conn and Lieutenant Walter Grant, along with Captain Edgar Johnston and Second Lieutenant Bruce Digby-Worsley, southeast of Quesnoy.

Today’s losses include:

  • A General
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Brigadier General Arthur Richard Careless Sanders CMG DSO (50th Brigade, 17th Division) is killed in action at age 41. He is killed by machine gun fire while on the way back to brigade headquarters after visiting posts in Quentin Redoubt.
  • Captain Archibald Ballantine Henderson Dunlop MC (Cambridgeshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 23. His brother was killed in November 1917.
  • Lieutenant Arthur Gwynne Hughes-Davies MC (Royal Welsh Fusiliers attached Machine Gun Corps) dies on service in Palestine at age 36. He is the son of the Reverend Thomas Hughes-Davies Vicar of Bettus Cedewain.
  • Lieutenant Waldo Esmond Warne-Smith MC (Australian Infantry) is killed in action at age 23. His older brother has been killed in action in August 1916.
  • Lieutenant Noel Groom (Yorkshire Regiment) is killed. His brother was killed in May 1917.
  • Second Lieutenant John Eric Cox Guest (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed at age 22 in Italy. He is the son of the Reverend Edward Albert Guest and is considered an architectural student with great promise.
  • Private Cecil Fred Brook (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) dies of wounds at age 18. His only brother will die of his wounds at home in 1920.

Thursday 19 September 1918 We Lost 1,856

The 65th Brigade attacks the ‘Pip Ridge’ leading to another defeat with only half of the men returning alive. But the assault gains the town of Doiran and a few hills above it.

Sergeant Thomas Charles Benfield (Leicestershire Regiment) is killed by a sniper’s bullet at age 29.  He was a footballer who played for Leicester being made famous for being the first person to score a goal at Arsenal Stadium netting an early goal in Leicester’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of Arsenal in a Second Division match on 6 September 1913.  He was Leicester’s leading scorer in that season before moving on to Derby County where he helped them win the 1914 Second Division title.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Leiceter footballer
  • Multiple battalion commanders
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Ronald Falconar-Stewart DSO (commanding 12th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) is killed at age 35. His brother was killed in July 1916.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Allan Armstrong DSO (commanding 1st/4th Wiltshire Regiment) is killed in Palestine at age 42.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Edward Stephen Gibbons DSO (Middlesex Regiment commanding 7th Highland Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 35. He is the son of ‘Sir’ William KCB and Lady Gibbons.
  • Major Frederick William Scougal MC (Cameronians) is killed in Greece at age 34 one day after his brother was killed in Belgium. They are sons of HM Senior Chief Inspector of Training Colleges Scotland.
  • Captain Ronald Alexander Murray (Royal Scots Fusiliers) dies on active service in Greece at age 24. His brother was killed in September 1916.
  • Second Lieutenant Kenneth Curling Doddrell (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed in Palestine. He is the son of the Reverend Curling Finzel Doddrell Rector of English Bicknor.
  • Second Lieutenant Edward Gerald Palmer Fenn (Welsh Fusiliers attached Essex Regiment) is killed by a sniper at age 24 at Kefe Kasim Palestine. He is the son of Dr. Edward Leveing Fenn JP.
  • Private James McKee (Border Regiment) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed in August 1915 on Gallipoli.
  • Private Albert Bert Goodman (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed at age 18. His brother was killed in May 1915.
  • Private Arthur Vincent E Moxey (Dorsetshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 19. His brother was killed in April 1916.
  • Private John Rayner Williams (Shropshire Light Infantry) is killed at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend John Williams Rector of St Margaret’s Port of Spain Trinidad.

Monday 2 September 1918 We Lost 3,129

Hugh McIver VC

Private Francis Turbutt Earley (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) dies of wounds received the previous day in the chest at age 19.  The young journalist wrote his last letter home the afternoon that he would later be wounded on.

