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Saturday 21 September 1918 We Lost 1,401

Three days earlier at Rossnoy, near Lempire Lance-Corporal Allan Leonard Lewis (Northamptonshire Regiment) is in command of a section on the right of an attacking line, held up by intense machine-gun fire. He sees that two guns are enfilading the line and crawls forward alone, successfully bombs the guns and by rifle fire makes the whole team surrender. Today he rushes his company through the enemy barrage, but is killed while getting his men under cover from heavy machine-gun fire. For his efforts on both days he will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross. He is killed at age 23.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • The son of an Admiral
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • The son of the first lady Mayor of Margate

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Edward Walter Bethell (West Surrey Regiment) is killed in action at age 26. His younger brother has been killed in the Battle of Jutland and they are sons of Admiral ‘the Honorable’ ‘Sir’ Alexander E Bethell.
  • Captain Arthur Edward Adderley Buller (Norfolk Regiment) is killed in action at age 35 in Palestine. He is the son of the late Reverend R W Buller and has a brother who will be killed in August 1918.
  • Captain John Tristram Yarde MC (Bedfordshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 24. He was the Head of Bedford School and Captain of Boats and rowed for Christ College, Cambridge.
  • Captain Charles Eric Hatfield MC (East and West Kent Yeomanry) is killed at age 31. He is the son of first lady Mayor of Margate.
  • Second Lieutenant Harold Viggars Bright (Sherwood Foresters) is killed. His brother was killed in June 1917.
  • Second Lieutenant John Savage Larken (East Kent Regiment) is killed at age 33. His brother was killed in November 1916.
  • Private A Carmichael (Cameron Highlanders) is killed. His brother was killed in November 1916.
  • Private George Henry Frazer (Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed at age 31. His younger brother was killed in August 1917.
  • Private John James John (Welsh Regiment) dies of wounds at age 25. His brother was killed in August 1918.
  • Private George Neville Hearson (Devonshire Regiment) dies at home at age 24. His brother was killed in March of this year.

Monday 2 September 1918 We Lost 3,129

Hugh McIver VC

Private Francis Turbutt Earley (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) dies of wounds received the previous day in the chest at age 19.  The young journalist wrote his last letter home the afternoon that he would later be wounded on.

My Dear Father,                                                                                                                 It is a strange feeling to me but a very real one, that every letter now that I write home to you or to the little sisters may be the last that I shall write or you read.  I do not want you to think that I am depressed; indeed on the contrary, I am very cheerful. But out here, in odd moments the realization comes to me of how close death is to us. A week ago I was talking with a man, a Catholic, from Preston, who had been out here for nearly four years, untouched. He was looking forward with certainty to going on leave soon.  And now he is dead – killed in a moment during our last advance.  Well it was God.  I say this to you because I hope that you will realize, as I do, the possibility of the like happening to myself.  I feel glad myself that I can look the fact in the face without fear or misgiving.  Much as I hope to live thro’ it all for your sakes and my little sisters!  I am quite prepared to give my life as so many have done before me.

Lieutenant James Pomeroy Cavers and Lieutenant F D Travers (Royal Air Force) share a victory over an enemy aircraft on the Balkan front.

Lieutenant Colonel Richard Annesley West (North Irish Horse commanding 6th Tank Corps) VC DSO MC is killed at Vaulx-Vraucourt at age 40.  He is a veteran of the South Africa War. He arrives at the front line when the enemy is delivering a local counter-attack. The infantry battalion has suffered heavy officer casualties and realizing the danger if they give way, and despite the enemy being almost upon them, Colonel West rides up and down in face of certain death, encouraging the men. He is eventually riddled with bullets and killed on the spot. For his actions today and previously at Courcelles he will be awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously.

At Pronville, France, Chief Petty Officer George Henry Prowse (Drake Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) leads a small party of men against an enemy strong-point, capturing it, together with 23 prisoners and 5 machine-guns. On three other occasions he displays great heroism in dealing with difficult and dangerous situations, and at one time he dashes forward and attacks and captures two machine-gun posts, killing six of the enemy and taking 13 prisoners and two machine-guns. He is the only survivor of this gallant party, but his action enabled the battalion to push forward in comparative safety. For his actions he will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross as he will be killed in twenty-five days at age 32.

