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Saturday 27 October 1917 We Lost 573

Arthur Rhys Davids

Lieutenant Arthur Percival Foley Rhys Davids (Royal Flying Corps) is killed in action at age 20.  He is the son of Professor T W Rhys Davids. He is a twenty-three-victory ace including the shooting down of Lieutenant Werner Voss, the fearless 20-year-old leader of Jasta 10 and the closest rival to the Red Baron.  Another of 56th Squadron’s aces, Cecil A Lewis, was in London when he learned of his comrade’s death.  Lewis’ lament for the young Eton graduate might as well have been said for all of his generation, British, French and German who fought in the air or on the ground at the Third Battle of Ypres: “Was this boy the hero of half a hundred fights?  I could not reconcile the strange division, till one day, when I had praised him, he shrugged his shoulders: it was our job, he said, we ought to try to do it well, but then the peace came, we would do better.  When peace came!  I hope the gunner…shot him clean, bullet to the heart, and that his plane, on fire, fell like a meteor through the sky he loved.  Since he had to end, I hope he ended so.  But oh, the waste!  The loss.”

The Third Battle of Gaza begins. Major Alexander Malins Lafone (Middlesex Hussars) dies of wounds received in action at age 47 while holding a position at Gaza for over seven hours against vastly superior enemy forces. After all his men, with the exception of three, have been hit and the trench which he is holding is so full of wounded that it is difficult to move and fire, he orders those who can walk to move to trench slightly to the rear.  When finally surrounded and charged by the enemy, he steps in to the open and continues to fight until he is mortally wounded.  For his actions on this day he will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross.

  • Captain Seymour Van Den Bergh (Middlesex Hussars) is killed at age 27. His younger brother was killed on the Western Front in May 1916.

The six-day bombardment begins with navy guns as well, the largest artillery barrage outside France.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • 23-victory ace and victor of German ace Werner Voss
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The son of a General
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • Multiple men whose sons will be killed in the Second World War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Philip Henry Franklin Wiseman (North Lancashire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 30. His brother was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme and they are sons of the late Reverend Henry John Wiseman Scrivelsby Rectory Lincolnshire.
  • Lieutenant Newdigate Owen Burne (Pathans) is killed in action in East Africa at age 19. He was a classical scholar at Uppingham and the son of Brigadier General R O Burne.
  • Lieutenant Frederick Thomas Lee Abbiss (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 23. His brother will be killed in July 1918.
  • Second Lieutenant Cyril Herbert Ford Barrowcliff (Leicestershire Regiment) is killed at age 20. He is the son of Herbert Barrowcliff JP.
  • Second Lieutenant Cecil Ivor Phillips (Gloucestershire Regiment attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed in action at age 18. He is the son of the Reverend Egbert Ivor Allen Phillips of Clifton College.
  • Second Lieutenant Ernest C Bonnet (Royal Marine Light Infantry) dies of wounds. His son will be killed in April 1941.
  • Lance Corporal William John Brown (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 27. His brother was killed at the Battle of Jutland.
  • Bombardier Albert Frederick Bisson (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed in action at age 23. His only son will be killed in August 1940 in North Africa serving in the Royal Air Force.
  • Private John Harney (Lancaster Regiment) dies of wounds received the previous day at age 31. His brother was killed last August.
  • Private David Campbell (Canadian Cameron Highlanders) dies of wounds at age 23. His brother was accidentally killed last month in the Royal Flying Corps

Thursday 11 October 1917 We Lost 837

Henry Simon Feilding

In the Mbemkuru Valley area of German East Africa the right column of the British troops advancing from Kilwa, having moved southwest up the valley to Mlemba, forty-three miles southeast of Liwale, and then southeast, occuppy Ruponda.

Today’s losses include:

  • A playwright and husband of actress Iris Hawkins
  • A son of the 9th Earl of Denbigh who also lost a son at Jutland
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A nephew of the author Mrs. Humphry Ward

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain ‘the Honorable’ Henry Simon Feilding (Coldstream Guards) dies of wounds received two days prior at age 23. He is the son of the 9th Earl and Countess of Denbigh and his brother was killed at the Battle of Jutland.
  • Lieutenant Reginald Lewis Hope Lumley (Berkshire Regiment attached Training Reserve) is by a shell splinter to the head. He is the husband of the actress Iris Hawkins and in the previous month his play in three acts “The Enemy Within” dealing with a German spy was produced in London at the Golders Green Hippodrome.
  • At home in Middlesex Second Lieutenant Denis John Heriot Mayne (Irish Rifles attached Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed at age 18. He is the son of the Reverend J St C Mayne.
  • Lieutenant Edward Hibbert Binney (Sherwood Foresters) dies of wounds at home at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend John Edward Hibbert Binney Vicar of Holy Trinity Folkstone.
  • Second Lieutenant Thomas Sorrell Arnold (Lancashire Fusiliers) dies of wounds at age 20. He is a nephew of the author Mrs Humphry Ward.
  • Corporal Matthew Charles McKey (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed in action at Polderhoek Chateau at age 30. His brother was among the first casualties of the war being killed when HMS Amphion was sunk by a mine on the third day of the war.
  • Private William Ernest Basketfield (Coldstream Guards) is killed at age 24. His brother was killed last October.
  • Rifleman Benjamin Horace Betts (Liverpool Regiment) dies of wounds received in action at age 35. His brother was killed in April of this year.

Saturday 12 May 1917 – We Lost 1,100

Augustus John Jessop

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The son of a stage actor and comedian
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • A man whose will lose his life in the Second World War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Edwin Theodore Hicks (Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed at age 35. He is the son of the Right Reverend Edward Lee Hicks Bishop of Lincoln.
  • Captain William George Bransby Williams (Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 19. He is the youngest man to hold a pilot’s license in England and the youngest pilot to be elevated to the rank of Captain. He is the son of actor and comedian Bransby Williams.
  • Captain Theodore Victor Chapman MC (Royal West Surrey Regiment) is killed at age 19.  He is the third brother to be killed in the last two years. They are sons of the Reverend Theodore Charles Chapman Rector of Langley.
  • Lieutenant Augustus John Jessop (General List attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 23. His brother will be killed on the last day of July in this year.
  • Lieutenant John Ross Robertson (Fife and Forfar Yeomanry attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed when he is shot down near Baralle-Marquion at age 23. He is the son of ‘Sir’ William Robertson.
  • Sergeant George Rowlingson (Essex Regiment) is killed in action at age 25. His brother was killed at the Battle of Jutland.
  • Lance Corporal Cecil Pratt (Central Ontario Regiment) is killed at age 26. His brother will be killed in March next year.
  • Lance Corporal Walter William Taylor (Hampshire Regiment) is killed) at age 30 his brother was killed in June 1915.
  • Lance Corporal Robert Henry Lowen (Royal Fusiliers) dies of wounds. His son will lose his life in the Second World War.
  • Private Charles Peryer (Middlesex Regiment) is killed at age 36. His brother will die of wounds in Palestine in November of this year.
  • Private Arthur Lawrence Potton (Machine Gun Corps) is killed. His brother-in-law will die of wounds in August of this year.
  • Private William Lamond (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 29. His brother died of wounds in November 1914.

Thursday 3 May 1917 – We Lost 7,382

Robert Grierson Combe

At Arras the 14th Division attacks with two brigades – each with two battalions the in front line.  The 41st Brigade on the right has the 8th Rifle Brigade on the right and the 8th King’s Royal Rifle Corps on the left, while the 42nd Brigade has the 6th Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry on the right and the 9th Rifle Brigade on the left.  The attack has two objectives, first, a line running north eastwards along the road along the road from St. Michaels Statue for fifteen hundred yards to within two hundred yards of a wood known as Triangle Wood.  Second a line running north and south one thousand yards east of St. Michaels Statue.  Zero hour is 03:45.  Heavy losses are suffered but the objectives are taken, machine guns in Triangle Wood cause severe losses as well as a very heavy enemy bombardment on the entire Divisional area as far back as Brigade Headquarters. Among those killed is

  • Captain James Bannerman Lorimer (Cameron Highlanders attached Rifle Brigade) is killed in action at age 37. He is the son of the late Sheriff of the Counties of Aberdeen, Kincardine and Banff. He was also a writer to the Signet.
  • Captain Archibald Cameron (Cameron Highlanders) is killed at age 31. He is the son of Donald Cameron 24th Chief of Clan Cameron who lost another son in September 1914.
  • Second Lieutenant John Legg Bulmer (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed at agae 22. He is the son of the Reverend Edward Bulmer Rector of St Martin.
  • Second Lieutenant Charles Croke Harper (Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry) is killed at age 36. He is the son of the Reverend Edward James Harper Rector of Broughton.
  • Rifleman John William Nichols (Rifle Brigade) killed at age 20. His brother will be killed in two weeks.

