Great War Lives Lost

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

Husband and wife both on service

  • Arthur and Alice Ruth Armer
  • Reginald Noel and Mildred Constance Davis (She served and died with French Red Cross)
  • Henry Thomas and Mary Jane Flynn Gartside-Tipping

Tuesday 4 December 1917 We Lost 556

Stanley Boughey VC

Bourlon Wood is evacuated by the British.

There are minor actions north of Jaffa and on the Jerusalem road.  At El Burf when Turkish soldiers in a large number manage to crawl up within 30 yards of the British firing line and with bombs and automatic rifles are keeping down the fire of the British machine-guns, Second Lieutenant Stanley Henry Parry Boughey (Royal Scots Fusiliers) dies of wounds received three days earlier performing actions for which he will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross.

The 11th and 14th British Corps take over from the Italians the Montello sector of the Piave River front, with the French on their left.  The Montello sector acts as a hinge to the entire Italian line, joining that portion facing north from Mt. Tomba to Lake Garda with the defensive line of the Piave River covering Venice, which is held by the Third Italian Army.  The British troops in this sector will not be involved in any large operations, but they will carry out continuous patrol work across the Piave River, as well as much successful counter battery work.  The Piave will prove to be a very serious obstacle, especially in the wintertime, the breadth opposite the British front being considerably over 1,000 yards and the current fourteen knots.  Every form of raft and boat will be used, but wading will prove to be the most successful method of crossing, in spite of the icy coldness of the water.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • A battalion commander
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel John Maxwell MC (Rifle Brigade commanding 7th King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed at age 36.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Henry Charles Rochfort-Boyd (Royal Horse Artillery) dies of wounds received three days before near Cambrai at age 40. He is the son of Colonel C A Rochfort-Boyd CMG.
  • Major Norman Cecil Ingpen (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 23. His brother died of wounds in June 1916 in East Africa.
  • Captain Anthony Dalzell Clark (Essex Regiment) dies of wounds at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend Harold Clark.
  • Corporal Leslie Reed Langtry (Australian Light Horse) is killed in action at age 27. His brother was killed in October last year.
  • Corporal James Greer Gould Fairbairn (Imperial Camel Corps) is killed near Jerussalem at age 31. He is the son of the Reverend William David Fairbairn.
  • Private Frank Veasey (South Staffordshire Regiment) dies at age 20. His brother will be killed next April.
  • Private Josiah Hayman (North Devonshire Yeomanry) is killed in Palestine at age 20. His brother was killed last August.

Monday 3 December 1917 We Lost 1,344

Harold Gwyer Garnett

The British gain ground south-west of Polygon Wood (Ypres) while withdrawing at La Vacquerie and east of Marcoing. The Germans exchange this territorial loss for a sweep of land to the south of Welsh ridge

The British drive the Turks out of Kara Tepe and the Turks flood the country between the Nahrin and Diala Rivers.

S S Dowlais (Master R Montgomery) is torpedoes and sunk by UB-48 off Cap de Fer while carrying copper ore. Her crew of twenty-six is lost including her Master.

Major Harold Gwyer Garnett (South Wales Borderers) is killed in action at age 38. He was the son of Alexander Garnett, JP and appeared in 152 matches for the Lancashire Cricket Club and represented Argentina.

Today’s losses include:

  • An Argentina International cricketer for the second day in a row
  • Multiple sons of Justices of the Peace
  • A Lancashire Cricket Club player
  • A battalion commander
  • The son of a Member of Pariament
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three and sons in the Great War
  • An Irish Rugby International
  • The son of a member of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Temporary Lieutenant Colonel Donald Knox Anderson MC (East Kent Regiment attached Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 31. He is the son of George Knox Anderson JP MP who lost his younger son in August 1914.
  • Major Edmund Fitzgerald Smyth MC (Irish Rifles) is killed at age 31. He is an Irish International Rugby player.
  • Captain Oscar Henry MacReady (Royal Irish Rifles) is killed at age 21. He is the only son of the Reverend H H MacReady.
  • Captain Julian Lawson Whalley (Essex Regiment) dies of wounds as a prisoner of war having been captured two days prior. The 33-year old is the son of Colonel J Lawson Whalley JP (Colonel Commandant of the King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment) and stepson of Lord Aston.
  • Second Lieutenant G V Blake (Shropshire Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 30. He is the son of Henry Blake JP.
  • Acting Lance Sergeant John Boon (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed in action in Palestine. His brother will be killed in March 1918.
  • Lance Corporal Stewart George Dewar (Ontago Infantry) is killed at age 32. His brother was killed less than 2 months ago.
  • Private Emil Leonard Dow Aitken (Staffordshire Yeomanry) dies of wounds at age 24 in Palestine. His brother will die of wounds next September.
  • Private Lawrence Curtis (Lancers) dies of wounds at age 30. He is the final of three brothers who lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Private Edward Shearon (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 43. His brother was killed last September.
  • Private Esau Baker (Newfoundland Regiment) is killed at age 30. His brother was killed 2 months earlier.
  • Private Francis Harry Haywood (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed in action. He is the first of three brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.

Sunday 2 December 1917 We Lost 1,364

Harry George Ernest Luchford

The enemy attempt in vain to recover high ground about La Vacquerie while further fighting takes place north of Passchendaele.

There is intensive artillery action on the Asiago Plateau.

The steam S S Kintuck strikes a mine or is hit by a torpedo from UC-17, eight miles northwest by north from Godrevy Light and sinks. One crewman is killed.

Today’s losses include:

  • A 24-victory ace
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Assistant schoolmaster at Goodmayer Council School
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • A West of Scotland footballer, Scotland International Rugby International and Argentina cricket international

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Harry George Ernest Luchford MC (Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 23. He is a 24 victory ace.
  • Captain Edward Francis Ratliffe MC (Rifle Brigade) is killed in action. He is the son of the Reverend Frank Howe Ratliff Rector of Moecas.
  • Captain Isaac Benson (Border Regiment) is killed in action at age 34. He is the Assistant Schoolmaster at Goodmayes Council School Ilford Essex.
  • Captain Henry Rawson Forde MC (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) is killed when shot by a sniper at age 22. He is the only son of ‘Sir’ Henry J and Lady Forde.
  • Captain Henry Haigh Storrer (Australian Flying Corps) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed in June 1915.
  • Captain Archibald Cowe (Royal Army Medical Corps attached Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed at age 28. He is the son of Archibald Cowe JP.
  • Lieutenant John Argentine Campbell (Dragoons) dies of wounds as a prisoner of war at age 40. He played for the West of Scotland Football Club and in one International Rugby Match for Scotland and also played international cricket for Argentina where he was born.
  • Second Lieutenant Harold Stormont Bell (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed at age 28. He is the son of the Reverend John Stormont Bell.
  • Second Lieutenant ‘the Reverend’ Charles Buchan (Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 29.
  • Second Lieutenant Basil Walker Griffin (Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed. His brother was killed in May 1915 and they are sons of the Reverend Horatio John Griffin Rector of Broxholme.
  • Lance Sergeant Francis Young (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed when an ammunition dump that his battalion is resting besides blows up without any warning.
  • Private George Rutherford Ronaldson (Scots Fusiliers) is killed. His brother was killed last April.
  • Rifleman Edward Lee (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed at age 24. He is the last of three brothers who are killed in the Great War.
  • Private William Brindley (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed last August.

Saturday 1 December 1917 We Lost 1,440

Alastair Malcolm McReady-Diamid

By today the impetus of the German advance is lost, but continued pressure will lead to the German capture of La Vacquerie in two days and the withdrawal of the British from the east of the St Quentin canal. The Germans have reached a line looping from the ridge at Quentin to near Marcoing. Their capture of Bonvais ridge makes the British hold on Bourlon precarious. Gonnelieu southwest of Cambrai is recovered though British forces withdraw from Masnieres as German counter attacks continue at Cambrai. The enemy attacks heavily at Bourlon Wood and claim 4,000 prisoners and 60 guns captured. While attacking Gauche Wood from the south-west the 18th King George’s Own Lancers fight on foot. The tanks that are supposed to accompany them are late in arriving (07:15 hours) and then become lost in the grey morning light. The Lancers though advance into the wood where they find men from the Grenadier Guards already fighting their way in from Gouzeaucourt. Machine gun nests are dealt with by the returning tanks which patrol the perimeter of the wood. To get into the wood the Grenadiers have chosen the tactic of running as fast as they can. The German gunners cannot get the range right and the casualties are light. Still with all of their senior officers gone the Grenadiers put themselves under the direction of the Lancers who organise the consolidation of Gauche Wood.

