Great War Lives Lost

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Category: Ypres

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.

Sunday 13 October 1918 We Lost 1,387

Claude Handley Trotter

Second Lieutenant Joseph William Gould (York and Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 31.  His brother was killed in September 1915. The following Privates of the York and Lancashire Regiment are killed on this day having also lost their brothers earlier in the Great War.

  • Thomas Daltry is killed at age 23. His seventeen-year old brother was killed last August.
  • R J Cranfield is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in October 1916.
  • Frederick Bennett is also killed at age 19. His brother was killed in July 1917.

Lieutenant Claude Handley Trotter (Alberta Dragoons attached Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed while flying at night in Essex at age 23.  He is the son of the Reverend Canon John Crawford Trotter.  He was previously recommended for the Albert Medal for attempting to save his pilot’s life in an earlier crash.

Flight Sergeant Albert Edgar Warne AM (Royal Air Force) dies on service at home. He was awarded the Albert Medal for attempting to save life of a pilot who crashed in January of this year.

Today’s losses include:

  • An Albert Medal winner
  • A man recommended for the Albert Medal
  • A General
  • A man whose son will be born after his death and then killed in November 1944
  • A woman whose brother was killed in September 1915

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Brigadier General Colin Lawrence MacNab CMG dies of illness contracted on service at home at age 47.
  • Second Lieutenant Harold Robert Robinson (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Alexander Robinson.
  • Second Lieutenant Reginald Gillon Christophers (Otago Regiment) is killed at age 36. He is the last of four brothers who will be killed in the Great War.
  • Sergeant Hugh G Matheson DCM MM (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed. His brother was killed in May 1917.
  • Private Robert Miller (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed. His brother died as a result of an accident at home in May 1916.
  • Private Edward John Poole (London Regiment) is killed in action at age 18. His older brother was killed at the third battle of Ypres in 1917.
  • Gunner Henry Davies (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 21. He is the last of three brothers who are killed in the war.
  • Private William Alexander Fotheringham (Black Watch) is killed. His brother was killed in September 1916.
  • Private Edward Parker Wilkinson (Royal Army Medical Corps) is killed in Mesopotamia at age 47. He is the son of the Reverend Robert Parker Wilkinson Rector of Longparish.
  • Private John Joseph Hobart (Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed in action. His son and namesake who is born after his death will be killed in November 1944.
  • Member Edith Mary Tonkin (Volunteer Aid Detachment) dies on service at age 26. Her brother was killed in September 1915.

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.

Saturday 24 November 1917 We Lost 330

Alick George Cubitt

The armed drifters HM Present, Help, Paramount and Majesty drive the German submarine U-48 aground southwest of the Goodlands and she is then blown up by her crew. The steamship S S Dunrobin (Master Henry Ison) is torpedoed and sunk by U-53 forty-nine miles southwest of the Lizard. Thirty one including her master are killed.

     Today’s losses include:

  • A General
  • The Headmaster of Cross Hill Boys School
  • A Rosslyn Park Rugby player
  • A son of the 2nd Baron Ashcombe
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • A columnist for The State
  • The son of a member of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Brigadier General Arthur Cecil Lowe CMG DSO, Commanding Royal Artillery, 66th Division is killed in action at age 49 near Ypres.
  • Captain John Middleton Downend (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 29. He is the Headmaster of Cross Hill Boy’s School.
  • Captain Denis Laurence Monaghan (Irish Rifles attached Tank Corps) is killed at age 29. He is a Rosslyn Park Rugby footballer.
  • Lieutenant ‘the Honorable’ Alick George Cubitt (Hussars) is killed in action at age 23. He is the son of Henry Cubitt, the 2nd Baron Ashcombe.
  • Lieutenant Sydney Winton Ayers (Australian Flying Corps) dies of wounds received the previous day at age 24. His brother was killed in September of this year.
  • Second Lieutenant Tristram William Jordan Wilson (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed at age 28. He is a drama critic and contributor to the columns of The State.
  • Second Lieutenant Francis Henry Martin (Royal Engineers) is killed at age 28. He is the son of the Reverend John Martin Vicar of Granborough.
  • Private Ephraim Dodds (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) is killed in action at age 27. His brother was killed in May of this year.
  • Private Robert Hewitt (Suffolk Regiment) is killed at age 32. His brother was killed in December 1915.
  • Private Alexander Hepburn (Highland Light Infantry) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed last March.
  • Private Arthur Lunney (Royal Scots) is killed at age 24 in Palestine one day after his brother was killed.