My Dear Father,                                                                                                                 It is a strange feeling to me but a very real one, that every letter now that I write home to you or to the little sisters may be the last that I shall write or you read.  I do not want you to think that I am depressed; indeed on the contrary, I am very cheerful. But out here, in odd moments the realization comes to me of how close death is to us. A week ago I was talking with a man, a Catholic, from Preston, who had been out here for nearly four years, untouched. He was looking forward with certainty to going on leave soon.  And now he is dead – killed in a moment during our last advance.  Well it was God.  I say this to you because I hope that you will realize, as I do, the possibility of the like happening to myself.  I feel glad myself that I can look the fact in the face without fear or misgiving.  Much as I hope to live thro’ it all for your sakes and my little sisters!  I am quite prepared to give my life as so many have done before me.

Lieutenant James Pomeroy Cavers and Lieutenant F D Travers (Royal Air Force) share a victory over an enemy aircraft on the Balkan front.

Lieutenant Colonel Richard Annesley West (North Irish Horse commanding 6th Tank Corps) VC DSO MC is killed at Vaulx-Vraucourt at age 40.  He is a veteran of the South Africa War. He arrives at the front line when the enemy is delivering a local counter-attack. The infantry battalion has suffered heavy officer casualties and realizing the danger if they give way, and despite the enemy being almost upon them, Colonel West rides up and down in face of certain death, encouraging the men. He is eventually riddled with bullets and killed on the spot. For his actions today and previously at Courcelles he will be awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously.

At Pronville, France, Chief Petty Officer George Henry Prowse (Drake Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) leads a small party of men against an enemy strong-point, capturing it, together with 23 prisoners and 5 machine-guns. On three other occasions he displays great heroism in dealing with difficult and dangerous situations, and at one time he dashes forward and attacks and captures two machine-gun posts, killing six of the enemy and taking 13 prisoners and two machine-guns. He is the only survivor of this gallant party, but his action enabled the battalion to push forward in comparative safety. For his actions he will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross as he will be killed in twenty-five days at age 32.

Private Hugh McIver VC MM (Royal Scots) is killed at age 28 near Courcelles ten days after performing acts that will result in him being awarded the Victoria Cross.  On 23rd August 1918 east of Courcelle-le Compte, France, he was employed as a company-runner and under heavy artillery and machine-gun fire carried messages regardless of his own safety. Single-handed he pursued an enemy scout into a machine-gun post and having killed six of the garrison, captured 20 prisoners and two machine-guns. Later he succeeded, at great personal risk, in stopping the fire of a British tank which was directed in error against our own troops.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple Victoria Cross winners
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • A Vancouver Police Department Constable
  • A 10-victory ace
  • The son of the town of Inchinman School Master
  • A Vaudeville acrobat
  • A man whose father was killed in the South Africa War
  • A young journalist

