Great War Lives Lost

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

Category: Royal Air Force

13 December 1918 We Lost 278

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • A man whose brother died on service last month

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Robert Masson Boyd (Royal Army Medical Corps) dies of pneumonia at age 31. He is the son of the Reverend Robert Masson Boyd.
  • Air Mechanic 2nd (wireless operator) Leonard Frederick Jakes (Royal Air Force) dies at Rouen at age 18. His brother died on service last month.

Saturday 30 November 1918 We Lost 475

Today’s losses include:

  • A victim of a friendly fire
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Private Cyril George Hepher (East Yorkshire Regiment) dies of gangrene at home a victim of friendly fire received the 20th October at age 21. His brother was killed in action in April 1917.
  • Sapper Robert Easton (Royal Engineers) dies at home at age 25. His brother was killed in October 1917.
  • Air Mechanic Percival Henry Bull (Royal Air Force) dies of wounds at age 30. His brother died on service in India last month.
  • Private Stanley Hayes (Army Service Corps) dies of wounds at age 33. His brother was killed in October 1917.

Thursday 27 November 1918 We Lost 507

Today’s losses include:

  • A Military Chaplain
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Chaplain Evan Edwards dies on service at age 32.
  • Lance Corporal Edward Arthur Giles (Gloucestershire Regiment) dies as home after serving in Italy. His brother was killed in March 1918.
  • Gunner William Stevens (Royal Field Artillery attached Tank Corps) dies at home of influenza. His brother was killed in June of this year.
  • Private John Barsby (Leicestershire Regiment) dies at home at age 31, two days after his brother has died at home.
  • Air Mechanic 2nd Class John Thomas Barnes (Royal Air Force) dies at home at age 23. His brother was killed in action in February 1916.
  • Private Herbert Vickers (Royal Army Medical Corps) dies on service in Egypt at age 29. His two brothers have already lost their lives in the Great War.

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.

Thursday 20 November 1918 We Lost 612

William Eric Thomas Avery MC

Today’s losses include:

  • Two Baronets
  • The son of a General
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A published author of poetry
  • A Military Chaplain

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major ‘Sir’ William Eric Thomas Avery MC (Army Service Corps) the 2nd Baronet dies of pneumonia in France at age 28.
  • Major Hugh Thomas Charles Jones-Vaughan (Rifle Brigade) dies on active service in Yemen at age 34. He is the son of Major General Hugh Jones-Vaughan, who also had a son killed in action in the first year of the Great War.
  • Captain ‘Sir’ Charles Grant Burdett (New Zealand Dental Corps) dies on service at home at age 41. He is the 8th Baronet.
  • Lieutenant William Neil Hanna (Royal Field Artillery attached Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed in Italy observing the Austrian Army’s retreat at age 23. He is the son of the Honorable William J Hanna KC and his step mother will leave money for an annual scholarship character and leadership at Toronto’s Victoria College in his honor.
  • Lieutenant Alfred George Bathurst-Norman (Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed in France at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend Harry Bathhurst-Norman and the author of a volume of poems entitled “Ditchling Beacon”.
  • Lieutenant Guy Hegan Bloor (Royal Field Artillery) dies on service in Italy at age 22. His brothers were killed in August 1914 and January 1918.
  • Chaplain Charles Thomas Claude Jefferys dies on service at home.
  • Second Lieutenant Frank Hutchinson McNay (Royal Air Force) dies of illness at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend Arthur Edward McNay.
  • ShoeSmith Ernest Chambers (#2 Section Guards Divisional Ammunition Column) dies of bronchial pneumonia at age 32. His brother was killed in June 1917.

Wednesday 19 November 1918 We Lost 562

Today’s losses include:

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

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Arthur Maughan Humble-Crofts (Royal Field Artillery) dies of pneumonia following influenza at age 35. His brother was killed in action in June 1916 and they are sons of the Reverend William John Humble-Crofts Rector of Waldron.
  • Lieutenant William Hughes (Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed in Egypt. He is the third son of the Reverend William Hughes Rector of Hawnby to be killed in the war.
  • Second Lieutenant Eric Russell Wilkie Brown (Punjabis) dies on service at age 20 in Egypt. He is the son of the Reverend William Elmslie Wilkie Brown.
  • Lance Corporal Alfred Smith (Suffolk Regiment) dies of pneumonia and influenza at age 20. His brother died of wounds in October 1917.