Private Hugh McIver VC MM (Royal Scots) is killed at age 28 near Courcelles ten days after performing acts that will result in him being awarded the Victoria Cross.  On 23rd August 1918 east of Courcelle-le Compte, France, he was employed as a company-runner and under heavy artillery and machine-gun fire carried messages regardless of his own safety. Single-handed he pursued an enemy scout into a machine-gun post and having killed six of the garrison, captured 20 prisoners and two machine-guns. Later he succeeded, at great personal risk, in stopping the fire of a British tank which was directed in error against our own troops.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple Victoria Cross winners
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • A Vancouver Police Department Constable
  • A 10-victory ace
  • The son of the town of Inchinman School Master
  • A Vaudeville acrobat
  • A man whose father was killed in the South Africa War
  • A young journalist

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Thomas Barker Merrick MC (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend W B Merrick.
  • Lieutenant Eric Drummond-Hay (Manitoba Regiment) is killed in action at age 20. His brother was killed less than three weeks before.
  • Lieutenant Alex Campbell-Johnston (Manitoba Regiment) is killed at age 18. He enlisted at age 15 and his brother will be killed tomorrow.
  • Lieutenant John Elliott (Manitoba Regiment) is killed in action at age 29. He was a constable for the Vancouver Police Department.
  • Lieutenant Alexander Wilson Milligan (British Columbia Regiment) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed in March of this year.
  • Lieutenant Valentine St Barbe Collins (Royal Air Force) is killed at age 24. He is a 10 victory ace.
  • Lieutenant Walton Downing Thompson (Welsh Fusiliers attached Highland Light Infantry) dies of wounds received in action one week prior at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend Frank Thompson.
  • Lieutenant Leonard Widlake Dean (New Zealand Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 26. He is the son of the Reverend Oliver Dean.
  • Second Lieutenant Ralph Frederick Talbot (Royal Air Force) is killed at age 20. His brother died of wounds in July 1915.
  • Second Lieutenant Kenneth Clark Crawford (Scots Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 35. He is the son of the School Headmaster of the town of Inchinnan.
  • Second Lieutenant Horace Walter Hill (Berkshire Regiment) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
  • CSM Andrew Aitken (Black Watch) dies of wounds at age 39. His brother died of wounds in December of last year in Palestine.
  • Private Bertram Eldridge (Sussex Regiment, Sussex Yeomanry) is killed at age 22. His brother was killed in April of this year.
  • Private P Spivey (Yorkshire and Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 25. His brother was killed last April.
  • Private Frederick Newland (London Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed serving on HMS Lion at Jutland.
  • Private Robert George Hassall (Saskatchewan Regiment) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Thomas Lionel George Hassall Rector of Rearsby.
  • Private Wilfred Tompkins (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 20. He is an acrobat on the vaudeville stage.
  • Private Alfred Clinton Totty (Manitoba Regiment0 is killed at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend Benjamin Totty of Moosehide Mission Dawson Yukon.
  • Private Harold Heathman (Irish Fusiliers) is killed at age 18. His brother was killed in September 1916.
  • Private Arthur Downs Sales (Sussex Regiment) is killed at age 19. His father was killed serving in the Inniskilling Dragoons in the South African War.
  • Private Ernest Clough (Cheshire Regiment) is killed at age 31. His brother was killed in October 1916.

Friday 10 May 1918 We Lost 456

Alfred Edmund Godsal

By Royal Warrant the Guards Machine Gun Regiment is formed.  It is composed of four Machine Gun Battalions.