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Thomas Barker Merrick MC (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend W B Merrick.
  • Lieutenant Eric Drummond-Hay (Manitoba Regiment) is killed in action at age 20. His brother was killed less than three weeks before.
  • Lieutenant Alex Campbell-Johnston (Manitoba Regiment) is killed at age 18. He enlisted at age 15 and his brother will be killed tomorrow.
  • Lieutenant John Elliott (Manitoba Regiment) is killed in action at age 29. He was a constable for the Vancouver Police Department.
  • Lieutenant Alexander Wilson Milligan (British Columbia Regiment) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed in March of this year.
  • Lieutenant Valentine St Barbe Collins (Royal Air Force) is killed at age 24. He is a 10 victory ace.
  • Lieutenant Walton Downing Thompson (Welsh Fusiliers attached Highland Light Infantry) dies of wounds received in action one week prior at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend Frank Thompson.
  • Lieutenant Leonard Widlake Dean (New Zealand Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 26. He is the son of the Reverend Oliver Dean.
  • Second Lieutenant Ralph Frederick Talbot (Royal Air Force) is killed at age 20. His brother died of wounds in July 1915.
  • Second Lieutenant Kenneth Clark Crawford (Scots Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 35. He is the son of the School Headmaster of the town of Inchinnan.
  • Second Lieutenant Horace Walter Hill (Berkshire Regiment) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
  • CSM Andrew Aitken (Black Watch) dies of wounds at age 39. His brother died of wounds in December of last year in Palestine.
  • Private Bertram Eldridge (Sussex Regiment, Sussex Yeomanry) is killed at age 22. His brother was killed in April of this year.
  • Private P Spivey (Yorkshire and Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 25. His brother was killed last April.
  • Private Frederick Newland (London Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed serving on HMS Lion at Jutland.
  • Private Robert George Hassall (Saskatchewan Regiment) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Thomas Lionel George Hassall Rector of Rearsby.
  • Private Wilfred Tompkins (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 20. He is an acrobat on the vaudeville stage.
  • Private Alfred Clinton Totty (Manitoba Regiment0 is killed at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend Benjamin Totty of Moosehide Mission Dawson Yukon.
  • Private Harold Heathman (Irish Fusiliers) is killed at age 18. His brother was killed in September 1916.
  • Private Arthur Downs Sales (Sussex Regiment) is killed at age 19. His father was killed serving in the Inniskilling Dragoons in the South African War.
  • Private Ernest Clough (Cheshire Regiment) is killed at age 31. His brother was killed in October 1916.

Tuesday 13 August 1918 We Lost 514

Lieutenant (Acting Captain) Eugene Seeley Coler and Second Lieutenant C W Gladman (Royal Air Force) while on escort duty dive on a formation of twenty enemy airplanes.  In the engagement that follows the pilot destroys three and his observer two, making a total of five machines destroyed in this fight.

During an enemy counter-attack, Sergeant Robert Spall’s (Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry) platoon is isolated. There upon Sergeant Spall takes a Lewis gun and, standing on the parapet, fires upon the advancing enemy, inflicting very severe casualties. He then comes down the trench directing the men into a sap seventy-five yards from the enemy. Picking up another Lewis gun, this gallant NCO again climbs the parapet, and by his fire holds up the enemy. While holding up the enemy at this point that he is killed. For his actions this day Sergeant Spall will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • A 29-victory ace
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • The son of the Comte and Comtesse de Folle
  • The father of the man who will be the Head of the Home Civil Service 1974-77

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Charles Dawson Booker (Royal Air Force) dies of wounds received at age 21. He is a 29-victory ace.
  • Lieutenant Richard Daunteshey Colnett (Essex Regiment attached Punjabi) is killed in Palestine at age 24. He is the son of the Rector of Willingale Spain, Essex.
  • Private William James De Tolle-Swain (Vicomte De Tolle) (London Regiment) dies of injuries received in rescuing three men from drowning at age 19. He is the only son of the Comte and Comtesse de Folle.
  • Private Albert John Allen (Sussex Regiment) is killed in action. He is the father of Douglas Albert Vivian Allen a politician and civil servant and Head of the Home Civil Service from 1974 to 1977.

Wednesday 24 July 1918 We Lost 562

Philip Scott Burge

During ‘surprise’ operations it is necessary to destroy an impassable wire block. Sergeant Richard Charles Travis DCM MM (Otago Regiment) regardless of personal danger, volunteers for this duty. Before zero hour, in broad daylight and in close proximity to enemy posts he crawls out and successfully destroys the block with bombs, thus enabling the attacking parties to pass through. A few minutes later a bombing party on the right of the attack is held up by two enemy machine guns, and the success of the whole operation is in danger. Perceiving this Sergeant Travis with great gallantry and utter disregard of danger, rushes the position, killing the crews and capturing the guns. An enemy officer and three men immediately rush at him from a bend in the trench and attempt to retake the guns. These four he kills single handed, thus allowing the bombing party on which much depends to advance. For his actions this day he will be awarded a posthumous Victoria as he will be killed tomorrow.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • The godson of a member of the clergy
  • A 12-victory ace
  • An 11-victory ace

