Great War Lives Lost

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

Tuesday 6 August 1918 We Lost 431

The destroyer Comet (Lieutenant Commander Henry D Pridham-Wippell) is sunk by an Austrian submarine in the Mediterranean Sea with a loss of six crew members.

Today’s losses include:

  • An Australian Rugby International

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Bryan Desmond Hughes MC (Royal Dublin Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 30. He is the son of the late Honorable John Hughes and earned 2 caps playing International Rugby for Australia.

Monday 5 August 1918 We Lost 272

Arthur Frederick Lakeman

The last night Zeppelin raid of the war takes place.  Five Zeppelins make attacks and one of them L70 is shot down.

Four Bristol F2bs are attacked by three Albatros single-seaters while reconnoitering Pergine aerodrome.  Though not known at the time by the British the Albatroses are flying a protective patrol while Emperor Karl is on an inspection tour.

Today’s losses include:

  • A battalion commander
  • A man who was recommended for the Albert Medal twice
  • The son of the Director General of Recruiting in Australia
  • A man whose brother will be killed in 18 days
  • A top batsman for the Lenzie Cricket Club

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel C L Barlow DSO (West Yorkshire commanding 1st/5th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) is killed in action.
  • Captain William Percival Vint (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 33. He was twice recommended for the Albert Medal.
  • Lieutenant Brice Bunny MacKinnon MC (Black Watch) dies of illness at age 20. He is the son of the Honorable Donald MacKinnon, Director-General of Recruiting in Australia.
  • Second Lieutenant Arthur Frederick Lakeman (Black Watch attached Tank Corps) is killed in action at age 31 eighteen days before his younger brother. The two brothers had been two of the top three batsmen for the Lenzie Cricket Club prior to the Great War.

Sunday 4 August 1918 We Lost 323

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of a General
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • 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 Walter Henry Lloyd (Royal Army Medical Corps attached London Regiment) is killed at age 27. He is the son of Whiter Lloyd JP.
  • Second Lieutenant Douglas F Mackenzie (Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed at age 24. He is the only child of the Reverend Dr. Mackenzie.
  • Private Francis Arthur Stanford (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed in May of this year.
  • Private J L H Faulkner (Royal West Kent Regiment) dies of wounds at age 31. His brother was killed last October.
  • Trooper Henry John Chauvel Prior (Lord Strathcona’s Horse) dies in England at age 40 while on active service. He is the son of the late Major General B I C Prior of the Madras Staff Corps.

Saturday 3 August 1918 We Lost 420

Violet Alice Lambton Long OBE

S S Warilda, an ambulance transport, is torpedoed and sunk between Le Havre and Southampton, and one hundred nine patients and seven of the crew are killed or drowned. Killed in the sinking

  • Captain Reginald Lightbrown Bolton (Manchester Regiment) who played for his country Rugby team and was a social worker prior to joining the army.
  • Deputy Chief Controller Violet Alice Lambton Long OBE (Queen Mary Auxiliary Army Corps) when after ensuring all 11 of her charges are safely in lifeboats she attempts to escape the sinking ship herself only to become entangled in ropes and crushed against the side of the ship.

Lieutenant (Temporary Captain) Frederick Warrington Gillett (Royal Air Force) shoots down the first of twelve enemy aircraft he will destroy by the end of the war.

A large-scale Allied intervention begins at Vladivostok.

Today’s losses include:

  • A member of Queen Mary’s Auxiliary Army Corps
  • An England Rugby International
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain David Maxwell MC (Black Watch) dies of wounds received in action two days prior at age 28. His brother was killed on Gallipoli in October 1915.
  • Captain Henry George Westmorland Wood DSO (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed at age 29. His brother was killed in September 1915.
  • Private George Moncrieff (Gordon Highlanders) is killed by a shell splinter at age 20. His brother was killed on the first day of the battle of the Somme.

Friday 2 August 1918 We Lost 480

George Leslie Drewry VC

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

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

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

Today’s losses include:

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

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

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

Thursday 1 August 1918 We Lost 691

Haddo Reginald Drummond-Fraser

Today’s losses include:

  • A battalion commander
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A member of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A direct descendant of an ally of Robert the Bruce
  • A Rhodes scholar
  • A schoolmaster and artist
  • A man who dies on his wedding day