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Commander Alfred Edmund Godsal DSO (HMS Vindictive, Royal Navy) is killed while in command of his ship during operations at Ostend at age 33.
  • Killed along side him is Lieutenant Angus Hope Maclachlan (in command of the After Control) at age 18 who participated in the Battle of Jutland on HMS Temeraire.
  • Captain Thomas Glyn Lloyd (Welsh Regiment) is killed at age 27. He is the second son of the Venerable Thomas Lloyd Archdeacon of St Asaph and Vicar of Rhyl.
  • Private Ernest Wilfred Skinner (Norfolk Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in March of this year.
  • Private Edward Douglas Wagg (Royal Army Medical Corps) dies of gassing wounds at age 23. His brother was killed last August.

Saturday 27 April 1918 We Lost 973

British forces capture Kifri in Mesopotamia.

At 04:30 the Germans attack the positions held the positions held by the Bedfordshire Regiment.  A heavy barrage falls on the positions prior to an infantry assault.  Eight men are killed including

  • Second Lieutenant Ambrose Ethelston Peel (Bedfordshire Regiment) killed at age 20. His brother was killed in July 1917.

The Newfoundland House of Assembly unanimously passes the Conscription Bill.

Today’s losses include:

  • A man whose son will be killed next June
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Gerald Charles Tunbridge (York and Lancaster Regiment) is killed in Bulgaria at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend James Tunbridge Vicar of Bisbrooke.
  • Lieutenant Lawrence Anselm Storrs Fox (West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend Edwin Storrs Fox Vicar of Hawkser.
  • Lieutenant Roy Agnew Moon (Machine Gun Corps) is killed in action at age 23. His older brother was killed on HMS Lion at the Battle of Jutland.
  • Private Francis Stanley Coneybeer (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother will be killed in July.
  • Private Samuel Watmore (Army Service Corps) is killed in action. His son with the same name will be killed at sea in June.

Sunday 31 March 1918 We Lost 1,265

Charles Lionel Kirwan Campbell

A German attack recaptures most of Moreuil Wood, and the nearby Rifle Wood one mile to the northeast.  General Seely is given command of the Allied counterattack.  The Canadian Brigade attacks in three waves, securing their flanks while moving through the wood and engaging the enemy in hand to hand combat. Once the German forces are again driven out, they commence heavy artillery bombardment and several counterattacks, however control of the wood remains with the Allies at the end of the day.  To the northeast, Rifle Wood is attacked at 09:00 and by 11:00 is also in Allied hands.  By 15:00 the Allied forces are relieved by fresh divisions.

At 02:40 the 2nd/21st London First Surrey Rifles Regiment begins an assault on the Turkish positions at Wadi Amman, Syria.  They capture 2 machine guns and 80 prisoners.

The troopship Celtic is torpedoed by UB-77 in the Irish Sea with the loss of six lives.

Brigadier General Charles Lionel Kirwan Campbell CB CMG (commanding 5th Cavalry Brigade, 2nd Cavalry Division) dies on service at home at age 44.  Charles Lionel Kirwan Campbell was commissioned in the Lancers on 13th February 1895. He saw active service on the North West Frontier (1897-8), including the Tirah expedition, and in the South African War (1900-1), where he spent a year as an ADC. From December 1901 to December 1906 he was attached to the New Zealand Defence Force. By the outbreak of the Gear War he was back serving with his regiment in the rank of major. On 5th October 1915 he was promoted GOC 5th Cavalry Brigade, a post he retained until 21st March 1918, when Lieutenant-Colonel W F Collins temporarily replaced him. Brigadier-General Campbell died ten days later at home.

Today’s losses include:

  • A General
  • A Colonel commanding the 106th Brigade Royal Field Artillery
  • The son and heir to the 10th Baron Belhaven and Stendon
  • A battalion commander
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • The son of a Member of Parliament
  • The son-in-law of a Member of Parliament
  • The nephew of the Earl of Warwick
  • A man whose father died on service in South Africa in 1901
  • A Military Chaplain
  • The son of a member of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Temporary Lieutenant Colonel ‘the Honorable’ Colonel Ralph Gerard Alexander Hamilton (Royal Horse Artillery commanding 106th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 35. He is the Master of Belhaven and the only son of the 10th Baron Belhaven and Stendon.
  • Lieutenant Colonel John Evelyn Carmichael Darley (commanding 4th Hussars) is killed at age 38. He is a veteran of the South African war and his brother was killed on HMS Good Hope in November 1914. He served as the Aide de Campe to General ‘Sir’ Archibald Hunter while Hunter was the Governor of Gibraltar.
  • Major Claude Frederic Thomas Lindsay (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 26. A brother was killed in June 1917 and a second brother was killed five days ago.
  • Major John Haworth Whitworth MC (Manchester Regiment) dies of wounds at age 38. He is the son-in-law of A J King former MP for Knutsford.
  • Captain Charles Thomas Anderdon Pollock (East Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 28. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Ernest Pollock, KBE, KC, MP.
  • Lieutenant George Gordon Francis Greville (Hussars) is killed at age 28. He is the nephew of the Earl of Warwick.
  • Lieutenant George Gordon Francis Greville (Hussars) is killed at age 28. He is the son of the Honorable Louis Greville.
  • Second Lieutenant Edmund Montague Prinsep Fisher (Royal Field Artillery) dies on service of peritonitis after suffering appendicitis at home at age 47. He is an architect and the son of historian Herbert William Fisher. His brother was killed on HMS Invinsible at Jutland while another brother was the Captain of HMS St Vincent at Jutland.
  • Second Lieutenant Harry Battye (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 22. His brother was killed six days earlier and their father died on service as a Color Sergeant in the Yorkshire Regiment at Kroonstad, South Africa in 1901.
  • Chaplain Alexander Spencer MC (attached Inniskilling Fusiliers) dies of wounds as a prisoner of war.
  • Private Thomas Platt (Cheshire Regiment) is killed in Salonika at age 26. His brother was killed on the first day of the battle of the Somme.
  • Private Arthur Louis Pogson (London Scottish Regiment) is killed in action on the Western Front at age 19. His brother was killed in September 1917.
  • Private Albert Charles Woore (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 22 nine days after this brother was killed.
  • Gunner William Ewart Martin Lewis (Royal Horse Artillery) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed last August and they are sons of the Reverend William John Lewis Rector of Eydon.

Friday 15 March 1918 We Lost 302

Squadron Commander Roderic Stanley Dallas becomes the first Royal Naval Air Service officer to command a Royal Flying Corps squadron when he takes over the command of 40th squadron. Flight Lieutenant Stanley Wallace Rosevear attacks a formation of eight enemy aircraft, destroying two of the enemy machines.

The destroyers HMS Michael and HMS Moresby depth charge and force to the surface the German submarine U-110.  When on the surface the German submarine is abandoned.

Today’s losses include:

  • A man who has 8 cousins who will be killed in the German Army
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major (Brevet Lieutenant Colonel) Hubert Maxwell Lenox-Conyngham (Army Veterinary Corps) dies on service at age 47 of a cerebral hemorrhage. His brother was killed in September 1916 and they are sons of Colonel ‘Sir’ William Lenox-Conyngham. He served in the Somali campaign.
  • Captain Keith Knox Muspratt MC (Dorsetshire Regiment attached Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed at age 20. His brother will be killed in May.
  • Private Herman Bollinger (New Zealand Rifle Brigade) is killed in action at age 28. His brother was killed in 1917 and they have eight cousins who are killed in the German Army during the Great War.
  • Gunner Hugh Thomas Humphreys (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed in the Persian Gulf at age 36. His brother was killed in May 1915.
  • Private George Percy Ginders (Canterbury Regiment) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed on Gallipoli in August 1915.
  • Private William Dearden (South Wales Borderers) dies on service in Mesopotamia at age 20. His brother was killed on HMS Defence at Jutland.

Thursday 14 March 1918 We Lost 274

Adrian Consett Stephen

The trawler Agate is sunk when she strikes a mine.  Four members of her crew are killed.