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Richard Francis Montague Buller (Middlesex Regiment) is killed at age 33. His brother will die on service in September in Palestine.
  • Captain Robert Kenneth Drummond MC (Cameron Highlanders) dies of wounds received in action at Buzancy the previous day at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend Robert J Drummond DD (Minister of Lothian Road United Free Church, Edinburgh) who lost another son in July 1916.
  • Captain Philip Scott Burge MC MM (Royal Air Force) is shot down and killed west of Seclin. He is an 11-victory ace.
  • Captain John Steele Ralston (Royal Air Force) MC DFC a 12 victory ace is killed in action at age 31.
  • Lieutenant John Perkins Sworder (Royal West Surrey Regiment attached Herefordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 28. His brother was killed in July 1917.
  • Lieutenant Colin Blomfield Frost (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 28. He is the godson of the late Reverend Blomfield Jackson.
  • Lieutenant Leonard Gustav Byng MC (Grenadier Guards) is killed at age 30. His brother was killed in May 1915.
  • Flight Cadet Duncan Garden (Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed in England at age 19. He is the middle of three brothers who will be killed in the war, the last also a Cadet in the Royal Air Force in less three months.
  • Private Charles Cameron Ross (Black Watch) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed in July 1917.
  • Private Jack Miller (Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in January 1916.

Monday 22 July 1918 We Lost 435

Near Armentieres, Major Edward Corringham Mannock destroys an enemy tri-plane from a height of 10,000 feet.

Today’s losses include:

  • The first Indian flying ace ever and only one of the Great War
  • A 19-victory ace
  • A 15-victory ace
  • A Military Chaplain
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A suicide

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel John Henry Morris Arden DSO (Worcestershire Regiment attached Royal Air Force) commits suicide at age 43 in Cairo. He is the son of the Reverend Henry Arden a missionary author. He served in the South African War and the Sudan Campaign of 1912. He was awarded the DSO for conspicuous gallantry at Neuve Chapelle on 12th March 1915.
  • Captain Harold Thomas Mellings (Royal Air Force) is killed in action south of Ostend after recording his last two victories this morning. The fifteen victory ace dies at age 20.
  • Lieutenant Gilbert Richard Barnard (Cape Forces South African Infantry) is killed at age 19 in Jerusalem. He is the son of the Reverend Gilbert William Barnard.
  • Second Lieutenant Francois Joseph Belley MC AFC (Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed at age 24. He is the son of the Honorable L G Belley KC.
  • Second Lieutenant Indra Lal Roy (Royal Air Force) is killed in action when his plane goes down in flames over Carvin during a dogfight. The only Indian ace of the Great War dies at age 19 scoring ten victories in two-week period earlier in this month.
  • Chaplain Charles Watson dies on service in the Middle East at age 51.

Friday 19 July 1918 We Lost 654

William Alexander Cosgrove

At 03:14 three Sopwith Camels take off from HMS Furious in the first ever air raid launched from an aircraft carrier. The raid on the Zeppelin sheds at Tondern has been delayed for some weeks due to bad weather.  Each aircraft carries two specially made 60-pound Cooper bombs.  The second flight of four aircraft departs HMS Furious at 03:22 but only three reach Tondern as one aircraft suffers severe engine trouble and is forced to return to the fleet where the pilot is successfully picked up, though is aircraft is destroyed when the rescuing destroyer runs in over.  There is no protecting enemy fighter aircraft at the base, although ground fire is intense.  Two Zeppelins, L54 and L60, are destroyed in huge explosions in one of the three sheds at the base.  Clouds and poor visibility may be a contributing factor to only one other aircraft returning safely to a British ship.  One pilot drowns when he presumably runs out of fuel and has to ditch. Three other pilots are forced to land or ditch in Denmark where they are interned.

