Great War Lives Lost

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

Category: Royal Naval Division

6 March 1919 We Lost 200

Today’s losses include:

  • A well-known Rugby International
  • A family that lost three sons in service including a Victoria Cross winner killed in the South Africa War
  • A military Chaplain

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Commander Guy Fowell Parsons (HMS Nigella Royal Navy) dies of injuries after falling down steps and fracturing his skull at age 37. He is a well-known Rugby International and he has had two brothers fall in the service of their king.  Lieutenant Commander Raymond S Parsons (Royal Naval Division) was killed in 1915 on Gallipoli and Lieutenant Francis Newton Parsons VC (Essex Regiment) was killed in the South Africa War in March 1900 after going to the aid of Private Ferguson on 15th February 1900 which will reward him the Victoria Cross.
  • Chaplain David Jenkins dies on service at home at age 32.

Thursday 7 November 1918 We Lost 1,295

Arthur Moore Lascelles VC

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple battalion commanders
  • Two Military Chaplains
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The grandson of member of the clergy and a Major General
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • The last ace killed in action in the Great War
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • A Lusitania sinking survivor
  • A man whose father dies the same day at home
  • A member of the Tring Town Band

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Francis Louis De Moulin MC (Sussex Regiment commanding 1st East Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 29.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Reginald Kirkpatrick Lynch-Staunton (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds in Baghdad received 26th October at age 38. He is the son of George S J P Lynch-Staunton JP.
  • Lieutenant Colonel George Arthur Tryon MC (commanding 4th King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed in action at age 32. He is the son of the Reverend Arthur William Tryon Vicar of Middle Rasen and the grandson of Major General Tryon and the Reverend Thomas Wimberley Mossman Rector of West Torrington.
  • Major Arthur Hugh Aglionby MC (Royal Garrison Artillery) dies of wounds received at Monvaux at age 33. He is the son of the Reverend Canon Francis Keyes Aglionby DD, of Newbold Pacey Vicarage, Warwick.
  • Victoria Cross winner Captain Arthur Moore Lascelles VC MC (Durham Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 38. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions last December at Masnieres.
  • Captain Claud Harry Stokes DFC (Royal Aiir Force) is killed at age 34. He is a five-victory ace and the last ace killed prior to war’s end when he is shot down by anti-aircraft fire.
  • Captain Clive Andrews Brown (Royal Engineers) dies on service at age 28. His brother was killed last September.
  • Captain Reginald Claude Moline Gee MC (Durham Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend Claude Valentine Gee Vicar of Castletown.
  • Lieutenant Frederick Neville Wells (Horse Transport and Supply, Army Service Corps) dies on service at age 38. He is the son of the Reverend Harry Wells.
  • Lieutenant Christopher William Griffiths (Royal Engineers) dies of wounds received in action 29th October at age 35. He survived the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915.
  • Second Lieutenant Benjamin Dowell Skelton (Essex Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed last month.
  • Chaplains John Watters (attached 115th Brigade Headquarters) dies and William Gerard Cheese (attached Lincolnshire Regiment) dies of wounds on active service. Cheese dies at age 35 while Watters is only 26.
  • Company Quarter Master Sergeant Eric William Parker Stamper (Sherwood Foresters attached Labour Corps) dies on service at age 27. His brother was killed in March of this year and they are sons of the Reverend William Parker Stamper Vicar of Stonebroom.
  • Private James B Gowler (West Surrey Regiment) is killed in action at age 20. He had been in France only five weeks and his father dies of influenza on the same day at home.
  • Private Frederick Edward Clarke (Eastern Counties Labour Corps) dies of pneumonia at home. He was a member of the Tring Town Band.
  • Able Seaman John Phililp Hill (Drake Battalion, Royal Naval Division) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed in March 1917.
  • Drummer James Cash (Dublin Fusiliers) dies at home at age 22. His brother will die on service next February.

Tuesday 8 October 1918 We Lost 2,486

 

William Herbert Waring VC

Captain Allan Hepburn and Second Lieutenant Horace George Eldeon shoot down a Fokker D VII southwest of Cambrai.

Beirut is occupied by the 7th (Meerut) Division with French ships are already in the harbor.