  • Captain George Henry Tatham Paton (Grenadier Guards) dies of wounds at age 22 while performing acts that will win him the Victoria Cross for his part in numerous counter attacks in the face of heavy machine gun fire until he was mortally wounded.
  • Captain John Bernard Mary Burke (Grenadier Guards) dies of wounds at age 25. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Henry Farnham Burke and the great grandson of John Burke founder, author and editor of Burke’s Peerage.
  • Lieutenant Philip Anthony Assheton Harbord MC (Grenadier Guards) is killed in action at age 20. His brother will die of wounds in July 1918 and a nephew will died of wounds in September 1919.
  • Lieutenant Bertram John Hubbard MC (Grenadier Guards) is killed in action at age 22. He is the son of the Honorable Evelyn Hubbard Member of Parliament for Lambeth and Director of the Bank of England and grandson of the 1st Baron Addington.
  • Second Lieutenant Stephen Hetley Pearson (Grenadier Guards) is killed at age 35. His twin will die on service in Egypt next November.
  • Second Lieutenant Richard Charles Denman (Grenadier Guards) is killed at age 21. He is the grandson of the 1st Baron Denman of Dovedale

Attacking the Quentin Mill (from which General de Lisle had made his hasty exit the day before) the Coldstream Guards and four tanks have little difficulty in gaining their objective though at the cost of three of the tanks. The 3rd Guards Brigade has been given the objective of taking Gonnelieu itself and attack with the Welsh Guards on the right and the Grenadier Guards on the left. The Welsh are brought to a halt at the top of the ridge in front of Gonnelieu with two thirds of their men being downed by the constant stream of fire from German Machine Gun positions in the old British trenches. At this moment the only surviving tank of four with the battalion rolls into action cruising along the trench spraying the Germans with all her Lewis guns. The Germans begin to surrender and the Welshmen seize the opportunity to grab the crest of the ridge. The Grenadiers manage to fight their way into Gonnelieu village but they arrive just as the Germans themselves had been preparing their next assault and are thus feeding the area with reinforcements. Faced by superior numbers the Grenadiers withdraw to a covering position alongside the Welsh Guards.

  • Captain Reginald Percy Loyd MC (Coldstream Guards) is killed in action at age 22. He is the son of the Honorable Mrs. E Loyd.
  • Second Lieutenant Thomas Harry Basil Webb (Welsh Guards) is killed at age 19. He is the son of Lieutenant Colonel ‘Sir’ Henry Webb the 1st Baronet and his nephew Roger Christopher Arthur Watson will be killed in World War II.

At El Burf, Palestine, when the enemy in large number have managed to crawl up to within 30 yards of our firing line and with bombs and automatic rifles are keeping down the fire of our machine guns, Second Lieutenant Stanley Henry Parry Boughey (Royal Scots Fusiliers) rushes forward alone with bombs right up to the enemy, killing many and causing the surrender of a party of 30.  As he turns to go back for more bombs he is mortally wounded at the moment when the enemy is surrendering. He will die of his wounds in three days. For his actions on this day he will be awarded the Victoria Cross.

German East Africa is cleared of enemy forces as Lettow-Borbeck retires across the Rovuma River into Portuguese territory.