Near Merville, Captain Edward Corringham Mannock, fires 80 rounds into an Albatross two-seater, which then goes to the ground in flames.

At 03:14 three Sopwith Camels take off from HMS Furious in the first ever air raid launched from an aircraft carrier. The raid on the Zeppelin sheds at Tondern has been delayed for some weeks due to bad weather. Each aircraft carries two specially made 60-pound Cooper bombs. The second flight of four aircraft departs HMS Furious at 03:22 but only three reach Tondern as one aircraft suffers severe engine trouble and is forced to return to the fleet where the pilot is successfully picked up, though is aircraft is destroyed when the rescuing destroyer runs in over. There is no protecting enemy fighter aircraft at the base, although ground fire is intense. Two Zeppelins, L54 and L60, are destroyed in huge explosions in one of the three sheds at the base. Clouds and poor visibility may be a contributing factor to only one other aircraft returning safely to a British ship. One pilot drowns when he presumably runs out of fuel and has to ditch. Three other pilots are forced to land or ditch in Denmark where they are interned.
Near Merville, Captain Edward Corringham Mannock, fires 80 rounds into an Albatross two-seater, which then goes to the ground in flames.
HMS Garry twice rams sinks the German submarine UB-110. For his actions during this affair her commanding officer, Lieutenant Commander Charles Herbert Lightoller will be awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. The damage to the Garry is so severe that she just bareGly gets back to dry dock. Commander Lightoller was the Second Officer of RMS Titanic on her maiden voyage in 1912.
The submarine E34 (Lieutenant Richard Ivor Pulleyne DSO DSC age 28) is lost with all thirty one hands in the North Sea through unknown causes.
The Turks and Germans mount a brief attack at Abu Tellul near the Jordan, but are defeated by Australian Light Horse regiments with heavy casualties to the Germans.

Today’s losses include:

• Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
• The son of a member of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

• Captain William Alexander Cosgrave Hedley (East Kent Regiment) dies of wounds at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend Herbert Hedley Vicar of Nackington.
• Lieutenant Donovan Joseph Trapp (Royal Air Force) is killed in action at age 23. He is the final of three brothers who die while serving in the Air Forces during the Great War.
• Second Lieutenant Francis Douglas (South African Infantry) is killed at age 24. His brother was killed in April 1917.
• Private Thomas Henry Quayle (South African Scottish) is killed in action at age 27. His brother was killed the previous month.

The submarine E34 (Lieutenant Richard Ivor Pulleyne DSO DSC age 28) is lost with all thirty one hands in the North Sea through unknown causes.

The Turks and Germans mount a brief attack at Abu Tellul near the Jordan, but are defeated by Australian Light Horse regiments with heavy casualties to the Germans.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • The son of a member of the clergy

 

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

 

  • Captain William Alexander Cosgrave Hedley (East Kent Regiment) dies of wounds at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend Herbert Hedley Vicar of Nackington.
  • Lieutenant Donovan Joseph Trapp (Royal Air Force) is killed in action at age 23. He is the final of three brothers who die while serving in the Air Forces during the Great War.
  • Second Lieutenant Francis Douglas (South African Infantry) is killed at age 24. His brother was killed in April 1917.
  • Private Thomas Henry Quayle (South African Scottish) is killed in action at age 27. His brother was killed the previous month.