Sergeant William Herbert Waring (Royal Welsh Fusiliers) leads an attack against enemy machine guns and, in face of devastating fire from the flank and front, rushes a strong point singlehanded, bayoneting four of the garrison and capturing twenty others with their guns; then under heavy shell and machine gun fire, he re-organizes his men, leads and inspires them for another 400 yards, when he falls mortally wounded. For his action he will be awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • A battalion commander
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • Multiple families that will lose two, three and four sons in the Great War
  • A Military Chaplain
  • A Civilian Chaplain
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The daughter of a member of the clergy
  • A schoolmaster
  • The son of a Baronet
  • A man whose father died on service
  • A man who lose both a brother and sister on service
  • A Bradford and Brighton footballer

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel George Despard Franks CMG DSO (commanding 19th Hussars) is killed at age 45. He is the son of Matthew Franks DL JP.
  • Major Gerald Messervy MC (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 28. He is the second of two brothers who are killed in the war along with a cousin who was killed in 1915.
  • Captain Eustace Hammick MC (Indian Infantry) dies on service in Egypt at age 29. His brother died on service in India in May 1916.
  • Captain James Arthur Jones (South Wales Borderers) is killed at age 28. He is the son of the Reverend James Jones Vicar of Llandebie.
  • Captain Philip de Malpas Wayne Egerton (Hussars) is killed in action at age 23. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Philip Henry Brian Grey Egerton the 12th Baronet, his brother was killed in November 1914.
  • Lieutenant Arthur Charles Fleming Griffith (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed at age 21. He is the son of the Very Reverend C E T Griffith the Dean of Llandaff.
  • Sub Lieutenant F C Harry (Hawke Battalion, Royal Naval Division, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) is killed in action at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Lewis T Harry.
  • Second Lieutenant Gordon Eyre Baxter (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed in April 1915 on Gallipoli.
  • Chaplain William Evans Jones (attached Welsh Fusiliers) dies on service at age 24.
  • Civilian Chaplain “the Reverend” Joseph George Aldridge (Young Men’s Christian Association) dies at the front at age 45.
  • Driver Mildred Constance Davis (French Red Cross Society) dies on service at age 25. She is the daughter of the Reverend Edward Smith Davis.
  • Corporal Louis Henry Foxworthy (Devonshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 31. His brother will die in December 1918 from war service after being discharge.
  • Private Ivor Jenkins (Welsh Regiment) is killed in action. He has had two brothers and a brother-in-law previously killed in the Great War.
  • Rifleman Thomas Caesar Kelly (New Zealand Rifle Brigade) is killed in action at age 28. His brother died in June 1918.
  • Private George Wheeler (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed in action. His two brothers will also die serving in the forces, the first in December of this year in Germany the second when HMS Courageous is sunk in September 1939 while serving in the Royal Marines.
  • Private John Richard Dolman (Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in August 1915.
  • Private Horace Dean (Hertfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 26. He is the former Scoutmaster for Berkhamsted.
  • Sapper E J Mellon (Royal Engineers) died in Damascus. His two brothers have already lost their lives in the Great War.
  • Private Maurice Zimmerman (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 33 in Palestine becoming the fourth brother to be killed since August 1916.
  • Private Robert Lennox Butcher (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 19. His father died at home on service in 1915.
  • Trooper Arthur Juniper (Guards Machine Gun Regiment) dies of wounds. His brother died of wounds in April 1918 and their sister Nurse Emily died on board a ship.
  • Gunner James Smith (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 29. He is a footballer who scored 49 goals in 90 appearances for Bradford after scoring 37 goals in 59 appearances for Brighton.
  • Private Raymond Pickford (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed at age 24. His brother will die of wounds in less than three weeks.

Friday 27 September 1918 We Lost 3,297

Captain William Henry Hubbard (Royal Air Force) while flying at altitudes between two and fifteen hundred feet engages and silences many anti-tank guns, thereby rendering valuable service.  He at the same time completes a detailed and accurate reconnaissance of the area, locating the position of our troops. Lieutenant Gerald Anderson and Second Lieutenant Thomas Sydney Chiltern (Royal Air Force) bring down a Fokker D VII at Lambersart.