Flight Sub Lieutenant Robert Leckie (Royal Naval Air Service) drops two bombs on the Ostend Seaplane Base with good results, making two trips.

The hired transport Transylvania leaves Marseilles for bound for Alexandria with a full complement carrying about two hundred officers and two thousand eight hundred sixty troops and escorted by the Japanese destroyers Matsu and Sakaki.

Today’s losses include:

  • An Old Amplefordian footballer
  • Multiple sets of brothers killed together
  • A member of the clergy
  • A school master from South Africa
  • A Rugby footballer
  • A Rhodes scholar
  • An FA Football Cup winner with Manchester United and Manchester City
  • A Broadway actor
  • The son of a former Sheriff
  • A Writer to the Signet
  • The son of the 24th Chief of Clan Cameron
  • Multiple families that will lose two, three, four and five sons in the Great War
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Three Victoria Cross winners
  • A member of the Balliol Boat Club
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple sons of Baronets
  • The son of a General
  • The son-in-law of Herbert H Asquith
  • Five Australian Rules footballers
  • A fireman
  • A member of the Melbourne Cricket Club
  • Another cricket player
  • A Military Chaplain
  • The grandson of a member of the clergy
  • The man for whom George Watson’s College annual marksmanship is named
  • The son of the 1st and last Baron Woodbridge MP
  • The brother of the future Colonel Commandant of the Royal Army Medical Corps
  • A man whose son will be killed next year

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Robert Grierson Combe (Manitoba Regiment) is killed by an enemy sniper south of Acheville, France. During the day he has steadied his company under intense fire and led them through the enemy barrage, reaching the objective with only five men. With great coolness and courage Lieutenant Combe proceeded to bomb the enemy and inflicted heavy casualties. He collects small groups of men and succeeds in capturing the company’s objective together with eighty prisoners.  He repeatedly charges the enemy driving them before him until the sniper kills him.  For his actions on this day he will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross.
  • Corporal George Jarratt (Royal Fusiliers) is, together with some wounded men, taken prisoner and placed under guard in a dugout. During the evening the enemy is driven back by our troops, the leading infantrymen of which commence to bomb the dugouts.  A grenade falls in the dugout, and without hesitation Corporal Jarrett places both of his feet on the grenade, the subsequent explosion blowing off both his legs.  The wounded are later safely removed to our lines, but Corporal Jarrett dies before he can be removed.  He will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross for these deeds.
  • Second Lieutenant Victor George Ursell (Shropshire Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 23. He had been the Mathematical Scholar at Balliol, first in the 1st Class Honors List Math Mods in 1913, Proxime Accessit in the University Junior School Exam in 1914 and a member of the Balliol Boat Club. He had also been the liaison and Intelligence Officer at Salonika before transferring to the Western Front.
  • Captain Henry Cecil Pember (Household Battalion) is killed at age 37 while leading an attack on Roeux. He gets within ten yards of the German lines and then comes under heavy machine gun fire, and the Battalion suffers very heavy losses. He is the second son of George Herbert Pember JP for Hants and he is married to the eldest daughter of ‘Sir’ Amherst Selby-Bigge KCB and Lady Selby-Bigge. Captain Pember served in the South African War in the Imperial Yeomanry, Queen’s Own Oxfordshire Hussars. He rejoined his Regiment on the outbreak of the War as a Second Lieutenant and was promoted to the rank of Major. In 1916 he was transferred to the Life Guards and then to the Household Battalion. He went to the Front in January 1917 and was present at the Battles of the Ancre and Arras.
  • Captain Oldric Spencer Portal (Household Battalion) who is killed at age 23. His younger brother had been killed at the Battle of Jutland. They are sons of ‘Sir’ Spencer John Portal 4th
  • Lieutenant Norman Bonham-Carter (Household Battalion) is killed at age 42. He is the brother of ‘Sir’ Edgar Bonham-Carter, General ‘Sir’ Charles Bonham-Carter and ‘Sir” Maurice Bonham-Carter and also the son-in-law of Herbert H Asquith.
  • Captain Frank Oswald Eiloart (London Regiment) is killed by machine fire at age 24. His brother Cyril Herbert Eiloart (Irish Guards attached Guards Machine Gun Regiment) will be killed on 26 September 1918. Captain Eiloart was in British Columbia when the War broke out and immediately enlisted in the British Columbia Horse. He came to England with the second contingent of the Canadian Forces in July 1915, and went to France with the Canadian Mounted Rifles in the following September, serving with them in the neighborhood of Ypres until August 1916. He was then gazetted Second Lieutenant to the London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers), in which his brother, Captain H A Eiloart, was already serving. He went through the Battle of the Somme, and was gazetted Acting Captain in April 1917. Today he is leading his Company in an attack east of Arras and is within twenty yards of the enemy trenches in front of Vis-en-Artois, when he comes across hidden machine-guns and is shot through the heart.
  • Five Australian Rules Footballers are killed in the Battle of Bullecourt.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Maldwyn Leslie Williams (Australian Army Medical Corps) is killed tending the wounded at age 30. He played 7 games for Melbourne University in 1908.
  • Captain Joseph Henry Slater (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 28. He played 108 games scoring 17 goals for Geelong from 1906 to 1914.
  • Corporal Stanley Carlton Martin (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 27. He scored 4 goals in 65 games for Melbourne University from 1909 to 1914.
  • Lance Corporal Arthur Charles Harrison (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 24. He scored 3 goals while playing 20 games in 1911, 1913 and 1914.
  • Private Albert Thomas Hughes (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 26. He scored 1 goal in the 6 games he played in 1911 in Australian Rules football. An Australian Rugby player was also killed.
  • Private John Stuntz (Australian Infantry) a fireman by profession is killed by machine gun fire. He was a pioneer Rugby League player having also played in England for the Warrington Wolves and he played in the first Rugby match in the newly created New South Wales Rugby Football League.
  • Second Lieutenant Henry Clinton Foss (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 29. He is the middle of three brothers who lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Sergeant Harold William Corbett (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 26. He is a pioneer Australian rugby league Sergeant Walter Farquharson (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 25. His brother will be killed in August 1918.
  • Sergeant Robert Angus Whitelaw (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 31. He is one of three brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War the first in August 1916 and second next April.
  • Private John Oliver Toulmin (Australian Infantry) is killed in action at age 26. His brother was killed in July 1915.
  • Private Stan Carlton Martin (Australian Infantry) is killed in action. He was a member of the Melbourne Cricket Club.
  • Private Norman Frank Callaway (Australian Infantry) is killed in action at age 21. He was a well-known New South Wales cricketer who scored 107 in only FC innings. He holds the record for the highest first-class batting average.
  • Private Malcolm Graerme Maccoll (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 46. He is the son of the Reverend Malcolm Maccoll Rector of St Columba Yoker Queensland.
  • Chaplain ‘the Reverend’ Charles Wand Mitchell (attached East Yorkshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 39.
  • Second Lieutenant Willingham Richard Ekins (East Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 20. His brother will die while in service in January 1919 and they are sons of the Reverend George Richard Ekins Vicar of St Timothy Sheffield.
  • Private Albert E Gould is killed while serving with the East Yorkshire Regiment at age 23 on the same day his brother Rifleman Joseph is killed with the King’s Royal Rifle Corps at age 33.
  • Private William Johnson (East Yorkshire Regiment) is killed. His brother was killed in February 1915.
  • Lieutenant John Harrison (East Yorkshire Regiment) leads his company against an enemy trench under heavy rifle and machine gun fire, but is repulsed. Reorganizing his command in No Man’s Land, he again attacks under terrific fire, but again without success.  Finally turning around he single-handed makes a dash at the machine gun, hoping to knock it out so as to save the lives of many of his company.  He is killed in the effort and will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross for these efforts. His son will be killed as a Captain in the defence of Dunkirk in the next war.
  • Captain Hugh Richard Langbourne DSO (Royal West Surrey Regiment) is killed at age 32. His brother was killed in August 1915.
  • Lieutenant Brian Ashbee Backlake (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 22. His brother was killed last October.
  • Lieutenant Morice Bell Thompson (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend William Francis Thompson Vicar of Fyfield and his brother Treffry Owen Thompson will go on to become Colonel Commandant of the Royal Army Medical Corps.
  • Lieutenant Charles Harvey Churchman (Suffolk Regiment) is killed at age 22. He is the son of the 1st and last Baron Woodbridge MP.
  • Lieutenant Herbert Frederick Bolton (South Lancashire Regiment attached Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend Frederick Bolton Vicar of St George’s Darwen.
  • Lieutenant Robert Burns Campbell (King’s Own Scottish Borderers) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed two weeks ago.
  • Second Lieutenant Norman Child Heaton (London Regiment) is killed at age 29. He is the son of the late Reverend A F Heaton, former Rector of Covington parish church.
  • Second Lieutenant James Shepherd Thomas (West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend J D Thomas.
  • Second Lieutenant Albert Eric Thoday (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 27. His brother will die in November 1918 in Germany.
  • Second Lieutenant John Lancelot Walmsley Stock (Dorsetshire Regiment) dies of wounds. His brother was killed last November.
  • Second Lieutenant John Brown Kincaid (Royal Scots Fusiliers) is killed at age 25. His brother was killed less than two weeks prior.
  • Second Lieutenant Neil Campbell Darker (Royal Scots) is killed at age 19. In his memory his mother will give a gift to George Watson’s College the Neil Darker Memorial Cup which will be awarded to the best OTC Corps marksman each year.
  • Second Lieutenant Kenneth Lister James (East Kent Regiment) is killed in action at age 28. He is the son of the Reverend Charles Lister James Vicar of Broadhembury and his brother was killed last November.
  • Second Lieutenant Eric Murray Forster (Essex Regiment) is killed in action at age 21. He is the son of James Forster JP.
  • Second Lieutenant Maurice John Lea Walker (Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed in action at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend John William Walker Vicar of Saxthorpe.
  • Second Lieutenant Ralph Hamon Weeley Upton (East Surrey Regiment) is killed at age 19. He is the grandson of the Reverend James Tomkin Rector of Raydon.
  • Second Lieutenant Henry Hamilton Sheridan (Irish Fusiliers) is killed at age 34. He is a member of the Old Amplefordians Football club.
  • Second Lieutenant Edward Kesson Paton (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed in October 1915.
  • A number of sets of brothers are killed on this day. James and John Benson (Seaforth Highlanders), Private Ewart Gladstone, 23, and Private Leonard Dyson, 26, are killed serving with the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment and Privates George, 24, and John Wellings, 32, are killed serving in the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry.
  • Lieutenant the Reverend Marshall Merson (Scots Fusiliers) is killed at age 27.
  • Lieutenant George Reginald Charles Heale MC (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) dies of wounds at age 35. He is the son of the Reverend James Newton Heale Vicar of Harbledown. He was a drummer in the South African War and afterwards a school master in Johannesburg. His brother was killed in June 1916.
  • Lieutenant Tom Elsworth Armistead MC (West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 22. He played Rugby football Ilkley Rugby Football Club.
  • Second Lieutenant Leonard Maurice Platnauer (West Yorkshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 22. He is a Rhodes Scholar.
  • Second Lieutenant Athol Kirkpatrick (East Kent Regiment) is killed at age 31. He is the son of ‘Sir’ James Kirkpatrick 8th Baronet of Closeburn and he has a brother who will be killed in March 1918.
  • Sergeant Walter Harold Ball MM (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 22. His brother was killed in September 1915.
  • Sergeant William Ernest Wickham (East Kent Regiment) is killed at age 41. His two brothers will be killed later this year.
  • Lance Sergeant Alexander ‘Sandy’ Turnbull (East Surrey Regiment) a Footballer who won FA Cup medals with Manchester United and City.
  • Corporal Archibald Godfrey Prior (Royal West Kent Regiment) becomes the fourth of five brothers to die in the Great War when he is killed in action on the Western Front. A sixth brother was accidentally killed while serving in the Royal Marines in 1912.
  • Lance Corporal Frederick J Crawley (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 25. His brother will be killed in October.
  • Lance Corporal Leonard Mead (Leicestershire Regiment) is killed at age 35. His brother died on service last August.
  • Lance Corporal George Rogerson Gibson (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed at age 23. He is the son of Thomas Gibson JP.
  • Lance Corporal Leonard Ballard (Leicestershire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 27. His brother was killed last September.
  • Private Charles Bibby (Royal Fusiliers) a Broadway actor is killed at age 37. He started his acting career with the Benson Company in 1898. He was one of the original members of Miss A E Horniman’s company and later at the Gaiety and accompanied them to Canada.
  • Private George H Price (Liverpool Regiment) is killed at age 25. His brother will be killed in April 1918.
  • Private Arthur Beeby (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed in action. His brother was killed in July 1916.
  • Private Charles Hyde (Middlesex Regiment) is killed. His brother was killed in September 1915.
  • Private Edwin Albert Hullyer (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 19 two days before his brother is also killed.
  • Private Harold Woodford Boyle (Manitoba Regiment) is killed at age 32. He is the son of the late Reverend Felix J Boyle.
  • Private Walter Venni (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother died of wounds in July of last year.
  • Private George Richard Burchnell (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in May 1915.
  • Private Charles William Webster (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed at age 30. His brother will die on service in India next September.
  • Private Ben Brotherton (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed at age 24. His brother will die of pneumonia in the weeks after the war ends.
  • Private William George (Sussex Regiment) is killed at age 34. His brother was killed in November 1915.
  • Private William Henry Ball (London Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed last week.
  • Private George Day (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 35. His brother will die of wounds next February.
  • Private Wilfred Joy (West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action two weeks after his twin brother met the same fate at age 21.
  • Private William Percy Coomber (London Regiment) is killed in action. His two brothers will also be killed, one in 1916 the other in 1918.
  • Private John Johnson (East Kent Regiment) is killed at age 35. His brother was lost in the sinking of HMS Clan McNaughton in February 1915.
  • Private Sidney W Moore (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed at age 22.His brother will be killed next August.
  • Private Harry Simpson (West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 24. His brother will die of wounds in July 1918.
  • Private Percy George Love (Royal Fusiliers) is killed. His brother was killed in October 1914.
  • Private Reginald John Beardsworth (Manitoba Regiment) is killed at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend J E Beardworth Vicar of Harbury.
  • Rifleman Leonard Harry Pert (Rifle Brigade) a schoolmaster is killed at age 25.
  • Private William John Pipe (Honorable Artillery Company) is killed at age 28. He is the first of four sons of William Dalby Pipe to be killed in the Great War.

