Great War Lives Lost

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

Category: Royal Navy

27 March 1919 We Lost 109

The trawler Bombardier loses 5 crewmen to drowning including her skipper William Robert Nichols lost at age 35.

21 March 1919 We Lost 103

Lieutenant Raymond De Dibon Richardson DSC (HMS President) dies of spotted fever at age 21.  He is the son of the late ‘Sir’ Thomas Richardson and is one of five of his sons who lost their lives in the Great War.

20 March 1919 We Lost 129

Today’s losses include:

  • Two sons of members of the clergy
  • A family that will lose three sons to the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Second Lieutenant Paul Amie Bourdillon (Royal Engineers) dies on service in Tehran at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend F W Bourdillon who has previously lost two other sons in the war.
  • Sub Lieutenant Denys Ernest Puttock (HMS Valorour) dies of illness at age 23. He is the son of the late Reverend E H Puttock.

15 March 1919 We Lost 135

While some Turkish prisoners of war are bathing at Beirut, Lebanon under the guard of British soldiers, one of them gets into difficulties.  Two members of the escort go to his assistance but fail to rescue him.  On hearing of the man’s danger Trumpeter Mangal Sain (Indian Lancers) at once swims out through the surf and eventually with great difficulty brings him to shore.  Shortly afterwards two British soldiers who are bathing are seen to have been caught in a current and to be in danger of drowning and Mangal Sain, although still exhausted from his rescue of the first man again swims out to the assistance of the two others.  He succeeds in bringing one man ashore and then immediately starts without hesitation to the rescue of the other soldier.  He is, however, called back, as it is seen that the man has drifted so far out that it is impossible to save him.  Both men who are rescued are in the last state of collapse and inevitabley would have drowned had it not been for the gallantry displayed by Mangal Sain who incurred great risk in rendering the services, owing to the violent surf and dangerous currents beyond.  For his efforts Mangal Sain will be awarded the Albert Medal.

                                                              Today’s losses include:

  • A retired Admiral whose son was killed in the Great War
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • Two families that will lose two sons to the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Admiral (ret) Herbert Lyon CB (Royal Navy) dies of illness. His son was killed commanding the destroyer HMS Marmion when it was in a collision in October 1917.
  • Captain John Severn Fuller (Royal Field Artillery) dies on service in Hong Kong at age 23. He is the son of the Richard Henry Fuller Rector of Emmanuel Loughborough.
  • Driver A Bosher (Royal Field Artillery) dies on service at age 35. His brother was killed in September 1915.
  • Private Leon N Chaloner (Motor Transport Army Service Corps) dies of malaria at age 28. His brother was killed in August 1916.

11 March 1919 We Lost 144

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • A man awarded the Board of Trade Medal for Saving Life at Sea

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Robert Stanley Buck (General List) dies of pneumonia at age 47 at home. He is the son of the late Reverend Bruce Buck.
  • Lieutenant Horace Stroud Daniel (HMS Dido Royal Naval Reserve) dies at age 32. He had been awarded the Board of Trade Medal for Saving Life at Sea.

10 March 1919 We Lost 159

Alfred Henry Forster

Lieutenant Hubert Bethune Kerruish (Royal Air Force) on a patrol from HMS Campania in a Fairey N1009 sights the wake of a conning tower eight miles ahead which he investigates.  The submarine submerges as he drops 100-pound bombs from eight hundred feet, only one of which explodes.

                                                              Today’s losses include:

  • A Military Chaplain
  • The son of the 1sst Baron Forster of Lepe who lost another son in October 1918
  • A man whose brother was killed in May 1915
  • The son of a member of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant George Hawthorn Minot Robertson (Highland Light Infantry attached Nigeria Regiment West Africa Frontier Force) dies on service at home at age 33. He is the son of the Reverend George Philip Robertson.
  • Second Lieutenant Alfred Henry Forster (Dragoons) dies of wounds at age 21 received 17th October 1918. His brother was killed in September 1914 and they are sons of Henry William Forster 1st Baron Forster of Lepe.
  • Sub Lieutenant Percy Trevelyan (HMS Sable) dies of illness on service at age 19. His brother was killed in May 1915. They are sons of ‘Sir’ Ernest John Trevelyan.
  • Chaplain William Brown dies on active service at home at age 28. He is the curate of All Saint’s Church, Hertford.

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.

4 March 1919 We Lost 222

Today’s losses include:

  • A man who becomes his widows second lost husband to the Great War
  • A man whose brother was killed in June 1916

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Harry Young (Royal Garrison Artillery) dies of influenza. His brother was killed n June 1916.
  • Stoker Percy Franklin (HMS Boadicea) dies of illness at age 25. He will be buried in the same grave as his wife’s first husband who died on service in April 1915.

2 March 1919 We Lost 235

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • A man whose brother was killed in February 1918

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Bertram Sutton Evans MVO RN (HMS Europa) dies on service. He is the son of the Reverend H J Evans.
  • Corporal Bertie Robert Agnis (Royal Army Medical Corps attached Divisional Headquarters) dies of pneumonia. His brother was killed in February 1918.

 

26 February 1919 We Lost 320

Captain Alfred Castel Symons

Today’s losses include:

  • Families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • An organist, artist and cartographer to the Liverpool Dock Board
  • Son of ‘Sir’ Nathaniel Highmore
  • A Luton Police Officer

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Alfred Castel Symons (Royal Scots attached Tank Corps) dies on service at home at age 23. His brother was killed in April 1917.
  • Lieutenant Joseph Hall Hewitt (Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve HMS Arrogant) dies at home at age 34. He is an organist, artist and cartographer to the Liverpool Dock Board.
  • Second Lieutenant Charles Bowyer Highmore (Machine Gun Corps) dies on service at age 32. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Nathaniel Highmore GBE KCB.
  • Lance Corporal James Chandler (Foot Branch, Corps of Military Police) dies on active service in Germany at age 24. He is a Luton Police Officer.
  • Private Edwin Frank Latter (Labour Corps) dies on service at age 29. He is the last of three brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.