Lieutenant James Edward Maddox MM (Cheshire Regiment) is instructing a class in throwing live bombs.  One of the men after withdrawing the pin from a Mills No V Mark 1 Grenade accidentally drops the grenade in the trench and then apparently through fright falls on it.  Lieutenant Maddox with great presence of mind immediately pulls the man off the grenade seizes it and throws it over the parapet where it explodes almost immediately saving the man’s life.  For his actions Lieutenant Maddox will be awarded the Albert Medal.

  • The highest scoring ace of 22 Royal Air Force is killed in action east of Cambrai along with observer who is also an ace. Captain Samuel Frederick Henry ‘Siffy’ Thompson MC DFC (Royal Air Force) is a thirty-victory ace while his observer
  • Lieutenant Thomas Clifford John Tolman is also killed at age 21. He is an eight-victory observer ace.
  • Lieutenant Gavin Black Motherwell McMurdo (Royal Air Force) is killed at home at age 19. His two brothers will both die on service in 1919.
  • Sergeant Thomas Proctor (Royal Air Force) an observer ace with five victories is killed in action when his BF2b is shot down near Abancourt by German ace Fritz Classen.

“Sanders Keep” is a German fortification two kilometers south west of Graincourt-Les-Havrincourt between the Hermies and Havrincourt roads. Today it is stormed by the Guards regiments. Among those killed in the battle is

  • Captain William Herbert Gladstone MC (Coldstream Guards) he is the son of the Reverend Stephen Edward Gladstone Rector of Barrowby and the grandson of the late Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone.
  • Second Lieutenant Alexander Grant (Grenadier Guards) is killed at age 19. He is the son of Alexander Grant KC.

During this operation (part of Battle of Canal du Nord) Captain Cyril Hubert Frisby (Coldstream Guards) is detailed to capture a canal crossing but when the canal is reading the leading platoon comes under annihilating fire from a strong enemy post under the bridge on the far side of the canal. Captain Frisby with Lance Corporal Thomas Norman Jackson and two others climb down into the canal under intense fire and succeed in capturing the post with two machines and twelve men. They then give timely support to a company which has lost all its officers and sergeants, organizing the defences and beating off a heavy counter attack. Both men will be awarded the Victoria Cross, though Lance Corporal Jackson will be killed at age 21 during the operation.

At Flesquières, France, when his company is held up during the advance by heavy machine-gun fire, Corporal Thomas Patrick Neely VC (Lancaster Regiment) realising the seriousness of the situation, at once under point-blank fire, dashes out with two men and rushes the gun positions, disposing of the garrisons and capturing three machine-guns. Subsequently, on two occasions, he rushes concrete strong-points, killing or capturing the occupants. His actions enabled his company to advance 3,000 yards along the Hindenburg support line. For his actions today he will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross as he is killed three days later in action at Rumilly-en-Cambrésis, just south of Cambrai, France.

Today’s losses include:

  • Royal Air Force ace
    • 30-victory ace
    • 8-victory ace
    • 5-victory ace
  • A grandson of the late Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • A family that will lose five sons in the Great War
  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • A General
  • A battalion commander
  • A man son will be born next year
  • The son of the Assistant Master of Eton College
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The grandson of a member of the clergy
  • The son of His Majesties Consul Athens
  • A England International and Olympic footballer
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • A man whose son will be killed in May 1940