Tuesday 30 January 1917 – We Lost 274

Harold Carlyle Parker

Harold Carlyle Parker

Today’s losses include:

  • An Australian Rules footballer
  • A man whose son will be killed in the Second World War
  • A man whose uncle died on service in December 1914
  • A family that will lose three sons in the Great War
  • A man whose brother was killed at the Battle of Jutland

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Harold Carlyle Parker (Australian Infantry) dies of wounds as a prisoner of war at age 25 received in the groin the previous night on a trench raid. He is an Australian Rules footballer.
  • Second Lieutenant Lionel Calvert (Royal Engineers) is killed. His son will be killed in the first month of the Second World War.
  • Private Harry William Holden (Sussex Regiment) is killed at age 23. His uncle died on service in December 1914.
  • Private Leslie Hyde Atwill (Cyclist Corps attached Welsh Regiment) is killed at age 24. He is the last of three brothers who lost their lives in the Great War, the other two being killed in 1915.
  • Private Cyril George Private (Devonshire Regiment) is killed. His brother was killed at the Battle of Jutland.

Sunday 6 August 1916 – We Lost 710

Leonard Haigh

Leonard Haigh

Mouquet Farm is just north of Pozieres and it serves as a German Brigade Headquarters and a strongpoint defended by two companies in a maze of bunkers and machine gun posts.  Its importance as a British objective lays in the fact that it flanks Thiepval Ridge. Mouquet Farm (Mucky or Moo Cow Farm to the troops) will be the scene of heavy fighting from today until 3rd September.  Royal Fusiliers (36 Brigade 12th Division) are holding Ration Trench.  At 04:00 a German attack from the north east with grenades and flame-throwers drives the Fusiliers out of their trench.  Fighting in the open they prevent any further German advance.