Yesterday at the Moeuvres Sector, France, when the enemy penetrated into our position, and the situation is extremely critical, Captain Allastair Malcolm Cluny McReady-Diarmid VC (Middlesex Regiment) leads his company through a heavy barrage and immediately engages the enemy and drives them back at least 300 yards, causing numerous casualties and taking 27 prisoners. Today the enemy again attacks and drives back another company which has lost all its officers. The captain calls for volunteers, and leading the attack, again drives them back. It is entirely due to his throwing of bombs that the ground is regained, but he is eventually killed by a bomb. For his efforts on these two days he will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • A great grandson of John Burke founder, author and editor of Burke’s Peerage
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • A man whose nephew will be killed
  • The son of a Member of Parliament and Director of the Bank of England
  • The grandson of the 1st Baron Addington
  • A man whose twin will die on service
  • A grandson of the 1st Baron Dovedale
  • The son of a Baronet
  • The uncle of a man who will be killed in the Second World War
  • A man whose son will be killed in the Second World War
  • Multiple Military Chaplains
  • A battalion commander
  • A man whose daughter will be born next year
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The grandson of former Prime Minister Lord Salisbury
  • A Australian Rules footballer
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • One of the Herder brothers memorialized on the trophy to the Newfoundland and Labrador Senior Ice Hockey Champions every year

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Malcolm Docherty DSO (commanding Lord Strathcona’s Horse) is killed in action at age 40 while leading a charge. He served in the South Africa War as a Sergeant.
  • Lieutenant Randle William Gascoyne-Cecil (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 28. His daughter will be born in July 1918. His two brothers will also be killed during the Great War the first in July 1915 the second in August 1918 and they are sons of the Right Reverend Lord William Cecil Bishop of Exeter and grandsons of the former Prime Minister Lord Salisbury.
  • Lieutenant John Charles William Pinney (Royal Fusiliers attached Central India Horse) is killed at age 21. He is the son of the Honorable Mrs. Pinney.
  • Lieutenant Donald Fairfax Mackenson (HMS Tower) drowns on service with Gunner John Henry Burton DSC. Mackeson is the son of Payton Temple Mackenson, JP.
  • Second Lieutenant Arthur J Herder (Newfoundland Regiment) is killed at age 32. His brother was killed in July 1916 and they are memorialized on the Herder Memorila Trophy which is awarded annually to the Newfoundland and Labrador senior ice hockey Champions.
  • Chaplain the Reverend Thomas Howell (attached Shropshire Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 33.
  • Chaplain the Reverend Oswald Addenbrooke Holden (attached 60th Infantry Brigade) is killed at age 43. He is the Vicar of Penn and the son of the Reverend Oswald Mangin Holden Rector of Steeple Langford who will lose another son in Italy next October.
  • Sergeant Thomas Newby (Welsh Regiment) is killed in Palestine at age 38. His son will lose his life in the Second World War in April 1941.
  • Sergeant Otto Lowenstern (Lord Strathcona’s Horse) is killed at age 28. He is an Australian rules footballer who played with St Kilda in the Victorian Football League. Lowenstern spent both the 1910 and 1911 seasons playing in the VFL. He appeared once in 1910 while playing 11 games in 1911.
  • Corporal Bertram William Bloy (London Regiment) dies of wounds at age 22. His brother was killed in June 1916. Lance Corporal Walter Edwards (Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 21. His brother was killed in March of this year.
  • Private Hugh Williams (Newfoundland Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in October 1916.
  • Private Percy Freshwater (Essex Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in August 1915 on Gallipoli.
  • Private Arthur John Byard (Royal Army Medical Corps) dies of wounds at age 37. His brother will die of wounds next March.
  • Private Thomas Henry Brocklehurst (Army Service Corps) dies on service at home at age 23. His brother was killed in action in October 1915.
  • Private Thomas William Carr (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed. His brother will be killed in September 1918.

Friday 30 November 1917 We Lost 3,204

 

Bradford brothers 2 Victoria Crosses 3 lost in the War

The Germans attack at 07:00 and almost immediately the majority of III Corps divisions are heavily engaged. The initial speed of the German infantry’s advance is completely unexpected by the British. The commands of 29th and 12th Divisions are almost captured, with Brigadier-General Vincent having to fight free from his own encircled headquarters and then grab men from any retreating units to try to halt the Germans. In the south the German advance spread across eight miles and come within a few miles of the vital village of Metz and its link to Bourlon. At Bourlon itself the Germans meet stiffer resistance. The British have assigned eight divisions worth of fire support to the ridge and the Germans suffer heavy casualties. Despite this the Germans close and there is fierce fighting. British units display reckless determination – one group of eight British machine guns fires over 70,000 rounds in their efforts to stem the German advance around Bourlon.