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Brigadier General Gilbert Burrell Spencer Follett DSO MVO General Officer Commanding 3rd Guards Brigade Guards Division is killed in action at age 40.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Hugh Alexander Ross DSO (commanding 2nd Gordon Highlanders) is killed at age 38 by a shell while crossing the Piave in Italy.
  • Captain James Philip Crawford (Central Ontario Regiment) dies of wounds at age 33. He is the son of “the Honorable” Thomas Crawford.
  • Captain James Shuckburgh Carter (Grenadier Guards) is killed at age 37. His son will be born next year while his younger brother will be killed next month. They are sons of the Assistant Master of Eton College and grandsons of the Reverend Thomas Thelluson Carter.
  • Captain Francis Geoffrey Eliot MC (Royal Marines Light Infantry) is killed at age 28. He is the last of three brothers who have been killed in the war.
  • Lieutenant Francis Rowlands Harker-Thomas (Central Ontario Regiment) is killed at age 32. His brother was killed in January 1917.
  • Lieutenant Percy Baglietto Cottrell MC (Royal Fusiliers attached General Staff) dies of wounds at Salonika at age 25. He is the son of His Majesties Consul Athens.
  • Lieutenant Joseph Dines (Liverpool Regiment) is killed by machine gun fire. He is well known as the “smiling footballer” who made his international debut for England versus Wales in 1910.  He also played international matches in the Olympics and for Millwall.
  • Lieutenant Arnold Oughtres Vick (Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at Epinoy at age 29. He is the son of Richard William Vick JP.
  • Lieutenant John Cecil Butler Prince (London Regiment) is killed at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend John Henry Prince Vicar of Braunton.
  • Lieutenant Charles Wilfred Eales (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend Henry William Eales Vicar of Lewannick. Second Lieutenant Arthur Saunders Jones (Royal Air Force) is killed at age 18. His brother was killed last April and they are sons of the Reverend William Jones.
  • Second Lieutenant Howard Cross (London Regiment) is killed in action. His son will be killed in May 1940.
  • Second Lieutenant Archibald Hugh O’Farrell (Irish Guards) is killed at age 19. He is the only son of ‘Sir’ Edward O’Farrell KCB.
  • Corporal Arthur Norfield MM (Saskatchewan Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother will die on service in January 1919.
  • Corporal A George Hercock (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 21. His brother was killed in March of this year.
  • Gunner Andrew Walsh (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action one day before his brother is killed. The two official forms (B.104.82) containing the news of their deaths arrive at their parent’s home within one hour of each other.
  • Private William Munns (Sussex Regiment) dies of wounds received in action at age 24. His brother was killed in action in April 1915.
  • Rifleman Frank Woodhead Pogson (London Regiment) is killed in action at age 22. His brother was killed on the last day of March 1918.
  • Private Thomas Herbert Ingrey (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 23. His older brother was killed in October 1916.
  • Private Reginald Cecil Stephen Rogers (Royal Army Medical Corps) is killed by a shell explosion at age 27.
  • Private Arthur Henry Hammond (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother died of wounds in April of this year.
  • Private Walter Halverson (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed on the first day of the battle of the Somme.
  • Private Sydney Strike (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) is killed on Salonika at age 23. His brother died on service with the Royal Naval Division in February 1915.
  • Private Lewis Wyndham Jarvis (British Columbia Regiment) is killed at age 38. He is a veteran of the South African War and is one of five brothers who are killed in the war.
  • Driver George Fred Wheeler (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed in October 1915.
  • Private Arthur Oakley (Shropshire Light Infantry) is killed. His brother was killed last November.
  • Private Arthur Wyman (Alberta Regiment) is killed at age 26. His brother was killed in June 1916.

Monday 2 September 1918 We Lost 3,129

Hugh McIver VC

Private Francis Turbutt Earley (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) dies of wounds received the previous day in the chest at age 19.  The young journalist wrote his last letter home the afternoon that he would later be wounded on.

My Dear Father,                                                                                                                 It is a strange feeling to me but a very real one, that every letter now that I write home to you or to the little sisters may be the last that I shall write or you read.  I do not want you to think that I am depressed; indeed on the contrary, I am very cheerful. But out here, in odd moments the realization comes to me of how close death is to us. A week ago I was talking with a man, a Catholic, from Preston, who had been out here for nearly four years, untouched. He was looking forward with certainty to going on leave soon.  And now he is dead – killed in a moment during our last advance.  Well it was God.  I say this to you because I hope that you will realize, as I do, the possibility of the like happening to myself.  I feel glad myself that I can look the fact in the face without fear or misgiving.  Much as I hope to live thro’ it all for your sakes and my little sisters!  I am quite prepared to give my life as so many have done before me.

Lieutenant James Pomeroy Cavers and Lieutenant F D Travers (Royal Air Force) share a victory over an enemy aircraft on the Balkan front.

