Great War Lives Lost

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

Category: Royal Flying Corps

Monday 25 March 1918 We Lost 2,367

Walter Daniel John Tull

Germans reach near Maricourt while Bapaume and Nesle are lost and after a sturdy defense by the Manchester Regiment German troops occupy the village of Achiet Le Grand.

At Bois Favieres near Maricourt, France when the enemy has penetrated a wood on the right of his line and there is a grave danger that the flank of the entire position will be turned Acting Lieutenant Colonel William Herbert Anderson (commanding 12th Highland Light Infantry) gathers the remainder of his two companies, counter-attacks and drives the Germans from the wood capturing 12 machine-guns and 70 prisoners.  Later he will lead another counter-attack which results in the enemy being driven from his position but he is killed at age 36 fighting within the enemy’s lines.  He will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross for these actions.  He has three brothers who have already died in the Great War and was the President of the Junior Imperial Unionist prior to the War.

Captain Nigel Duncan Ratcliffe Hunter MC (Royal Engineers) is killed at age 23 near Biefvillers near Bapaume. He is a Great War Poet.

What is a trench?
A place of stench
Swarming with flies,
Crawling with lice,
Half full of mud,
Mingled with blood,
Pounded with shell,
Hotter than hell.

Second Lieutenant Walter Daniel John Tull (Middlesex Regiment) is killed while leading an attack on a German trench at age 29. He is the second black professional football player in history when he joins Tottenham Hotspur.  He moves to Northampton Town in 1911 and plays over one hundred games for the two teams scoring nine goals from midfield.  He is also the first black officer to be commissioned in the British Army and the grandson of a slave.

Today’s losses include:

  • The second black professional football player in history, the firsts black officer in the British Army and the grandson of a slave
  • A Great War poet
  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • President of the Junior Imperial Unionist
  • A 13-victory ace
  • Multiple families that will lose two, three and four sons in the Great War
  • A man whose two nephews will be killed in the Second World War
  • A man whose father died on service at Kroonstad South Africa in 1901
  • The Master at Leigh School
  • A member of the Comedie Anglaise Company
  • A member of the Raynor Repertory Company

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Alan Roderick Haig-Brown DSO (commanding 23rd Middlesex Regiment) is killed at age 40. He is the son of the late Reverend Canon William Haig-Brown Master of Charterhouse.
  • Lieutenant Colonel William Gemmill DSO (commanding 8th Royal Scots) is killed at age 40.
  • Captain James Thompson Nesbitt (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 32. He is the son of Major D A S Nesbitt JP.
  • Captain Edward Percival Cropper MC (West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action. He is the son of the Reverend James Cropper Rector of Wombwell.
  • Captain Reginald Alderson MC (Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend Henry Everingham Alderson Vicar of St James Hope.
  • Captain Vere Arthur Edmonstone Elliott (Royal Field Artillery) a 24 year old Rhodes Scholar is killed in action.
  • Captain Valentine Shearman (Royal Scots) is killed at age 30. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Montague (Mr. Justice) Shearman.
  • Captain Cyril John Patrick Lowry (West Yorkshire Regiment) dies of wounds in the arms of his brother Eric at age 20. His brother will be killed in six months serving as the commanding officer of their battalion. Their only other brother was killed in June 1915 on Gallipoli and both of their nephews, the only sons of their sister will be killed in Burma in World War II.
  • Captain William James Ewen (Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed action. His brother was killed last year.
  • Captain Hugh William Eames Barwell MC (Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 25. His brother was killed last month also serving in the Royal Flying Corps.
  • Captain James Robert Blake (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend Canon James Edward Huxley Blake Vicar of Bretforton.
  • Canadian flying Ace Flight Commander Frederick Carr Armstrong DSC (Royal Naval Air Service) is killed in action at age 21. He is officially credited with thirteen victories.
  • Lieutenant Gordon Smith Mellis Gauld MC (Royal Field Artillery and Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed at age 24 while training with Second Lieutenant Alexander Drysdale who is also killed. Lieutenant Gauld is the son of the Reverend William Gauld.
  • Lieutenant Reginald Alexander Forbes Downie (Cameron Highlanders) is killed at age 19. His brother died of wounds in January 1916.
  • Lieutenant Raymond Willis (Cavalry Reserve attached Hussars) is killed at age 37. His brother will die on service in July of this year.
  • Lieutenant Paul Dominie Wilmot (Sussex Regiment) a 29 year old Rhodes Scholar is killed in action.
  • Lieutenant Edward Gilbert Cunliffe (Lancashire Fusiliers attached Machine Gun Corps) is killed at Ypres at age 24. His brother died of wounds in August 1917.
  • Second Lieutenant Thomas Noel Heath Stretch MC (Army Service Corps attached Machine Gun Corps) is killed in action at age 24. He is the son of the Right Reverend John Francis Stretch, Bishop of Newcastle, New South Wales.
  • Second Lieutenant John Battye (Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action six days prior to his brother being killed. Their father died on service in 1901 in Kroonstad, South Africa while serving as a Color Sergeant in the regiment his son will obtain his commission.
  • Second Lieutenant Geoffrey Sidebotom Parker Stamper (Sherwood Forester) is killed at age 29. His brother will die on service in November and they are sons of the Reverend William Parker Stamper Vicar of Stonebroom.
  • Sergeant John MacKenzie MM (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed at age 22. He is the last of three brothers who are killed in the war.
  • Lance Sergeant Edmund Oldrieve Greenhill (North Staffordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 41. His is the schoolmaster at Leigh School.
  • Corporal Victor Holland (Irish Regiment) is killed at age 23. He is a member of the Comedie Anglaise Company as Victor Regent.
  • Corporal John Harvey Bainbridge Kayss MM (Eastern Ontario Regiment) dies at home on service at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend John Bainbridge KJayss Vicar of Wighton.
  • Corporal William Bain (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed 4 days earlier.
  • Lance Corporal Melville Chiswell (Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed at age 32. He is a leading member of the Raynor Repertory Company and appeared in Shakespearean revivals under the banner of the late Richard Flanagan at Manchester.
  • Able Seaman Joseph Missin (Howe Battalion, Royal Naval Division) is killed in action. His brother will be killed in August of this year.
  • Private C Booth (Machine Gun Corps) is killed in action at age 22. His brother was killed the previous October.
  • Private Lachlan McLennan (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed in action at age 22. His brother Murdo will also fall.
  • Private Alfred Cuthbert Gash (Berkshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 21 at Arras. His brother was killed last September.
  • Private John Hills (Leicestershire Regiment) dies of wounds. His brother will be killed in August of this year.
  • Private Alex MacGregor (Gordon Highlanders) is killed. His two brothers will lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Rifleman Alfred Charlewood (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed at age 24. His brother was killed in July 1916.
  • Private David S U Ross (South African Regiment) is killed at age 14 years and 3 months.
  • Private John Bater (East Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 29. He is the middle of three brothers who are killed in the Great War.
  • Private John Hills (Leicestershire Regiment) dies of wounds. His brother will be killed in August.
  • Private Leonard George Bramer (Highland Light Infantry) is killed at age 22. His brother was killed in June 1917.
  • Private William Kemp (Cheshire Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother will be killed in September.