The concentration of British effort to hold the ridge is impressive but it allows the German advance elsewhere greater opportunities. Only the fortunate arrival of British tanks and the fall of night allow the line to be held.

The Grenadier Guards meet the enemy and counter attack in the direction of Gauche Wood.  They capture 3 field guns and a great number of machine guns at the cost of 25 NCO’s and men killed, 11 missing and 115 wounded.

Lieutenant (Acting Captain) Walter Napleton Stone VC (Royal Fusiliers) is killed performing acts that will be rewarded with a posthumous Victoria Cross at age 25.  Captain Stone returned to England from Canada on the outbreak of the War and joined the Inns of Court OTC in November 1914. The following month he went to Sandhurst, and was gazetted to Royal Fusiliers in May 1915. He became Lieutenant in March 1916 and Acting Captain the following November. He left for France in September 1915 and four months afterwards was appointed Acting Staff Captain to the 5th Brigade Headquarters.  He is killed in action between Bourlon Wood and Mceuvres, when in command of a Company in an isolated position, 1,000 yards in front of the main line, and overlooking the enemy’s position. He observes the enemy massing for an attack and affords invaluable information to Battalion Headquarters. He is ordered to withdraw his Company, leaving a rearguard to cover the withdrawal. The attack develops with unexpected speed. Captain Stone sends three Platoons back and remains with the rearguard himself. He stands on the parapet with a telephone under a tremendous bombardment, observes the enemy, and continues to send back valuable information until the wire is cut by his orders. The rearguard is eventually surrounded and cut to pieces, and Captain Stone is seen fighting to the last, until he is shot through the head.

Major ‘the Honorable’ Robert Nathaniel Dudley Ryder (Hussars) is killed instantaneously by a sniper while holding up a big enemy attack just after the Germans have broken through at Gouzeaucourt at age 34. He is the youngest son of the 4th Earl of Harrowby and brother of the fifth Earl. Major Ryder went direct from Harrow to join the 4th North Staffordshire Militia in the South African War and received his Commission in Hussars in 1900. He received the Queen’s and King’s Medals with five clasps. In 1905 he went to South Australia as ADC to ‘Sir’ G R le Hunte, returning to England in 1908. He was Adjutant to the Norfolk Yeomanry from 1909 to 1913. He went to the Front with his Regiment in October 1914 and remained there for three years.

Captain Andrew E McKeever (Royal Flying Corps) with his observer, Second Lieutenant L A Powell in a Bristol F2b record four victories over Albatros D.V’s between 11:50 and 11:55 south of Cambrai.

Private Frederick George Dancox VC (Worcestershire Regiment) is struck in the head by a piece of shrapnel and instantly killed at age 38. On 9th October he captured forty Germans and a machine gun in a pillbox at Poelcappelle for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple Victoria Cross winners
  • A son of the 4th Earl of Harrowby
  • A General
  • The son of a General
  • The grandson of a General
  • Multiple families that will lose two, three and four sons in the Great War
  • The son of a Baronet
  • A battalion commander
  • A cousin of the actor ‘Sir’ John Gielgud
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A Derbyshire cricketer
  • Multiple sons of Justices of the Peace
  • A member of the 1908 Scottish Olympic Bronze medal winning Field Hockey team
  • A student at Princeton University in the United States
  • A son of the popular author J E Preston Muddock
  • A man whose son will be killed in the Second World War
  • A man whose stepsons were killed together in July 1916
  • A West Ham footballer
  • The brother of twins who will be killed within days of each other next March

