Great War Lives Lost

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

Category: Victoria Cross

Friday 25 October 1918 We Lost 1,614

Oliver Walter Sichel

East of Maing, France the 1st/6th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders face an enemy counter attack that turns their left flank. As the enemy continues to advance and his company’s ammunition is exhausted Lieutenant William Davidson Bissett mounts a railway embankment under heavy fire and calls for a bayonet charge which drives the enemy back with heavy loss. After another charge his establishes his line saving a critical situation. For his actions Lieutenant Bissett will be awarded the Victoria Cross.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Regimental Commander in the Royal Engineers
  • The brother of the composer Patrick Hadley who lost a let in the Great War
  • The son of a member of Parliament
  • The grandson of a member of Parliament
  • A man whose father will fund the Oliver Schel Award for singing at Harrow
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • A man who will lose two half-brothers in the Great War
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A Military Chaplain
  • The son of the Headmaster at Uppingham School
  • The husband of the Headmistress of a Catholic School in Glasgow who will miscarry twins upon receiving the news of his loss

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Colonel Arthur Houssemayne Du Boulay DSO (commanding Royal Engineers) dies of influenza at Fillevres. His brother was killed in September 1916.
  • Captain Peyton Sheldon Hadley (Northamptonshire Regiment) dies at age 23 of influenza having been seriously wounded and invalided home. His younger brother is the composer Patrick Hadley who will also be wounded in the closing weeks of the war, losing a leg, but surviving.
  • Captain Oliver Walter Sichel (Warwickshire Regiment) dies of wounds received the previous day at Vendegies at age 26. His brother was killed in February 1915. His father will fund the Oliver Sichel Prize for singing at Harrow after his death. They are grandsons of John Holms MP for Hackney.
  • Lieutenant Thistle Robinson MC (Royal Fusiliers) the son of ‘Sir’ Richard and Lady Jeanie Robinson is killed in action at age 26.
  • Lieutenant George Vinvent Carus Selwyn (Royal Field Artillery) dies of pneumonia at age 21. He is son of the Reverend Edward Carus Selwyn DD Headmaster of Uppingham School and has two half-brothers who have been killed previously in the war.
  • Second Lieutenant Ross Martin (Tank Corps) dies of wounds at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend D J Martin.
  • Temporary Paymaster Sub Lieutenant William Percy Brace (Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) dies of pneumonia at age 26. He is the son of the Right Honorable William Brace MP.
  • Second Lieutenant John Wyatt (Gloucestershire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 26. His brother died on service five weeks ago.
  • Chaplain Basil Jones (attached Royal Garrison Artillery) dies on service at age 32.
  • Sergeant Thomas Kirk Dennis (Leicestershire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 32. His brother was killed in September 1917.
  • Sergeant James W Watt (Black Watch) is killed at age 31 by a sniper. His brother died of wounds in July 1916.
  • Private Bernard Burns (Highland Light Infantry) is killed in action in Mesopotamia at age 35. He is the husband of the headmistress of a Catholic School in Glasgow.  His wife has a miscarriage of their twins when she receives the new that he is “missing, presumed dead”.
  • Private Harry Richard Foulger (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in November 1914.
  • Private Arthur Perry (West Surrey Regiment) is killed in action at age 30. His brother was killed in July 1917.
  • Private Nelson Charles Burton (Norfolk Regiment) dies of wounds at 47th Casualty Clearing Station at age 27. His younger brother was killed on Gallipoli in December 1915.
  • Private Frank Leslie Parker (Grenadier Guards) is killed at age 26. His brother was killed last October.
  • Private Alfred Andrew (East Kent Regiment) is killed near St Souplet at age 18. His two older brothers were killed earlier in the war.
  • Private Charles D Roberts (Northumberland Fusiliers) dies of wounds. He is the son of the late Reverend T N Roberts.
  • Private Fred Pickford (Cheshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 23 received two days before. His brother was killed less than three weeks before.

Tuesday 22 October 1918 We Lost 1,288

Julian L’Estrange

Brigadier General Edward John Granet Commanding Royal Artillery dies of wounds at age 60.   The wounds he died of were received at Suvla Bay, Gallipoli on 13th August 1915.

