Great War Lives Lost

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

Monday 11 February 1918 We Lost 292

The special service ship HMS Cullist (also known as HMS Westphalia) is torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-97 in the Irish Sea. Two Lieutenants killed have been previously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. A total of five officers, twenty seven ratings, two members of the Royal Marine Light Infantry and nine merchant marine reservists are lost in the sinking.

  • Sub Lieutenant George Hambrook Dean Doubleday DSC is killed at age 22. He is the third son of the Reverend John Doubleday.
  • Engineer Lieutenant Neil Shaw MacKinnon (Royal Naval Reserve) is also killed at age 40.

Also sunk today when torpedoed in the English Channel by U-53 is the steamer Merton Hall (Master A Cameron). Her crew suffers fifty seven fatal casualties including her master. Also lost is

  • Able Seaman Herbert Lawrence (Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) whose son will be killed serving in the Royal Naval Air Force Reserve in the Second World War.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • A member of the clergy
  • Two Naval Lieutenants both winners of the Distinguished Service Cross
  • A man whose son will be killed in the Second World War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Neville Bowes Elliott-Cooper VC DSO MC (commanding 8th Royal Fusiliers) dies as a prisoner of war at age 29. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Robert Elliott-Cooper KCB and was awarded his Victoria Cross for efforts last 30th
  • Lieutenant (Intelligence Officer) the Reverend Robert Hellier (Nyasaland Field Force attached King’s Own Africa Rifles) dies of wounds in Portuguese Africa at age 33.
  • Private Ernest Charles Day (Bedfordshire Regiment) dies of wounds received in action at age 24. His brother was killed in May 1917.

Sunday 10 February 1918 We Lost 211

Cap badge of the Worcestershire Regt

A heavy raid is carried out by Australians against German positions south-east of Messines. Heavy casualties are inflicted on the enemy and thirty-seven prisoners brought back.

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of a Baronet
  • A man whose brother was killed in February 1915
  • The son of a member of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major David George Minden Dundas (Indian Infantry) dies in India at age 37. He is the son of ‘Sir’ George Whyte Melville Dundas the 5th Baronet who lost a younger son in February 1915.
  • Second Lieutenant Alexis Cowper Honey (Worcestershire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 19. He is the only son of the late Reverend Albert Alexis Honey

Saturday 9 February 1918 We Lost 178

Cap badge of the Hampshire Regiment

British night-bombing aircraft carry out a raid on the railway junction at Courcelles-les-Metz, south-east of Metz dropping nearly one ton of bombs.

Bertrand Russell is sentenced to six months in prison for advocating in public that the British government accept a German offer to open peace negotiations.

Today’s losses include:

  • A battalion commander
  • A Military Chaplain
  • A man killed while talking to his brother-in-law
  • A man whose brother will die on service later this year

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Brevet Lieutenant Colonel John Douglas Mortimer Beckett DSO (commanding 10th Hampshire Regiment) is killed on Salonika.
  • Chaplain the Reverend John Kemp Bruce (attached 3rd Australian Field Hospital) dies at sea on his way home of heart failure following influenza at age 64.
  • Private Alex Doig (Black Watch) is killed by the shrapnel from an artillery shell while talking to his brother-in-law.
  • Private Cecil John Philip Oke (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) is killed in action at Ypres. His brother will die on active service in India in October of this year.

Friday 8 February 1918 We Lost 183

HMS Boxer

The destroyer HMS Boxer (Lieutenant Joseph K Chaplain RNR) is sunk after a collision with the merchant ship SS St Patrick in the English Channel in bad weather one boy is lost,

  • Boy Telegraphist Herbert Bishop Bennett, killed at age 17.

Today’s losses include:

  • A 17-year old telegraphist
  • The son of an Admiral
  • A 52-year old veteran of the South Africa War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Victor George Anderson Bush (General List attached Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed at age 25 when his Sopwith Camel disintegrates and crashes at Ayr. He is the son of Admiral John Bush.
  • Private Alexander Curry (Quebec Regiment) drowns in the Pas de Calais area of France at age 52. He is a veteran of the South Africa War.

Thursday 7 February 1918 We Lost 167

  • Second Lieutenant John Maurice Hancock (Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 18. He is the son of Canon the Reverend John W Hancock.
  • Private Thomas M Glass (Highland Light Infantry) is killed in action in France.

Wednesday 6 February 1918 We Lost 197 + 1

Henry William Firth
Conscientious Objector

Former shoemaker Henry William Firth, dies at age 30 of pneumonia at the work center for conscientious objectors at Princetown on Dartmoor at age 21.  He is a Methodist preacher. Having been in prison for nine months, he has become so ill that he accepts alternative service at the Princetown stone quarries.  Admitted to hospital after collapsing at work, his request for eggs is refused on the grounds that they are needed for soldiers at the front.  Eventually the authorities relent and three fresh eggs are granted to him but they arrive the day after his death.

Today’s losses include:

  • A member of the clergy and conscientious objector
  • The son of a member of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain (Commander) Charles Alexander Lees (Royal Indian Marine) dies on service at age 63. He is the son of the late Reverend William Lees.