Today’s losses include:

  • The great grandson of the Chief Justice of New South Wales
  • An author
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • A 7-victory ace
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Adrian Consett Stephen MC (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 25. He is the author of Four Plays and An Australian in the R F A which will be published posthumously. The Adrian Consett Stephen Memorial Prize will be awarded to an undergraduate at the University of Sydney for a short story or play. He is the great grandson of the Chief Justice of New South Wales.
  • Lieutenant Hugh Alexander Wark (Gordon Highlanders) is killed at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend James Wark.
  • Lieutenant Herbert Henry Hartley (Royal Flying Corp) is killed in action at age 22. He is a seven-victory ace.
  • Private Robert A Harper (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed. His brother was killed in May of last year.
  • Petty Officer Robert Charles Keen (HMS Victory) dies of pneumonia on service at age 28. His brother was killed at Jutland.

Tuesday 20 November 1917 We Lost 1,973

The battle of Cambrai begins at 06:00 with carefully prepared and predicted, but unregistered, fire barrage by 1,003 guns on key German defences, followed by smoke and a creeping barrage 300 yards ahead to cover the first advances. Despite efforts to preserve secrecy, the German forces have received sufficient intelligence to be on moderate alert: an attack on Havrincourt is anticipated, as is the use of tanks.

Initially there is considerable success in most areas the Hindenburg Line is penetrated with advances of up to 8 kilometers achieved. On the right, the 12th (Eastern) Division advances as far as Lateau Wood before digging in is ordered; the 20th (Light) Division forces a way through La Vacquerie and then advances to capture a key bridge across the St Quentin canal at Masnières. The bridge collapses under the weight of the crossing tanks. The bridge collapse halts the hopes for advance there. In the center the British capture Ribécourt and Marcoing, but when the cavalry passes through, they are dealt a sharp blow and fall back from Noyelles.

In the center the 51st (Highland) Division is stalled at its first objective, Flesquières, leaving the advances around it exposed. It is believed that the commander of the 51st General George Montague Harper substitutes his own tank drill for the standard one and that an excessive space between the tanks and the infantry contributes to the failure. Flesquières is also one of the strongest points in the German line and is flanked by other strong points. Its defenders acquit themselves well against the tanks, engaging them aggressively. Almost forty tanks are knocked out by the Flesquières artillery, including sixteen by a single gun reportedly manned by a lone gunner. Despite this the Germans are forced to abandon Flesquières during the night.

On the left the 62nd (2nd West Riding) Division sweeps all the way through Havrincourt and Graincourt to within reach of the woods on Bourlon Ridge and the 36th (Ulster) Division on their left reaches the Bapaume-Cambrai road. Of the tanks 180 are out of action after the first day, although only 65 have been destroyed. Of the remainder 71 have suffered mechanical failure and 43 had been ‘ditched’. The British had suffered approximately 4,000 casualties and have- taken 4,200 prisoners, a casualty rate half that of Third Ypres (Passchendaele), and a greater advance in six hours than in three months there.  However, the British have failed to reach the heights of Bourlon Ridge. The German command is quick to send up reinforcements overnight and is relieved that the British do not manage to fully exploit their early gains.

The 75th Division, the last one formed during the war, of Gurkas and British from India, captures the Jerusalem-Jaffa road and then tomorrow will capture the vital hill of Nebi Samwil, the key to the city. The division adopts a key as its unit symbol.

Eighteen scouts of the Royal Flying Corps leave the ground under most unfavorable weather conditions in order to reconnoiter certain areas, and Captain Edward Mannock returns first with valuable information, while many other pilots bring back information that is of considerable use.