Near Hoogemolen, Belgium, Lieutenant David Stuart McGregor VC (Royal Scots) conceals his guns on a limber under the bank of a sunken road, but immediately the troops advance they are subjected to such intense enfilade machine-gun fire that he realises it is impossible to get the guns carried forward without great delay. Having ordered the teams to take a safer route, he lays flat on the limber, the driver then gallops forward under the heaviest machine-gun fire to cover beyond, the guns are put into action and the advance resums. Lieutenant McGregor continues directing the fire until he is killed at age 23. For his actions he will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross.

Today’s losses include:

  • A silent screen and Broadway actor
  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • A Brigadier General
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Charles Holbrook Rosling (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) is killed at agae 36. He is the son of the Reverend Charles Douglas Rosling Rector of Caerhays.
  • Lieutenant George William Kenneth Smith (Royal Air Force) dies of wounds at age 19 having been wounded in the throat he flew 30 miles and made a perfect landing at his aerodrome.
  • Second Lieutenant Ernest Llewelyn Rees (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend D M Rees.
  • Second Lieutenant Julian L’Estrange (Royal Flying Corps) dies of pneumonia and influenza at age 38. He is a stage actor who made his debut as the cupbearer in Herod at His Majesty’s Theatre in October 1900. He also appeared as Borachio in Much Ado About Nothing at Drury Lane in The Sins of Society. He frequently appeared with his wife the actress Constance Hardy and appeared on Broadway regularly between 1908 and 1916 and in several silent films. He joined the Royal Flying Corps in Canada but as later discharged on medical reasons.
  • Corporal James Robertson (New Zealand Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 34. His brother was killed in June of last year.
  • Private Arthur Thomas William Oke (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) dies on active service in India. His brother was killed in February of this year.
  • Private James William Evans (Machine Gun Corps) dies on service at home at age 36. His brother died of wounds in France last July.
  • Private James William Evans (Machine Gun Corps) dies at home at age 36. His brother died of wounds in July.
  • Leading Signalman (Frederick Albert Habgood) HMS Victory dies at home of influenza. His brother died of wounds in July 1916.
  • Sapper Charles Edward Angus Thorburn (Royal Engineers) dies at home at age 29. He is the son of the Reverend Thomas James Thorburn.

Friday 18 October 1918 We Lost 1202

 

Chaplain Theodore Bayley VC

Lieutenant Kenneth Burns Conn (Royal Air Force) when raiding enemy troops in retreat, descends to 300 feet and attacks three companies of infantry with machine gun fire, inflicting heavy casualties.  So vigorous is the attack that the troops disperse.

Chaplain Theodore Bayley Hardy VC DSO MC (Lincolnshire Regiment) dies of wounds received in action one week earlier at age 54.  He is a Victoria Cross winner from April of this year. He had been appointed to the honorary Chaplain to His Majesty on 17th September of this year.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Military Chaplain and Victoria Cross winner
  • A battalion commander
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace and son-in-law of the High Baliff of Ramsey
  • A former Member of Parliament, the Assistant Military Attache in Washington DC who is buried at Arlington National Cemetery
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel William Anderson Watsson Crellin DSO (Sherwood Foresters) dies of wounds received in action at age 25. He is the son of the late John C Crellin JP and son in law of the High Bailiff of Ramsey.
  • Major ‘the Honorable’ Charles Henry Lyell (Assistant Military attaché, British Embassy, Washington, DC, Royal Garrison Artillery) dies in Washington at age 43 of heart failure following influenza and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. He is the only son of the 1st Baron Lyell and resigned his seat as Member of Parliament for South Edinburgh in 1917.
  • Captain Reginald Victor Byron Loxley (Royal Air Force) dies of pneumonia in Paris less than two years after one brother has been killed in action at Ancre and three years after another brother was killed as Captain of HMS Formidable on 1st January 1915. They are sons of the Reverend Arthur Smart Loxley Vicar of Fairford.
  • Second Lieutenant John Cyril Walker (Royal Air Force) is killed in action at age 19. He is one of six brothers who served three of whom fell including one who was killed in April of this year.
  • Private Herbert Wright (West Surrey Regiment) dies of wounds. His brother was killed in August 1917.
  • Private Lionel Kenelm Digby (Norfolk Regiment) is killed at age 34. He is the son of the Reverend Reginald Digby Rector of Tittleshall.
  • Gunner Frederick Jesse Goodsell (Royal Garrison Artillery) dies on Salonika at age 23. His brother was killed in 1914.
  • Gunner Henry Blizzard (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed in April of this year.

