Great War Lives Lost

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

Category: Royal Naval Reserve

31 January 1919 We Lost 190

Charles Gardner Rought

Today’s losses include:

  • An Olympic Silver medal winner in the 1912 Olympics
  • A man whose brother was killed last April
  • A Justice of the Peace

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Colonel Rowland Hill Martin JP CB CMG CIE (Norfolk Regiment) dies on service in India.
  • Lieutenant Charles Gardner Rought (West Surrey Regiment) dies at home as a result of eating a bad oyster after repatriation from a Prisoner of War Camp at age 23. He was a Silver Medal winner in the 1912 Olympics as a member of the rowing Coxed Four.
  • Gunner Torquil Munro (HMS President Royal Naval Reserve) dies at home at age 24. His brother was killed last April.

1 January 1919 We Lost 372

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Early in the morning, at approximately 01:55, HM Yacht Iolaire (Commander Richard Gordon William Mason, killed at age 44) hits the rocks known as the “Beasts of Holm” at the entrance to Stornoway Harbor, Western Isles Scotland.  All the lights on the ship go out.  One of the passengers, Alexander MacIver, Mate Royal Naval Reserve, who later drowns, finds some distress rockets and fires them to summon assistance.

The rockets light up the sky and Carpenter John Finlay MacLeod Royal Naval Reserve sees the layout of the coast line.  He gives the end of a heavy line to an islander on the deck beside him and tells him not to let go.  He then puts the line around his left hand and locks the end of the rope with his thumb.  He then drops into the sea.  On his first attempt the surge of the waves carries him away from the shore but fortunately he manages to get back to the ship.  With Extraordinary presence of mind in the situation he ascertains that seven smaller waves are followed by three large waves.  He uses this information to swim for a while and then be carried by the larger waves.  Two hundred five lives are lost within 20 yards of land. Among those lost is

  • Seaman Malcolm MacMillan who drowns at age 46. His son Quarter Master Malcolm MacMillan will be lost at sea serving in the Merchant Navy in 1942 at age 41.
  • Seaman Norman MacLeod drowns at age 20. He is the final of four brothers who lose their lives in the Great War.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple families that will lose two, three and four sons to the Great War
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Stanley Nixon (Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry attached Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed at age 26. He is the son of James Nixon JP.
  • Gunner G Norfield (Canadian Field Artillery) dies in England at age 28. His brother was killed last September.
  • Sapper Frank Binks (Royal Engineers) dies on Salonika at age 39. His two brothers were killed during the war.

Sunday 10 November 1918 We Lost 974

Francis Edmund Storrs

The last ship sunk in the war is the paddle minesweeper Ascot when she is torpedoed by UB-67 off the Faroe Islands in the North Sea. Fifty-three are killed including

  • Stoker 2nd Class Charles Edward Mafeking Gardner. His brother was killed in November 1917.

H M Trawler Renarro (Skipper Simon Fairnie, Royal Naval Reserve) is sunk by a mine in the Dardanelles killing twelve of her crew including her skipper at age 38.

Lieutenant William Stanley Jenkins crashes an enemy two-seater, and later destroys a Fokker, in addition to attacking enemy troops and transport with marked success.

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of a Justice of the Peace and brother of a Brigadier General
  • A Nursing Sister who has had two brothers killed in the Great War
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Edmund Hamilton Giffard (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 31. His has had two brothers who have been killed previously in the war.
  • Captain Henry Maitland Maitland (Intelligence Corps) dies at Cherbourg of pneumonia following influenza. He is the son of the late Arthur Maitland JP and only brother of Brigadier General E M Maitland DSO (Royal Air Force).  He is a regular contributor to the Bystander.
  • Lieutenant Henry Harvey Dowse (Army Service Corps attached Royal Air Force) dies of wounds at Genoa at age 24. His brother was killed in August 1915 and they are sons of the Reverend Canon John Clarence Dowse Rector of Monkstown.
  • Lieutenant Francis Edmund Storrs (Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) dies of illness at home at age 35. He is the son of John Storrs Dean of Rochester.
  • Second Lieutenant George Emerson Dowler age 25 and Second Lieutenant William Gordon Coulthurst (Royal Air Force) age 20 collide while on an offensive patrol, both pilots are killed. They are the only two British casualties of the war buried in Montbliart Communal Cemetery.
  • Private Charlie Handcock (Australian Infantry) dies of pneumonia at age 39. His brother was killed landing at Gallipoli in April 1915.
  • Sister Mabel Helen Whishaw (New Zealand Army Nursing Services) dies on service at home. Her two brothers have already lost their lives in the Great War.