  • Private Charles Herbert Righton (Royal Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 21. His brother will be killed serving in the same regiment in November of this year.
  • Private Albert Edward Willans (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 17. His brother was killed in May 1915.

At Pozieres in the early morning 5 and 7 Brigades (2nd Australian Divsion) are relieved by the 45th and 48th Battalions of the 4th Australian Division. A German attack from Courcelette is driven back. South of the village, in the afternoon, the 8th West Yorkshire Regiment capture another 150 yards of Munster Alley from the Germans.  They also secure the eastern end of Torr Trench. Fighting continues all night with 11th West Yorkshire fighting through the 8th in conjunction with an Australian attack.

  • Major Duncan Chapman (Australian Infantry) is killed in action at Pozieres. Fifteen months earlier he has been the first Australian to land at Gallipoli on 25th April while a lieutenant in the 9th

In Egypt the enemy is found to have retired from Qatia, and, while the cavalry press on in pursuit, the infantry moves forward and occupies the line Er Rabah-Qatia-Bir El Mamluk.  Australian Light Horse, which have borne the brunt of observing and harassing the enemy’s advance, are given a day’s rest in camp, while the remainder of the cavalry continue the advance. The enemy’s rearguard is found to be occupying his previously prepared position extending across the road and telegraph line between Hod El Reshafat and Hod El Dhaba.  British attempts to turn their flanks by Hod En Negiliat on the north and Hod El Sagia on the south are frustrated by heavy artillery fire. On the same morning the Camel Corps detachment of Smith’s Mobile Column occupy Bir El Mageibra without opposition.  Another body of mounted troops also moves to Mageibra in support at Bir El Jafeir. In the afternoon Major John Julius Jersey de Knoop, commanding the Camel Corps detachment of this column, reconnoitres towards Hod El Bayud, and reports that a force of the enemy is occupying Hod El Muhammam, five miles north-east of Mageibra. Orders for an attack next morning are issued by Colonel L C Smith VC.

The hired trawler and minesweeper John High (Skipper John High) strikes a mine and is sunk off Mt. Sozonova Murman coast in the Barants Sea killing fourteen of her crew including her skipper. The only survivor is the mate who is standing on the bow with his life belt on when he is blown over board and rescued by another trawler suffering only shock.

Today’s losses include:

  • A scoutmaster
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • An England Rugby International

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain John Alexander Kennedy (Seaforth Highlanders) dies of wounds at age 37. His brother will be killed in May 1917.
  • Private Ernest John White (Dorsetshire Regiment) is killed in action. His brother will be killed in August 1918.
  • Rifleman Alfred Herbert Burtt (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) dies of gunshot wounds at Etaples at age 30. His wife was with him when he died and he was the Scoutmaster for the Apsley Troop.
  • Private Adam Beaton (Cameron Highlanders) dies of wounds. His brother will die of wounds October 1918.
  • Private George Henry Creber (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 26. His brother was killed at the Battle of Jutland.
  • Private William Baldwin (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 23. He is the first of three brothers who will be killed in the Great War.
  • Trooper George Rawdon ffrench Nobbs (Australian Light Horse) is killed at age 20 in Egypt. He is the son of the Reverend George Rawdon ffrench Nobbs.
  • Private Leonard Haigh (Army Service Corps) dies on service at home at age 35. He won seven caps playing Rugby football for England in 1910-11.

Saturday 15 July 1916 – We Lost 2,006

H class submarine

H class submarine

The submarine H3 (Lieutenant George Eric Jenkinson) strikes a mine off the port of Cattaro in the Adriatic Sea and is lost with the loss of her crew of 22.

  • Sub Lieutenant William Inglis Tatham is killed at age 19. He is the son of Lieutenant Colonel ‘the Honorable’ Frederick Spence Tatham DSO and his brother will be killed serving in the South African Infantry in three days. Sub Lieutenant Tatham is the youngest second-in-command serving in the Navy t the time.

An attack on the village of Pozieres is lead by the East Lancashire Regiment and supported by the Bedfordshire and the Warwickshire Regiments. Initially the advance is unopposed until the two forward battalions go over the crest of the Chalk Pit where they are held up by heavy machine gun fire.  Those killed in the attack include

  • Sergeant Gilbert Way Albone (Bedfordshire Regiment) who is killed at age 28. His brother will be killed in November
  • Private Arthur Darts (Bedfordshire Regiment) whose brother was killed in April 1915.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple battalion commanders
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • A family that will lose five sons in the Great War
  • A member of the Marylebone Cricket Club
  • A grandson of the 3rd Baron Congleton
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The son of the Headmaster of St Mark’s School
  • A Great War Poet
  • The son of a Baronet
  • An Australian Rules footballer
  • The record holder at the Lancaster Golf Club

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonedl Alfred St Hill Gibbons (commanding 13th Liverpool Regiment) dies of wounds at age 53 after taking the village of Bazentin le Grand. He is best known as an explorer of the Upper Zambesi and published two books on Africa, Exploration and Hunting in Central Africa and Africa from South to North through Barotseland. He is also a veteran of the South African War.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Alfred Edward Fitzgerald (East Surrey Regiment commanding 15th Durham Light Infantry) dies of wounds received 1st July at age 43 in London. He is a well known cricketer and member of the MCC, golfer and polo player.
  • Major Geoffrey Brooke Parnell (West Surrey Regiment) is killed in action at age 33. He is the son of Colonel ‘the Honorable’ Arthur Parnell and the grandson of the 3rd Baron Congleton.
  • Major Bede Liddell Fenton (Dorsetshire Regiment) is killed at age 32. He is the only son of the Reverend Enos Fenton Vicar of St Saviours Durham.
  • Captain Walter Joel Ralphs (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds at age 32 while acting as a forward observing officer for his battery. He is the son of the headmaster of St Mark’s School and served as a Lieutenant in the Shanghai Light Horse commanding a squadron during the 1912 Chinese Revolution.
  • Lieutenant Theodore Kenneth Barlow (South Staffordshire Regiment) dies of wounds received on the 9th at age 20. He is the son of the late Reverend H T E Barlow of Lawford Rectory.
  • Lieutenant Donald Frederic Goold Johnson (Manchester Regiment) is killed in action at age 26. He is a Great War poet. His brother will be killed in April 1917.
  • Lieutenant Charles Frederick Wells Wait (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) dies of wounds at age 21 and his brother was killed at Jutland. They are sons of the Reverend Frederick William Wait Rector of Hasketon.
  • Lieutenant Eric Colpoys Hodges (Irish Regiment) is killed at age 18. He is the son of the Reverend Richard James Hodges Rector of Youhal.
  • Lieutenant Theodore Charles Arthur Burt (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 23 while directing artillery fire. His brother will be killed in April 1918 and they are sons of ‘Sir’ Septimus and Lady Burt who gave a give of the Burt Memorial Hall at St George’s Cathedral Perth Australia in their memory.
  • Second Lieutenant Walter Herbert Packard (Suffolk Regiment) is killed at age 27. He is the son of the Reverend Osborne Burgess Packard.
  • Second Lieutenant John Alexander (Leicestershire Regiment) is killed in action at age 24. His younger brother was killed in action two weeks earlier on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
  • Second Lieutenant Walter Llewellyn Davies (Shropshire Light Infantry) is killed at age 34. He is the son of the Reverend John Bayley Davies and his brother was killed in August 1915.
  • Second Lieutenant John Walter Lewis (Devonshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Walter Allen Lewis Rector of Goodleigh.
  • Second Lieutenant Alfred Anthony Douglas Raeburn (Highland Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 23. He is the son of ‘Sir’ William H Raeburm the 1st
  • Second Lieutenant Hugh Marr Woodside (Highland Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 24. He is the son of the late Reverend David Woodside DD and has two brothers who are killed in the Great War, the first in February of this year the second in April 1918.
  • Private James Clement (Highland Light Infantry) is killed at age 22. His brother was killed on Gallipoli in May of last year.
  • Sergeant George David Challis (Australian Infantry) an Australian rules footballer who played for Carlton in the Victorian Football League from 1912 until last year is killed when a heavy Germany artillery shell drops into his trench at Armentieres at age 25. Challis is a Tasmanian and started his career at Launceston, where he was a premiership player in 1909 and regular NTFA representative at the State Championships. He also represented Tasmania at the 1911 Adelaide Carnival, participating in their famous win over Western Australia. During this time he played mainly as a half forward or rover but when he was lured to Carlton in 1912 he soon established himself as a wingman. It was in that position that he starred in Carlton’s 1915 premiership team. He almost missed out on the chance to win a premiership as he had attempted to join the army at the beginning of the season, only to be refused because his toes overlapped. A teacher by profession, he is eventually able to enlist.
  • Lance Sergeant Samuel Essex (Leicestershire Regiment) is killed. His brother will be killed in October.
  • Lance Corporal John Barbour (Highland Light Infantry) is killed at age 26. He is an inside left forward for Queen’s Park, Glasgow and Preston North End.
  • Lance Corporal Frank Thomas B Writer MM (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 24. His brother was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, two weeks ago.
  • Lance Corporal James Munn (Black Watch) is killed at age 26. He is the middle of five brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Private Wilfred James Short (Canadian Pioneers) dies of wounds at age 20. His brother will be killed in April 1917.
  • Rifleman Nathaniel Blaker (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) dies of wounds at age 20. His brother will be killed in less than one week.
  • Private Geoffrey Lawrence Scott (South African Infantry) is killed in action at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend Inglis Charles Reymond Scott, Vicar of Chute.
  • Private Horace Henry Twigg (Somerset Light Infantry) dies of wounds at home. His two brothers will be killed in the Great War, the first in eight days the second in April 1918.
  • Private Robert Benjamin Woolger (Middlesex Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother will be killed in less than two weeks.
  • Private Charles Seabridge (North Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed eight days ago.
  • Driver John Bullough Douthwaite (Army Service Corps) dies of malaria in Nairobi at age 37. He is the record holder at the Lancaster Golf Club and secretary of the Bishops Stoktford Golf Club.
  • Private Frank Edward Wakefield (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 27. His brother will be killed in two weeks.
  • Sapper Alan Role (Royal Engineers) dies of wounds at age 29. His brother will die at sea on the voyage home to Australia in November 1918.