Sunday 24 March 1918 We Lost 3,071

Maurice Edmund Mealing

The enemy advance continues. They overcome the defences of Monchy and converge on the old Somme battlefields from Bapaume to Peronne. Peronne is lost while Ham and Chauny are evacuated. South of Peronne the Germans cross the River Somme while north of the city attack along the River Tortille.

Captain John L Trollope (Royal Flying Corps) becomes the first man to shoot down six enemy aircraft in two engagements in the same day.  The total air fighting claims by the Royal Flying Corps are twenty-four shot down on the Third Army front and seventeen on the Fifth Army front.

British aircraft drop a ton of bombs on the railway station at Thionville. A moving train is derailed and a fire started.

Brigadier General Randle Barnett Barker General Officer Commanding 99th Brigade 2nd Division is killed in action at age 47 along with his Staff Captain Edward Inkerman Jordan Bell MC (Middlesex Regiment) grandson of a Victoria Cross winner in the Crimea War who is a professional football player for Crystal Palace, Southampton and Portsmouth and who dies at age 32. .

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple battalion commanders
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • A man whose sister died in the VAD
  • A man whose brother-in-law is killed
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The grandson of a member of the clergy
  • Nephew of a member of the clergy
  • Multiple sons of Justices of the Peace
  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • A man recommended for the Victoria Cross
  • A General
  • The son of a General
  • An England Rugby International
  • A Crystal Palace, Southampton and Portsmouth footballer
  • An International tennis player
  • The son of Baron Ashcombe
  • The son of a Baronet
  • Uncle of a Baronet who will be killed in the Second World War
  • A Great War Poet
  • The brother of a future Admiral and future General
  • An Assistant Master at Sir Walter St John’s School
  • A Great War Poet
  • The son of an Admiral
  • An author and song writer
  • A 14-victory ace
  • A Military Chaplain

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Henry Mark Tuite (Munster Fusiliers commanding 26th Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 30.
  • Lieutenant Colonel George Kendall Priaulx DSO (commanding 11th King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed at Voyennes in the St. Quentin offensive, being first shot through the shoulder and then killed by a shell at age 40. Lieutenant Colonel Priaulx received his Commission in 1898, and joined the 60th He served throughout the South African War, being present at the Battles of Colenso, Spion Kop, Tugela Heights, Laing’s Nek, and at the Relief of Ladysmith. He was mentioned in Despatches and in 1900 was promoted Captain. After peace was declared he went to India. He left for France in August 1914 with the 1st Division and was dangerously wounded on the Marne in September. The following year he was again severely wounded at Loos. In 1916, while commanding the 9th Battalion, which captured the village of Metz, he was present at the operations near Langemarck, Crevecoeur, and Cambrai.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Henry Sydney Charles Peyton MC (commanding 2nd Rifle Brigade) is killed in action at age 26. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Algernon the 6th Baronet and has a nephew, a son of the 7th Baronet who will be killed in action on 13th April 1945 at age 26.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Reginald Henry Napier Settle DSO MC (Hussars commanding 21st Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 26 while making a last stand with a small group of officers and men. He is the only son of Lieutenant General ‘Sir’ Henry Settle KCB DSO.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Charles Walter Blackall (East Kent Regiment commanding 4th South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 42. He served in the South Africa War, is an actor in both England and the United States and is a Great War poet.

Their Dug-Out

The Company Sergeant-Major

And the Company Q.M.S.

Have the snuggest little dug-out

And a most superior mess.

And if anything you’re needing,

It’s always to be found

In their handy little, sandy little

dug-out underground….