During an attack the tank which Captain Richard William Leslie Wain (Manchester Regiment attached Tank Corps) is commanding is disabled by a direct hit near an enemy strong point which is holding up the attack. Captain Wain and one man, both seriously wounded are the only survivors. Though bleeding profusely from his wounds, he refuses the attention of stretcher-bearers, rushes from behind the tank with a Lewis gun, and captures the strong point, taking about half the garrison prisoners. Although his wounds are very serious he picks up a rifle and continues to fire at the retiring enemy until he receives a fatal wound in the head. It is due to the valour displayed by Captain Wain that the infantry are able to advance and due to his efforts he will be awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • The son of a later former Member of Parliament
  • A son of the 4th Baron Kensington
  • A grandson of the 3rd Baron ffrench
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A grandson of a member of the clergy
  • A Double Cambridge Blue
  • Multiple families that will lose two, three and four sons in the Great War
  • Multiple battalion commanders
  • The brother of an Olympic Gold Medal rower who also served
  • A Military Chaplain
  • A 5-victory ace
  • A Bedfordshire Constable
  • A Rosslyn Park Rugby footballer
  • A man whose son was killed at Jutland
  • A man whose son will be killed in the Second World War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Charles Strangways Linton DSO MC (commanding 4th Worcestershire Regiment) is killed at age 36.
  • Lieutenant Colonel W J Alderman DSO (commanding 6th Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed.
  • Major Robert Oscar Cyril Ward (Scottish Horse attached Tank Corps) is killed in action at age 36. He was a double blue at Trinity College, Cambridge.
  • Captain ‘The Honorable’ Cecil Edwardes (Scottish Horse attached Tank Corps) is killed in action at age 41. He is the son of the 4th Baron Kensington.
  • Captain Robert Edward Angus (Ayreshire Yeomanry attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 23. He is the only son of James Angus JP and grandson of Robert Angus DL.
  • Captain Robert Elcum Horsfall (Liverpool Regiment) is killed at age 27. His brother Ewart Douglas Horsfall served in the Rifle Brigade and Royal Flying Corps earning the DSO and MC and is a Gold and Silver Medal Olympic rower who will later manage the British Olympic Rowing Team.
  • Captain Donald Farquharson Roberts MC (East Surrey Regiment) is killed at age 25. He is a Rosslyn Park Rugby footballer.
  • Lieutenant Harold Martin Joseph Blake (Munster Fusiliers) is killed at age 24. His brother was killed in January 1916 and they are grandsons of Charles Austin ffrench 3rd Baron ffrench of Castle ffrench.
  • Lieutenant Richard Frederic Norreys Bertie (Berkshire Yeomanry) is killed at age 41. He is the grandson of the Reverend Honorable Frederic Bertie.
  • Lieutenant John Francis Edens (Newfoundland Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother will be killed next March.
  • Lieutenant Gilbert Trenchard Carre (Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed in action at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend Arthur Augustus Carre Rector of Smarden who has previously lost two other sons in the Great War, the first in September 1915 and the second in October 1916.
  • Lieutenant Cyril Gordon Jones (Norfolk Regiment) is killed at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend David Jones
  • Lieutenant Alexander Charles Nicholas March de Lisle (Leicestershire Regiment attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed in action at age 20 when his RE8 is hit by a shell and crashes while on artillery observation near Ypres. He is the son of the late Edwin Joseph Lisle March Phillipps de Lisle Member of Parliament for Mid-Leicestershire from 1886-92.
  • Second Lieutenant Owen Watkin Wynn Hardinge Meredith (General List attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed when he is shot down by machine gun fire, while attacking a balloon near Cambrai at age 24. He is the only son of the late Vernerable Archdeacon Thomas Meredith late Vicar of Wolston and Archdeacon of Singapore. He was educated at Harrow and Cambridge University.  He left Cambridge when the War broke out and took up war work at Coventry, subsequently entering Aeroplane Works at Hendon.  At an aerodrome in England he made a record for high flying. He obtained his wings in July 1917 and went out to the front in October 1917. The Charity of Owen Watkin Wynn Hardinge Meredith will be set up by Thomas Meredith in memory of his son. A capital sum of money is in war stock and the interest from this is to be used to help the poor of the Parish of Tibberton.
  • Second Lieutenant John Alan Harvey (Dublin Fusiliers) is killed at age 20. He is the only son of Reverend Ralph Harvey.
  • Second Lieutenant Robert Alexander McFie (Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend George Paton McFie.
  • Second Lieutenant Eric Bannerman (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed in July 1916.
  • Second Lieutenant Norman Carlyon Phear (Royal Flying Corps) is killed in an accident at age 19. His brother was killed last month.
  • Second Lieutenant Charles Handley Lanphier Symons (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 29. He is the son of the Very Reverend Dean Symons who lost another son in September 1916.
  • Chaplain the Reverend George Harvey Ranking attached IV Heavy Artillery is killed at age 46. He is the Vicar of Fernhurst, Sussex.
  • Sergeant Thomas Frederick Stephenson DCM (Royal Flying Corps) is killed in action at age 23. He is a five victory ace.
  • Sergeant George Stephen Babbington (Bedfordshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 20. He is a member of the Bedfordshire Constabulary.
  • Sergeant George Douglas (Tank Corps) is killed at age 40. He is the third of four brothers who are killed in the Great War.
  • Sergeant Albert Ingham Robinson (West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 35. His brother will be killed next March.
  • Lance Corporal Herbert Charles Taylor (Gordon Highlanders) is killed in action at age 20. He is the third of four brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Private John B Sutherland (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed in action at Cambrai. His brother will die of pneumonia in November 1918.
  • Private James Bernard Bygrave (Liverpool Regiment) is killed at age 31. His two brothers have already lost their lives in the Great War.
  • Private Harry Wyndham Collins (East Kent Regiment) is killed at age 25. His brother will be killed next August.
  • Private James Alexander (Gordon Highlanders) is killed at Cambrai at age 19. His brother was killed last August.
  • Private Victor Carew (Royal Newfoundland Regiment) is killed in action at age 24. His brother was killed in July 1917.
  • Private Jeremiah Donnelly (Newfoundland Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed in April 1917.
  • Private Richard John Ballard (Hampshire Regiment) is killed in Palestine at age 20. He is the middle of three brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Gunner Allan Adie (Canadian Field Artillery) is killed at age 21. He is the first and youngest of three brothers who are killed in the War.
  • Private John William Nugent (Middlesex Regiment) is killed at age 35. His son will be killed in May 1944.
  • Private William Corke (Sussex Regiment) is killed at age 40. His son was killed on HMS Defence at Jutland.
  • Private Benjamin Phillips (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 26. His brother was killed in April 1916.