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Brigadier General Roland Boys Bradford VC General Officer Commanding 186th Brigade 62nd Division is killed in action at age 25. He had been awarded the Victoria Cross as Lieutenant Colonel commanding the 9th Durham Light Infantry on the Somme on 1st October 1916.  His brother Lieutenant George Bradford (Royal Navy) will be killed in action at Zeebrugge on 23rd April 1918 performing acts that will win him the Victoria Cross also.  A third brother, Lieutenant James Bradford died of wounds on 14th May of this year.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Archibald Primrose Liston-Foulis (attached Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed in action at age 43. He is the son of the late ‘Sir’ John Liston-Foulis, the 9th
  • Lieutenant Colonel Henry Lex Francis Adam Gielgud MC (commanding 7th Norfolk Regiment) is killed in action at age 36. He is a cousin of the actor ‘Sir’ John Gielgud.
  • Major Isham Percy Smith DSO (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 27. He is the son of the late Major General Percy Smith.
  • Captain Ralph Nevill Lendon Buckmaster (North Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend Charles John Buckmaster Vicar of Hindley who will lose another son in September 1918.
  • Captain John Walter Ewbank MC (Border Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed in February 1916 and they are sons of the Reverend John Ewbank Rector of Bolton.
  • Captain Norman Algeo (Leinster Regiment) is killed at Tincourt at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend Lewis Algeo.
  • Lieutenant Guy Denis Wilson (Royal Field Artillery) is killed on his 35th He played cricket for Derbyshire from 1902 to 1905 and is the son of Arthur Wilson JP.
  • Lieutenant Charles Herbert Gribble (East Kent Regiment) is killed at age 28. His brother will die on service in November 1919.
  • Lieutenant Noel Henry Fairfax Durant (Irish Guards) is killed at age 29. He is the son of the Honorable Mrs. Charles Richard Durant.
  • Lieutenant Douglas Knox Brown MC (Highland Light Infantry attached Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 22. He is the son of the late Reverend John Knox Brown.
  • Lieutenant Ivan Laing MC (Coldstream Guards) is killed at age 32. In 1908 he was a member of the Scottish bronze medal men’s field hockey team.
  • Second Lieutenant Frank Nisbett (South Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 18. He is the son of G H Nisbett JP.
  • Second Lieutenant Donald Neil Campbell Ross (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend G A Johnston Ross DD of the Union Theological Seminary New York City and volunteered for service while a student at Princeton University in 1916.
  • Second Lieutenant Gilbert Lewis Lloyd (London Regiment) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend William Robert Lloyd Vicar of Lanstephen.
  • Second Lieutenant Jasper Milton Preston Muddock (Shropshire Yeomanry) is killed at age 29. His brother was killed in September 1916 and they are sons of the author J E Preston Muddock author of nearly 300 detective and mystery stories who was almost as popular as Arthur Conan Doyle in his time.
  • Second Lieutenant James Hoste Welldon (East Kent Regiment) is killed at age 19. He is the grandson of Major General Dixon Edward Hoste.
  • Sergeant James Lynch (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed in action. His son will be killed serving in the Royal Air Force in September 1940.
  • Private John Dale (Coldstream Guards) is killed at age 18. He is the middle of three brothers who will be killed in a six month period.
  • Private Ernest Henry Dowling (Berkshire Regiment) is killed in action at Cambrai at age 40. His stepsons were killed in the same regiment serving together on the same day in July 1916.
  • Private Howard Prentice (Middlesex Regiment) is killed at age 22. His older brother was killed 5 weeks earlier while his younger brother will die as a result of his military service in 1920.
  • Private Eugene Harris (Newfoundland Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother will be killed in September 1918.
  • Private Alex Farquhar MM (Norfolk Regiment) becomes the 3rd of four brothers to lose his life in the Great War when he is killed at age 29 in Bourlon Wood.
  • Rifleman Frank Nunn (London Regiment) is killed. His brother was killed in October 1916.
  • Private William Baigrie (Highland Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 27. His brother will be killed in May 1918.
  • Private Frederick James Chiverton (Hampshire Regiment) is killed at age 34. His brother was killed last April.
  • Private Sidney George Ellis (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 26. His brother was killed last February.
  • Private William Glenfred Hayward MM (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 27. His brother was killed last June.
  • Private John Henry Long (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed in July 1915.
  • Private Edward Arthur James Stallard (London Regiment) is killed in action. He is a footballer for West Ham United who scored in his debut against Millwall in April 1914.
  • Private Thomas John Gallienne (Royal Guernsey Light Infantry) is killed at age 35. His twin brothers will be killed within two days of each other in March next year.
  • Private Frank James Tugwell (East Surrey Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother was killed last month.
  • Private George Knock MM (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed at age 29. His is the last of three brothers who are killed in the Great War.