  • Lieutenant Colonel Frank Henry Heal DSO (commanding 1st South African Infantry) is killed at age 37.
  • Major Hugh Nares Davenport (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed at age 32. He is the grandson of James Clutterbuck Vicar of Long Wittenham and his brothers will go on to become Vice Admiral Robert Clutterbuck Davenport RN and Brigadier James Salter Davenport. His brother died of wounds in September 1916.
  • Major Frank Eardley Cochran DSO (South African Infantry) an international tennis player is killed in action at age 35.
  • Major Home Peel DSO MC (London Regiment) is killed in action. His sister has previously died serving with the VAD in December 1917.
  • Major Horace Armytage Jameson MC (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action. He is the son of the Reverend T E Jameson.
  • Major Charles Selwyn Awdry DSO (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed. He is the nephew of the late Reverend William Awdry Bishop of Tokyo (Second Master 1868-73).
  • Captain Theodore Cecil Ormond Williams MC (Sherwood Foresters) dies of wounds at Clery at age 33. He is the son of the Reverend Theodore Williams.
  • Captain Thomas Ainsworth Townsend MC (Royal Army Medical Corps) is killed in action. He is the son of T S Townsend JP.
  • Captain Kearsley Mathwin Drummond MC (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 32. He is the son of ‘Sir’ David and Lady Drummond.
  • Captain Charles William Tone Barker (Durham Light Infantry) is killed in action five days before his brother is killed in the same battle.
  • Captain William Henry Madden (Royal Irish Rifles) dies of wounds at age 33. He is the son of the Very Reverend Samuel Owen Madden (Dean of Cork).
  • Captain Harold Augustus Hodges (Monmouthshire Regiment attached South Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 32 after he entered a small factory on a road between Ham and Eppeville hope to make contact with a British battalion. He instead encountered enemy troops and was shot dead. He earned two rugby caps for in England in 1906 and played first class cricket for Nottinghamshire and is the son of William A Hodges JP.
  • Captain Albert Frank Robson (West Surrey Regiment) is killed in action at age 25. He is the Assistant Master at ‘Sir’ Walter St John’s School and his brother in law was killed in August of last year.
  • Assistant Commandant Charles Ernest Wynn Molesworth (Burma Military Police) is killed in action during the Chin Hill operations at age 29. He is the son of the Reverend E H Molesworth.
  • Lieutenant George Berry Milligan (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at Royelles at age 29. He will be recommended for the Victoria Cross for his actions this day and his brother will be killed in September.
  • Lieutenant ‘the Honorable” William Hugh Cubitt (Dragoons) is killed in action at age 21. He is the son of Henry Cubitt, the 2nd Baron Ashcombe, who has previously lost two others sons during the Great War.
  • Lieutenant Richard Brereton Marriott-Watson MC (Irish Rifles) is killed in action. He is one of the Great War poets, his most well known work is entitled “Kismet”. He is the son of the poet Graham R Tomson the pseudonem of Rosamund Bell.
  • Lieutenant Paul Douglas Farmer (South African Infantry) is killed in action at age 30. He is the son of the Reverend Canon E Farmer.
  • Lieutenant Noel Graham Lake (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed in action at age 23. He is the son of the late Admiral Atwell Lake.
  • Second Lieutenant Charles Harry Bovill (Coldstream Guards) the author of many popular reviews dies of wounds at age 39 received in action three days prior when a shell bursts while he is leading rehearsal for a revue he is putting on. As a songwriter he collaborated with future Academy Award winner Jerome Kern in 1908 for the Broadway musical Fluffy Ruffles. This is one of six Broadway productions which he contributed musical lyrics.
  • Second Lieutenant Maurice Edmund Mealing MC (Shropshire Light Infantry attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 24. His is a 14 victory ace.
  • Second Lieutenant Reginald Teesdale Dent (Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in April of last year.
  • Second Lieutenant Marcus Ernest Young (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 19. His brother will be killed in less than two months.
  • Second Lieutenant Alastair Mackenzie (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed in action at age 24. He is a teacher of Hygiene and Physical Culture.
  • Second Lieutenant Ernest Thomson Caird (Royal Scots) is killed at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend David Caird Minister of Morningside Congregational Church Edinburgh.
  • Second Lieutenant William Erskine Watson (Liverpool Regiment) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend J M Watson
  • Second Lieutenant Philp Bevan Tree (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 23. He is the last of three brothers who are killed in the war.
  • Cadet George Robinson Johnston (Australian Flying Corps) is accidentally killed in England at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend Robert Johnston.
  • Chaplain the Reverend Henry Heaton Lawson (attached Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 29.
  • Sergeant Alexander Edwards VC (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed in action at age 32. He was awarded the Victoria Cross last year.
  • Lance Sergeant Fred Barlow (Manitoba Regiment) is killed at age 31. His brother was killed in August 1916.
  • Private Arnold James Goudie (South African Infantry) is killed at age 35. His brother died of wounds in December 1916 in Macedonia.
  • Private George Alexander Clarke (Dublin Fusiliers) is killed at age 24. His brother was killed in November 1916.
  • Able Seaman Charels Biggs (Royal Marine Light Infantry) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed last July.
  • Private Francis Spencer Byard (Liverpool Regiment) dies of wounds. His brother died of wounds last December.
  • Private John Arthur Hurdley (King’s Own Scottish Borderers) is killed in action at age 21. His brother was killed in January 1915.
  • Private Thomas Nicholls (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 28. He is the middle of three brothers who are killed in the Great War.

Friday 22 March 1918 We Lost 4,242

John Crawford Buchan VC

Continuing the fight of the previous day thick fog greets dawn and the London Regiment resists the continuing German attacks. During lulls in the fighting the men of the  2nd/2nd London Regiment crawl out of Travecy Keep in ones and twos into the ruins of St Quentin village and fire on enemy machine gun teams nearby. By midday the fog lifts and the men of A Company take the opportunity to fire on a column of enemy transport seen on the St Quentin to La Fere road. They even fire on a group of German Staff Officers and a working party on the Travecy to Achery road. The Londoners are rewarded with an attack by a German aircraft which drops two bombs on the Keep. Later in the afternoon further aircraft bomb the Keep, one of which is shot down by a Lewis Gun. At 19:30 Captain Harper holds a council of war with his remaining officers and CSM. Their ammunition has virtually run out, they are completely cut off and there is no hope of a counter attack. The London men are exhausted, hungry and outnumbered at least 50 to 1. Their wounded are exposed to enemy fire and need treatment. Captain Harper decides it will be futile to resist further. He gives orders to destroy all maps and plans together with the remaining 2 Lewis Guns and trench mortars. Shortly after midnight the Germans began another attack. Captain Harper goes out to meet them and surrenders, 44 hours after the initial German bombardment had commenced. A Company has fired over 18,000 rounds of ammunition, launched over 200 trench mortars and has thrown more than 400 hand grenades. With the capture of the remaining 44 men (including the wounded) the losses of the 2nd/2nd London Regiment stands at 570 men of 610 ranks. More than 60 are dead.

British troops cross the River Jordan at El Ghoraniyeh, a short distance from the Red Sea.  They move northeastward into the hills through the gorge as Wadi Shaib and capture Es Salt, an important depot on the track running from Shechem to the railway.  The force then moves down the track to Amman on the railway line, which is found to be very strongly held.  Seven hundred Turkish and German prisoners are captured in these operations.  The entire column eventually marches back to the Jordan, followed by the Turks.

HMS Gaillardia is sunk by a mine off the Orkney Islands while carrying out buoying operations in the newly Northern Barrage. Among those killed in the sinking is

  • Acting Commander John Sharpey Schafer killed at age 36. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Edward Sharpey Schafer Kt.
  • Stoker 1st Class Albert Hawkes is also killed. His brother died on service as a Stoker in March 1915.

Captain William Calder (SS Trinidad, Merchant Marine) is killed when his ship is sunk by a submarine twelve miles east of the Codling Light Vessel.   His brother was killed in action in November 1917.

While fighting with his platoon in the forward position of the battle zone, Second Lieutenant John Crawford Buchan (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) although wounded early in the day insists on remaining with his men and continually visiting all his posts encouraging and cheering his men in spite of a most severe shell fire from which his platoon will suffer heavy casualties.  Later when the enemy is creeping closer and heavy machine gun fire is raking his position Second Lieutenant Buchan continues to visit his posts and though accidentally injured again he continues to encourage his men and visit his posts.  Eventually, when he sees that the enemy has practically surrounded his command, he collects his platoon and prepares to fight his way back to the support line.  At this point the enemy who have crept around to his right flank, rush towards him, shouting “Surrender” to which replied “To hell with surrender” and shoots the foremost of the enemy finally repelling the enemy advance with his platoon. He then fights his way back to the support line of the forward position where he will hold out until dusk.  At dusk he falls back as ordered but in spite of his injuries he again refuses to go to the aid post saying his place was beside his men.  Owing to the unexpected withdrawal of troops on his left flank it is impossible to send orders to Second Lieutenant Buchan to withdraw, as he is already cutoff and he is last seen holding out against overwhelming odds.  For his efforts during this and the previous day he will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross.