Wednesday 16 October 1918 We Lost 1,114

John McNamera VC

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • A school headmaster
  • A man whose mother and son were killed in the Lusitania sinking
  • Families that will lose two, three and five sons in the Great War
  • The son of a General
  • An educator
  • The son of a member of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain John Francis Leather (Army Service Corps attached King’s Shropshire Light Infantry) dies of pneumonia at age 24. He was the Head of Repton School and a Domus Exhibitioner of Balliol College.
  • Captain Peter Handcock Broughton-Adderley MC (Scots Guards) dies of wounds received the previous day at age 27. He is the son of ‘the Honorable’ F M Broughton-Adderley.
  • Captain Francis Chalton Stephens (Quebec Regiment) dies at home of influenza at age 30. He is the son of the Canadian Liberal politician the Honorable George Washington Stephens Sr and his mother and son were killed in the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915.
  • Lieutenant Charles William Tomkinson (Cheshire Regiment) dies at home at age 25. His brother will be accidentally killed next month just before the armistice.
  • Lieutenant Richard Henry Charles Ewart (Black Watch) is killed in action at age 26. His is the son of Major General ‘Sir’ R H Ewart.
  • Lieutenant James Melville Dewar (Black Watch) is killed in action at age 28. He is an English teacher at George Heriots School, Edinburgh.
  • Second Lieutenant Owen James Butler (Norfolk Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed in June 1916.
  • Cadet James Scott Garden (Royal Air Force) becomes the last of three brothers to be killed in the Great War and the second to die in an aircraft accident when he crashes in Canada at age 23.
  • Corporal John McNamara VC (East Surrey Regiment) is killed in action at age 30. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions on 3rd September of this year.
  • Private Victor Albert Brown (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 21. His brother was killed in April of this year.
  • Private Herbert Newnham (East Surrey Regiment) is killed in action at age 20. His brother was killed in the sinking of HMT Arcadian in April 1917.
  • Private George H Harman (Army Service Corps) dies on service in Mesopotamia. His four brothers have lost their lives in the last two and a half years.
  • Gunner Edwin Borwick Schofield (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 34. He is the son of the Reverend Daniel Schofield Vicar of Stalmine.

Monday 14 October 1918 We Lost 1,754

James McPhie VC

Second Lieutenant James Herbert Grahame (Royal Air Force) when bombing Herseaux aerodrome, obtains two direct hits on a hangar, completely demolishing it. Four members of 29 Royal Air Force engage a large number of enemy scouts shooting down five, Lieutenant Henry Coyle Rath accounting for two of the victories.  For this action he will be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, though he will be killed in a flying accident less than two weeks after this action.

Major General Louis James Lipsett CMG General Officer Commanding 4th Division is killed in action at age 44.  He becomes the last British General to be killed in the Great War when he is mortally wounded in the front of his own line, while engaged in a reconnaissance.

At the Canal de la Sensée near Aubencheul-au-Bac, Nord, France, Corporal James McPhie VC (Royal Engineers) is with a party of sappers maintaining a cork float bridge, which when our infantry starts to cross it just before dawn begins to break away and sink. Corporal McPhie jumps into the water and tries to hold the cork and timbers together but this proves impossible so he swims back and collects the materials for repair. Although it is daylight and the bridge is under close fire he then leads the way to the bridge, axe in hand. He is severely wounded and dies almost at once. For his actions he will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross.

