Great War Lives Lost

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

29 December 1918 We Lost 154

28 December 1918 We Lost 187

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Beatham family headstones

Today’s losses include:

  • A family that will lose three sons to the Great War including a Victoria Cross winner

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Sergeant John Wilfred Beatham (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) dies on service in Turkey at age 29. He is the last of four brothers to die on service this year including Robert Matthew Beatham a winner of the Victoria Cross who was killed last August.

27 December 1918 We Lost 188

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of a Jurist

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Richard Lancelot Baugh Allen (67th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery) dies at Cairo, Egypt at age 31. His is the son of His Honor Judge Wilfred Baugh Allen.

26 December 1918 We Lost 177

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Today’s losses include:

  • The son of a General who played Rugby football for Tombridge School, Blackheath and Kent
  • Multiple families who will lose two sons as a result of the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Geoffrey Selwyn Barrow OBE (Royal Field Artillery attached Army Cyclist Corps) dies of influenza in Paris at age 27. He is the son of General ‘Sir’ Edmund George Barrow GCB GCSI. He played Rugby football for the Tombridge School XI and Blackheath and Kent.
  • Sergeant A W Hampson (Welsh Regiment) dies of heart failure on the Western Front at age 40. His brother was killed in action in May 1915.
  • Gunner Ian Gordon Cochrane (Royal Garrison Artillery) dies of dysentery and malaria at Salonika at age 26. His brother was killed in March 1917.

25 December 1918 We Lost 190

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Chaplain Benjamin Garniss O’Rorke DSO

Chaplain the Reverend Benjamin Garniss O’Rorke DSO dies of illness contracted on active service at age 43.  He is a South Africa War veteran who was captured during the Great War on 26th August 1914 at Landrecies and held as a prisoner of war for ten months. He is an author of several books including ‘In the Hands of the Enemy’, ‘Our Opportunities in the West Indies’ and ‘African Missions’.

Today’s losses include:

  • A son of a member of the clergy
  • A military Chaplain and author
  • A woman who had a book written about her life

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Laurence Hingston Lindsay-Young (Scots Fusiliers attached Royal Air Force) dies of wounds at home at age 27. He is the son of the Reverend Dr Lindsay-Young of St John’s Vicaragee Portsea.
  • Telephonist Elizabeth Johnston (Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps) dies after falling from the tower of St Ouen Churck Rouen at age 27. A book was written about her Johnnie of QMAAC.  

24 December 1918 We Lost 209

Today’s losses include:

  • A battalion commander and son of a member of the clergy
  • An 8-victory ace

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Frank Owen (London Regiment) dies at home at age 55. He is the son of the Reverend F Owen.
  • Lieutenant Ernest Harold Masters (Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed at age 19. He is an 8-victory ace.

23 December 1918 We Lost 233

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Capt William John Decent

Captain William John Decent (S S Gitano) is killed at age 57 when his ship is lost probably after striking a mine off the coast of Denmark. Her entire crew of 38 is lost.

Today’s losses include:

  • Families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Albert Victor Hawker (Gloucestershire Regiment) dies of influenza at age 26. His brother died of wounds during the Somme offensive in July 1916.
  • Private Alistair Cameron (Gordon Highlanders) dies on service. He is the last of three brothers who lose their lives as a result the Great War.

22 December 1918 We Lost 205

Today’s losses include:

  • A military Chaplain

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Chaplain Arthur Martin Cowd (attached Royal Army Medical Corps) dies on active service at age 28.

21 December 1918 We Lost 200

Today’s losses include:

  • A member of the Women’s Royal Air Force whose brother was killed on Gallipoli in August 1915

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Quarter Mistress Janet E Jones (Women’s Royal Air Force) dies on service at age 28. Her brother was killed in August 1915 on Gallipoli.

20 December 1918 We Lost 237

Today’s losses include:

  • A battalion commander and son of a General

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Weston Gordon (Royal Irish Fusiliers) dies on service at age 59. He is the son of General John Lewis Randolph Gordon.