Wednesday 31 October 1917 We Lost 963

General Allenby’s forces entrenched on the Gaza-Beersheba line, behind the road and the towns, the XXth Corps (10th, 53rd, 60th and 74th Divisions) of the west, and the Desert Mounted Corps on the East.  This evening, the 4th Australian Light Horse Brigade charges over the Turkish trenches and into the town of Beersheba.  The 4th Australian Light Horse led by General W. Grant charges and takes Beersheba and its valuable water wells, a charge that reminds many of the Charge of the Light Brigade in 1854. The Light Horse force of 800 loses only 31 killed and 36 wounded most casualties from hand-to-hand combat in the trenches, not from the cavalry charge.

The 4th Australian Light Horse Brigade, in three lines about 400 yards apart, crest the ridge four miles south of the town. The men ride with bayonets drawn.  Commencing at a trot, the lines spread out until there is a space of about five yards between each trooper.  The Turkish guns immediately open fire, and some casualties are taken. Suddenly it is noticed that the Australians are under the range of the Turkish artillery. The Turks have their guns set at long range and the Light Horsemen are charging faster than the ranges can be reset. When they reach the trenches they do not stop. They jump over, reign up and dismount.  The Light Horse is not considered cavalry they are actually mounted infantry and while they may ride into battle, they dismount to fight.  They then go to work with both bayonet and rifle.

The Turks are totally dismayed at what has happened. Morale is broken and many flee. Several Australian squadrons find that they are able to go straight through the defenses and on into the town itself.

  • Lieutenant Alaric Pinder Boor (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry attached Royal Flying Corps) dies of wounds at Beersheba at age 25. He is a Rhodes Scholar.
  • Trooper Albert Cotter (Australian Light Horse) who is killed at age 33. He is an Australian cricketer who played in 21 Tests between 1904 and 1912 along with 113 first class matches. While regarded as the fastest of his era in Australia (his pace saw him nicknamed “Terror’ Cotter” by English fans) he did not always have the control to back it up. He took eight or more wickets in a match four times from his 21 Tests and his strike rate of 52 ranks up with the best. Cotter joined the AIF in April 1915. The enlistment of a former sporting champion was seen as powerful publicity for the AIF recruiting campaign. Despite having no great riding ability, he was accepted into the Australian Light Horse and he took a late part in the Gallipoli campaign. Cotter is at Beersheba as a stretcher-bearer. At the end of the charge, as troops dismount to engage the enemy, a Turk shot Cotter dead at close range while serving as a stretcher bearer.

Beginning at 05:50 the Bedfordshire Regiment is involved in an attack near Westrozebeke, northwest of Ypres but the movement goes bad due to the depth of the mud as deep as up to men’s knees.  To make matters worse the Germans are anticipating the attack and once it commences they bring heavy shelling to bear on the advancing British troops. Those who are not caught in the barrage cannot move and are shot by German snipers while stuck in the mud.

Today’s losses include:

  • Two Rhodes Scholars
  • An Australian cricketer
  • A man whose father will die on service in 1919
  • A man whose father was killed in January 1916 as a battalion commander
  • The grandson of a Baronet
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • Two Military Chaplain
  • The on only lost of a family that supplied seven sons to service
  • A man whose twin was killed earlier this year
  • A holder of the Indian Royal Humane Society Medal for life saving
  • The son of a member of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Acting Major Stewart Athur Rodney-Ricketts MC (Royal Field Artillery) becomes the second Rhodes Scholar killed today when he is lost at age 23.
  • Captain Percy James Belcher (Alberta Regiment) is killed at age 27. His father will die on service in February 1919.
  • Lieutenant Dering John Jasper Radcliffe (Grenadier Guards) is killed in action at age 22. He had been wounded in the head in 1915 at Neuve Chapelle and lost an eye yet returned to fight at the front when medically released. His father was killed commanding the 10th Essex Regiment in January 1916.
  • Lieutenant Philip Gregory Hickman (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 20. He is the grandson of ‘Sir’ Alfred Hickman 1st
  • Lieutenant William Lefevre Oxley Parker (Royal Field Artillery attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 22. He is the grandson of ‘Sir’ William Farrer.
  • Lieutenant Walter de Courcey Dodd (Munster Fusiliers attached Royal Flying Corps) dies of wounds received this day as a prisoner of war at age 21. He has two brothers that also lose their lives in the Great War, the first in November 1916 the second one year to the day from this day.
  • Lieutenant James Douglas Godfrey (HMS Attentive) dies on service at age 39. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for “coolness under fire” while serving on HMS Arethusa in 1914.
  • Chaplain the Reverend Cecil Langdon (attached Border Regiment) is killed in action at age 35.
  • Chaplain Wilfroid John Harding MC (attached Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) is killed at age 31.
  • Corporal Ernest Douglas Jenkins (Royal Army Medical Corps) is killed at age 20. He is the youngest of seven brothers who served.
  • Corporal C H Underhill (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed in action at age 28. His brother was killed in August 1916.
  • Private James Tolworthy (East Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother will be killed in March 1918.
  • Gunner Arthur John Bodley (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 26. His brother was killed in February.
  • Private Ernest John Flynn (Gloucestershire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 22. His twin brother was killed in June of this year.
  • Private Albert Rhodes (Canadian Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 36. He is the first of three brothers who are killed in the Great War.
  • Gunner Frank Summerville Liles (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 37. His brother will be killed in May 1918.
  • Private Thomas Ellery (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed at age 20 in Mesopotamia. He was awarded the Indian Royal Humane Society Medal for life saving on the Tigris River.
  • Private Maurice Patrick Walther (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 27. His brother will be killed in June next year.
  • Gunner Lawrence Tremaine Wilkinson (Canadian Field Artillery) is killed at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend William James Wilkinson.

Friday 26 October 1917 We Lost 3,756

 

Hugh Gordon Langton

British and French armies launch new attacks on the Ypres battle front. Main operations are carried out by British and Canadian regiments north of the Ypres-Roulers railway and Canadian battalions establish themselves on rising ground south of Passchendaele.

Today’s losses include:

  • A battalion commander
  • A Military Chaplain
  • A member of the clergy
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A Devon County footballer
  • The son of an Admiral
  • A man whose brother will be killed in April 1941 commanding HMS Torrent
  • A man whose brother-in-law is killed
  • A man killed on his brother’s birthday who will be killed in four days
  • A man whose twin will be killed next year
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • The son of a Member of Parliament
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • Multiple men who will have sons killed in World War II
  • A partner in the brewing company Hickman & Pullen
  • A staff member on the Toronto Globe
  • A brilliant violinist