At Hervilly Wood Private Herbert George Columbine (Machine Gun Corps) takes command of a gun and keeps firing it from 09:00 until 13:00 in an isolated position with no wire in front. During this time wave after wave of the enemy fail to get up to him, but at last with help of a low-flying aircraft he them manage to gain a strong foothold in the trench. As the position is now untenable Private Columbine tells the two remaining men to get away and although he is being bombed on either side he keeps his gun firing inflicting losses until he is killed by a bomb which blows up both he and his gun.  For his actions Private Columbine will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross.

Rifleman Colin Mitchell (Rifle Brigade) is killed in action.  He is a Great War Poet.                                                                                                                  

Trampled Clay

…We went to seek the dead; with rough respect

To roll their mangled bodies down the shade

Of crater-lips that shrieking shells had made…

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • Multiple battalion commanders
  • Multiple sons of Justices of the Peace
  • Multiple men who will have a brother killed in the Second World War
  • A man whose son will be killed in the Second World War
  • A Bradford City footballer
  • The son of a Member of Parliament
  • The grandson of a Member of Parliament
  • A Candidate of Parliament
  • A Royal Academy Artist
  • A YMCA Chaplain
  • A Great War Poet
  • A man whose son is killed in the Great War
  • The brother of a Brigadier General
  • A man whose father was killed in the sinking of S S Persia in 1915
  • A Grandson of the 1st Baron St Leven
  • Nephew of Viscount Grey
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • A Rugby Scottish International
  • The Assistant Master at Lancing College

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Mildred Clare Eardley-Wilmot will lose her husband Lieutenant Colonel Theodore Eardley-Wilmot DSO (York and Lancaster Regiment attached Suffolk Regiment) when he is killed in action at age 38. Twenty-six years later her son will be killed in action as a 34-year old Major in the Irish Guards.
  • Lieutenant Colonel William Norman Stewart DSO (North Somerset Yeomanry commanding 6th Leicestershire Regiment) is killed at age 44. He is the brother of Brigadier General Ian Stewart.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Bernard Hedley Charlton MC (commanding 4th Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 32. He is the son of the late William Hyslop Charlton JP.
  • Major Morice Julian St Aubyn MC (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed at age 25. His father was killed in the sinking of S S Persia in December 1915 and is brother will be killed in the sinking of HMS Strongbow in March 1942. He is the grandson of the 1st Baron St Leven.
  • Major Edward Hildred Hanbury Carlile (Hertfordshire Yeomanry) is killed at age 37. He is the only son of Colonel ‘Sir’ Hildred Carlile Baronet MP for Mid Herts, and of Lady Carlile, of Ponsbourne Park, Hertford. In the spring of 1917 he was adopted as the Conservative Candidate for the Mid Herts Division. Major Carlile, who spent ten years in the Yorkshire Dragoons and later transferred to the Hertfordshire Yeomanry, served with his Regiment in England from September 1914. He is subsequently attached to the Hertfordshire Regiment, and left for France in January 1918. Today he and all his men, with one exception, are killed near Peronne, having been sent forward to reinforce ‘if possible’.  He is shot with a revolver by a German Officer.
  • Captain Adrian Hubert Graves (Norfolk Regiment) a nephew of Viscount Grey is killed in action.
  • Captain Samuel Francis Collier (Manchester Regiment) is killed at Servacue Farm at age 27. He is the son of Reverend Samuel F Collier and his brother will be killed in six days.
  • Captain Frank Darley Livingstone (Army Service Corps) is killed in action at age 32. He is the son of Reverend Canon Richard and the Honorable Mrs. Livingstone and he was called to the Bar in May 1911 and was a member of the Inner Temple.
  • Captain William Ramsay Hutchison (Royal Scots Fusiliers) is killed at age 29. He is a Scottish Rugby International who capped in 1911.
  • Captain Albert Higgs Vinson (Royal Flying Corps) is killed while serving at an instructor at Yatesbury at age 21. He is the son of Albert Vinson JP.
  • Captain Noel Burgess Michell (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 33. He is the Assistant Master at Lancing College and Bedales School.
  • Chaplain ‘the Reverend’ Thomas George Trueman (Australian Young Men’s Christian Association attached Australian Infantry) is killed in action at age 30.
  • Lieutenant George Guest Lomas (Manchester Regiment) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend George Lomas.
  • Lieutenant William Victor Lancelot Mallett (East Surrey Regiment) is killed at age 35. His brother will die on service in February 1919.
  • Lieutenant William Ashcroft (Liverpool Regiment) is killed in action near St. Quentin at age 36. One brother was killed last year while another will die of wounds as a prisoner of war in May of this year.
  • Lieutenant David Sonnie Dewar (Machine Gun Corps) is killed in action at age 24. His is the son of the late Reverend David Dewar Vicar of Holy Trinity and had a brother who was killed in action in 1916.
  • Lieutenant Harry Chamen Linott (London Regiment) dies of wounds received in action. He is a Royal Academy artist who has been exhibited at most of the leading galleries in Great Britain and the United States.
  • Lieutenant Douglas Ferrier Charlton (Durham Light Infantry is killed in action at age 29. His brother was killed in September 1916.
  • Lieutenant Ulick A Moore (Connaught Rangers) is killed. He is the grandson of the late G H Moore MP.
  • Second Lieutenant Charles Singleton Knott (Royal Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 19. He was the head boy of the Perse School, Cambridge and scholar-elect of St Peter’s College, Cambridge.
  • Second Lieutenant Thomas Anderson Hyslop MC (Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 29. He is the middle of three brothers who are killed in the Great War.
  • Second Lieutenant Thomas Nettleship (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 32. His brother will be killed in September.
  • Sergeant William Arthur Woore (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 23. His brother will be killed in nine days.
  • Sergeant Sidney Fensome (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed in September 1916.
  • Corporal Charles Louis Thorne (Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother will be killed in July.
  • Corporal Frank Stranger (Australian Imperial Forces) is killed in action at age 35.  His brothers will both die within two months having both received their fatal wounds in the same action in April while serving in the Guernsey Light Infantry.
  • Corporal Sydney Clarence Porter (Royal Engineers) is killed at age 22. His brother died of wounds last July.
  • Lance Corporal James W A Dundas (Highland Light Infantry) is killed at age 33. His two brothers have been killed in the two previous years of the Great War.
  • Private Harry Ford (Essex Regiment) is killed in action at age 32. His brother will die while still in the service in February 1919.
  • Private Edward Foster (Essex Regiment) is killed at age 36. His brother will be killed next month.
  • Private John Howard Payne (East Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 19. His brother William Henry Dodson Payne also fell.
  • Private Ernest Crellin (London Regiment) is killed in action in Palestine at age 22. His brother was killed in August 1916.
  • Private Samuel Spillane (Inniskilling Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 21. His brother James also fell.
  • Private James Shaw (Machine Gun Corps) is killed in action at age 33. His brother Ralph also fell.
  • Sapper Frederick Malpass (Royal Engineers) is killed at age 27. His brother Arthur also fell.
  • Driver G S Copland (Royal Engineers) dies of wounds at age 24. His two brothers will also be killed in the Great War.
  • Private James William Hills (Royal Army Medical Corps) is killed in action at age 25. His brother was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
  • Private Thomas Frederick Grainger (Suffolk Regiment) is killed at age 21. His younger brother will be killed in July 1944 serving as a Guardsman in the Coldstream Guards.
  • Private Albert Moody (East Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother will be killed on 4th
  • Private Harry Potter (Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed at age 33. He played halfback for the Bradford City Football Club.
  • Private Frank Edward Cutts (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 22. His brother was killed in May 1915.
  • Private Robert Gimblett Paramore (Somerset Light Infantry) is killed at age 26. He has two brothers who will also be killed in the War.
  • Private John Goldsmith (Sussex Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed less than two days ago.
  • Private Edward Potter Coventry (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother was killed in September 1916.
  • Private John Bernard Gardner (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed at age 30. His brother was killed last August.
  • Private David Baird (Highland Light Infantry) is killed in action. His son will be killed in June 1944 serving in Italy.
  • Private Adolphus Gallienne (Royal Guernsey Light Infantry) is killed at age 24. His twin brother was killed two days earlier and their older brother was killed in November 1917.
  • Private Donald Gow (Gordon Highlanders) is killed at age 25. His son named after him will be killed at Nijmegan in 26 years at age 26.

