Great War Lives Lost

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

Category: Royal Air Force

10 March 1919 We Lost 159

Alfred Henry Forster

Lieutenant Hubert Bethune Kerruish (Royal Air Force) on a patrol from HMS Campania in a Fairey N1009 sights the wake of a conning tower eight miles ahead which he investigates.  The submarine submerges as he drops 100-pound bombs from eight hundred feet, only one of which explodes.

                                                              Today’s losses include:

  • A Military Chaplain
  • The son of the 1sst Baron Forster of Lepe who lost another son in October 1918
  • A man whose brother was killed in May 1915
  • The son of a member of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant George Hawthorn Minot Robertson (Highland Light Infantry attached Nigeria Regiment West Africa Frontier Force) dies on service at home at age 33. He is the son of the Reverend George Philip Robertson.
  • Second Lieutenant Alfred Henry Forster (Dragoons) dies of wounds at age 21 received 17th October 1918. His brother was killed in September 1914 and they are sons of Henry William Forster 1st Baron Forster of Lepe.
  • Sub Lieutenant Percy Trevelyan (HMS Sable) dies of illness on service at age 19. His brother was killed in May 1915. They are sons of ‘Sir’ Ernest John Trevelyan.
  • Chaplain William Brown dies on active service at home at age 28. He is the curate of All Saint’s Church, Hertford.

7 March 1919 We Lost 191

Rupert Norman Gould Atkinson

Today’s losses include:

  • A five-victory ace
  • A man whose brother was killed in June 1916

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Rupert Norman Gould Atkinson MC DFC (Royal Air Force) dies of pneumonia and influenza at age 22. He is a 5-victory ace
  • Lieutenant David Noel Spankie (Army Service Corps) dies on service at age 26.  His brother was killed in June 1916.

1 March 1919 We Lost 285

John Harry McNeaney

Today’s losses include:

  • A five-victory ace
  • Two sons of members of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain John Harry McNeaney (Royal Air Force) a five-victory ace dies of pneumonia on service at age 21.
  • Captain Theodore Augustus Girling (Canadian Army Veterinary Corps attached 2nd Canadian Division Headquarter Belgrade) dies of service at age 43. He is the son of the Reverend William Henry Girling Vicar of Wilshaw.
  • Lieutenant Bruce Martin (Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed at home at age 26. He is the son of the Reverend J J Martin.

27 February 1919 We Lost 289

Howard Redmayne Harker

Today’s losses include:

  • A five-victory ace
  • A Military Chaplain

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Howard Redmayne Harker (Royal Air Force) dies of influenza at age 27. He is a 5-victory ace.
  • Chaplain ‘The Reverend’ Timothy S J Carey dies of influenza while serving in France at age 41.

20 February 1919 We Lost 345

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • The son-in-law of Baron Hastings
  • The son of a member of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain T P E Fenwicke Clennell (Lothians and Border Horse) dies on Salonika at age 32. He is the son of T C Fenwicke Clennell JP DL.
  • Captain Roland le Strange (General List, commanding Chinese Labour Corps) dies at home at age 49. He is the husband of the Honorable Mrs. R le Strange the only daughter of the 18th Baron Hastings.
  • Second Lieutenant Henry Hammersley Oldfield (Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend Henry Oldfield.

18 February 1919 We Lost 341

Leonard Allan Payne

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • Two RAF 11-victory aces

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Thomas Harold Hill Beven (Canadian Machine Gun Corps) dies of pneumonia at age 32. He is the son of the Reverend Canon W Bevan.
  • Captain Leonard Allan Payne MC (Royal Air Force) dies on service at age 24. He is an 11-victory ace.
  • Captain Herbert Andrew Patey DFC (Royal Air Force) dies of double pneumonia at age 20. He is also an 11-victory ace.

30 January 1919 We Lost 160

Second Lieutenant Christopher Berkeley (Royal Air Force) dies on service at age 22.  He is the son of the late Reverend Stuart Berkeley.

26 January 1919 We Lost 163

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of a Justice of the Peace

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Edward Cecil Birch (Royal Air Force) dies at age 22 after a long and painful illness contracted on active service. He is the son of the late Lieutenant Colonel G F Birch JP DL.

24 January 1919 We Lost 157

Image result for Captain Cecil Frederick King

Today’s losses include:

  • A 22-victory ace
  • The son of an Admiral
  • Multiple families that lost two sons in the Great War
  • A Military Chaplain

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Cecil Frederick King (Royal Air Force) is killed in a flying accident in England. He was a twenty-two-victory ace.
  • Lieutenant John Roland Barratt (Army Service Corps) dies of illness at age 25. His brother died of wounds on Salonika in May 1917.
  • Sub Lieutenant Michael Heaton-Ellis (HMS Taurus, Royal Navy) dies at home at age 20. He is the son of Vice Admiral ‘Sir’ Edward Heaton-Ellis KBE CB MVO and his brother was killed in action in May 1918.
  • Chaplain the Reverend W O O’Conor dies on service in Tehran.

13 January 1919 We Lost 148

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of a member of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Frederick Yorke (Cheshire Regiment attached Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed in England at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend H Lefroy Yorke.