Thursday 27 June 1918 We Lost 597

Rena Maud McLean

Minnie Katherine Gallaher

The Hospital Ship Llandovery Castle (Captain E A Sylvester) assigned to the Canadian Naval Medical Service is sunk by the German submarine U-86 returning to Europe after delivering wounded and sick Canadians to their home. A torpedo strikes her amidships on the port side and the damage is so extensive that the ship sinks in about ten minutes. There is no panic on board the sinking ship and Captain Sylvester is the last man to leave her. At least three lifeboats get away clear of the sinking ship.  Of the entire ship’s company of two hundred fifty-eight only twenty-four survive; and of these only six, one officer and five other ranks, are from the ninety-seven in the medical personnel. The lost includes the entire complement of nursing sisters, a total of fourteen. The attack is made with utter savagery; even the escaping lifeboats are pursued and sunk. Among those killed is

  • Chaplain the Reverend Donald George MacPhail (attached British Columbia Regiment) who dies at age 55.
  • Trimmer George Broadbent at age 35. He has two brothers who have been previously killed in the Great War, the first in April 1917 the second in January of this year.
  • Corporal Neville Raymond Stevenson Carater (Canadian Army Medical Corps) is among the dead at age 37. He is the grandson of the late Reverend W A Carter.
  • Private William Frederick Cates (Canadian Army Medical Corps) is lost at age 30. He is the last of three brothers who lose their lives in the Great War, the first being Second Lieutenant George Edward Cates VC.

Among the nursing sisters killed are

  • Margaret Marjorie Fraser, daughter of the late Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia,
  • Minnie Katherine Gallaher, daughter of the late Reverend John Gallaher,
  • Rena Maud McLean daughter of Senator John McLean of Prince Edward Island. All three were serving in the Canadian Army Medical Corps.

Lieutenant (Temporary Captain) Frederick Ives Lord (Royal Air Force) single-handed attacks and destroys a Fokker biplane.  On his return journey he observes one of our formations engaged with a number of Pfalz scouts.  Joining in the combat he shoots one down to the ground. A full day’s work is done by reconnaissance, artillery and photographic machines, and by British observation balloons. There is an increase in hostile activity in the air.  Twenty German aircraft are reported destroyed and nine others driven down out of control. Bombing is carried out vigorously behind the German lines, and twenty-one tons of bombs are dropped during a twenty-four hour period on railway junctions and other targets.

 Today’s losses include:

  • A Military Chaplain
  • The daughter of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia
  • Multiple sons and a daughter of members of the clergy
  • The grandson of a member of the clergy
  • The daughter of a Prince of Edward Island Senator
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • The brother of a posthumous Victoria Cross winner
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Cyril De Lacy White (Welsh Regiment) is killed in action at age 36. He is the son of the late Reverend F de Lacy White.
  • Captain Arthur Richard Routledge (Army Veterinary Corps) dies at home at age 44. He is the son of James Routledge JP.
  • Lieutenant Leonard Foster Jamieson (Royal Army Medical Corps attached Royal Field Artillery) accidentally drowns in Alexandria while bathing at age 34. He is the son of the Reverend W H Jamieson.
  • Lieutenant Evan Nicholas Ross (Black Watch) is killed in action in Palestine at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend John Ross.
  • Second Lieutenant Leo Cuthbert May (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 25. His brother will be killed in September.

Monday 27 May 1918 We Lost 2,727

James Bertram Falkner Cartland

The hired transport S S Leasowe Castle (Captain E J Holl) is torpedoed and sunk one hundred and four miles west by north from Alexandria, Egypt. The bodies of eighty-three soldiers (mainly of Yeomanry regiments), who are among the one hundred and one dead are not recovered.

  • Among the dead is the ship’s captain.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Hugh Annesley Gray-Cheape DSO (commanding Worcestershire Yeomanry) at age 39. He is the former joint Master of the Berwickshire Hunt and led the last cavalry charge of the British Army at Huj in the Sinai on 8th November 1917 when 181 horses of the Worcester Yeomanry ridden by men armed with rifles and sabres successfully charged a force of 20,000 Turks, 21 German field guns and three Austrian howitzers. This is the action that resulted in his being awarded the Distinguished Service Order.
  • Lieutenant Ivan Jephson Gardiner (Norfolk Regiment attached Royal Air Force) is also lost. He gave his place in a lifeboat to allow others to be saved.  His brother was killed last April in Gaza.