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Percy William Beresford DSO (commanding 2nd/3rd Royal Fusiliers) dies of wounds received by a shell burst at age 42. He is an Assistant Priest of St Mary’s Church, Westerham, Kent and Founder of the Westerham and Chipstead Cadet Corps. His father is the Reverend Beresford Frank Gilbert.
  • Captain Norman Hacker (Dorsetshire Regiment) is killed at age 27. He is a well-known Devon County Rugby footballer.
  • Captain Francis Methuen Noel (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 28. He is the son of the late Admiral Francis Charles Methuen Noel and his brother will be killed in command of HMS Torrent April 1941.
  • Captain Alan Brodie Hoare (North Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 35 leading his company into action at Poelcapelle. He is the son of Edward Brodie Hoare MP.
  • Lieutenant Thomas Noel Buckingham (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 24. He is the son of Prebendary Frederick Finney Buckingham Parish Priest of Doddiscombsleigh.
  • Lieutenant Richard Standeford Pullen (South Staffordshire Regiment) a partner in the brewing firm of Messrs Hickman and Pullen is killed in action.
  • Lieutenant Jaffray Eaton (Canadian Mounted Rifles) is killed at Passchendaele at age 31. He is on the staff of the Toronto Globe.
  • Lieutenant Francis William Stuart Teggart (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders attached Gordon Highlanders) is killed at age 27. His twin brother will be killed in July 1918.
  • Second Lieutenant Hugh Gordon Langton (London Regiment) a brilliant violinist age 32 is killed in action. The personal inscription on his headstone consists of a piece of music and he studied under the best teachers in Europe.
  • Second Lieutenant Maurice Seymour-Isaacs (Border Regiment) is killed in action at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend Hubert Seymour-Isaacs.
  • Chaplain the Reverend Patrick Looby (attached Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 28.
  • Sergeant E M Rochester (Canadian Field Artillery) is killed in action at Passchendaele at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend W M Rochester DD.
  • Sergeant Robert George Godfrey Faulkner (Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed at age 31. His brother will die of wounds in August 1918.
  • Lance Corporal George William Andrews (West Surrey Regiment) dies of wounds at age 21. His brother will be killed next March.
  • Private Harold Wilfred Coxsell (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 21. His brother was killed in September 1915.
  • Private Charles Jones Johnson (South African Infantry) is killed in action. His brother in law will be killed in July 1918.
  • Private Charlie Payne (Northumberland Fusiliers) is the final of three brothers who are all killed within a thirty-day period. He dies at age 33.
  • Private Percy Archibald Negus (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 22. His brother will be killed in March 1918.
  • Private Frederick Arthur Anthony (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed. His brother died at home from the effects of war service in February 1916.
  • Private Andrew Woodcock (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed. His brother was killed in April.
  • Private Harry Bertrand Sample (Alberta Regiment) is killed in action at age 20 during an enemy artillery barrage during the Battle of Passchendaele. Today is his brother’s birthday and his brother will be killed in four days under similar circumstances.
  • Private Alfred James Elsden (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 20. His brother will be killed in July 1918.
  • Private Herbert James Bates (Manitoba Regiment) is killed at age 23. His brother died of wounds December 1914.
  • Private Wilfred Hiram Mills (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed in action. He is the last of three brothers who are killed in the Great War.
  • Private Henry James Huxtable (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 36. He is the last of three brothers who are killed in the Great War.
  • Private William Arthur Innocens Blandford (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend William Mohne Blandford Vicar of Sutton.
  • Private Hubert John Wallis (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed at age 30. He is the son of Dr. Fredric Michael Wallis JP.
  • Private Charles Henry Silver (Royal Marine Light Infantry) is killed at age 40. His son will be killed in June 1940 at Dunkirk.
  • Private John Ervine Bourns (Saskatchewan Regiment) is killed at age 34. His son will be killed in the Second World War.
  • Private Samuel Hoole (Cheshire Regiment) is killed at age 25. His brother was killed in September 1916.

Monday 22 October 1917 We Lost 1,355

Henry Irwin Mahaffy

The submarine C32 (Lieutenant C P Satow) is seriously damaged during an attack an attack on German naval forces off Vaist Bay. She is blown up to avoid capture by her crew near Pernau, Gulf of Riga.

British and French troops advance on either side of the pres-Staden railway, northeast of Ypres. All objectives are taken along with positions southeast of Poelcappelle. The southern defences of Houthulst Forest are also captured.

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of a General
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A Bangor Rugby Football Club player
  • A Raith Rovers Football Club player
  • A 1908 Olympic diver
  • An Australian Rules footballer
  • A man whose younger brother will be killed in April 1942
  • A man whose nephew will be killed in April 1940
  • A man who has two uncles killed in the Great War
  • An Assistant Scout Master

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Owen Reginald Schreiber MC (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds the day before his 24th He is the son of Brigadier General Acton Lemuel Schreiber CB CMG DSO.
  • Captain Howard Jack Hamilton-Cox (Royal Marine Artillery) is killed at age 22. His brother was killed less than two months ago.
  • Captain Arthur Thomas Abraham MC (Manchester Regiment) is killed at age 32. He is the son of the Reverent T P Abraham Rector of Risby Suffolk.
  • Second Lieutenant Henry Irwin Mahaffy (Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 23. He is a member of the Bangor Rugby Football Club and his nine year old brother will be killed April 1942 serving in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
  • Second Lieutenant Harry Crank (Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed in Ypres at age 32. He competed in the diving competition in the 1908 Olympics.
  • Sergeant George McLay MM (Royal Scots) is killed at age 28 when he is caught in wire entanglements while attacking German pillboxes and shot several times. He played his last game for the Raith Rovers Football Club on 16th January 1915.
  • Corporal John Charles Whetton (Norfolk Regiment) is killed at age 23. His brother will be killed next April.
  • Private Victor Watmough (Royal Scots) is killed in action at age 19. He is the youngest of three brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Private Sidney Charles Jolley (Norfolk Regiment) is killed in action. He is the last of three other brothers who will be killed in the Great War.
  • Rifleman James Harrowell (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in April 1915.
  • Private Edward William Moore (Leicestershire Regiment) is killed at age 27. His brother was killed in June 1915.
  • Private Wilfred Gordon Anson (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 27. He is the son of the Reverend Harcourt Suft Anson Rector of Southover.
  • Private Frederick James Brown (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed. His brother will be killed next month.
  • Private Leslie Joseph James (Australian Infantry) an Australian Rules Footballer is killed at age 27. He scored 14 goals in 72 games with Geelong from 1909 to 1911 and 1913 to 1915.
  • Private John Edward Harrison (Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed. His brother will be killed in March next year.
  • Private Harold Torr (Hood Royal Naval Division) is killed at age 23. His nephew will be killed in April 1940 as a Lieutenant in the Royal Naval Reserve when his ship strikes a mine off Great Yarmouth and sinks.
  • Private Harry Jakings (Royal West Kent Regiment) dies of wounds. His brother was killed last October.
  • Private William Austin (Cheshire Regiment) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed in May 1916.
  • Private Allen Canovan (Cheshire Regiment) is killed at age 22. He has two uncles who will lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Private John Henry Fitch (Essex Regiment) is killed at age 30. He is an Assistant Scout Master for the Fourth Walthamstow Troop.