Today’s losses include:

  • The last General killed in the Great War
  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • A battalion commandree
  • Aces
    • 15-victory
    • 8-victory
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • The son of an Admiral
  • The elder brother of anthropologist, social scientist and linguist Gregory Bateson

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Claude Swanwick Worthington DSO (Manchester Regiment commanding 5th Dorsetshire Regiment) is killed at age 41.
  • Captain John Edmund Greene DFC (Royal Air Force) a 15-victory ace killed at age 24. He is Canada’s first ace and was shot down 10 days before being fatally shot down today.
  • Captain Humphrey French Flowers (Royal Air Force) is shot down and killed over Ledeghem at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend John French Flowers Vicar of Gt Carlton and his brother was killed last April.
  • Captain Edward Aubrey Persse (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 37. His younger brother has been killed in June of this year.
  • Captain Sacheverel Darwin Wilmot (Royal Garrison Artillery) dies of influenza in Karachi Military Hospital at age 33. He is the son of the Reverend Darwin Wilmot.
  • Captain Denman Lambert Henry Baynes MC (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at Ypres at age 32. He is the son of Admiral Henry Compton Baynes.
  • Captain William Sandilands Brown (North Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 26. He is the son of the Very Reverend Dr Brown.
  • Lieutenant John Bateson (Royal Field Artillery) MC is killed at age 20. He is considered a naturalist of exceptional promise.  He is the elder brother of the anthropologist, social scientist and linguist Gregory Bateson.
  • Lieutenant Claude Melnot Wilson DFC (Royal Air Force) is killed at age 20. He is an 8-victory ace.
  • Lieutenant Arthur Noel Buchanan (Royal Air Force) dies of pneumonia while on leave at home at age 33. He is the son of the Honorable ‘Sir’ John and Lady Buchanan and had served in Mesopotamia from 1914 to 1915, where he was a prisoner of war.
  • Second Lieutenant Robert Aubrey Hastings Lloyd (Royal Air Force) received four days earlier at age 18. His brother was killed in April.
  • Private T H Dorsett (Hampshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 20. His brother died in October 1915.
  • Private Charles James W Martin (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 22. His older brother was wounded in October 1914 and will die from the effects of those wounds in June 1920.
  • Private Joseph Booth Hodgkin (North Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed in October 1916.

Saturday 12 October 1918 We Lost 1,416

Frank Lester VC

In driving rain and sleet 22-year old Private Frank Lester (Lancashire Fusiliers) performs a deed for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross. During clearing operations in the village of Neuvilly with a party of about seven men under an officer, he is the first to enter a house from the back door. He shoots two Germans as they attempted to get out by the front door. A minute later a fall of masonry blocks the door by which the party has entered. The only exit into the street is under fire at point-blank range. The street is also swept by fire of machine guns at close range. Observing that an enemy sniper is causing heavy casualties to a party in a house across the street Lester exclaims, “I’ll settle him” and dashing out into the street, shoots the sniper at close quarters, falling mortally wounded at the same time.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • A Military Chaplain
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • The son of a General
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Ernest Frederick Powys Sketchley DSO (Royal Marines Light Infantry) is killed at age 35. He is the son of the Reverend Ernest Powys Sketchley.
  • Second Lieutenant Robert Hugh Alban Cotton (Army Service Corps) dies in Italy at age 29. He is a Clerk in Holy Orders and Assistant Priest at Holy Innocents Church. His brother was killed in June 1916 and they are sons of the late Major General W H Cotton.
  • Chaplain Archibald Owen Carwithen Longridge dies of wounds at age 38. His brother was killed in August 1916.
  • Corporal John Henry Courtier (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed in September 1915.
  • Corporal Thomas Black MM (Royal Engineers) dies as a prisoner of war at age 26. His brother died of wounds at home in 1916.
  • Private Thomas Maxwell Stevenson (British Columbia Regiment) died of wounds received on 20th September. His brother was killed in January of this year. He was drafted under the Military Act of 1917.

Friday 11 October 1918 We Lost 1,603

Wallace Lloyd Algie VC

Brigadier General Stuart Campbell Taylor DSO (93rd Brigade, 31st Division) dies of wounds received in action ten days prior at age 45.  While on an inspection tour of his battalions he is seriously wounded in the head and body by shellfire.  He took part in the operations on the North West Frontier in 1897-98 and fought in the South African War in the advance on Kimberley and actions at Belmont, Enslin, Modder River and Magersfontein.