 Today’s losses include:

  • A General
  • The son of a General
  • Multiple battalion commanders
  • Multiple sons of member of the clergy
  • A man who has two sons will be killed in the Second World War
  • The father of both the author Barbara Cartland and a Member of Parliament
  • A 47-victory ace (Australia’s #1 scoring ace of all time)
  • A 20-victory ace
  • The son of a Baronet
  • The former joint Master of the Berwickshire Hunt
  • The man who lead the last cavalry charge of the British Army in Sinai on 8 Nov 1917
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • A man whose son is also killed in the Great War
  • The son of an Admiral
  • A man whose survived the Lusitania sinking with his wife but lose their infant son
  • A military Chaplain and author
  • A Norwich City Footballer

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Brigadier General Cuthbert Thomas Martin (Highland Light Infantry) General Officer Commanding 151st Brigade, 50th Division is killed in action at age 40. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Acquin and Lady Martin.  Brigadier General Riddell was at 151st Brigade Headquarters with Brigadier General Martin, when the enemy is reported to be close. As the two Brigadiers hurriedly leave their dugout they find themselves surrounded. As they begin to fight their way through, the Germans are scattered by a salvo from their own artillery, but one, however, bursts overhead and General Martin is instantly killed and General Riddell wounded.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Jerome Boileau Allsopp DSO (commanding 2nd South Lancashire Regiment) is killed in action at age 38. He is the son of the Reverend and Mrs. R W Allsopp.  He served in the South African War with the Imperial Yeomanry.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Galbraith Buckle DSO MC (commanding 2nd Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed. He is the son of Major General Christopher Reginald Buckle CB CMG DSO.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Edward Dawson Kent (commanding 4th Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action.
  • Major James Bertram Falkner Cartland (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed in action at age 42. He has two sons who will be killed in action in World War II, one day apart in May 1940. One of his sons is a Member of Parliament. His daughter, Barbara, will become one of the world’s most prolific authors.
  • Captain Robert Alexander ‘Bob’ Little (Royal Air Force) DSO DSC is killed at age 22 while attempting to intercept German Gothas making a night raid near Filescamp Farm, Noeux. It seems that he is killed by one of the Gotha’s defensive gunners, while blinded by a searchlight beam.  The forty-seven-victory ace is considered Australia’s foremost fighter pilot.  His totals make him not only the highest scoring Australian ace of the Great War but also the highest scoring Australian ace ever as no one in any other war has ever achieved greater battle success.
  • Captain Douglas John Bell MC (Royal Air Force) is killed at age 24 when he dives on an enemy two-seater with two comrades for his twentieth win. He is killed by machine gun fire from the aircraft’s observer. His wartime tally of 20 victories consisted of 1 (and 1 shared) balloons destroyed, 7 (and 4 shared) aircraft destroyed, and 6 (and 1 shared) ‘out of control’. While serving on Home Defense in England he engaged a Gotha bomber on 25th September 1917. After nearly fifteen minutes of machine-gunning the Gotha crashed into the North Sea. His claim for this victory went unconfirmed; it would have been Home Defense’s first victory.
  • Captain Hamilton Stewart Walford (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend Walter Shirley Walford Rector of Sproatley.
  • Captain Robert Henry Lindsay Dashwood (West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 20. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Robert Dashwood the 9th
  • Captain John Arthur Greenshields MC (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) is killed at age 27. His brother was killed in November 1916.
  • Captain Frederick Arthur John Robertson Brooke (Royal Army Medical Corps attached Wiltshire Regiment) is killed in action, thirteen months and three days after his son has been killed in action.
  • Captain George Walter Young (East Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 21. His younger brother was killed less than two months prior.
  • Captain David Heaton-Ellis MC (Rifle Brigade) is killed in action at age 21. He is the son of Vice Admiral ‘Sir’ Edward Heaton-Ellis KBE and his brother will die on service in January 1919.
  • Lieutenant Francis Aylmer Richardson (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 35. He is the son of the Reverend Francis Richardson.