Thursday 21 March 1918 We Lost 8,731

Wilfrith Elstob VC

At 04:50 a German bombardment begins on the British trenches, with one artillery piece firing for every 10 yards of the line. Gas shells and trench mortars also rain down on the British. The bombardment lasts until 07:00 and under its cover the enemy infantry cross the St Quentin Canal and assault the 2nd/2nd London Regiment positions in the Forward Zone. The Germans exploit the dense fog and are soon behind the Forward Zone positions. Two keeps (Japy and Brickstack) held by the London Regiment fall early but the Main Keep holds out until after midday before it is finally taken. At Travecy Keep the artillery bombardment lasts until 08:00, by which time all communication links have been severed and, in the thick fog, A Company is without support and completely isolated. As the barrage lifts the enemy attacks and takes a number of the forward posts and briefly penetrated the Keep’s outer defences to the north and south and heavy fighting develops on the right flank held by one platoon is reduced to 10 men and an officer. By 10:00 the surviving two men of this platoon fall back to the Keep. An hour later an attack, assisted by an aeroplane, develops to the north forcing two sections of A Company back to the Keep which is now under continuous machine gun and rifle grenade fire. An advance section are still undetected forward of the Keep and they inflict many casualties on the enemy during this attack with a Lewis Gun before retiring.

During the afternoon the enemy makes a number of determined assaults on the Keep, all of which are repulsed. At 17:00 Captain Maurice Harper calls for two volunteer runners to report to Brigade HQ. The men, Privates Banks and Ancliffe, return two hours later with the news that the enemy had penetrated two miles to the northwest and nearly three miles to the west and southwest. With its flanks driven in and the enemy behind it, Travecy Keep is completely surrounded. At this point Captain Harper’s force consists of 3 officers and 60 men. Just before dusk the Germans launch a further assault on all sides of the Keep and the fight rages for an hour before the enemy falls back. During the night the Germans continue to bomb the Keep and sweep it with machine gun and rifle fire.

At 09:40 for the first time five captured British tanks start their advance against British trenches at St Quentin. Two are damaged by British artillery fire, while the other three continue until they run out of fuel.

Lieutenant Colonel Wilfrith Elstob VC DSO MC (commanding 16th Manchester Regiment) is killed in action at Manchester Redoubt, near St. Quentin performing the duties that will result in his being awarded the Victoria Cross at age 29.  Elstob is the son of the Reverend Canon J G Elstob Vicar of Capesthorne, Manchester Hill. During the preliminary enemy bombardment he encourages his men in the posts in the Redoubt by frequent visits, and when repeated attacks develop he controls the defense at the points threatened, giving personal support with revolver, rifle and bombs. Single-handedly he repulses one bombing assault driving back the enemy and inflicting severe casualties. Later, when ammunition is required, he makes several journeys under severe fire in order to replenish the supply. Throughout the day Lieutenant-Colonel Elstob, although twice wounded, shows the most fearless disregard of his own safety and by his encouragement and noble example inspires his command to the fullest degree. The Manchester Redoubt is surrounded in the first wave of the enemy attack, but by means of the buried cable Lieutenant-Colonel Elstob is able to assure his Brigade Commander that “The Manchester Regiment will defend Manchester Hill to the last.” Sometime after this the post is overcome by vastly superior forces, and this very gallant officer is killed in the final assault, having maintained to the end the duty which he had impressed on his men – namely, “Here we fight, and here we die.”

Second Lieutenant Edmund De Wind (Royal Irish Rifles) dies of wounds received at Race Course Redbout, near Grugies at age 34.  For seven hours he holds this post and though twice wounded and practically single-handed, he maintains his position until another section could get to his aid.  He continues to repel attack after attack until he is mortally wounded.  For his actions on this day he will be awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously.

At the beginning of the great German offensive the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service have a total of five hundred seventy nine serviceable aircraft in the battle area, two hundred sixty one of them single-seaters. Against them are deployed seven hundred thirty aircraft, of which three hundred twenty six are scouts.

In the dark hour preceding dawn the British destroyers HMS Botha (Commander Roger L’E M Rede) and HMS Morris (Lieutenant Commander Percy R P Percival) and three French destroyers Mehl, Magon and Bouclierare are on patrol in the eastern waters of the English Channel, when a sudden outburst of firing is heard to the north.  Vivid flashes of gunfire out to sea make it plain that the enemy is engaged in a bombardment of the crumbling bathing-sheds of deserted French watering places.  The Allied force promptly makes for the flashes at full speed, led by the Botha.  Star shells are fired in an attempt to light up the enemy and obtain their range, however, merely have the effect of quelling the bombardment and scattering the raiders, who are not seen again.  The patrolling force then proceeds to search to the north and west in the hope of intercepting any divisions of the enemy which have ventured more into mid-Channel.  Star shells are fired at intervals, as the morning is misty, and presently one of these bursting ahead reveals the outline of a force of enemy destroyers and torpedo boats heading through the darkness in the direction of their base.

