Great War Lives Lost

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

Category: Royal Air Force

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

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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.