  • Lieutenant Robert William Mills Close (Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action. He is the son of the Reverend Arthur Wilfrid Mills Close Vicar of Hutton Magna.
  • Lieutenant Cecil Willie Laws (Sherwood Foresters) is killed in action at age 23. His brother was killed in May 1915.
  • Lieutenant George Bertrand Coote (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 22. His brother was killed in October 1915.
  • Second Lieutenant James MacMeeken (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend James MacMeeken.
  • Second Lieutenant Hugh Reginald White (Middlesex Regiment) is killed by a shell at age 19. He is he son of the Reverend Charles Edward White Vicar of Holy Trinity Sloane St.
  • Second Lieutenant Thomas Edward George Davies (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed in action at the explosion of a mine at age 28. He is the son of the late Reverend T Davies, Pastor of Bethany Baptist Church, West Cross.
  • Second Lieutenant Francis James Neville Dicks (Worcestershire Regiment) dies of wounds in the Aisne area. His brother will be killed in the Royal Navy in one month and one day.
  • Second Lieutenant Cyril Elmore Pells (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 27. He and his wife were in the 2nd class dining saloon when the Lusitania was torpedoed. They both survived the sinking but their infant son John was lost.
  • Second Lieutenant Owen Loftus Desages (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed last March.
  • Chaplain George Bernard Hamilton Bishop (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 34. He is the author of “The Religion in Russia”.
  • Sergeant William Fiske (Border Regiment) is killed in action at age 31. He is a professional football player for the Norwich City Club.
  • Lance Corporal Albert Fenwick (Royal Engineers) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed in October 1916.
  • Private Walter Maurice Bartram (Bedfordshire Yeomanry) is killed in action at age 33. His brother will be killed in September of this year.
  • Private Henry Lovett (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 19. His brother was killed in September 1916.
  • Private James Parrott (Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed. His brother was killed in February 1916.
  • Private Harry Pollard (Leicestershire Regiment) is killed at age 23. His brother fell six weeks earlier.
  • Private Harry Clarke (Yorkshire Regiment) is killed. His brother was killed in April 1917.
  • Private John Thomas Stanford (Durham Light Infantry) is killed at age 19. His brother will be killed in August of this year.
  • Private James Raitt (Durham Light Infantry) is killed at age 23. His twin brother will be killed in October 1918.
  • Private Charles Valentine Botting (Royal West Kent Regiment) dies of disease at age 36. His brother was killed in August of last year.
  • Private Reginald Thomas Nield (Leicestershire Regiment) is killed. His brother was killed in July 1916.
  • Private Arnold Vickers (Leicestershire Regiment) is killed at age 19. He is the middle of three brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Private Herbert Lambert (Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed at age 24. His two brothers were killed in July 1916.
  • Gunner John Edward Palmer (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 37. His brother died of wounds last October.
  • Private Alfred Binks (Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed in action. His two brothers also lost their lives as a result of war service including one who will die in Salonika next New Year’s Day.
  • Private Victor John Gillions (Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in August 1917.
  • Private James Raitt (Durham Light Infantry) is killed at age 23. His twin brother will be killed in October 1918.
  • Private James Badger (East Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 24. His brother was killed in October 1917.

Saturday 25 May 1918 We Lost 480

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Stanley Malcolm Bruce (Lancers, Indian Army) is killed in action at age 40 in the Middle East. His brother will die of wounds in two weeks.
  • Captain Jacob Andrew Norman Hessler (Durham Light Infantry) is killed at age 25. His brother was killed two months ago.
  • Lieutenant Reginald Walter Bowly (Manchester Regiment attached Cheshire Regiment) is killed at age 33. He is the son of the late Reverend Canon C H Bowly.
  • Gunner W Logan Sinclair (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 21. His uncle was killed in October 1917.
  • Private Daniel Conway (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 26. His brother was killed in August 1916.