Botha challenges, and an unfamiliar reply is received.  The next instant the British and French are pouring a heavy fire into the enemy.  The Allies rapidly overhaul the raiders and set the darkness ablaze with flashes of gunfire and blazing wreckage-flying broadcast from shells bursting on impact.  The Germans reply with torpedo shots, though none find their mark.  Morris, emerging from a smoke screen flung up by the fleeing enemy cuts off a German torpedo boat and torpedoes her at 500 yards. The German blows up and sinks almost immediately, heeling over amid clouds of steam and vanishing stern first.  In the meantime an enemy shell has severed the Botha’s main steam pipe, and she immediately begins to loose her way through the water.  As a result her commander quickly fires his torpedoes at the leading enemy boats, and putting his helm hard over, rams the number four amidships.  His speed has dropped considerably, but it is still sufficient to drive the knife-edge bow of the Botha clean through, cutting the enemy completely in half.  The Botha then swings around and attempts to repeat the coup on the next ship astern. This German vessel succeeds in eluding the Botha’s crippling onslaught, but she falls victim to the French destroyers. She is soon a flaming wreck under torpedo and gunfire.

The Morris by this time has relinquished her pursuit, having lost the quarry in the smoke and mist.  She returns to the scene of action and takes her lame sister in tow, while the French destroyers circle in the gray dawn picking up prisoners.  From statements made by these it appears that no fewer than eighteen torpedo craft have sallied forth for the raid. They have been unhesitatingly attacked and rather badly mauled by the two British and three French destroyers, torpedo boats A7 and A19 having been sunk in the action.  Both British commanders will be awarded the Distinguished Service Order for their actions on this day along with several of their officers and men who will also receive decorations of various awards.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple Battalion Commanders
  • Multiple Victoria Cross winners
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two, three and four sons in the Great War
  • Two brothers killed today in different actions
  • Multiple sons of Baronets
  • Multiple sons of Justices of the Peace
  • The son of a General
  • A man whose daughter will be born next July
  • The son of a Deputy Clerk of the Peace and Deputy Sheriff Clerk
  • A Royal Humane Society Medal for life saving
  • A man who will be buried in the Churchyard where his father is rector
  • A writer to the Signet
  • A Northamptonshire cricketer
  • An England player
  • The Assistant Master of Wem Grammar School
  • The Assistant Master at Ducie Avenue School
  • The brother of a Victoria Cross winner
  • A Military Chaplain
  • The son of the Clerk of the House of Commons
  • A man whose brother-in-law is killed in the Great War
  • A man whose son will be killed in 1941
  • A Police Constable for Aberdeen
  • A man whose father is killed in the Great War
  • The nephew of the Vice General of the Isle of Man