Tuesday 5 February 1918 We Lost 275

Leonard Monteagle Barlow

The German submarine UB-77 sights the convoy HX-2- seven miles north of the Rathlin Island lighthouse. The German fires two torpedoes at the troopship Tuscania at 17:40, the first of which misses, the second scores a direct hit.  By 19:00 all the ship’s lifeboats have been launched, but approximately 1,350 men remain on board.  The convoy’s escorting destroyers assist in removing these men, but are hampered by the continuing presence of the German submarine.  The Tuscania finally sinks at 22:00, over four hours after being struck, two hundred thirty lives being lost.

Today’s losses include:

  • The ‘Gadget King”
  • Two Aces
  • A 12-victory ace
  • An 11-victory ace
  • The Headmaster at Buxton College
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • A London Rowing Club oarsman

Today’s highlighted casualties include

  • Lieutenant Leonard Monteagle Barlow (Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed while testing a Sopwith Dolphin at age 19. As an SE5 pilot, he was known for his resourcefulness, “The Gadget King” developed a method to fire his Vickers and Lewis machine guns simultaneously with a single trigger. He is a 12-victory ace.
  • Lieutenant Harry Sackville Lawson (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 41. He is the Headmaster of Buxton College Derbyshire 1911-1917 and the son of the Reverend Robert Lawson.
  • Lieutenant Thomas McKenny Hughes (King’s Royal Rifle Corps attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed in action at age 34. He is a prominent London Rowing Club oarsman the son of the Woodwardian Professor at Cambridge. He won both the Junior Championship at the Molesey Regatta and the Junior-Senior Sculls at the Kingston Regatta.
  • Flight Sub Lieutenant Harold Day (Royal Naval Air Service) is killed when his Sopwith Camel breaks up and crashes while diving on an enemy Albatros DV. He is an 11-victory ace and dies at age 20.

Monday 4 February 1918 We Lost 248

HMS Zubian

The destroyer HMS Zubian (Lieutenant H J Hartnoll) sinks the submarine UC-50 in the English Channel, near Dover.  This vessel was commissioned in June 1917 after two destroyers had been badly damaged in late 1916 by joining the forward end of HMS Zulu and the aft end of HMS Nubian between the third and fourth funnels at Chatham dockyard.

The Cunard steamship Aurania is struck by a torpedo fired by the German submarine UB-67 some fifteen miles north west of Inistrahull, off the coast of Donegal.  Nine crewmembers are killed in the explosion. A trawler takes the ship in tow but it becomes stranded near Tobermory on the Isle of Mull and rough seas soon break up the ship.

The Drysdale Commission of the Halifax explosion makes its report.  It places full blame on the French captain of the Mont Blanc and the local harbormaster on board for failing to follow international rules of the road in the Narrows.  Though both will be charged with manslaughter, charges will be later dropped.

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • A family that will lose two sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Wilfrid Randall Clarke (Royal Field Artillery attached Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed at age 26. He is the son of Richard Feaver Clarke JP.
  • Second Lieutenant Percy Arthur Bertram Lytton (Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 25. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Henry Alfred Lytton.
  • Lance Corporal George R Marsh (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed at age 30. His brother was killed in October 1914.

Sunday 3 February 1918 We Lost 209

HMS Viking

The destroyer HMS Viking is damaged in a collision in the Dover Straits which kills four of her crew. Two of the dead have had brothers previously killed in the war. They include

  • Stoker 1st Class Charless George Newman age 23 whose brother died of wounds in September 1916
  • Stoker 1st Class David Brebner age 24 whose brother died of wounds last August.

The Cunard steamship Aurania leaves Liverpool bound for New York.

Today’s losses include:

  • A 5-victory ace
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Flight Commander Rupert Randolph Winter (Royal Naval Air Service) is killed in action at age 21 when his plane is shot down southwest of Roulers by German ace Otto Fruhner. Winter is a five-victory ace having won his fifth victory earlier today.
  • Lieutenant Timothy Hugh Stowell Crosby (Durham Light Infantry attached 1st Aircraft Depot, Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed at age 19. His brother was killed in April 1917.
  • Second Lieutenant Humphrey Eames Barwell (Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed at the front at age 19. His brother will be killed next month also serving in the Royal Flying Corps.

Saturday 2 February 1918 We Lost 234

Twenty two including the ship’s Master are killed when S S Avanti (Skipper Fransisco De Sousa age 27) is torpedoed and sunk 4 miles southeast from St Albans Head. The trawler Remindo (Skipper George William Howard) is sunk when shelled by a German submarine in the Seine Estuary. There are no survivors and among the casualties is

  • Lieutenant Harold Sidney Rogers who is killed at age 36. His son will be killed in the Second World War.

Today’s losses include:

  • A man whose son will be killed in the Second World War
  • A nephew of Lord Strathclyde
  • A son of the Earl of Gainsborough
  • The son of the member of the clergy
  • A man whose brother was killed in April 1917

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Ian Ure (Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders) a nephew of Lord Strathclyde is killed in action in Italy by the explosion of a bomb at age 32.
  • Captain ‘the Honorable’ Robert Edmund Thomas More Noel (Royal Fusiliers attached Nigeria Regiment) dies of malaria at Massassi, East Africa at age 29. He is the son of the Earl of Gainsborough.
  • Cadet Ernest Seymour Kirby DCM (Australian Field Artillery) dies in Scotland on service at age 33. He is the son of the Reverend Augustus George Kirby Vicar of South Weald York.
  • Private Peter Watson Christian (Australian Infantry) is killed in action at age 32. His brother was killed in April 1917.