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Charles Leslie Barlow DSO (West Yorkshire Regiment commanding 1st/5th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) is killed.
  • Major Augustine George Richard Whitehouse MC (Herefordshire Regiment) is killed at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend George Whitehouse Vicar of Sellack.
  • Captain Haddo Reginald Drummond-Fraser (Cheshire Regiment attached Herefordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 22. He is the second son of ‘Sir’ Drummond and Lady Drummond-Fraser to be killed in the Great War.
  • Captain John Champain Tanner (Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed while instructing at home at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Maurice Tanner Rector of Eversley.
  • Lieutenant Findlay Macfadyen Ross MC (Royal Scots) is killed in action at age 25. He is the son of the late Reverend John Ross DD, Missionary U F Church, Manchuria.
  • Lieutenant George Frederick Glaister (Tank Corps) is killed in action at age 28. He is a direct descendant of ‘Sir’ Richard de Glasserith who fought under Bruce in the 13th Century and he rowed crew for Cambridge.
  • Lieutenant George Gordon Carmichael (King’s Own Scottish Borderers) is killed at age 22. He is the son of Robert Carmichael JP.
  • Lieutenant the Reverend Frank W Saunders (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) is killed at age 37. He is the Minister of the Parish of Anworth.
  • Second Lieutenant Henry Stokes Richards (Essex Regiment attached Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed while instructing at home at age 24. He was the first Rhodes Scholar at Canterbury College New Zealand and the fourth New Zealand Rhodes scholar to lose his life in the Great War.
  • Second Lieutenant Gerard Croft Hoare (Rifle Brigade) dies of wounds received in action at home at age 19. He is the son of Captain Geoffrey de M G Hoare JP.
  • Second Lieutenant James Crosby Jackson (Royal Scots) is killed at age 23. He is the son of Reverend George Walker Jackson.
  • Private James McIntosh (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) is killed in action at age 25. One brother was killed in action in July 1917 another will be killed as a miner in the Auchengeich Pit disaster on 17th September 1959, while their brother in law will be killed one week after James.
  • Private Frederick Owen Werndly (Australian Infantry) is killed in action at age 23. His brother will be killed next month.
  • Private Cyril Cuthbert Agar (West Yorkshire Regiment) dies of wounds received in action as a prisoner of war at age 19. His brother was killed in action in October 1917.
  • Private Alfred Edmund Watson (Yorkshire Regiment) dies while a prisoner of war at age 32. He is a schoolmaster and artist.
  • Air Mechanic 2nd class David Jones (Royal Air Force) dies at home on his wedding day.

Wednesday 31 July 1918 We Lost 424

George Edward Henry McElroy

Captain Thomas Riversdale Colyer-Fergusson VC (Northamptonshire Regiment) will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross for most conspicuous bravery, skilful leading, and determination in attack. The tactical situation having developed contrary to expectation, it is not possible for his company to adhere to their original plan for deployment, and, owing to the difficulties of the ground, and to enemy wire. Captain Colyer-Fergusson finds himself with a sergeant and five men only. His party is then threatened by a heavy counter-attack from the left front, but this attack he successfully resists. During this operation, assisted by his orderly only, he attacks and captures an enemy machine gun and turns it on the assailants, many of whom are killed, and a large number are driven into the hands of an adjoining unit. Later, assisted only by his sergeant, he again attacks and captures a second machine gun, by which time he has been joined by other portions of his company and is enabled to consolidate his position. He is killed by a sniper shortly afterwards.  He is killed at age 21 and is the third and youngest son of Thomas Colyer-Fergusson 3rd Baronet.  Captain Colyer-Fergusson was intending to go up to Oriel College, Oxford, but when the war broke out he joined the Public Schools Battalion, subsequently obtaining a temporary commission in February 1915, in the Northamptonshire Regiment, and a permanent one in December 1916. He went to France in November 1915, and was wounded at Contalmaison in July 1916, returning to France the following November. He was appointed Acting Captain in January 1917. His brother will die on service in August 1940 serving in the Royal Army Service Corps.

Lieutenant Gerald Anderson and Second Lieutenant Thomas Sydney Chiltern shoot down a Pfalz D III at Fromelles.  Lieutenant George Poole and Sergeant Charles Hill (Royal Air Force) bring down a Fokker D VII at Estaires-Merville.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • A 47-victory ace
  • A man whose brother will die on service in August 1940
  • Multiple families that will lose two and or three sons in the Great War
  • A Justice of the Peace
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • A son-in-law of a member of the clergy
  • The son of the Salvation Army Commissioner

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel John Graham Dooner DSO (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action. He is a South Africa War veteran and his brother was killed in October 1914.
  • Major Eric Brown Lees JP (Westmorland and Cumberland Yeomanry attached Sherwood Foresters) of Thruland Castle, Lancaster is killed in action at age 40. He is the son of Edward Brown Lees JP DL and son in law of the late vicar of Holy Trinity, Southport.  He was the Justice of the Peace for Yorks, Lancs and Westmorland.
  • Captain George Edward Henry McElroy (Royal Air Force) is killed by ground fire near Laventie at age 25. He is a forty seven victory ace, Ireland’s highest scoring ace and Edward Mannock’s star pupil. He is killed less than one week after his teacher.
  • Lieutenant Patrick James Lamb (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed in action at age 23. He is the son of Commissioner Lamb of the Salvation Army.
  • Private Walter Milner (Leinster Regiment) is killed in action at age 19. His brother will die of wounds in April 1918.
  • Bombardier E Watmough (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 27. His two brothers have already been killed in the Great War.