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Bezley Houghton (commanding 2nd/6th North Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 44.
  • Lieutenant Colonel John Stuart-Wortley (commanding 6th South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Hubert Wogan Festing DSO (commanding 15th Durham Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 35. He is the son of the late Major General ‘Sir’ Francis Festing and his daughter will be born on 9th July 1918.
  • Lieutenant Colonel James Robert MacAlpine Downie (commanding 1st/8th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) is killed at age 40.
  • Lieutenant Colonel John Henry Stephen Dimmer VC MC (King’s Royal Rifle Corps commanding 2nd/4th Berkshire Regiment) is killed at age 35.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Spencer Acklom DSO MC (Highland Light Infantry commanding 22nd Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 35.
  • Major (Brevet Lieutenant Colonel) Lawrence Julius Le Fleming (commanding 9th East Surrey Regiment) is killed at age 38. He is the son of the late Reverend John Le Fleming.
  • Major Henry Archer Johnstone (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed in February 1916.
  • Major John Hugh Jerwood MC (Durham Light Infantry attached Somerset Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 28. He is the son of the Reverend Canon Jerwood.
  • Major Claude Stuart Lyon MC (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 37. He is the son of the late James S Lyon, Professor of Engineering at Royal College of Science in Dublin.
  • Major Charles Reginald Chenevix Trench (Sherwood Foresters) is killed in action at age 30. He is the son of the late Reverend Herbert Francis Chenevix Trench Vicar of St Peter’s Thanet.
  • Major Thomas Wedderspoon Alexander (Royal Garrison Artillery attached Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 34. He is the son of the Deputy Clerk of the Peace and Sheriff Clerk of Buteshire. Brevet
  • Major Malcolm Roy Wingate DSO MC (Royal Engineers) is killed in action at age 24. He is the son of the 1st Baronet General ‘Sir’ Reginald and Lady Wingate GCB GCVO GBE KMCG DSO.
  • Captain Wilfrid Henry Hensley (Somerset Light Infantry) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend Henry Gabriel Hensley Rector of Gt Barrington.
  • Captain John Brown MC (Royal Irish Rifles) is killed in action at age 23. He was awarded the Royal Humane Society’s Bronze Medal and Certificate for life saving from drowning at Belfast in September 1916.
  • Captain Thomas Horsfall Crofton (Connaught Rangers) is killed in action at age 28. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Malby Crofton the 3rd
  • Captain Francis Reginald Hudson (Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed in England at age 27. He is buried at Huntsham (All Saints) Churchyard where is father, the Reverend Arthur Reginald Hudson is the rector of the church. He is the younger brother of Godfrey Burnside Hudson who will be killed on 18th April 1918.
  • Captain Ernest Harry Gilpin (Durham Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 35. His brother died at home serving in the Royal Defense Corps.
  • Captain Philip Dawson Harris (North Staffordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 29. He is the son of Arnold Elsmere Harris JP.
  • Captain Thomas Leslie Astbury (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 30 He is the son of the Reverend Canon George Astbury Vicar of Smethwick.
  • Captain John Balfour MC (Scots Guards) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed in October 1914.
  • Captain Robert Gerald McElney MC (Royal Army Medical Corps) is killed at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend Robert McElney.
  • Captain Wilfred Roland Desages (London Regiment) is killed at age 34. His brother will be killed in May.
  • Captain Marmaduke Marshall Shaw MC (Sherwood Foresters) is killed at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend Marmaduke Spicer Shaw Vicar of All Saint’s Exmouth.
  • Two sons of the late Percy and Mrs. Whitehead are killed in different actions today. Captain Percy Neil Whitehead (Royal Engineers) is 28 years old while his brother Second Lieutenant Hugh Maguire Whitehead (Sussex Regiment) is only 23.
  • Captain Maurice William Campbell Sprott MC (Norfolk Regiment) is killed. He is the son of the Bishop of Wellington New Zealand.
  • Lieutenant John Walcot Stewart MC (Royal Scots) is killed at age 33. He is a Writer to the Signet.
  • Lieutenant Derrick Osborne (Durham Light Infantry) is killed at age 20. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Francis Osborne 15th
  • Lieutenant Reginald Frederick Rowley (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 21. He is the son of the late Lieutenant Colonel ‘Sir’ George Charles, the 3rd
  • Lieutenant Edward Gladwin Arnold (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 26. He is the son of the Reverend Charles Lowther Arnold Vicar of Holy Trinity Fareham and his brother was killed in July 1916.
  • Lieutenant Harold Charlton Boycott (Coldstream Guards) dies of wounds at age 41. He played cricket for Northamptonshire and was also a member of the English hockey team for several years.
  • Lieutenant Ronald Morley Hooper (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 40. He is the son of Reverent J H Hooper.
  • Lieutenant Douglas Meldrum Watson Leith MC (Gordon Highlanders) is killed at age 26. He is the son of the late Reverend John Watson Leith Minister of O’Meldrum Aberdeenshire.
  • Lieutenant Alexander James Bartlett-Begg MC (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend Alexander Begg.
  • Lieutenant Thomas Henry Liddon Addis (Dublin Fusiliers) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend William Edward Addis Vicar of All Saints.
  • Lieutenant Robert Gray Nicol Gibson MC (Royal Scots) is killed. His brother was killed in June 1915 on Gallipoli.
  • Lieutenant Alexander James Bartlet Begg MC (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend Alexander Begg Rector of Unsworth.
  • Lieutenant Charles Leslie Wilkinson (Sherwood Foresters) is killed at age 20. He was awarded a medallion for life saving two years in a row at Haileybury.
  • Lieutenant Sydney Stranger Chaplin (Manchester Regiment) is killed in action. He is the son of the Reverend W Knight Chaplin.
  • Second Lieutenant Timothy Davies Williams (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 34. He is the son of the Reverend Charles David Williams.
  • Second Lieutenant Francis Edward Alexander Orme Davenport (Shropshire Light Infantry) is killed in action. He is the son of the Reverend Edward Davenport Rector of Draughton.
  • Second Lieutenant Stewart Spiers Jackson (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed at age 28. He is the son of the Reverend S Jackson.
  • Second Lieutenant Charles Lewis (Manchester Regiment) is killed in action at age 26. He is the Assistant Master of Wem Grammar School, Salolp.
  • Second Lieutenant Robert Adam Ingles (Royal Scots) is killed at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend Robert Ingles.
  • Second Lieutenant Eustace Charles Keble (North Staffordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Prebendary Thomas Keble Vicar of Christ Church Lichfield.
  • Second Lieutenant Charles Clark Fyfe (Black Watch) is killed in action at age 22. His brother was killed in July 1917.
  • Second Lieutenant William Henry Flory (Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend Henry William Flory Vicar of St Matthew’s Littleport and has two brothers who will die before the end of the Great War in service of their King.
  • Second Lieutenant James Donald Allen Bell (Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed at age 30. He is the son of the Reverend Benedict Godfrey Allen Bell Canon of Norwich.
  • Second Lieutenant Eric George King (Royal Berkshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 31. He is the son of Walter George King JP.
  • Second Lieutenant Geoffrey Cates (Durham Light Infantry) is the middle of three brothers who lose their lives in the Great War. The first brother to be killed is Second Lieutenant George Edward Cates VC, killed in March 1917.
  • Second Lieutenant Cecil Christopher Baring (Royal West Kent Regiment) dies of wounds at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Francis Henry Baring Rector of Eggesford who has two other sons who will lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Second Lieutenant Denys Stutely Rogers (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend W O Rogers.
  • Second Lieutenant Walter Stanley Manktelow (East Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 21.He is a fine footballer and cricketer.
  • Second Lieutenant Henry Foss Wilson (Machine Gun Corps) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend William Henry Thomas Wilson.
  • Chaplain the Reverend Alan Cecil Judd MC (attached Sherwood Foresters) is killed at age 31.
  • Second Lieutenant Cyril Walter Fellowes (North Staffordshire Regiment) is killed. He is the last of three sons of Sir Edward Abdy Fellowes Clerk of the House of Commons.
  • Sergeant Frederick William Avery (Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 22. His brother will be killed in August.
  • Corporal Ernest Alfred Ward (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed in July 1916.
  • Lance Corporal Evan Davies (Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 29. He is the middle of three brothers who are killed in the war.
  • Lance Corporal Edward Brazier (Worcestershre Regiment) is killed as the last of four brothers who are killed in the Great War.
  • Lance Corporal John H MacDonald, 22, and his brother Private William, 24, are killed while serving with the Seaforth Highlanders.
  • Corporal Albert Victor Carey MM (East Kent Regiment) is killed at age 25. His older brother was killed in June 1917.
  • Corporal Albert Cleverley (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed. His brother was killed in October 1914.
  • Lance Bombardier Isaac John Moore (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed by a chance shell from a long range gun. His brother was lost on HMS Formidable and a brother-in-law was also killed in the Great War.
  • Private Thomas Alfred King (North Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed in May 1917.
  • Private Thomas Bain (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed at age 19. His brother will be killed in four days.
  • Private Harry Abbotts (North Staffordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 19. His brother was killed in August 1916.
  • Private Ernest Albert Negus (West Surrey Regiment) is killed in action. His brother was killed in October 1917.
  • Private Charles B Hambling (Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 26. His brother will be killed in one month.
  • Private George Hodgkinson (Sherwood Foresters) is killed in action at age 20. His brother was killed in September 1916.
  • Private George Everley (Sherwood Foresters) is killed in action at age 36. His son will lose his life in 1941 while serving in the Shropshire Light Infantry.
  • Private Tom Place (Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 39. His brother will die on service in April of next year.
  • Private John Myers (East Lancashire Regiment) is killed in action at age 22. His brother was killed in March 1917.
  • Private Percy Bartholomew (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed in action at age 22. His brother Ernest will be killed next month.
  • Private Frank Whetstone (Machine Gun Corps) is killed in action at age 21. His brother Alfred will also be killed in the Great War.
  • Driver Edmund Mounsey (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed in October 1916.
  • Private Joshua Hall Bean (Durham Light Infantry) is killed at age 20. His father was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
  • Private Duncan Campbell Carmichael (Black Watch) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in April 1917.
  • Rifleman Walter Plaice (Rifle Brigade) is killed in action at age 37. He is one of four brothers who fell during the Great War.
  • Gunner James McIntosh (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 31. He is a Police Constable for the Aberdeen City Police.
  • Rifleman George Arthur Tyerman (Irish Rifles) dies of wounds at age 29. His brother will die on service in February 1919.
  • Private William Johnston (Inniskilling Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 22. His father John was also killed in the Great War.
  • Rifleman George Payne (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in September 1916.
  • Private Eli James Heald (Manchester Regiment) is killed in action at age 32. He is the Assistant Master at Ducie Avenue School, Manchester.
  • Private George David Jeffery (Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed. He is one of three brothers who will be killed in the Great War.
  • Private Levi Farrington Harding (Liverpool Regiment) is killed in action. He is the middle of three brothers who are killed in the war and a fourth will be lost in the sinking of submarine M1 in November 1925 when she collides with a Swedish steamship.
  • Private Frederick Andrew Dobie MM (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed at age 31. His brother was killed in June 1915.
  • Private Richard Steven Andrews (West Surrey Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother died of wounds last October.
  • Private Geoffrey Bower Hughes-Games (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 26. His brother will be killed next October and they are sons of the Reverend Joshua Wynn Hughes-Games and nephews of the Vice General of the Isle of Man.
  • Private Archibald Gallienne (Royal Guernsey Light Infantry) is killed at age 24. His twin brother will be killed in two days and their older brother was killed in November 1917.
  • Private Joseph Leonard Garner (Manchester Regiment) is killed in action at age 31. His brother will die of wounds next year.
  • Private Richard Stephen Andrews (West Surrey Regiment) dies of wounds. His brother was killed in October 1916.
  • rivate William Swain (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 20. His brother was killed in February 1916.