Thursday 29 November 1917 We Lost 625

Officers of 1/1 Lincoln Yeomanry including Charles Wright

The German submarine UB-61 sinks in a minefield off Vlieland laid by the British submarine E51.

At Bourlon Wood, France Private George William Burdett Clare (Royal Irish Lancers) a stretcher-bearer dresses wounds and conducts wounded to dressing stations under most intense fire.  At one point when all the garrison of a detached post have become casualties he crosses to them through very heavy fire and after dressing all the cases he mans the post single-handed until relief can be sent.  Then after carrying a seriously wounded man through intense fire to the dressing station he goes still under heavy fire to every company post warning them that the enemy is using gas shells.  He will be killed at age 28 during this action.  He will later be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross.

For the second day in a row two brothers are killed together in Palestine serving the Lincolnshire Yeomanry. Major Robert Wright is killed at age 33 and his brother Lieutenant Charles Wright dies at age 28. Both sets of brothers are buried in Ramleh War Cemetery.

Today’s losses include:

  • Brothers killed together
  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons and three sons in the Great War
  • A clever comedian

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Second Lieutenant John Edward Mary Claude Pius Augustine Waterton (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at Zeify Hill, Palestine. His brother was killed in a motorcycle accident in England while on service in February 1915.
  • Lance Corporal Frank Bradley (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed. His brother died of accidental gunshot wounds last April.
  • Private Joseph Charles Mason MM (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed in action at age 28. His two brothers have already been killed in the Great War.
  • Private Thomas Galt (Cameronians) is killed in Palestine at age 28 becoming the third brother lost in the war.
  • Gunner Edward Henry Francis Masters (Royal Garrison Artillery) dies of wounds at age 30. He was drafted in May 1916 and was considered a clever comedian.

Wednesday 28 November 1917 We Lost 803

Machin brothers honoured

The Cambrai offensive officially ends and the British troops are ordered to lay wire and dig in and the Germans are quick to concentrate their artillery on the new British positions. Today over 16,000 rounds are fired into Bourlon Wood.

Colonel Tafel in command of 3,500 German troops from Mahenge cut off from the main for of von Lettow-Vorbeck surrenders near Newala, British East Africa.

The Guards Division clear Fontaine Notre Dame, but are counter-attacked by two German divisions and forced back.

Today’s losses include:

  • The grandson of a General and Justice of the Peace
  • The grandson of a member of the clergy
  • A man killed on the day his grandfather is buried
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • A family that will lose four sons in the Great War
  • Two brothers killed together
  • A Birmingham Police Officer

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain (Brevet Major) Greville John Massey Bagot Chester (Scots Guards) is killed at age 52. He is fine athlete who won many running and jumping competitions. He once won a bet for 100 pounds that he could ride, run and walk a mile in under 20 minutes. He is the grandson of Lieutenant General John Chester JP.
  • Captain Robert Chichester Drummond DSO (Coldstream Guards) is killed at age 21. This is the day his grandfather the Bishop of Chichester is buried.
  • Captain William Norman Lowe (Highland Light Infantry attached South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 28. He is the son of Lieutenant Colonel T E Lowe OBE TD JP.
  • Private George Fisher (Highland Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 19. His brother died of wounds on Gallipoli in 1915.
  • Private Charles, 26, and Sergeant William Ernest Machin, 28, are killed while serving with the Lincolnshire Yeomanry in Palestine.
  • Private Jesse Hughes (Welsh Guards) is killed at age 29. He is a Birmingham Policeman and his brother also a policeman was killed in June 1916.
  • Private James McClelland (Highland Light Infantry) is killed at age 22 becoming the last of four brothers who are killed in the war.

Tuesday 27 November 1917 We Lost 1,152

Arthur Middleton Kinnaird

The final British effort at Cambrai is launched today by the 62nd Division aided by thirty tanks. Early success is soon reversed by a German counter rattack. The British now hold a salient roughly 11 km by 9.5 km with its front along the crest of the ridge.

The Turks in Palestine launch a counterattack in Palestine against Nebi Samwil, but the British hold.