Friday 2 November 1917 We Lost 1,141

British forces capture positions north of Beersheba in the 3rd Battle of Gaza.

  • Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Frere Lambert (Royal West Surrey Regiment) is killed in action in Palestine at age 38. He is the son of Major General Lambert CB and had served in the South African War.
  • Captain Joshua Robert Rowley (Highland Light Infantry attached Suffolk Regiment) is killed in action at age 24 while leading his men into action at the Battle of Gaza. He is the second son of ‘Sir’ Joshua T Rowley, the 5th Captain Rowley joined the Suffolk Regiment in 1912 and was mobilized with his Regiment on the outbreak of the War and accompanied the Suffolk Regiment to the Dardanelles, landing at Suvla Bay in July 1915. He went through the Gallipoli campaign and for his services received a Commission as Captain in the Highland Light Infantry but continued to serve with his old Regiment. In December 1915 he went to Egypt.
  • Lieutenant William Steele Young (Royal Engineers) is killed in Palestine at age 24. His brother was killed in June 1915 on Gallipoli.
  • Second Lieutenant William Ranald Ware McCarthy (Border Regiment attached Norfolk Regiment) is killed at age 19 in Gaza. He is the only child of the Reverend William McCarthy missionary of Anking, China.
  • Second Lieutenant Ralph Thomas Boddington (London Regiment) is killed in action at age 32 in Palestine. He is the son of Samuel Boddington JP.
  • Private L W Maudlin (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed in action in Palestine. His brother will die in February 1919.
  • Private Charles Ernest Albery (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed in Gaza at age a4. He is a Boy Scout of the 1st Salisbury troop passing through various grades eventually becoming an Assistant Scout Master.
  • Private George Ebenezer William Naismith (Royal Scots) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend R Naismith.

On the Tigris the British rout the Turks near Dur 85 miles above Baghdad.