Tuesday 30 July 1918 We Lost 427

Cuthbert Everard Brisley

99 Squadron sets out to bomb Stuttgart but finds low clouds as they near the target.  The town of Lahr is bombed instead, but their activities attract a large formation of enemy fighters.  Three enemy aircraft are claimed destroyed and another two shot down out of control but two of their DH9’s are shot down east of the lines with 3 of the 4 crew being killed.

Today’s losses include:

  • An England Cricket International
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • A 16-victory ace
  • An 8-victory ace
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Cuthbert Everard Brisley (Royal Air Force) is killed while flying in England. He played cricket internationally several times versus France, Wales, and Belgium and is the son of George Charles Brisley JP.
  • Captain Owen John Fredrick Scholte an eight-victory ace (Royal Air Force) is killed in an automobile accident while returning from a party when the car driven by fellow ace Cyril Crowe collides with a tree. Also killed is
  • Major Cyril Edgar Foggin (Royal Air Force) at age 26. He is the holder of Royal Aero Club Certificate #349.
  • Sergeant John J Cowell (Royal Air Force) is killed in action by German ace Friedrich von Roth. He is a sixteen-victory ace.
  • Second Lieutenant Charles St Aubyn Clarke (Punjabis) dies of endocarditis at age 20 in India. His brother was killed in December 1917.
  • Lance Corporal Harold Temperley Green (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 27. His brother will be killed in a fall from his horse on service in November.

Monday 29 July 1918 We Lost 670

Charles Gordon Bell

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple battalion commanders
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • The son of a Metropolitan Magistrate
  • The son of a General
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • A test pilot and ace with 5-victories in 1915

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Charles Edward Arthur Jourdain DSO (commanding 2nd Loyal North Lancashire Regiment) is killed in action at age 49. He is the son of the late Reverend F Jourdain.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Humfrey H Kennedy (commanding 8th Seaforth Highlanders) is killed in action at age 36. He is the son of the late Metropolitan Magistrator.
  • Major Charles Gordon Bell (Royal Air Force) is killed during a test flight at Villacoubley at age 29. He was a well known pre-war aviator who scored five victories in 1915 before ill health forced him to return to England at the end of the year.  He was one of the trainers of James McCudden.
  • Flight Commodore Owen Vincent Thomas (Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed at home at age 24. He is the last surviving son of Brigadier General ‘Sir’ Owen Thomas.  His first brother was killed in January 1916 and the second in July last year.
  • Captain Arthur Nelson Hampton Weekes (Sussex Regiment) is killed in action at age 29. He is the son of late Arthur Weekes JP
  • Lieutenant Reginald Hawkins (Royal Air Force) is killed in action at St Omer. His brother was killed in June 1915.
  • Corporal Charles Morris Woollven (Sussex Regiment) is killed at age 27 during his battalions first action in France at Grand Rozoy. His brother died of meningitis in March 1917.
  • Corporal Gordon Henry Carrington (Australian Infantry) becomes the middle of three brothers who lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Private Charles Arthur Hewitt (King’s Shropshire Light Infantry) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed in September 1915.

Sunday 28 July 1918 We Lost 596

While returning from a raid on enemy rolling stock Lieutenant Gordon Sheppard Jones-Evans (Australian Flying Corps) observes an enemy two-seater machine below him.  Engaging it, the machine dives vertically and crashes.  He is then attacked by a second two-seater, into which he fires a very short burst and it also spins down and crashes. In this engagement Lieutenant Jones-Evans is wounded, but though faint from loss of blood, he succeeds in reaching our lines, where he crashes.

Lieutenant Robert Reginald Richardson sights a submarine at 54.45 north 0.20 west. Two bombs are dropped where the periscope has vanished, but both fail to explode.  A patrol vessel is summoned but its search proves fruitless.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • A man whose great grandfather served at Waterloo
  • A battalion commander

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel George Alexander Smith DSO (commanding 4th Gordon Highlanders) is killed by a shell.
  • Second Lieutenant Allan Gibbs Ridout (Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed flying in England at age 19. His great grandfather served in the Peninsular Campaign and at Waterloo under Wellington.
  • Rifleman L Culley (West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 19. His brother was killed two years and five days earlier.
  • Private G H Todd (Depot Machine Gun Corps) dies on service at age 22. His brother was killed in March 1918.