Lieutenant Colonel Richard Annesley West (North Irish Horse commanding 6th Tank Corps) VC DSO MC is killed at Vaulx-Vraucourt at age 40.  He is a veteran of the South Africa War. He arrives at the front line when the enemy is delivering a local counter-attack. The infantry battalion has suffered heavy officer casualties and realizing the danger if they give way, and despite the enemy being almost upon them, Colonel West rides up and down in face of certain death, encouraging the men. He is eventually riddled with bullets and killed on the spot. For his actions today and previously at Courcelles he will be awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously.

At Pronville, France, Chief Petty Officer George Henry Prowse (Drake Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) leads a small party of men against an enemy strong-point, capturing it, together with 23 prisoners and 5 machine-guns. On three other occasions he displays great heroism in dealing with difficult and dangerous situations, and at one time he dashes forward and attacks and captures two machine-gun posts, killing six of the enemy and taking 13 prisoners and two machine-guns. He is the only survivor of this gallant party, but his action enabled the battalion to push forward in comparative safety. For his actions he will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross as he will be killed in twenty-five days at age 32.

Private Hugh McIver VC MM (Royal Scots) is killed at age 28 near Courcelles ten days after performing acts that will result in him being awarded the Victoria Cross.  On 23rd August 1918 east of Courcelle-le Compte, France, he was employed as a company-runner and under heavy artillery and machine-gun fire carried messages regardless of his own safety. Single-handed he pursued an enemy scout into a machine-gun post and having killed six of the garrison, captured 20 prisoners and two machine-guns. Later he succeeded, at great personal risk, in stopping the fire of a British tank which was directed in error against our own troops.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple Victoria Cross winners
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • A Vancouver Police Department Constable
  • A 10-victory ace
  • The son of the town of Inchinman School Master
  • A Vaudeville acrobat
  • A man whose father was killed in the South Africa War
  • A young journalist

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Thomas Barker Merrick MC (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend W B Merrick.
  • Lieutenant Eric Drummond-Hay (Manitoba Regiment) is killed in action at age 20. His brother was killed less than three weeks before.
  • Lieutenant Alex Campbell-Johnston (Manitoba Regiment) is killed at age 18. He enlisted at age 15 and his brother will be killed tomorrow.
  • Lieutenant John Elliott (Manitoba Regiment) is killed in action at age 29. He was a constable for the Vancouver Police Department.
  • Lieutenant Alexander Wilson Milligan (British Columbia Regiment) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed in March of this year.
  • Lieutenant Valentine St Barbe Collins (Royal Air Force) is killed at age 24. He is a 10 victory ace.
  • Lieutenant Walton Downing Thompson (Welsh Fusiliers attached Highland Light Infantry) dies of wounds received in action one week prior at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend Frank Thompson.
  • Lieutenant Leonard Widlake Dean (New Zealand Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 26. He is the son of the Reverend Oliver Dean.
  • Second Lieutenant Ralph Frederick Talbot (Royal Air Force) is killed at age 20. His brother died of wounds in July 1915.
  • Second Lieutenant Kenneth Clark Crawford (Scots Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 35. He is the son of the School Headmaster of the town of Inchinnan.
  • Second Lieutenant Horace Walter Hill (Berkshire Regiment) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
  • CSM Andrew Aitken (Black Watch) dies of wounds at age 39. His brother died of wounds in December of last year in Palestine.
  • Private Bertram Eldridge (Sussex Regiment, Sussex Yeomanry) is killed at age 22. His brother was killed in April of this year.
  • Private P Spivey (Yorkshire and Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 25. His brother was killed last April.
  • Private Frederick Newland (London Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed serving on HMS Lion at Jutland.
  • Private Robert George Hassall (Saskatchewan Regiment) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Thomas Lionel George Hassall Rector of Rearsby.
  • Private Wilfred Tompkins (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 20. He is an acrobat on the vaudeville stage.
  • Private Alfred Clinton Totty (Manitoba Regiment0 is killed at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend Benjamin Totty of Moosehide Mission Dawson Yukon.
  • Private Harold Heathman (Irish Fusiliers) is killed at age 18. His brother was killed in September 1916.
  • Private Arthur Downs Sales (Sussex Regiment) is killed at age 19. His father was killed serving in the Inniskilling Dragoons in the South African War.
  • Private Ernest Clough (Cheshire Regiment) is killed at age 31. His brother was killed in October 1916.