The merchant ship SS Cape Finisterre is sunk 1 mile south southeast of Manacles Buoy by a torpedo.  Among the 35 dead is her Master James Lochead killed at age 53.

In Kattegat, British destroyers sink a German auxiliary cruiser and 10 armed patrol craft taking 64 prisoners.

The Balfour Declaration is established proclaiming support for a Jewish State in Palestine.

Today’s losses include:

  • A battalion commander
  • The son of a General
  • The son of a Baronet
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • Multiple grandson of members of the clergy
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • An Assistant Scout Master
  • The son of an Alderman
  • The son of the 2nd Baron Ashcombe

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Henry Hall Griffith (Royal Flying Corps is killed at age 26 when his two-seater crashes into the Medway while training. He is the son of Alderman Arthur Foster Griffith and grandson of the Reverend Dr. Griffith former Principal of Brighton College. His brother was killed at Jutland.
  • Lieutenant ‘the Honorable’ Alick George Cubitt (Hussars) is killed in action at age 23. He is the second son of the 2nd Baron Ashcombe and he has previously lost a brother in action and a third brother will be killed in 1918.
  • Lieutenant Henry Norman Johnson (Manchester Regiment) is killed at age 23. His brother died of wounds in August 1915.
  • Second Lieutenant Mark Aldersey (Cheshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 20. He is the grandson both the Reverend George Becher Blomfield and the Reverend Canon Francis Coulman Royds and his elder brother will be killed on 10th March next year.
  • Sergeant Edward Alexander Keid (Australian Infantry) dies of wounds. His brother was killed in September 1916.
  • Petty Officer Arthur James Davidge (Howe Royal Naval Division) dies of wounds at age 20. His brother was killed in September 1916.
  • Sapper James Black (Royal Engineers) is killed at age 34. His brother will die of wounds in March 1918 as a prisoner of war.
  • Private F W J Gardner (Hampshire Regiment) is killed in Egypt at age 20. His brother will be lost in the sinking of the paddle minesweeper Ascot the last ship sunk in the war next November.
  • Private Walter Beard (Cheshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 25. He is the middle of three brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.

Sunday 28 October 1917 We Lost 709

Cecil Godfrey Rawling

Brigadier General Cecil Godfrey Rawling CMG CIE DSO (62nd Brigade, 21st Division) is killed in action at age 47 by a shell in Hooge Crater.  He is killed as he was talking with friends outside his brigade headquarters.  He was the author of The Great Plateau in 1905 and The Land of the New Guinea Pygmies in 1913.  He received the Patron’s Gold Medal of the Royal Geographical Society. He served on the Northwest Frontier in 1897-8 and in the Tibet Expedition of 1904.

Today’s losses include:

  • A General and author
  • The son of a General
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • An Essex 1st Class Essex player
  • A man whose young brother will be killed in the Second World War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain George Kekewich (London Yeomanry) dies of wounds at age 28. His younger brother was killed in September 1915 and his older brother will be killed in two weeks.
  • Captain John Charles Ashford Caunter (Welsh Regiment attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 30. He is the only son of Brigadier General J E Caunter CB CBE.
  • Lieutenant James Valiant (Welsh Fusiliers) dies of wounds in Palestine at age 33. He played one first class cricket match for Essex in 1912.
  • Sergeant James Hadden Neilson (Cameron Highlanders) dies of malaria on Salonika at age 29. He is the middle of three brothers who lose their lives in the Great War while their youngest brother who is too young to fight in the war will be killed in June 1940.
  • Gunner Harry Farrant (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed in action at age 37. His brother was killed in October 1914.
  • Private William Roote (Army Service Corps) dies at home at age 38. His brother will die at home in April 1919 and they will be buried in the same grave.
  • Private Arthur John Levett (Army Service Corps) dies in East Africa at age 24. His brother was killed serving in HMS Black Prince at Jutland.
  • Private Frederick White (Worcestershire Regiment) dies at home after discharge at age 28. His brother was killed in May 1915.