Wednesday 31 May 1916 – We Lost 5,892

Battle of Jutland

British casualties at the battle of Jutland are 6,094 killed and died of wounds over the next few days 510 wounded and 177 made prisoners of war.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple winners of a posthumous Victoria Cross
  • Multiple Admirals
  • Multiple former Naval Attaches to the United States
  • Multiple sons of Admirals
  • Multiple sons of Generals
  • Multiple brothers of Generals
  • The Grandson of a General
  • Multiple Baronets
  • Multiple sons of Baronets
  • Multiple Naval Chaplains
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The younger brother of future Prime Minister Anthony Eden
  • 46 Midshipmen (the youngest officer rank in the British Navy)
  • A son of the 10th Baron Middleton
  • A son of the 6th Earl of Sefton
  • A son of the 4th Viscount Hood
  • A son of the 1st Baron Derwent
  • A son of the 9th Earl of Denbigh
  • A grandson of both the 6th Dukeof Northumberland and the 4th Earl of Mount Edgecombe
  • The grandson of a Baronet
  • The uncle of a Baronet who will be killed in the Second World War
  • The grandson of a Baronet
  • The son of a Member of Parliament
  • Multiple brothers killed on the same ship and different ships at Jutland
  • Multiple families that will two, three and four sons in the Great War
  • Multiple Scottish Rugby Internationals
  • A First Class cricket player for Hampshire
  • Multiple sons of Justices of the Peace
  • Multiple men whose sons will be killed in action or during the blitz during the Second World War
  • A man whose sister was killed on RMS Lusitania
  • A member of Scott’s 1910-12 South Pole Expedition
  • Wight footballer
  • Multiple men who will have brothers killed in action in 1919 in Russia and India
  • A man whose son was killed in the War
  • A grandson of a member of the clergy
  • A man who lost two nephews in the Battle of Jutland
  • A man whose father will be killed in 1917
  • The son-in-law of a General
  • A man who will lose two uncles in the next month

The battle cruiser HMS Indefatigable is engaged by the Von Der Tann and hit in X magazine and explodes.  One thousand twenty-two are killed while there are only two survivors who are picked up by a German destroyer.

  • Her Captain is Charles Fitzgerald Sowerby who is killed at age 49 His brother will die on service in January 1920 in Cairo and he is a former Naval Attache to the United States as was Admiral Hood who is also killed today.
  • Commander Henry Ernest Digby Hugh Willoughby is killed at age 33. He is the son of the Honorable Ernest Willoughby, 10th Baron Middleton. His brother was killed in August 1915.
  • Chaplain ‘the Reverend’ and Naval Instructor Guy Arnott Browning is killed at age 39.
  • Lieutenant Commander Granville Murray-Browne is killed. He is the son of the Reverend Charles Hapman Murray-Browne Vicar of Hucclecote who will have another son killed in less than two weeks.
  • Lieutenant Commander John Skinner Wilson is killed at age 32. He is a Scottish Rugby International who capped in 1908 and 09.
  • Engineer Lieutenant Samuel Allen Adams is killed at age 34. He is the son of Samuel Allen Adams JP DL and grandson of the Reverend Decimus William Preston.
  • Engineer Sub Lieutenant Charles Philip Tanner is killed at age 22. He is the son of the late Reverend George Alfred Tanner.
  • Chief Stoker Ernest Edmund Staniford is killed at age 35. His son will be killed in 1941 in the sinking of HMS Stanley.
  • Petty Officer Albert Charles Howe is killed at age 28. His brother Chief Stoker George Woodley Howe is killed in the battle on board HMS Acasta at age 42.
  • Brothers and Stokers 1st Class George and Robert Burton, 26 are killed together.
  • Leading Stoker Charles Carpenter is killed at age 26. His brother died of wounds in October 1914.
  • Boy 1st Class William Bell is killed. His three brothers will all be killed by the end of next year.
  • Leading Seaman Herbert Richard Powlesland age 23 and his brother Stoker William Henry Powlesland age 24 are both killed in the loss of the ship.
  • Leading Seamen John Langley Ferris and Sydney Watts Ferris are both killed at age 29 on Indefatigable while their brother Able Seaman Percival Charles Ferris is killed at age 32 on HMS Defence.
  • Brothers and Stokers 1st Class Edward John Meyers age 22 and Frederick Meyers age 23 are killed together.
  • Stoker 1st George Hedley Crossman is killed at age 22. His brother will be killed in October next year.
  • Seaman Gilbert Arthur Creber is killed at age 19. His brother will be killed in August.
  • Private Nathaniel Machonachie Farquharson (Royal Marines) is killed. He is the second of four brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Able Seaman Walter William Bennett is killed at age 31. His brother will die on service in April next year.
  • Boy 1st Class Ernest Septimus York is killed at age 19. His brother Albert Edward York will be killed in 1940 when an air raid shelter took a direct hit during the blitz.

The battle cruiser HMS Queen Mary is engaged by two German battle cruisers and hit, A and B magazines explode and the ship explodes soon after. There are one thousand two hundred sixty-six casualties with only twenty survivors.

  • Her Captain Cecil Irby Prowse is killed. His brother, a Brigadier General, will die of wounds on the first day of the battle of the Somme.
  • Commander Charles Rodney Blane (Royal Navy) the last Baronet is among the dead at age 36. His two brothers will also be killed in the Great War.
  • Commander Harry Lewin Lee Pennell is killed at age 34. He served in the last South Pole expedition with the late Captain Scott from 1910 to 1912.
  • Lieutenant Commander Ralph Lyall Clayton is killed in action at age 31. He is the son of Admiral Francis Starkie Clayton.
  • Lieutenant Victor Alexander Ewart is also killed. He is the son of Major General ‘Sir’ Henry Ewart, the Baronet and dies at age 25.
  • Gunner George Robertson Kinnear is killed. His brother will be lost in the steamship Narragnsett when it is sunk bext March.
  • Surgeon Maurice Henry De Jersey Harper is killed at age 26. He is the son of the Reverend Henry Barnett Vicar of Lesbury.
  • Chaplain and Naval Instructor the Reverend George Stanley Kewney is killed at age 42.
  • Sub Lieutenant Clifford Heath is killed at age 20. He is the son Engineer Rear Admiral Sydney Rider.
  • Sub Lieutenant Neville Seymour is killed. He is the son of the Reverend Isaac Lothian Seymour Vicar of Maldon.
  • Sub Lieutenant the Honorable Algernon William Percy (HMS Queen Mary Royal Naval Reserve) is killed at age 31. He is the son of ‘Lord’ and ‘Lady’ Algernon Percy and the grandson of the both the 6th Duke of Northumberland and the 4th Earl of Mount Edgecumbe..
  • Sub Lieutenant Geoffrey Gordon Kitchin is killed. He is the son of the Reverend Walter Kitchin Vicar of Podington
  • Able Seaman William Edgar Keen (Queen Mary) is killed at age 21. His brother will die of pneumonia in March 1918.
  • Stoker William Budge Bain is killed at age 26. His younger brother was killed less than three weeks earlier on the Western Front.
  • Two brothers are killed serving as Privates in the Royal Marine Light Infantry. Alexander Mason age 43 and his brother Thomas William Mason age 42 are killed on board HMS Queen Mary.
  • Able Seaman Arthur Edwin Hack is killed at age 24. His brother will die of wounds this October.
  • Stoker 1st Class Albert William Privett is killed at age 26. His brother will be killed next January.
  • Stoker William Ryan is killed at age 50. His brother was a fireman on S S Lusitania who drowned in the sinking in May 1915.
  • Able Seaman Thomas Richard Boynton is killed at age 20. His brother will die during the influenza outbreak in November 1918. The
  • Commander Llewelyn Prize will be founded in 1917 in memory of Commander Robert Harman Llewelyn, R.N., who is killed in action on board HMS Queen Mary. The dividends on a sum of £400 Government Stock, presented by his father, mother and sisters, and held upon trust by the Admiralty, are employed in providing a prize called the Commander Llewellyn Prize which is awarded on completion of each qualifying course at the discretion of the Captain of HMS Excellent to the Seaman who, when qualifying for Gunnery Instructor in HMS Excellent passes the best examination in Gunnery subjects (excluding the School Course).