Sunday 25 August 1918 We Lost 1,524

During a patrol, Captain Frank Belway (Royal Air Force) observes an enemy two seater calling for flares.  He attacks the machine and drives it off, the enemy infantry having lit their flares, Lieutenant Belway descending to a very low altitude in the face of heavy machine gun fire, is able to obtain most accurate information as to the location of the enemy line.  Second Lieutenant James Herbert Grahame (Royal Air Force) bombs the Somain railway junction and obtains two direct hits causing considerable dislocation of traffic through Somain station.

At Martinpuich during a strong counter-attack Sergeant Harold John Colley MM (Lancashire Fusiliers) company is holding an advanced position with two platoons in advance and two in support.  The forward platoons are ordered to hold at all costs and Sergeant Colley goes without orders to help these two platoons.  He rallies the men and then forms a defensive flank and holds it although out of the two platoons only three men remain unwounded and the sergeant himself is dangerously wounded and will die later today.  His actions prevent the enemy from breaking through and for these actions he will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • The son of a General
  • The grandson of a General
  • The son of a Baronet
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A man whose two sons are killed in the Great War
  • The Champion Road Cyclist of New Zealand and Australia

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Francis Sainthill Anderson MC (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 23. He is the son of Brigadier General ‘Sir’ Francis and Lady Anderson.
  • Major Francis William Lindley Gull (Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 28. He is the son of the late ‘Sir’ William Cameron Gull 2nd Baronet and son in law of ‘Sir’ Charles Bine Renshaw.
  • Captain Thomas Herbert Dixon MC (Manchester Regiment) is killed at age 24. His brother was killed in February 1916.
  • Captain Ernest Lancelot Andrews (Royal Navy, Royal Naval Division) is killed at age 42. He is the son of the Reverend John Marshall Andrews.
  • Captain Ludovic Heathcoat Amory (Royal Devon Yeomanry) dies of wounds at Bayonvillers at age 37. He is the son of ‘Sir’ John Heathcoat Amory and his sons Major Edward Fitzgerald Heathcoat Amory (Royal Artillery) will be killed in Normandy in June 1944 and Patrick Gerald Heathcoat Amory (Royal Artillery) will be killed in Libya in May 1942.
  • Captain Pulteney Malcolm (Grenadier Guards) is killed at age 24. He is the only son of Lieutenant Colonel P Malcolm MVO DSO and grandson of General ‘Sir’ G Malcolm GCB (who was a nephew to the three “Knights of Eskdale” as the Duke of Wellington called them).
  • Second Lieutenant Cyril Doughty Naylor MC (Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 20. He is the son of Frank Naylor JP.
  • Private Malcolm Ferguson (King’s Own Scottish Borderers) is killed in action at age 23. His brother was killed in June 1917.
  • Private George Fields Sunley (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 38 becoming the third Sunley brother to lose his life in the Great War.
  • Rifleman Lancelot Matthew Seymour (Rifle Brigade attached London Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother died of wounds as a prisoner of war in May 1915.
  • Private Harold Samuel Elphick (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend James Studwick Elphick Vicar of St Mark’s Forest Gate who lost another son in May 1918.
  • Private Alexander Graham Fairley (Tanks Corps) dies of wounds at age 20. His brother died of wounds last April.
  • Private John (Jack) Arnst (Canterbury Regiment) is killed at age 37. He is a champion road cyclist of New Zealand and Australia and listed in the Elite Road Racers of Australia.

Wednesday 21 August 1918 We Lost 1,222

Richard John Spotswood Seddon

At 04:55 the 1st Coldstream Guards set off towards their objectives along the Boiry – Moyenneville road.  The fog is very heavy and is worsened by a smoke barrage laid down by an artillery barrage making it impossible to see any farther than 3 yards in front.  They are supported by 10 tanks of the 12th Tank Corps battalion which prove little help in the fog and smoke.  By 06:30 the battalion has covered 1,000 yards and captured their objectives.  Killed during this assault is the commander of No 4 Company

  • Captain Rupert Caldwell Butler Fellowes (Coldstream Guards) who is killed at age 24. He is the son of the late Rear Admiral ‘Sir’ Thomas and Lady Fellowes and a former member of the Bailliol Boat Club. His younger brother had been killed as a Midshipman on HMS Irresistible in 1915.