Sunday 20 October 1918 We Lost 1,732

Francis Granger Quigley

The monitor M21 strikes two mines off Ostend killing five.  She manages to steam to Dover but sinks there.

Today’s losses include:

  • A battalion commander
  • 33-victory ace
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The son of an Alderman and Justice of the Peace
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • A Liverpool City Police officer

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Bryan John Jones DSO (Leinster Regiment commanding 15th Irish Rifles) is killed at age 44.
  • Captain Francis Granger Quigley DSO MC (Royal Air Force) dies of influenza in Liverpool two days after returning from serving as an instructor in Canada at age 24. He is a thirty-three-victory ace.
  • Captain Noel Martyn Saunders (Border Regiment) is killed at age 35. He is the son of the Reverend Clement Morgan Saunders Rector of Rumboldswyke.
  • Lieutenant Walter Randall Tilling (Royal Naval Reserve) dies at home at age 36. He is the son of the late Alderman George John Tilling JP.
  • Second Lieutenant James Martin Tolson (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 20. His brother was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
  • Second Lieutenant John Haslip Fletcher (Scots Guards) is killed at age 20. His brother died on service at home in October two years ago.
  • Second Lieutenant Edward Westcott King (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 36. He is the son of the late Reverend E G King DD.
  • Private John Pryce (Welsh Guards) a member of the Liverpool City Police is killed in action at age 27.
  • Private William Edward Norman Baker (West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 19. His brother was killed in September 1917.
  • Private Arthur Brennan (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 18. His brother was killed on Gallipoli in 1915.
  • Private Charles Wellavise (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 24. His brother was killed in August 1915.
  • Rifleman Alfred Thomas Watson (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in October 1915.

Saturday 5 October 1918 We Lost 1,257

Thomas Jasper Shovel

The Austrian Air Force training school at Egna in the Adige Valley is bombed by 22 Camels of 28 and 66 Squadron.

Captain G B Bailey and Lieutenant Joseph William Greig Clark (Royal Air Force) carry out a pre-arranged artillery shoot with 274th Siege Battery.  They range the battery, and the battery then goes on to fire for effect, obtaining two direct hits on the target causing a fire on the roadside in the battery position.  The 274th Siege Battery then puts out “T” on completion of the shoot.  During this time the aircrew observes two hostile batteries active.  On one of these they carry out a very successful ANF attack, obtaining a direct hit on No. 2 pit.  During the fire for effect the whole battery position is demolished.  By now visibility is becoming extremely poor and Captain Bailey decides to work from a point above the hostile battery, although there is a patrol of eight Fokker biplanes in the vicinity and there is a strong west wind blowing.  The enemy aircraft attack and Lieutenant Clark shoots down one, which he sees fall out of control and burst into flames on hitting the ground. The remainder of the formation is driven off and the ANF shoot is completed.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Military Chaplain
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • A man whose son will be killed in the Second World War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain John Gordon Brown MC (Royal Fusiliers attached 47th Divisional Headquarters, Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at Radinghem while reconnoitering at age 23. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Herbert Brown KBE.
  • Lieutenant John Ewart Deans (HMS Cumberland, Royal Naval Reserve) dies at home at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend William. Deans.
  • Chaplain 4th Class Thomas Jasper Shovel (attached 2nd/2nd Wessex Field Ambulance) dies of shrapnel wounds at age 34.
  • Sergeant John Reginald Storer MM (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 22. His brother was killed in February 1917.
  • Private Richard Clarence Shone (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 25. His brother was killed in June last year.
  • Gunner William Talmage (Royal Field Artillery) is killed. His son will be killed in the Second World War.
  • Gunner Francis Pickles (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 30. His brother was killed in October 1916.