When with attacking troops northeast of Cambrai which come under heavy enfilade machine-gun fire from a neighboring village Lieutenant Wallace Lloyd Algie (Central Ontario Regiment) rushes forward with nine volunteers. He shoots the crew of an enemy machine gun, and, turning the machine on the enemy, enables his party to reach the village. He then rushes another machine gun, kills the crew, captures an officer and ten of the enemy and thereby clears the end of the village. Lieutenant Algie, having established his party, goes back for reinforcements, but is killed when leading them forward. For his valor and personal initiative in the face of intense fire and saving many lives and enabling the position to be held he will be awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • A General
  • A 13-victory ace
  • A man whose son will die on service in 1945
  • A Military Chaplain
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain John Herbert Towne Letts MC (Lincolnshire Regiment attached Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed at age 21. He is a 13-victory ace.
  • Lieutenant Ernest Edward Tuckett (Royal Naval Volunteer Resereve) dies on service at age 27. His son will die on service in 1945 and is buried in the same cemetery in Yorkshire.
  • Lieutenant Ronald Cecil Vernon (General Depot Staff, South African Forces) dies in South Africa at age 26. He is the son of the Reverend James Campbell Vernon.
  • Second Lieutenant Samuel Richard Ernest Walker (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 28. He is the son of the Reverend Canon Philip James Walker.
  • Chaplain Frederick Walter Cleveland MC (attached North Staffordshire Regiment) dies of wounds received one week ago at age 30. He was the Curate at Christ Church, Tunstall.
  • Second Lieutenant Frank Watson Ballard (Northamptonshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 28. His brother was killed in July 1915.
  • Lance Corporal E B Stittle (Royal Engineers) is killed at age 26. His brother was killed in June 1915.
  • Private Alfred Whalley (Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers) is killed in action. His brother was killed in June 1917.

Tuesday 1 October 1918 We Lost 2,289

A fire breaks out at No. 36 Casualty Clearing Station at Rousbrugge, Belgium and quickly reaches the operating theater where a surgeon is performing an abdominal operation. The lights go out and the theater is quickly filled with smoke and flames but the operation is continued by the light of an electric torch Miss Alice Batt (Voluntary Aid Detachment), Sister Gertrude Walters Carlin, Staff Nurse Harriet Elizabeth Fraser both of the Territorial Force Nursing Service and Sister Gladys White (British Red Cross Society continue the work of handing instruments and threading needles with steadfast calmness thereby enabling the surgeon to complete the operation.  Afterwards all four do splendid work in helping to carry men from the burning wards to places of safety. During this time ether bottles and nitrous oxide cylinders are continually exploding filling the air with fumes and flying fragments of steel.  For their actions the four nurses will be awarded the Albert Medal.