Second Lieutenant Ernest John Clark (Royal Air Force) while reconnoitering a road at low altitude, bombs with great success fourteen enemy motor transports.  On a second flight during this same night he bombs enemy horse transports, destroying eight transport wagons and their teams.  Later, with his last bomb, he obtains a direct hit on two motor lorries.  During the morning, flying in the mist at 200 feet, and subjected to heavy hostile fire, Second Lieutenant Alexander Melvin Anderson (Royal Air Force) locates our cavalry and the enemy positions.  In the afternoon he makes a most valuable and accurate report and situation map.  While on this duty his pilot is wounded and forced to land just west of our lines; Lieutenant Anderson extricates him from their machine under heavy fire and carries him to a dressing station.

At Courcelles, France, during an attack, the infantry loses their bearings in dense fog and Lieutenant Colonel Richard Annesley West (North Irish Horse attached 6th Tank Corps) at once collects any men he can find and leads them to their objective in face of heavy machine-gun fire. For his action today and on 2 September at Vaulx-Vraucourt he will be awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously. Also lost today serving in the 6th Tank Corps is

  • Lieutenant Colonel Ronald Beaumont Wood (Lancers commanding) killed at age 36.

Second Lieutenant Thomas Godwin Hobbs (Royal Air Force) performs six hours of flying.  He is twice attacked by large formations of enemy airplanes, but on each occasion, by skillful maneuver and resolute fighting he drives them off and continues his patrol, bringing back much valuable and accurate information.  Also on this day he attacks enemy transport, causing great confusion and inflicting heavy casualties.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • The son of a former Prime Minister of New Zealand
  • The son of an Admiral
  • A battalion commander
  • A member of the Bailliol Boat Club
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Richard John Spotswood Seddon (New Zealand Rifle Brigade) is killed in action at age 37. He is the son of the late Right Honorable Richard, Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1893-1906.
  • Lieutenant Edward Alan Hall (Australian Infantry) dies of wounds at age 23. His brother died of wounds received on Gallipoli in November 1915.
  • Sub Lieutenant Norman Nesbitt (Anson Battalion, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) is killed in action at age 28. He is the son of the Reverend J C Nesbitt.
  • Second Lieutenant Bernard Bocking MC (East Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed last April and they are sons of the Reverend John Child Bocking Vicar of Gnosall.
  • Second Lieutenant Edward Harold Clayton (Royal Air Force) dies of wounds received 10 days earlier on his 20th He is the son of the Reverend Arthur Prestwood Clayton Vicar of Holy Trinity Ventnor.
  • Private Douglas Chester Forsyth (London Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in August 1916.
  • Private Joseph Stanley May (Sherwood Foresters) is killed in Italy at age 21. His brother was killed in June 1916.
  • Private Reginald H T Clifton (Manchester Regiment) is killed in action at age 20. His brother was killed in March 1917.
  • Private Gilbert Pridham Babbage (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) is killed at age 24. His brother was killed in March 1917.
  • Private William Henry Short (Cheshire Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother was lost in submarine G8 in January.
  • Private Patrick Kenealy (Cheshire Regiment) dies on service at home at age 26. His brother was killed in April 1917.
  • Gunner John Ambrose (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 24. His brother was killed last month.

Sunday 7 July 1918 We Lost 405

 

Edward ‘Mick’ Mannock

The station and factories at Kaiserlautern are attacked.

Major Edward Corringham Mannock VC attacks and destroys a Fokker, which goes down vertically into the ground from a height of 1,500 feet near Doulieu. Shortly afterwards he ascends 1,000 feet and attacks another Fokker biplane, firing sixty rounds into it, which produces an immediate spin, resulting, it is believed, in a crash.

 Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner and 61-victory ace
  • A 7-victory ace
  • A man whose brother was killed last October
  • A man whose father was killed in June 1916

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Merril Samuel Taylor (Royal Air Force) is killed in action at age 25 when his Camel is shot down over Hamel by German ace Franz Buchner. The seven victory Canadian ace attended Toronto University.
  • Gunner Percy George Elsden (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 25. His brother was killed in October 1917.
  • Able Seaman James Drummond (Hawke Battalion Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) is killed at age 27. His father was killed in June 1916.