The battle cruiser HMS Invincible is sunk when Q and P magazines are hit and explode. There are one thousand twenty-six casualties and only six survivors.

  • Rear Admiral the Honorable ‘Sir’ Horace Lambert Alexander Hood DSO KCB MVO is among the dead at age 45. He is the son of the 4th Viscount Hood. He is a former Naval Attache to the United States as is Captain Sowerby of Indefatigable who is also killed in the battle.
  • Captain of the Invincible Arthur Lindsey Cay is killed at age 48. He is the son of Captain Robert Barclay Cay JP RN.
  • Major Robert Crosthwaite Colquhoun (Royal Marine Light Infantry) is killed at age 43. He is the son of the Reverend Robert Colquhoun, Indian Chaplain.
  • Commander Richard Herbert Townsend is killed at age 37. He is the grandson of two clergymen, the Reverend Thomas Uniacke Townsend and the Reverend Henry Denny.
  • Commander Lionel Henry Shore is killed in the battle at age 33. He is the son of Lord and Lady Teignmouth and served in the Boxer Rebellion of 1900.
  • Lieutenant Commander Edward Smyth-Osbourne is killed at age 31. He is the son of J S Smyth-Osbourne a Justice of the Peace and had previously served at Heligoland Bight and the Falkland Islands. His brother was killed in action in August 1915.
  • Assistant Paymaster Harold Rollo Gore-Browne who is serving as secretary to Admiral Hood when he is killed. He is the son of the Reverend Robert Melvill Gore-Browne and the Honorable Mrs. Agnes and the grandson of the Bishop of Winchester and the late Lord Rollo.  His brother will be killed in July 1918.
  • Lieutenant Commander John Cyril FitzRobert Borrett is killed at age 33. He is the youngest son of the late Major General H C Borrett CB.
  • Lieutenant Charles Dennis Fisher (Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) is killed at age 39. His brother is the Captain of the battleship St Vincent in the battle and another brother will die on service in March 1918. They are sons of the historian Herbert William Fisher.
  • Chaplain George William Faulconer Morgan is killed at age 38.
  • Fleet Paymaster Ernest William Loxley Mainprice is killed. He is the son of William Mainprice Vicar of Wisborough and his brother was killed in the explosion of HMS Bulwark in 1914.
  • Sub Lieutenant Alexander John Souter Richardson is killed at age 19. He is the son Engineer Rear Admiral John Richardson CB.
  • Sub Lieutenant Leopold Edward Johnstone is killed at age 19. He is the son of the late Honorable Edward Johnstone the 1st Baron Derwent and brother of the 3rd Baron Derwent.
  • Sub Lieutenant Raymond Spencer Portal is killed at age 19. His older brother will be killed in year in May 1917. They are sons of ‘Sir’ Spencer John Portal 4th
  • Sub Lieutenant Desmond Frank Charles Tottenham is killed at age 19. He is the son of the Honorable Alice Tottenham.
  • Bandmaster George Deacon is killed at age 32. He is an Isle of Wight footballer and he has a son who will be killed in an air raid in the East Cowes in 1942.
  • Leading Stoker William Henry Elphick is killed at age 25. His brother was killed last month.
  • Seaman William Webster (HMS Invincible) is killed at age 31. His brother will be killed serving in the Royal Naval Reserve in June 1917.
  • Stoker William Henry Moth RNR is killed at age 43. His brother was killed in October 1915 in the sinking of the Yacht Aires.
  • Engine Room Artificer 4th Class Alfred Robert Brown is killed at age 21. His brother will die on service next year.
  • Private Ernest Percy Daniels (Royal Marine Light Infantry) is lost at age 22. His brother will be killed when HMS Hampshire sinks next week.
  • Stoker William Lovett is killed at age 26. His sister Mary Lovett was killed in the sinking of RMS Lusitania while returning from America to support her family.
  • Seaman John Nicol (Royal Naval Reserve) is killed at age 39. His son will lose his life in the Second World War.
  • Gunner Ernest Beatwell (Royal Marine Artillery) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed in November 1914.

The cruiser HMS Defence is sunk by the gunfire of a battle cruiser and four dreadnoughts and then destroyed by a massive explosion.  The entire crew of nine hundred seven is killed.

  • Rear Admiral ‘Sir’ Robert Keith Arbuthnot KCB MVO 4th Baronet is killed. On 9 November 1901 he was severely wounded when a 12-inch gun which was being prepared to celebrate the King’s birthday exploded on HMS Royal Sovereign killing six men. Arbuthnot had been a rugby three-quarter back who captained the United Service team and played for Hampshire. He was a boxing champion, who after dinner might bring out boxing gloves and spar with his guests. On one occasion when two sailors were found to be seeking revenge for a punishment, he issued them with boxing gloves and proceeded to take on and knock down the pair. On another occasion when three of his men launched a surprise attack against him while ashore, two had to be taken away to hospital. He was ‘almost certainly the only [admiral] who could be seen on the quarterdeck of the flagship doing three grand circles in succession on the horizontal bar’. An inter-fleet cross-country race was called “The Arbuthnot Trophy”. He had a Sunbeam Tonneau motor cycle and competed with it in the 1904 Bexhill Speed Trials. An enthusiastic member of the Motor Cycling Club, he kept his motorbike in his day cabin and engaged in long distance endurance races.[6] In 1908, he came third in the single-cylinder class of the Isle of Man TT,[7] and an annual rally in the Isle of Man and a TT trophy for service members are named after him. He had been a member of the M.C.C. since 1898, and had played for the Club, United Services, and the Navy. There is also a hamlet and post office named after him in Saskatchewan. His nephew ‘Sir’ Robert Dalrymple Arbuthnot (6th Baronet) is killed in the Middle East on 30th June 1944 at age 24 while serving in the Royal Armoured Corps attached 9th Queens Royal Lancers.
  • Captain Stanley Venn-Ellis is killed at age 40. He is the son of the Reverend Henry Venn-Ellis Rector of Alderton. Commander Arthur Edward Silvertop is lost at age 38. His son will lose his life in the Second World War.
  • Commander Alfred Fletcher Coplestone-Boughey is killed at age 33. He is the son of W F F Copplestone-Boughey JP, grandson of the Reverend Benjamin Lucas Cubitt and ‘Sir’ John Fenton Boughey 2nd Baronet and his brother will be killed in October 1917.
  • Lieutenant Commander ‘the Honorable’ Hugh Cecil Robert Feilding is killed at age 29. He is the son of the 9th Earl and Countess of Denbigh who will lose another son in October 1917.
  • Chaplain Wallace Mackenzie le Patourel is also killed at age 51. He is a former Balliol student Assistant Paymaster Edwin Keates Odam is killed at age 27. His brother another Assistant Paymaster was killed last month when his ship HMS Russell is sunk by a mine off Malta.
  • Lieutenant Francis Melville Prattent is killed at age 28. He is the son of Rear Admiral Francis Mowbray Prattent.
  • Lieutenant Cecil Halliday Abercrombie a Scottish Rugby International who also played first class cricket for Hampshire is killed at age 30.
  • Lieutenant Roderic Charles Alister Gow is killed at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend James Gow Headmaster of Westminster School.
  • Steward 2nd Class George Chaplin is killed at age 24. He was at one time the valet to the King of Spain.
  • Brothers Stoker 2nd Class David John Landricombe age 24 and Stoker 1st Class age 21 are killed together.
  • Ordinary Seaman George Earnshaw is killed at age 18. He has two uncles that will be killed with the next month and a day.
  • Able Seaman Joseph Dearden is killed at age 22. His brother will be killed in March 1918.
  • Able Seaman William May Corke is killed at age 19. His father will be killed in November 1917.