Sergeant Frederick Charles Riggs VC MM (York and Lancaster Regiment) near Epinoy laving led his platoon through strong uncut wire under severe fire, continues straight on and although losing heavily from flanking fire, succeeds in reaching his objective where he captures a mchine gun. Later he handles two captured guns with great effect and causes 50 of the enemy to surrender. Subsequently when the enemy again advances in force Sergeant Riggs cheerfully encourages his men exhorting them do resist to the last and while doing so he is killed. For his actions he will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • Multiple battalion commanders
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The grandson of a member of the clergy
  • The grandson of the 15th Viscount Hereford
  • A man whose nephew will be killed in 1945
  • A published author
  • The son of a Member of Parliament
  • The son of a former Member of Parliament
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel John Henry Bridcutt DSO (commanding 2nd Royal Irish Rifles) is killed.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Robert Romney Gordon Kane DSO (commanding 1st Munster Fusiliers) is killed at age 29. He is the son of Judge R R Kane.
  • Major Geoffrey De Bohun Devereux MC (Auckland Regiment) is killed in action at age 28. He is the son of ‘the Honorable’ Henry De Bohun Devereux and grandson of the Reverend Robert Devereux 15th Viscount Hereford. His brother was killed in the South African War.
  • Major Roderick Ogle Bell-Irving DSO MC (Manitoba Regiment) is killed at age 27 during the Battle of Cuvillers, near Cambrai. His battalion is surrounded and unsupported after gaining its objective and is forced to retire. Major Bell-Irving is wounded and suffers a broken leg before being seen to be helped off the field by two Germans as a prisoner.  His body will later be found with a bullet wound to the head.  His nephew will be killed in action in March 1945.
  • Captain William Fowler Templeton (Scots Fusiliers) is killed at age 29. During the war he published a volume entitled Songs of the Ayreshire Regiment.
  • Lieutenant Allan Adam (Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders attached Machine Gun Corps) is killed in action at Marcoing at age 24. He is the younger son of the Reverend James Allan Adam.
  • Lieutenant Norman Bank (King’s Own Scottish Borderers attached Royal Air Force) is killed at age 22. He is the son of Arthur Septimus Bank JP.
  • Second Lieutenant Reginald Horace Mansfield (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds at age 26. His brother was killed last August and they are sons of the former Member of Parliament for Spalding Lincolnshire.
  • Second Lieutenant John Stephen King (Royal Air Force) is killed at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend William Richard Cambridge King Rector of Swainswick.  The original wooden cross which marked his grave in France is now in St Nicholas Church Cholderton  Lost the same day in the 13th squadron is Lieutenant Martin Joseph Sheehan second son of Captain Daniel Desmond Sheehan (known as D D) MP for Mid-Cork, Ireland killed at age 22. He was educated at Christian College, Cork and Mount St. Joseph’s College, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary. He won several prizes in school sports and played for Munster in the Rugby Inter-Provintial Senior College Championships, being described in the Dublin Press as ‘the most brilliant three-quarter back the College had produced for years’. He went to Canada in 1913, and was employed in the Union Bank of Canada at Bassano and Bellevue, Alberta. He joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force as a private in 1915 and won the all-round Athletic Championship of his Division in Nova Scotia. He came overseas with his battalion in 1916, and transferred as a cadet to the Royal Munster Fusiliers, and later obtained his commission. He transferred to the Royal Flying Corps as an observer and saw considerable service in France and Italy with the 13th Squadron. His brother Daniel Joseph Sheehan was killed serving with the Royal Flying Corps on 10th May 1917. Second Lieutenant Robert Ellerton Thompson (Royal Air Force) is killed at age 18.  He is the son of the Reverend H V Thompson.
  • Second Lieutenant Robert Murphy (Irish Rifles) is killed at age 22. His brother was killed in July 1916.
  • Sergeant John Dick (Manitoba Regiment) is killed at age 25. He is one of three brothers, all of whom fell including one who died of wounds in April 1917.
  • Lance Corporal Clifford Kitchen (Sherwood Foresters) is killed at age 31. His brother died of wounds on Malta in September 1915.
  • Private George Chase Ricketts (Manitoba Regiment) is killed in action at age 25. His brother was killed in April 1915.
  • Private William Daniels (Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed at age 27. His brother was killed last October.
  • Private Edwin Fereday (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed on Salonika at age 22. His brother died of wounds in May 1917.
  • Private Lawrence Nuttall (Royal Lancaster Regiment) is killed in action. His two brothers have been previously killed in the Great War.
  • Private Tom Hadley Houghton (Central Ontario Regiment) is killed at Canal du Nord at age 28. His brother was killed in August 1917.
  • Private Cyril Gurl (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed in March 1917.
  • Private Harry Noble Cordiner (Scots Fusiliers) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed last June.

Monday 30 September 1918 We Lost 2,097

Eric Howard Harvey

At 12:00 the Bulgars on Salonika surrender.