Monday 24 June 1918 We Lost 373

Arthur Bertram Lawson

Four members of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve were captured in March of this year and taken behind the German lines eventually being employed in road building Leading Seaman William Hamilton, Able Seaman Bernard Hepburn, Able Seaman William Bunting and Able Seaman William Drynan Lochhead. After being there for about a week they made their escape and after a further two days (on 23rd April 1918) they reached a deserted dug-out about 100 meters west of the St. Ledger-Henni road. There they are discovered by a German soldier. In order to keep him quiet, the four RND men murdered the German, but are discovered later by another German and recaptured. They are tried twice and executed today by the Germans. Seaman Lochhead’s brother Staff Sergeant Robert Allan Lochhead was killed in October 1916

The submarine D6 (Lieutenant Robert Thomas Norman Filkin Royal Naval Reserve age 23) is sunk by the German submarine U-73 off the west coast of Ireland.  There are no survivors from the crew of twenty-five.

Today’s losses include:

  • A General
  • A battalion commander
  • The son of Baronet
  • The son of a Mayor and Alderman
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Brigadier General Alfred Forbes Lumsden DSO (General Officer Commanding 46th Brigade, 15th Division) is killed in action by shell fire in Battery valley (southwest of Feuchy, near Arras) while accompanying General Reed (General Officer Commanding 15th Division) on a tour of the trenches. General Lumsden dies at age 41.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Bertram Lawson DSO (Hussars commanding 2nd/5th Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed. He is the son of the late Baronet ‘Sir’ and Lady Lawson.
  • Captain Alfred James Barrow MC (Lancashire Fusiliers) dies of wounds to the thigh as a prisoner of war at age 34. He is the son Alderman Alfred Barrow the Mayor of Barrow-in-Furness.
  • Second Lieutenant Thomas Henry Mawby (London Regiment) is killed in action at age 28. His brother was killed in October 1915.
  • Private Sylvester Valerio (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed in action at age 35. His brother died in September 1917.
  • Private Norman Henry Werner (Australian Infantry) is killed in action at age 19. His brother was killed in September 1917.
  • Private Geoffrey Bury Dewhirst (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed last March.

Sunday 28 April 1918 We Lost 731

Liner Oronsa

Lieutenant Commander Alexander Nevile Lubbock (Royal Navy, HMS Donegal) drowns while serving as commodore of the convoy while he was employed on the liner Oronsa, when she is torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine.  He is the son of ‘Sir’ Nevile Lubbokc KCMG, grandson of ‘Sir’ John Herschel Baronet and 34-years old and one of three killed in the attack. Other vessels sunk today include the trawler Emley which strikes a mine and sinks with the loss of eight killed and the steamships Elba and Upcerne both sunk by submarines with ten and 16 killed respectively.

Today’s losses include:

  • The grandson of a Baronet
  • The former of the ADC to the Governor General of Natal
  • A son of a member of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Alexander Murray MacGregor Bell (Royal Scots Fusiliers) dies of wounds in London received at Ypres on 19th February at age 37. From May 1904 to May 1905 he was Aide-de-Camp to the Governor of Natal and was Superintendent Gymnasia Scottish Command from February 1913 to November 1914.
  • Lieutenant Harold Grant-Dalton MC (Hood Battalion, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) dies of wounds as a prisoner of war received in action on 24th March at age 28. He is the son of the late Reverend Colin Grant-Dalton, Rector of Wincanton, Somerset.
  • Private Joseph Colley (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 31. His brother was killed in May 1917.
  • Private James Coleman (Machine Gun Corps) dies of wounds at age 27. His brother was killed in July 1917.
  • Private Thomas Westwood (York & Lancashire Regiment) dies of wounds. His brother was killed last November.
  • Private Edgar Reginald Hodder (Somerset Light Infantry) is killed at age 22. His brother will be killed next September.
  • Private Basil H Hertslet (238th Canadian Forestry Infantry) dies on service at home at age 45. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Cecil Hertslet KCB.