HMS Black Prince is sunk by gunfire from the German battleship Thuringen.  Her entire crew of eight hundred ninety-two is killed.

  • Captain Thomas Parry Bonham is killed at age 43. He is the son of Admiral C W Bonham.
  • Captain Alfred William Delves-Broughton Royal Marine Light Infantry is killed at age 35. He is the grandson of General William Edward Delves-Broughton.
  • Commander John Beauchamp Waterlow DSO is killed at age 36. He is the grandson of ‘Sir’ Sydney Hedley Waterlow 1st
  • Surgeon Lieutenant John Sides Davies MacCormac is killed at age 43. He is the son-in-law of Major General ‘Sir’ Charles Metcalfe MacGregor.
  • Lieutenant Robert Charles Chichester is among those killed in the battle. He is 26 years old, the son of the late Rear Admiral ‘Sir’ Edward Chichester the 9th Baronet and his brother the 10th Baronet will die as a Commander in the Royal Navy while on service in September 1940.
  • Chaplain the Reverend William Farel Webber is killed at age 31.
  • Chief Gunner George Frederick Collingwood is killed. He is a direct descendant of Admiral Collingwood and has two nephews who are also killed in the battle.
  • Sub Lieutenant Arthur Horace Charles Barlow is killed at age 21. He is the son of Vice Admiral Charles Barlow.
  • Fleet Surgeon Herbert Lyne Geoghegan is killed. He translated the German Book Bacteria by Dr Max Schottelius.
  • Corporal James Prince (Royal Marine) is killed at age 22. His brother will die of wounds in August 1917.
  • Stoker William Edward Hawkins is killed at age 22. His brother died at home in February 1915.
  • Stoker 1 Charles Holbrow is killed at age 22. His brother was killed in May 1915.
  • Private Ernest Scott (Royal Marine Light Infantry) is killed at age 33. His brother will be killed in October 1917.
  • Ordinary Telegraphist Stanley Henry Levett is killed at age 17. His brother will die on service in October 1917.

HMS Warrior is damaged by gunfire from the German fleet and moves to the rear of the line where she is scuttled.  There are seventy-one casualties and the survivors are picked up the HMS Engadine.

The destroyer HMS Nestor (Commander the Honorable E Bingham) is sunk by gunfire though she suffers only six casualties while there are eighty survivors.

  • Lieutenant Maurice John Bethell (HMS Nestor) is killed at age 22. He is the son of Admiral ‘the Honorable’ ‘Sir’ Alexander E Bethell GCMG KCB who will lose another son in September 1918.

HMS Nomad (Lieutenant Commander P Whitfield) is sunk by gunfire again there are minimal casualties, that being seven, while there are seventy-two survivors.

HMS Shark (Commander Loftus William Jones, killed) is sunk by gunfire during a torpedo attack on German destroyers. She suffers eighty-six casualties and only two of the crew will survive.

  • Her Captain will be awarded the Victoria Cross for the attack. Lieutenant Ernest Tudor Donnell is killed at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend Charles Ernest Donnell Vicar of Stamfordham who will lose another son in December in an air accident.
  • Chief Stoker Francis Newcombe will die of his wounds after being rescued. His two brothers in law will be killed next year.

HMS Sparrowhawk (Lieutenant Commander S Hopkins, survived) is accidentally rammed by HMS Broke and then again rammed accidentally by HMS Contest and finally sunk by gunfire from HMS Marksman. There are six casualties and the survivors include those from HMS Tipperary.

  • Armourer Pensioner Henry David Dash at age 52. His son was killed in the explosion on HMS Bulwark in Novermber 1914.

HMS Fortune (Lieutenant Commander Frank Goodrich Terry, killed) is sunk by gunfire from German capital ships and her crew of sixty-seven is all killed.

  • Her commanding officer’s brother will die of illness while training in the last week of the war.
  • Sub Lieutenant Hugh Beresford Paul (HMS Fortune) is killed at age 21.  He is the son of Walter Stuckley Paul JP.

HMS Acasta is sunk by gunfire from German battleships and there are only two survivors of her crew of eighty. HMS Obdurate and HMS Marksman will pick them up.

HMS Turbulent (Lieutenant Commander Dudley Stuart killed) is rammed by the German destroyer Westfalen and sunk.  There are one hundred casualties and thirteen survivors. Commander Stuart’s brother will be killed next year.

HMS Ardent (Lieutenant Commander A Marsden, the only survivor) is sunk by shells from German battleships.

Finally the flotilla leader HMS Tipperary (Captain Charles John Wintour, killed) is sunk by gunfire from German cruisers.  There are one hundred and eighty-five casualties and only fifteen survivors.  Captain Wintour is the son of the Reverend Fitgerald Wintour and his son Lieutenant Commander John Milnes Wintour (HMS Audacity) will be killed on 8th November 1941 at age 32.

Losses on HMS Lion

  • Major Francis John William Harvey (Royal Marine Light Infantry) who while mortally wounded and almost the only survivor after the explosion of an enemy shell in “Q” gunhouse, with great presence of mind and devotion to duty orders the magazine to be flooded, thereby saving the ship. He will die shortly afterwards. For these actions he will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross. Harvey is descended from a military family; his great-great-grandfather John Harvey had been killed in the Glorious First of June in 1794.
  • Surgeon George Bassett Moon is killed at age 30. His brother will be killed in action in April 1918.
  • Chaplain Cecil Wykeham Lydall is killed at age 43.
  • Petty Officer Stoker George Newland is also killed on the ship at age 39. His brother will be killed in September 1918.

Forty-six Midshipmen are killed in the battle

  • William Nicholas Eden (HMS Indefatigable) who is killed at age 16. He is the son of ‘Sir’ William Eden the 5th/7th Baronet and the younger brother of the future Prime Minister Anthony Eden. His older brother was killed in 1914.
  • The Honorable Bernard Michael Bailey (HMS Defence) the youngest son of Lord and Lady Glanusk is killed at 17 and his brother was killed last August his uncle will die on service in India in October 1918
  • Midshipman Malcolm Alfred Milner Harris (HMS Defence) is killed at age 17. He is the son of Admiral ‘Sir’ Robert Harris KCB.
  • Edwin Raymond Bates (HMS Indefatigable) is killed at age 17,
  • Midshipman Charles Raynsford Longley (HMS Indefatigable) is killed at at age 18. He is the son of Major General ‘Sir’ Robert R Longley (Colonel East Surrey Regiment).
  • Another Midshipman killed on Indefatigable is William Llewelyn Griffith whose brother will be killed in an air crash while training in November 1917. They are sons of Alderman Arthur Foster Griffith.
  • James Arthur Charles Forbes (HMS Tiger) age 18
  • Ernest Cecil Peirson-Smith (HMS Queen Mary) Henry John Tuson (HMS Indefatigable)
  • Midshipman Anthony Edward Baldwin (HMS Queen Mary) is killed at age 16. His brother will be killed in August 1918.
  • Midshipman George Paul Hopcraft (Queen Mary) is killed at age 16. His brother will be killed in October 1918.
  • Midshipman Thomas Mostyn Field (HMS Queen Mary) is killed at age 16. He is the son of Admiral ‘Sir’ Mostyn Field KCB.
  • Philip Reginald Malet de Carteret (HMS Queen Mary)
  • Cyril Henry Gerald Summers (HMS Indefatigable)
  • Thomas Smith (HMS Shark)
  • Edward Thomas Hodgson (HMS Invincible) Herbert Arthur Snead-Cox (HMS Indefatigable) age 16 who has had two brothers killed in action in October 1914
  • Douglas Alexander Colvin Birch (HMS Invincible).
  • Midshipman John Maitland Shorland (HMS Invincible) is killed at age 17. He is the son of the Reverend Maitland Arthur Shorland Rector of Church Lauford.
  • Midshipman Cuthbert Alexander Hill (Invincible) is killed at age 18. His brother will be killed in July.
  • Robin George Bruce Giffard-Brine (HMS Invincible) the son of Admiral George Giffard-Brine.
  • Midshipman John Henry Grattan Esmonde (HMS Invincible) is killed at age 17. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Thomas Henry Esmonde, Member of Parliament and 11th
  • Midshipman ‘the Honorable’ Cecil Richard Molyneux (HMS Lion) is killed at age 16. He is the son of the 6th Earl of Sefton.
  • Midshipman Percy Arthur Wells Wait is killed at age 18. His brother will die of wounds in July of this year and they are sons of the Reverend Frederick William Wait Rector of Hasketon.
  • Midshipman Charles Alexander John Acland-Hood (HMS Invincible) is killed at age 19. He is the grandson of ‘Sir’ Alexander Bateman Periam. Midshipman John D’Durban Scott (HMS Defence) is killed at age 16.
  • He is the son of Rear Admiral ‘Sir’ Percy Moreton Scott the 1st Baronet and grandson of ‘Sir’ Frederick Dixon-Hartland 1st and last Baronet.

