Great War Lives Lost

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

Category: Royal Air Force

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

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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.

25 December 1918 We Lost 190

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Chaplain Benjamin Garniss O’Rorke DSO

Chaplain the Reverend Benjamin Garniss O’Rorke DSO dies of illness contracted on active service at age 43.  He is a South Africa War veteran who was captured during the Great War on 26th August 1914 at Landrecies and held as a prisoner of war for ten months. He is an author of several books including ‘In the Hands of the Enemy’, ‘Our Opportunities in the West Indies’ and ‘African Missions’.

Today’s losses include:

  • A son of a member of the clergy
  • A military Chaplain and author
  • A woman who had a book written about her life

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Laurence Hingston Lindsay-Young (Scots Fusiliers attached Royal Air Force) dies of wounds at home at age 27. He is the son of the Reverend Dr Lindsay-Young of St John’s Vicaragee Portsea.
  • Telephonist Elizabeth Johnston (Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps) dies after falling from the tower of St Ouen Churck Rouen at age 27. A book was written about her Johnnie of QMAAC.  

24 December 1918 We Lost 209

Today’s losses include:

  • A battalion commander and son of a member of the clergy
  • An 8-victory ace

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Frank Owen (London Regiment) dies at home at age 55. He is the son of the Reverend F Owen.
  • Lieutenant Ernest Harold Masters (Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed at age 19. He is an 8-victory ace.

21 December 1918 We Lost 200

Today’s losses include:

  • A member of the Women’s Royal Air Force whose brother was killed on Gallipoli in August 1915

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Quarter Mistress Janet E Jones (Women’s Royal Air Force) dies on service at age 28. Her brother was killed in August 1915 on Gallipoli.

17 December 1918 We Lost 256

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Today’s losses include:

  • The son of a Surgeon General
  • A six-victory ace
  • A man whose wife died while visiting him last month

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Edgar Robert Hulme Beaman (Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed flying at home at age 26. He is the son of Surgeon General A H Beaman IMS.
  • Lieutenant William Henry Maxted (Royal Air Force) is killed in a flying accident on target practice at age 19. He is a six-victory ace.
  • Private Albert Grover (West Surrey Regiment) dies of pneumonia at Etaples at age 23. His wife died on 26th November while visiting him.

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.