On 27th September, when his company commander and all other officers of his company have become casualties, Lieutenant Samuel Lewis Honey (Manitoba Regiment) takes command and skillfully reorganized it under very severe fire. He continued the advance with great dash and gained the objective. Then finding that his company has suffered casualties from enfilade machine-gun fire he located the machine-gun nest and rushed it single-handed, captured the guns and ten prisoners. Subsequently he repeled four counter-attacks and after dark again went out alone and located an enemy post, lead a party which captured the post and three guns. Yesterday he led his company against a strong enemy position with great skill and daring and continued to display the same high example of valor and self-sacrifice. He dies of wounds received today during the last day of the attack by his battalion. For his actions he will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • The brother of a Great War Poet
  • A 10-victory ace
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • A Military Chaplain
  • An Australian Rules footballer

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Cecil Alfred Orton (Royal Garrison Artillery) dies of wounds at home. He is the son of the Reverend Francis Orton Rector of Swyre.
  • Captain Eric Howard Harvey (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed in action at age 28. He is the brother of the war poet Frederick William Harvey.
  • Captain Cecil Vernon Gardner DFC (Royal Air Force) dies of wounds received three days earlier at age 29. He is a ten-victory ace and his brother was killed in May 1917.
  • Lieutenant Harold Doust MC (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 32. His brother was killed last September.
  • Second Lieutenant Harry Hutchinson (King’s Own Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed in November 1916.
  • Chaplain Cecil Alfred Mallett (New Zealand Chaplain’s Department) dies of accidental injuries at age 37.
  • Sergeant Arthur Leslie (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 33. He is the third brother to be killed in the Great War.
  • Lance Corporal Frederick Thomas Stephens MM (Saskatchewan Regiment) is killed at age 23. His brother died on service in the Royal Navy in August last year.
  • Private George Green (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 26. His younger brother was killed in May 1915.
  • Private John Sharp Cameron (Auckland Infantry) is killed. His brother died of wounds in June 1917.
  • Private Clarence Valentine Harris (Newfoundland Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed in November 1917.
  • Private Ernest George Hodder (Central Ontario Regiment) is killed at age 31. His brother was killed last April.
  • Private Denis Kelly (Leinster Regiment) is killed in action at age 20. He has two brothers who have previously been killed while serving in the Leinster Regiment.
  • Bombardier James Duncan Gordon (Australian Field Artillery) is an Australian rules footballer who played with Essendon in the Victoria Football League.
  • Private Griffith Piercy (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed at age 21 exactly four months after his brother was also killed.
  • Signalman George Redvers Victor Slater (HMS Vivid) dies of illness at home at age 18. He is the son of the Reverend Frederick George Slater Vicar of Ince

Saturday 28 September 1918 We Lost 1,992

During the advance to Piccadilly Farm near Wytschaete, Sergeant Louis McGuffie (King’s Own Scottish Borderers) single-handedly enters several enemy dugouts and takes many prisoners.  During subsequent operations he deals similarly with dugout after dugout forcing one officer and twenty-five other ranks to surrender. During the subsequent consolidation of the first objective he pursues and brings back several of the enemy who are slipping away and he is also instrumental in rescuing some of our own soldiers who are being led off as prisoners. Later in the day, while commanding his platoon he leads them in capturing many prisoners.  Sergeant McGuffie will be killed in less than a week during a shelling. For his actions Sergeant will be awarded the Victoria Cross

Captain G B Bailey and Lieutenant Joseph William Greig Clark (Royal Air Force) are detailed to watch and report on progress made by the 57th Division in its advance towards the Schelde Canal.  They reconnoiter the area in front of the infantry from a height of 400 feet and discover that the enemy has withdrawn to the east of the canal.  Realizing that the infantry might advance more rapidly, they drop a message on the advancing men, urging them to press on at once as they will find no opposition. The aircrew then returns to the Division Headquarters and drop a message informing them of their action. On returning to the infantry they notice that they are all advancing hurriedly towards the canal, on reaching which the infantry are able to seize the crossings.  In spite of this the enemy has been able to get into a trench line east of the canal.

Lieutenant Robert Allan Caldwell dives down to 400 feet over Catteniers – then seven to eight miles over the line which he observes to be congested with lorries, guns and limbers.  Flying the streets he drops four bombs separately, each with great affect. He then fires 350 rounds in all at assemblies of troops near Catteniers and on roads westwards. Seeing our troops advancing and skirmishing west of Noyelles, he five times attacks the enemy holding the bridgehead at Noyelles from 100 feet, greatly encouraging our New Zealand troops who are engaged and assisting them to discover the line held by the enemy.