Sergeant John Harold Rhodes VC DCM MM (Grenadier Guards) is killed in action at age 26. His Victoria Cross award was listed in the London Gazette four days earlier for actions in the Battle of Poelcapelle when he accounted for several enemy with his rifle as well as by Lewis gun fire, and, upon seeing three enemy leave a “pill-box” he went out single-handed through our own barrage and hostile machine-gun fire, and effected an entry into the “pill-box”. He there captured nine enemy including a forward observation officer connected by telephone with his battery. He brought back these prisoners together with valuable information.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The son of a Baronet
  • The son of the 11th Baron Kinnaird
  • A Military Chaplain

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain William Alexander Silvertop (Hussars) is killed at age 32. His brother was killed last May.
  • Captain Alexander John Maxwell Gordon (London Regiment) is killed at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend Edward George Gordon Vicar of St John’s Lambeth.
  • Captain George Alfred Guest Hewitt (York and Lancs Regiment) is killed in action at age 24. He is the son of the 1st
  • Lieutenant Gavin Patrick Bowes-Lyon (Grenadier Guards) is killed in action at age 20. He is the son of the Honorable Patrick and Honorable Mrs. P Bowes-Lyon.
  • Lieutenant John Fortescue Worsley (Grenadier Guards) is killed in action at age 28. His older brother had been killed in the same battalion of the same regiment in September 1915.
  • Lieutenant ‘the Honorable’ Arthur Middleton Kinnaird MC (Scots Guards) is killed in action at age 32. He is the son of the 11th Baron Kinnaird and had a brother who was killed in October 1914.
  • Lieutenant Geoffrey Bernard FitzRoy Samuelson MC (Coldstream Guards) MC is killed in action at age 20. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Herbert Samuelson KBE and a former Etonian.
  • Second Lieutenant Alan Webster Shann (West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 20. His brother was killed on the first day of the battle of Somme.
  • Chaplain Robert John Monteith (attached Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds at age 40.
  • Sergeant John Sheehan (Newfoundland Regiment) dies at home at age 21. His brother was killed in July 1917.
  • Lance Corporal Geoffrey Alfred Sutton (Irish Guards) dies of wounds received at Bourlon Wood at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend Edwin Sutton Vicar of Eaton Bray.
  • Private Ernest Edward Wilce (Coldstream Guards) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed last November.
  • Private Francis William Brown (Coldstream Guards) is killed one month after his brother was killed.
  • Private Charlie Hey (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed in action at age 24. His brother was killed in August of this year.
  • Private David Walton (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed in action at age 20. He has two brothers who will die in the Great War.

Monday 26 November 1917 We Lost 587

Edmund Bourchier Devereux

Flight Lieutenant Edmund Bourchier Devereux (Royal Naval Air Service) is accidentally killed at age 22 when the airship SSP-2 is lost at sea after developing engine trouble northeast of Westry. His brother was killed in action in June 1916. They are sons of Rear Admiral the Honorable Walter Bourchier Devereux and grandsons of the 14th Viscount Hereford.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • The son of the 14th Viscount Hereford
  • The son of a Rear Admiral
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • An International footballer
  • A schoolmaster
  • An Honour graduate of Toronto University

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Frederick Henry Johnson VC (Royal Engineers) is killed in action at age 27. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for actions during the attack on Hill 70 on 25th September 1915.
  • Captain Maurice Barber (York and Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 25. His brother was killed in July 1916.
  • Second Lieutenant Frederick George Wheatcroft (East Surrey Regiment) is killed in action at age 35. He is a schoolmaster and Amateur International and Professional Football player.
  • Lance Sergeant Andrew Rosie (Royal Scots) is killed at age 28. His brother died of wounds in April 1916.
  • Corporal J H Atkinson (Border Regiment) dies of wounds received in action at age 32. He has three brothers, one will be killed in action in August 1918, the second will be taken prisoner and the third will lose an eye in the Great War.
  • Lance Corporal Clifford James Ford (East Surrey Regiment) is killed at age 26. He is the first of three brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Private Walter Lumb (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed in action. His brother was killed in July of this year.
  • Private Joseph Reginald Adams (Manitoba Regiment) dies of wounds received in action at age 21. He was an honor graduate of Toronto University.