The Robert Roxburgh Memorial prize will be founded in 1917 by Mrs. J. B. Roxburgh in memory of her son Midshipman Robert Roxburgh, Royal Navy HMS Indefatigable, who is also killed the battle. The interest on a sum of £1,200 Government Stock, held upon trust by the Admiralty, is employed in providing a prize each term for the Cadet who obtains the highest place in the grand aggregate of marks in the Passing Out Examination at the Britannia Royal Naval College. Cadets of the Commonwealth Navies are eligible to receive this Prize. The prize consists of books, accoutrements, or other articles selected by the successful Cadet, subject to the discretion of the Captain of the College.

  • Chaplain the Reverend Cyril Ambrose Walton (HMS Chester) is killed at age 39. He is the son of the Reverend Thomas Isaak Walton.
  • Private William Henry Woodland (Royal Marine Light Infantry, HMS Southampton) is killed at age 33. One brother died last year on service and a second will die serving in the Royal Navy in 1942.
  • Stoker 1st Class Frank Burrows (HMS Broke) is killed at age 27. His brother will be killed in Russia in September 1919 after spending 4 years and three months as prisoner of war.
  • Able Seaman William Frank Rowlingson (Royal Navy, HMS Calliope) is killed. His brother will be killed in action in May 1917. Boy 1st Class Thomas Cripps (HMS Malaya) is killed at age 16.  His brother will be killed in India in 1919.
  • Bugler Albert Edward Flory (Royal Marine Light Infantry HMS Castor) is killed at age 16. His brother died on service in October 1915 and their father will die on service in February 1919.
  • Private John Francis Newnham (Royal Marine Artillery, HMS Tiger) becomes the second of three brothers to be killed in the Great War. His older brother died of wounds in October 1914 while his younger brother will be killed in the explosion of HMS Vanguard in 1917.
  • Surgeon Hugh John Dingle (Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve HMS Petard) dies of injuries at home at age 23. His brother was killed in August 1915 and they are sons of the Reverend Arthur Trehane Dingle Rector of Eaglescliffe.
  • Lieutenant Charles Auriol Sperling is killed on the Petard. He is the grandson of Henry Auriol Prinsep Judge of the High Court Calcutta.

New Zealand troops raid Bir Salmana twenty miles east of Katiya while the Germans retreat from Momo on the Tanga Railway towards Hendeni in German East Africa.  British also occupy Bwiko.

  • Major Harold Arthur Robinson (North Lancashire Regiment) is killed in action at age 46. His brother will die of wounds in May 1917 and they are sons of Major General David George Robinson.
  • Captain Walter Seymour Armstrong (Royal Army Medical Corps attached Mhow Indian Field Ambulance) dies on service at age 42. He is the son of the late Reverend William Armstrong.
  • Private Alexander Boyter (Black Watch) is killed by a shell burst at age 25. His father will be killed as second hand of the fishing boat Jane S in August 1917 when the crew pulls in its nets and a mine caught in those nets explodes.

 

 

Friday 21 April 1916 – We Lost 338

British retake ground lost at Langemarck-Ypres.

Today’s losses include:

  • A battalion commander
  • A distant cousin of Basil Rathbone who is also an actor
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Albert Harold Frederick Younghusband DSO (Bedfordshire Regiment commanding 7th Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed in Mesopotamia at age 39.
  • Captain Guy Benson Rathbone (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at Kut Mesopotamia at age 31. He is a member of Frank Benson’s Shakespeare Company a screen actor and distant cousin of Basil Rathbone.
  • Lieutenant Reginald Lucien Ward (York & Lancaster Regiment) is killed in action at age 28. He is the son of the Reverend H M Ward.
  • Probationary Flight Sub Lieutenant William Hocking (Royal Naval Air Service) is killed when he is lost flying in Humber at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend Richard Hocking Rector of Pillaton.
  • Private Harold Diplock (Sussex Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother will die on service as a result of an operation in March 1919.
  • Private William Robinson (Cheshire Regiment) is killed in Mesopotamia at age 34. His brother will be killed in September 1917 in an air raid.
  • Private Walter Elphick (West Surrey Regiment) is killed. His brother will be lost on HMS Invincible at Jutland.

Saturday 11 December 1915 – We Lost 240

Richard Lewis Hay Blake Jenkins

Richard Lewis Hay Blake Jenkins

A hastily collected Western Frontier Force, composed of units currently stationed in Egypt and not employed on the Suez Canal begin to move out from Mersa Matruh under the command of Major General A Wallace.  To show the composite make up of this force it only needs to be known that no fewer than 20 different Yeomanry regiments are represented in the Composite Mounted Brigade under the command of Brigadier General J D T Tyndale Briscoe.  The Composite Infantry Brigade is under the commander of Brigadier General the Earl of Lucan.  This force inflicts heavy losses on the Senussi, who withdraw towards Bir Tunis and though British casualties are light Lieutenant Colonel Cecil Longuville Snow (Intelligence Corps) is killed.

While at bomb practice one of the bomb-throwers detonates the cap of his bomb, thus lighting the fuse while, preparing to throw it.  The fuse is damp and as he thinks it has gone out he places this bomb on the ground and goes back to bomb throwing.  Private Alfred George Tehan (Lancers) who is also in the trench suddenly hears a fizzing noise and sees that the fuse of the bomb is burning.  With great coolness and presence of mind he darts forward and seizes the bomb, of which the fuse is already half burned and throws it out of the trench thereby probably saving the lives of himself and four other men in the traverse with him.  The bomb explodes just before reaching the ground.  For his actions Private Tehan will be awarded the Albert Medal.

Sapper Edward Ernest Anderson (Royal Engineers) dies of wounds at age 24.  He attended Leigh Road School before moving on to Southend High School for Boys. While at Leigh Road he attracted attention by his cleverness as a footballer and for three or four season he was the captain of the Leigh Road team. He was selected to play several representative matches and was the recipient of at least two Championship medals.  He next joined Southend United as an inside forward where he played for two seasons, although his appearances with the first team were somewhat limited. During Southend’s tour of Germany in 1910 he went with them and played a number of games.  He is known as ‘an exceptionally good inside man’ and he later joins Woolwich Arsenal. He enlisted at the Shoreditch recruiting office for the Royal Engineers in January 1915. He is mortally wounded by a shell on yesterday near Ypres, only four days after having taken position in the front lines. He receives injuries to his back and head and is immediately removed for medical assistance.

Today’s losses include:

  • A man whose son will be killed in the Second World War
  • A man whose two nephews will be killed in the Great War
  • Families that will two and three sons

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Richard Lewis Hay Blake Jenkins (Australian Infantry) is killed in action at Russell’s Top on Gallipoli at age 41. He has two nephews who will be killed in the Great War, Captain G L B Concanon and Flight Commander H Ralfe.  He served as a Special Services Officer in the South African War.
  • Lance Corporal Albert Edward Conrade (East Kent Regiment) is killed on Salonica at age 22. His brother will be killed next October.
  • Private Sidney A Woodland (Royal Marine Light Infantry, HMS Elizabeth) dies at home at age 21. His eldest brother will be killed at Jutland while his second eldest will die on service during the Second World War.
  • Private Sydney Gillard (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 28. His brother will be killed in October 1917.