Monday 23 September 1918 We Lost 631

Auriol Ernest Eric Lowry

The Mysore and Jodhpur Lancers capture Haifa.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple Battalion Commanders
  • Multiple son of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • A man whose only nephews will be killed in the Second World War
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Auriol Ernest Eric Lowry (commanding 2nd West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at Arleux at age 25. His brother Cyril died of wounds in his arms in March of this year and their oldest brother was killed in June 1915 on Gallipoli. Also their only nephews and sons of their sister will be killed in Burma in World War II.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Charles Edward Ridley Holroyd Smyth DSO MC (Dragoon Guards, commanding 15th Durham Light Infantry) dies of wounds at home received during an attack at Villers Guislain at age 36. He is the son of Colonel and Lady Holroyd Smith.
  • Lieutenant Colonel James Meldrum Knox DSO (commanding 1st/7th Royal Warwickshire Regiment) is killed in action in Italy at age 40. He is the son of James Knox JP.
  • Captain Henry Russell Weeks (Welsh Regiment) dies of wounds received five days before at age 24. His brother died of wounds last November.
  • Captain Philip Pipon Braithwaite (Indian Army Reserve of Officers attached Jacob’s Horse) is killed in Palestine at age 38. He is the son of Canon Philip Richard Pipon Braithwaite.
  • Captain George Ernest Cornaby MC (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend W Arthur Cornaby.
  • Lieutenant Cyril Robert Nichols (East Surrey Regiment attached Trench Mortar Battery) is killed. His brother died of wounds in October 1916.
  • Flight Cadet Harold Kingsley Percival (Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed at age 28. He is the son of the Reverend G C Percival.
  • Signal Boy Arnold Augustus Flory (HMS Eaglet, Royal Naval Reserve) dies at home at age 16. His two brothers were killed in action earlier this year.  The three boys are sons of the Reverend Henry William Flory Vicar of St Matthew’s Littleport.
  • Private Frank Peters (Suffolk Regiment) is killed in action at age 32 His brother was killed in November 1916.
  • Private Thomas Charles Burley (Leicestershire Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed last October

Friday 2 August 1918 We Lost 480

George Leslie Drewry VC

Lieutenant Frederick Stanley Gordon (Royal Air Force) achieves his first victory when he shares shooting down an enemy LVG C with George Gauld over Dickebusch.

Mine laying destroyers Vehement (Lieutenant Commander Hammersley-Heenan) and Ariel (Lieutenant Frank Alan Rothera, killed) are both part of the 20th Destroyer Flotilla that is performing mine laying operations in the Heligoland Bight.  Vehement is struck by a mine which causes a magazine explosion which blows off her bow.  Attempts to tow her fail and she is eventually scuttled.  While attempting to leave the minefield that Vehement has sunk in Ariel also has her bow blown off by a mine and she sinks in less than an hour.  Among the almost 100 sailors lost between the two ships is

  • Sub Lieutenant Laurence Wortland Acton Blake (HMS Ariel) killed at age 19. He is the only son of Captain ‘Sir’ H Acton Blake KCMG KCVO Deputy Master of Trinity House.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • A Northamptonshire Constable
  • The son of a member of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Noel Stafford Robinson (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds at age 35. He is the son-in-law of ‘Sir’ John and Lady Johnston of Londonderry, Ireland.
  • Captain Austin Kirk Shenton (Royal Engineers) is killed at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend G D Shenton.
  • Lieutenant George Leslie Drewry VC (Admiralty Trawler William Jackson Royal Naval Reserve) is accidentally killed at age 23 at Scapa Flow. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions at Cape Helles in 1915.
  • Corporal William Thomas Billing (Military Police Corps) dies of accidental injuries at age 39. He served 15 years in the Northamptonshire Constabulary.