Friday 5 October 1917 We Lost 1,117

Clarence Jeffries VC

Rain resumes on the Western front and it is not a shower but a steady soaking downpour.  Haig however, encouraged by recent success, ignores the rain and decides to make a further attempt to break the Germans on the Ridge.  He orders the Anzacs to take Passchendaele on 9th October even though the wind and rain had now developed into a gale force storm. He appears to be quite unaware of the appalling conditions on the front or that the wire has not been cut and the Germans have replaced their soldiers with fresh support troops in their relatively dry pillboxes. His reason for persisting is to allow his troops to winter on the ridge, without the Germans overlooking them, and with drier conditions once the front line is out of the swamp.

The Australians attack and at Augustus Wood, near the Tyne Cot, Captain Clarence Jeffries organizes a party and attacks a pillbox, capturing four machine guns and 35 prisoners. He leads another charge on the next blockhouse where he is killed by machinegun fire. He will be awarded the posthumous Victoria Cross. Incredibly, and mainly because of the valour of Captain Jeffries, 20 men reach the rubble that used to be Passchendaele church. Unfortunately the British troops on their right are unable to support them and the Australians are forced to retreat all the way back to the mud holes that had been their front line. By now, their artillery is running out of ammunition and their shells are burying themselves in the liquid mud and expending themselves relatively harmlessly in a cloud of steam and a fountain of water.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • The son of a city councilor
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A man whose nephew will be killed next year
  • Multiple families that will lose three sons in the Great War
  • A well known ornithologist

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major John Edward Blakemore MC (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 36. He is the son of the late Councillor Edwin Blakemore.
  • Captain Lawrence Henry Jones (East Surrey Regiment) is killed at age 25. He is the son of Canon Gustavus John Jones Rector of Crayford.
  • Second Lieutenant Reginald Fitzgerald Sargent (Irish Regiment attached Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 35. He is the son of the Reverend John Fitzgerald Sargent Vicar of Saltcombe.
  • Private Michael Logan (Australian Infantry) is killed in action at age 34. His nephew will be killed in May 1918.
  • Private Ernest Edward Parker (Devonshire Regiment) is killed in the Ypres area at age 21. His brother will be killed in October 1918.
  • Private John Edmunds (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) dies of wounds at age 30. His two brothers lost their lives last year.
  • Private David Phillpott MM (East Kent Regiment) is killed at age 31 becoming the middle of three brothers to lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Private Christopher James Alexander (West Surrey Regiment) dies of wounds received the previous day at age 30. He is a well known ornithologist.

Sunday 30 September 1917 We Lost 803

In memory of Alexander Boswell Campbell

The enemy bomb British positions between Tower Hamlets and Polygon Wood and launch three attacks all of which are repulsed. The first attack is south of the Routelbeek, the second and third along the Ypres-Menin Road.