Lieutenant Archie Buchanan (Royal Air Force) in an engagement with fifteen Fokker biplanes, owing to engine trouble is compelled to remain under his flight; he nevertheless accounts for two enemy machines, attacking one under its tail, causing it to crash, and driving another down out of control. Captain Allan Hepburn and Lieutenant Marshall shoot down a Fokker V II near Leuze-Ath.

A German air raid on an allied aerodrome just outside Boulogne scores a direct hit on a dormitory killing 85 men.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Battalion commander
  • A Cambridge football blue
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A son of the late Deputy Inspector General of Police in Jamaica
  • A man killed one day after the 18th anniversary of the day his brother was killed in front of him in the South Africa War
  • A man whose father was killed in the South Africa War
  • The son of Writer to the Signet
  • The brother of a man who was awarded a posthumous Albert Medal for his action last year during the Halifax Explosion
  • A Military Chaplain
  • A former child actor

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Charles James Townshend Stewart DSO (commanding Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry) is killed at age 44.
  • Major William James Gordon Burns DSO (Canadian Field Artillery) is killed by a shell splinter while on a recon at age 28. He is the son of the Reverend Robert N Burns. The James Burns award is presented annually to a student with overall A standing in a Second Year which included 3.0 Science courses at the University of Toronto.
  • Major Denis St George Knox Boswell (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) dies of influenza in Greece at age 24. He is a former Cambridge Football Blue.
  • Major Percival Thomas Priestley (Royal Army Medical Corps) is killed on Salonika at age 30. He is the son of the Reverend Thomas Priestley Vicar of Albrighton.
  • Captain Francis Dobree McCrea (Royal Canadian Regiment) is killed at age 23. He is the son of J McCrea, late Deputy Inspector General of Police, Jamaica.
  • Captain Richard Crawshay Bailey Partridge MC (Shropshire Light Infantry) is killed in action near Havrincourt Wood at age 42. Ironically, one day short of the eighteenth anniversary of the death in action of his brother during a skirmish with the Boers in the South African War in the presence of his brother.
  • Lieutenant John Prosser (Black Watch) is killed at age 29. He is the son of ‘Sir’ John Prosser Writer to the Signet Edinburgh.
  • Lieutenant Wesley Williams Irvine (Manitoba Regiment) is killed at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend S O Irvine.
  • Lieutenant John Noble (Cameron Highlanders attached Machine Gun Corps) is killed in action at age 30. He is a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Science at Glasgow University.
  • Lieutenant George Harvey Rochester MC (Central Ontario Regiment) is killed in action at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend W M Rochester DD.
  • Lieutenant Guy Triggs (Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry) dies on service at home at age 29. His brother was killed in the Halifax explosion of December last year performing acts that won him the Albert Medal.
  • Second Lieutenant Henry Augustine Buckmaster (North Lancashire Regiment) is killed in action at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Charles John Buckmaster Vicar of Hindley.
  • Second Lieutenant Denis Godfrey Eagar (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in May 1915 and they are sons of Captain Edward Boaz Eagar who was killed on 23rd November 1899 at Belmont South Africa.
  • Chaplain William Henry Tomkins attached South Staffordshire Regiment is killed.
  • Private John Walsh (Scots Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 21 one day after his brother has been killed.
  • Private David John Stanley Hixson (Cheshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 19. His brother was killed in March 1915.
  • Private Francis Haraold Van Schepdael (Alberta Regiment) is killed in action at age 28. His brother was killed in April 1915.
  • Private Albert Arthur Taylor (East Kent Regiment) dies of wounds received near Peronne at age 19. His brother was killed in June 1916.
  • Private Oswald Gilbert Darling (Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry) is killed at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend Charles B Darling.
  • Private John Nicholls (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 36. He is the last of three brothers who are killed in the Great War.
  • Private John Herbert Carr (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 33. His brother was killed last December.
  • Private Herbert Smith Peters (Alberta Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother was killed in June 1916.
  • Private Maurice Pollack (Dorset Yeomanry) dies of wounds in Damascus at age 33. He is an accomplished child actor, best known for his performance at Little Lord Fauntleroy in which he first appeared at the Grand Birmingham. His biography will be written by Peter Farrar.