Wednesday 20 March 1918 We Lost 351

 

William Andrew Wilson far right with family

HMS Loyal badly damages the German submarine UC-48 n the English Channel.  Three days later she will put into Ferrol, Spain where she will be interned.

Today’s losses include:

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

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Second Lieutenant Albert Rowland Cortis Hodges (Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend Albert Henry Hodges.
  • Chaplain William Andrew Wilson, the Presbyterian Minister of New Row, Coleraine dies in a motor accident on the Western Front at age 52. He is the son of the Reverend A J Wilson DD.
  • Gunner George William Swanson (Royal Garrison Artillery) dies of wounds received in action at age 29. His brother died of wounds in September 1917.
  • Driver Frederick Charles Fitkin (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action in Palestine at age 28. His brother will die in December 1918.

Tuesday 19 March 1918 We Lost 285

Today’s loss:

  • A 10-victory ace

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Saint Cyprian Churchill Tayler MC (General List attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 22. He is a 10-victory ace.
  • Private Richard Grimshaw Calvert (Border Regiment) dies of wounds at age 37.

Sunday 17 March 1918 We Lost 231

John Kendrick Skinner VC

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • A 12-victory ace
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Maurice Douglas Guest Scott MC (Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed at age 22. He is a 12-victory ace.
  • Second Lieutenant John Drummond Wyatt-Smith (General List attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 19. His brother died of appendicitis in February 1916.
  • Company Sergeant Major John Kendrick Skinner VC DCM (King’s Own Scottish Borderers) is killed at age 35. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions last August at Wijdendrift.
  • Sergeant Robert Mather (New Zealand Rifle Brigade) is killed in action at age 22. His brother was killed in August 1915 on Gallipoli.
  • Private Hedley Thomas Hatch (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) is killed at age 22. His brother will be killed in September.

Saturday 16 March 1918 We Lost 275

Edward Kerr Anderson

Today’s losses include:

  • A 5-victory ace
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • The son of a Baronet
  • The brother of a Victoria Cross winner
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • A man who has three brothers who will also be killed in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Edward Kerr Anderson (Highland Light Infantry attached Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed in England at age 21. He has three brothers who will also die in the Great War, one of which will be awarded the Victoria Cross.
  • Captain Christopher Francis Aden Ley (South Nottinghamshire Hussars Yeomanry attached Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed in England at age 24. His brother was killed in November 1914 and they are sons of ‘Sir’ Francis Ley the 1st
  • Lieutenant Llewelyn Crichton Davies MC (Royal Flying Corps) dies of wounds at age 19. He is a 5-victory ace.
  • Lieutenant Richard Thomas Folliott Scott (East Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend Richard Curtis Scott and has a brother who was killed in April 1917.
  • Second Lieutenant Kenneth John Knaggs (Warwickshire Regiment attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed in action at age 21. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Samuel William Knaggs KCMG.

Friday 15 March 1918 We Lost 302

Squadron Commander Roderic Stanley Dallas becomes the first Royal Naval Air Service officer to command a Royal Flying Corps squadron when he takes over the command of 40th squadron. Flight Lieutenant Stanley Wallace Rosevear attacks a formation of eight enemy aircraft, destroying two of the enemy machines.

The destroyers HMS Michael and HMS Moresby depth charge and force to the surface the German submarine U-110.  When on the surface the German submarine is abandoned.

Today’s losses include:

  • A man who has 8 cousins who will be killed in the German Army
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major (Brevet Lieutenant Colonel) Hubert Maxwell Lenox-Conyngham (Army Veterinary Corps) dies on service at age 47 of a cerebral hemorrhage. His brother was killed in September 1916 and they are sons of Colonel ‘Sir’ William Lenox-Conyngham. He served in the Somali campaign.
  • Captain Keith Knox Muspratt MC (Dorsetshire Regiment attached Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed at age 20. His brother will be killed in May.
  • Private Herman Bollinger (New Zealand Rifle Brigade) is killed in action at age 28. His brother was killed in 1917 and they have eight cousins who are killed in the German Army during the Great War.
  • Gunner Hugh Thomas Humphreys (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed in the Persian Gulf at age 36. His brother was killed in May 1915.
  • Private George Percy Ginders (Canterbury Regiment) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed on Gallipoli in August 1915.
  • Private William Dearden (South Wales Borderers) dies on service in Mesopotamia at age 20. His brother was killed on HMS Defence at Jutland.

Wednesday 13 March 1918 We Lost 319

Reginald George Pridmore

Today’s losses include:

  • An Olympic Gold Medal winning field hockey player
  • A Warwick and Hertford cricketer
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Reginald George Pridmore MC (Royal Field Artillery) is killed near Piave River at age 31. He is a former field hockey player on the gold medal winning England team in the 1908 Olympics. He is also a first class cricketer as a right-handed batsman for Warwickshire and minor county cricket for Hertfordshire.  The inscription placed upon his wooden cross read “A most gallant sportsman and comrade”.
  • Second Lieutenant John James Roy (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed at age 25. His brother was killed in February 1917.
  • Sergeant and observer Herbert Gostling (Royal Flying Corps) is killed in action at age 26. His brother died of wounds in November 1916.