Tuesday 16 July 1918 We Lost 504

Lionel Arthur Ashfield DFC

HMS Anchusa is sunk by the German submarine U-54 off the north coast of Ireland killing 78.

  • Lieutenant Henry Neville Chamberlain (Royal Naval Reserve) is killed in the sinking of the sloop. He dies at age 31 and is the son of the late Reverend George Chamberlain.
  • Leading Stoker Frank Woodey killed at age 25. His brother will be killed in November.

Major General Dunsterville lands at Baku with the 9th Warwickshire and 9th Worcestershire Regiments.

Today’s losses include:

  • A pilot shot down by an Ally
  • A Military Chaplain
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • A 5-victory ace

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Awdry Morris Vaucour MC DFC (Royal Artillery attached Royal Air Force) is killed at age 28 when his Sopwith Camel is shot down by an Italian pilot. He is the son of the late Reverend H M Vaucour.
  • Chaplain Sidney Dunstan dies on active service at home at age 34.
  • Lieutenant Frank Dalziel Adam (Rifle Brigade) dies of wounds at age 21. He is the son of the late William Adam JP and his brother died last year of enteritis in Baghdad.
  • Lieutenant Lionel Arthur Ashfield DFC (Royal Air Force) is killed in action at age 19. He is a five victory ace.
  • Sergeant Ernest William Orange (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 30. His brother was killed in February 1917.
  • Private Herbert Wynne Walton-Evans (Australian Army Service Corps) is killed. He is the son of the late Venerable David Evans Archdeacon of St Asaph.

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.

Monday 10 June 1918 We Lost 485

William Edward Parsons

An explosion occurs on board H.M. Motor Launch 64. Immediately after the explosion Commodore ‘Sir’ James Startin KCB Royal Naval Reserve proceeds alongside ML 64, the engine-room of which is still burning fiercely. On learning that Chief Motor Mechanic Herbert Mann (RNVR) is below, he springs down the hatch without the slightest hesitation, and succeeds in recovering the body practically unaided. In view of the fact that the bulkhead between the engine-room and the forward tanks had been blown down by the force of the explosion, and that the fire is blazing upon the side and on the top of the forward tanks, which are composed of exceedingly thin metal and are consequently liable to burst at any moment, the action of Commodore Startin in entering the engine-room before the fire is subdued shows the utmost possible gallantry and disregard of personal safety. Had the engineer not been past human aid he would undoubtedly have owed his life entirely to the courage and promptitude of Commodore Startin who will be awarded the Albert Medal for his actions.

Petty Officer William Sunley (HMS Low Tyne) is one of three killed when his ship is torpedoed by UB-34.  He dies at age 27 and has two brothers who will also lose their lives in the Great War. Seaman Roderick MacKenzie (SS Borg Royal Naval Reserve) is killed when his ship is torpedoed by UB-103. He is one of twenty-four casualties and dies at age 19. He has two brothers who will also be killed in the war.

 Today’s losses include:

  • A 13-victory ace
  • The 5th Earl of Rosse
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major William Edward Parsons (Irish Guards) the 5th Earl of Rosse dies suddenly at Birr Castle, Ireland at age 44.
  • Thirteen victory ace Captain John Gerald Manuel DSC (Royal Air Force) is killed at age 25 in a collision with Second Lieutenant Francis Coupe Dodd who is also killed at age 22.
  • Corporal Lionel Roy Lukin (Australian Infantry) is killed. His brother was killed in August 1915.
  • Private William Wallace Boustead (Border Regiment) dies at home at age 30. His brother was killed in April 1917.
  • Private John Frances Bray (Northumberland Fusiliers) dies at home at age 18. His brother was killed in action in August 1915.