During an enemy air raid on St Omer on this night at a hospital base three bombs are dropped in the camp at 22:40, (2 on marquees for patients and 1 in the nurse’s compound). Of the two bombs which drop on the marquees, one strikes a marquee which is unoccupied while the other strikes a marquee occupied by patients and two nurses on duty. The bomb which falls in the nurse’s compound strikes a bell tent which is unoccupied as the nurses who sleep in the tent are on night duty. The casualties which have resulted are – nurses killed three, wounded three (one dangerously). Other ranks – killed 16, wounded 60. Of the other ranks wounded 14 are transferred to other hospitals and one of these will die. There is much damage to canvas and equipment. 54 marquees are damaged (two absolutely demolished, while the damage to the others varies from almost complete destruction to mere riddling). 21 bell tents are damaged (one completely destroyed by a bomb and 20 have been riddled). Many pieces of iron pierce the new corrugated iron sleeping hut for sisters. One piece pierces iron and three pieces of asbestos boarding. Numerous panes of glass are broken in the permanent buildings. One of the ablution houses has been damaged.

While flying over the enemy lines taking photographs Lieutenant Edward Horace Pember (Royal Field Artillery attached Royal Flying Corps) is attacked by four enemy scout machines, which come down on him from a cloud.  He and his observer are killed when they are shot down over Gavrelle. The 19-year old is the son of ‘The Honorable’ Margaret Pember and a Mathematical Exhibitioner of Balliol College.  Lieutenant Pember obtained a Commission in the Royal Field Artillery in July 191 5. He trained at Ipswich and left England 5th November 1915 for Suvla Bay, where he served until the evacuation. He then served in Egypt until the autumn of 1916, when he volunteered for the Royal Flying Corps. He returned to England in November 1916 and trained at Oxford, Netheravon, and Dover.  Having obtained his wings in May 1917 he was sent to France as a pilot.

Today’s losses include:

  • A battalion commander
  • A battery commander
  • The son-in-law of a Baronet
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • Multiple grandsons of members of the clergy
  • A Military Chaplain
  • A man whose brother-in-law will be killed
  • A man whose nephew and name sake will be killed in 1943

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Robert Westbrooke Hewitt DSO (commanding 14th Hussars) dies in Baghdad at age 37.
  • Captain Alexander Boswell Campbell (Sussex Yeomanry) is killed in action. He is the son-in-law of ‘Sir’ Frederick Hardying Anson Hamilton Silverton the 7th
  • Lieutenant Frederick Arthur Airey (Otago Regiment) is killed in action at age 25. He is the grandson of the late Reverend Robert Airey, vicar of Santon.
  • Lieutenant Thomas Butler Butler-Storey (Irish Guards) dies of wounds at home at age 42. He is the grandson of the Reverend Charles Kemble and his nephew and name sake will be killed in April 1943 at age 22.
  • Chaplain Walter E A Chadwick (East African Frontier Force) dies on service. He is the Venerable Archdeacon of Kavirando. He is the son of the Rt. Rev. George Alexander Chadwick, Bishop of Derry and Raphoe.
  • Driver Arthur Slorance (Army Service Corps) dies of wounds at age 35. His brother died on service in August 1916 while his brother in law died of wounds two days after his brother.

Saturday 29 September 1917 We Lost 840

The capture of Ramadie is completed and by 09:00 the enemy is surrendering completely. Several thousand prisoners are captured including Ahmed Bey, the Turkish commander who is captured with his staff.

Flight Lieutenant Norman Ashley Magor (Royal Naval Air Service) drops two 230-pound bombs that fall wide of an enemy submarine.

Private Richard Wing (Cambridgeshire Regiment) on several occasions crawls out to within 50 yards of the German lines to bring in wounded men on this day and three days prior.  For his actions he will be awarded the Military Medal.  He will die of wounds one day short of the one year anniversary of this event, having been wounded two days prior.

Today’s losses include:

  • A sixth generation military man
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • A man whose son was killed in September 1914

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Colin Campbell (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 37. He and his brother, who was killed in June of this year, are the sixth successive generation of their family to serve in the military.
  • Lieutenant Arthur Hamilton Winthrop Woodruff (Dorsetshire Regiment) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend Arthur William Woodruff Rector of North Waltham.
  • Lance Corporal James Clifford Nicholas (East Surrey Regiment) dies of wounds at Ypres. His brother was killed in September 1915 at Suvla Bay.
  • Private Hector Claugher (Cameron Highlanders) is killed at age 52. His son was killed in September 1914.
  • Private Percy Cannell (South Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed last September.
  • Gunner Thomas Stanley Noy (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 26. His brother was killed last month.