Great War Lives Lost

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

Category: Royal Navy

10 February 1919 We Lost 279

Today’s losses include:

  • An Irish International Rugby player
  • The commander of HMS Strongbow when it was sunk in 1917
  • A Military Chaplain
  • A man whose brother was killed in 1916

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major William John Beatty OBE (Royal Army Medical Corps) dies of pneumonia from wounds at age 29. He is an Irish International Rugby player.
  • Lieutenant Commander Edward Brooke (HMS Strongbow) who was in command during the sinking of his ship in 1917 dies of pneumonia.
  • Chaplain the Reverend Edward Williams Evans dies on service at age 67. He is the son of the late Archdeacon Evans, Canon of Bangor.
  • Private Robert Stewart (Highland Light Infantry) dies on service of pneumonia at age 21. His brother was killed in September 1916.

4 February 1919 We Lost 243

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The minesweeper HMS Penarth strikes a mine and sinks off the Yorkshire coast while sweeping Great War mines. It remains one of the worst peace-time disasters ever sustained by the Royal Navy. Lieutenant David Wainwright (Royal Navy) takes command of the situation at once superintending the manning and lowering of the starboard gig and later the launching of the Carley floats.  Hearing that a stoker is injured in one of the stokeholds, he calls for volunteers to show him the way and makes his way forward.  There is by now a heavy list to the ship and it is apparent she will not reamin afloat much longer the upper deck on the starboard sied being already awash.  Lieutenant Wainwright makes his way below unaided and while he is in the stokehold the ship strikes a second mine.  The foreport is blown off and sinks and he is forced to wait until the stokehold has filled before he can float to the surface up and escape.  For his efforts on this occasion he will be awarded the Albert Medal.  A total of two officers and thrity-three ratings are killed in the loss., with two ratings dying later.

Corporal George Rowlands (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) saves a man’s life at Clonmany, County Donegal, Ireland during a hand grenade accident.  For this action he will be awarded the Albert Medal.

Today’s losses include:

  • Two sons of members of the clergy
  • The son of a Regus Professor of Medicine at Oxford

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel William Ronaldson Clark (Royal Army Medical Corps) dies on service at age 58. He is the son of the Reverend John Sim Clark.
  • Lieutenant John William Thomson (Royal Garrison Artillery) dies of pneumonia at age 27. He is the son of the Reverend R Thomson.
  • Lieutenant Basil Raherne Garrod (North Lancashire Regiment attached Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed in Germany at age 21. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Archibald E Garrod KCMG the Regis Professor of Medicine at Oxford.

24 January 1919 We Lost 157

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Today’s losses include:

  • A 22-victory ace
  • The son of an Admiral
  • Multiple families that lost two sons in the Great War
  • A Military Chaplain

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Cecil Frederick King (Royal Air Force) is killed in a flying accident in England. He was a twenty-two-victory ace.
  • Lieutenant John Roland Barratt (Army Service Corps) dies of illness at age 25. His brother died of wounds on Salonika in May 1917.
  • Sub Lieutenant Michael Heaton-Ellis (HMS Taurus, Royal Navy) dies at home at age 20. He is the son of Vice Admiral ‘Sir’ Edward Heaton-Ellis KBE CB MVO and his brother was killed in action in May 1918.
  • Chaplain the Reverend W O O’Conor dies on service in Tehran.

15 January 1919 We Lost 140

Today’s losses include:

  • A man whose brother died on service three weeks ago

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Leading Seaman John Love (HMS Vivid) dies on service at age 38. His brother died three weeks earlier.

7 January 1919 We Lost 146

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The skipper of the trawler Ranmanika (Edward Eccles Rogers) drowns at age 38.

 

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.

11 December 1918 We Lost 289

The Great War has been over for a month. The dying continues, from influenza and other ailments, wounds, accidents and even suicide.

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • An accountant and estate manager

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Commander Thomas Shirley Gooch (Royal Navy) dies on service at home at age 54. He is the son of the late Thomas Gooch JP.
  • Private Wilfred Richardson (Durham Light Infantry) dies of bronchial pneumonia at age 33. He was an accountant and estate manager at Whitby and Secretary of the Traders’ Association.

10 December 1918 We Lost 325

Today’s losses include:

  • A family that will lose two sons to the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Gunner P E F Foney (Royal Field Artillery) dies at age 29 in France. His brother was killed in the sinking of HMS Hampshire in 1916.

Monday 8 December 1918 We Lost 283

Today’s losses include:

  • A Military Chaplain and son of a member of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Chaplain Hugh James Bernard Green dies on service at age 34. He is the son of the Reverend F J Green.
  • Stoker 1st Class Benjamin Dan Black (HMS Botha, Royal Navy) dies at home at age 22. His brother died in France in the closing days of the Great War.
  • Private George Bean (Bedfordshire Yeomanry) dies at age 22. His brother died of wounds in August 1917.

Friday 5 December 1918 We Lost 407

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The recently arrived Light Cruiser Cassandra is mined off the Gulf of Finland and sinks with 11 dead.

Battery Sergeant Major Charles Edward Haydon Parker VC (Royal Field Artillery) dies in London at age 49.  On 31st March 1900 at Sanna’s Post, South Africa ‘Q’ and ‘U’ Batteries of the Royal Horse Artillery are ambushed with loss of most of the baggage column and five guns of the leading battery.  When the alarm is given, ‘Q’ Battery went into action 1,150 yards from the post until the order to retire was received, when Major Phipps-Hornby, commander of ‘Q’ Battery, ordered the guns and their limbers to be run back by hand to a safe place.  For his actions Sergeant Parker was awarded the Victoria Cross.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • Multiple families that will lose two son in the Great War
  • A Military Chaplain

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Philip Edmund Vaughan DSO (Worcestershire Regiment) dies on service at home at age 40. His brother was killed in April 1915.
  • Lieutenant Hubert Burgoyne Davey (South Wales Borderers) dies on service at age 28. His brother was killed last October.
  • Chaplain the Reverend Frederick William Ainley dies on active service.