Monday 17 November 1918 We Lost 634

George William Edendale Whitehead

Today’s losses include:

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

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant George William Edendale Whitehead (Royal Field Artillery attached Royal Air Force) dies on service at age 23. His brother will die on service next March.  They are sons of ‘Sir’ George Hugh Whitehead 2nd Baronet.
  • Second Lieutenant B N Parfitt (York and Lancaster Regiment) dies at home at age 23. His brother died in October of this year.
  • 2nd Corporal Archibald Walter Gush MM (Royal Engineers) dies on service at age 25. His brother died on service in August 1916.
  • Private J Reay MM (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed on the first day of the battle of the Somme.

Wednesday 13 November 1918 We Lost 736

Today’s losses include:

  • A son of the 4th Baron De Freyne
  • Multiple families that will lose two, three and four sons in the Great War
  • An Assistant Scout Master
  • The daughter of a member of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Philip Wyndham Brodie (Seaforth Highlanders attached Royal Air Force) dies of illness at age 31. His brother was killed in the sinking of the submarine E15 in April 1915.
  • Captain Roger Beverley Walker MC (West Yorkshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 32. He is the final of three brothers who lose their lives in the war.
  • Lieutenant Roger Beverley Walker (Yorkshire Hussars attached West Yorkshire Regiment) dies of wounds received in action at age 32. His two brothers were both killed in the opening days of the Great War, the first in August the second in October 1914.
  • Second Lieutenant Edward Fulke French (Royal Field Artillery) dies at age 32 as a prisoner of war in Mainz, Germany. He is the last of four sons of the 4th Baron De Freyne who will lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Corporal Frederick Stanley Spurin (Royal Field Artillery) dies on active service at age 22. He is the Assistant Scout Master of the 110th North London Boy Scouts.
  • Bombardier John Bullard (Royal Field Artillery) dies in Lebanon at age 28. His brother was killed in August 1918.
  • Driver Frances Mary Dulcie Llewellyn-Jones (Women’s Royal Air Force) dies of influenza in England at age 24. She is the daughter of the Reverend David Llewellyn-Jones.

Tuesday 12 November 1918 We Lost 760

Though the Great War has officially ended the dying will  continue for a long time and we shall report on those whose lives will be lost.

The last action fought by British Empire forces in the Great War is fought between the 1st battalion King’s African Rifles and von Lettow-Vorbeck’s forces on the Milina River, Portuguese East Africa.  The action is later described as brisk.

Second Lieutenant Ian Hume Townsend MacKenzie (Highland Light Infantry) dies on service at home at age 20. He is a Great War Poet.

Desire

This is my desire

Which burns the fuel of my soul.

O terrible white fire!

Leaping to blister the sky.

Beyond my sight;

Ever reaching higher;

My strength and my delight;

Oh out of my control!

This is my desire:

To hear the song that beauty sings,

To refashion the earth with the joy of things,

To grasp in a corner of my mind

The sunlit clouds, the driving wind.

To let imagination fly

Up the beauty of the sky.

To hold it with me when I go

To sing my song on earth below

Today’s losses include:

  • A Great War Poet
  • The last of four brothers who lose their lives as a result of war service
  • A man whose brother was killed earlier
  • A woman whose husband was killed in September 1917
  • A man whose death leaves his wife a widow from the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Corporal Noel Clayton (Royal Field Artillery) dies of being gassed and influenza after being discharged at age 25. His widow was widowed in November 1917 when her husband died of gassing.
  • Member Alice Ruth Arrmer (Women’s Royal Air Force) dies on service at home at age 25. Her husband was killed in action in September 1917.
  • Sapper John Alex Roberts (Royal Engineers) dies of pneumonia at age 23. His brother was killed in August of this year.
  • Sapper Charles Edward Simpson (Royal Engineers) dies in Palestine. He is the last of four brothers who lose their lives as a result of war service.

Sunday 10 November 1918 We Lost 974

Francis Edmund Storrs

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

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

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

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

Today’s losses include:

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

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

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