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Wednesday 23 October 1918 We Lost 2,367

The 1st Middlesex Regiment is ordered to assault German positions near Montay located in the forest.  They capture 200 German prisoners but suffer heavy casualties themselves.

  • Lieutenant Alexander Charles Thomas Kroenig-Ryan (Middlesex Regiment) is killed at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend Alexander Solomon Kroenig-Ryan Vicar of Parkeston.
  • Sergeant Alfred John Emery (Middlesex Regiment) is killed at age 31. His brother was killed in April 1915.

The 2nd Bedfordshire Regiment in position at Le Cateau is ordered to attack an objective known as Richemont Hill.  The attack made across high ground causing many casualties in the battalion.

  • Private Augustus Webb (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 29. His brother was killed in November 1916.
  • Private James Knibbs (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 29. His brother was killed in April 1917.
  • Private Robert Christopher Prentice (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed. His brother died of wounds in March 1917.

Captain Roy Edward Dodds (Royal Air Force) successfully leads a bombing formation home intact from Leuze in failing light while under attack from ten Fokker biplanes, three of which his formation brings down.  Second Lieutenant James Herbert Grahame (Royal Air Force) while on a bombing raid to Hirson railway junction, although late in the afternoon with the visibility very poor through heavy ground mist, obtains two direct hits on the railway, one of which causes a very large fire.

Communications are lost with the submarine G7 (Lieutenant Commander Arthur Campbell Russell) during a North Sea patrol.  A week later she is declared lost.

The “Passage of the Piave” during the final Battle of Vittoria-Veneto begins.  It will end with the Armistice of 4th November.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Baronet whose brother was the first officer killed in the Great War, whose father was killed in the South Africa War and whose son will be killed in the Second World War
  • Aces
    • 8-victory
    • 5-victory
  • The son of another Baronet
  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • A man whose mother will be killed during the blitz in March 1941
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families who will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • A man whose twin has been previously killed
  • A woman whose brother was killed in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Walter Balfour Barttelot DSO (Coldstream Guards) the 3rd Baronet and former military attaché at Teheran is murdered in his bed by a jealous husband in Tehran Persia at age 28. His brother has been the first Royal Navy officer killed in war in August 1914.  He succeeded to the title of 3rd Baronet Barttelot, on 23rd July 1900, after his father, ‘Sir’ Walter George Barttelot, 2nd Baronet, was killed in action during the South Africa War and his son will be killed in action as a Brigadier on 16th August 1944.
  • Captain Thomas Walter Nash DFC (Royal Air Force) is killed at age 26. He is an 8-victory ace.
  • Captain Frank Oswald Spensley (Royal Army Medical Corps) dies at home at age 39. He is the son of the Reverend James Spensley.
  • Captain Hector Charles Seymour Munro MC (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed in action at age 23. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Hector Munro, the 11th Baronet.
  • Captain Eric Victor Morse MC (West Kent Regiment) is killed at age 26. His twin brother was killed on 7th December 1917.
  • Lieutenant Alfred James Baddeley (Sussex Regiment) is killed at age 19. He is the brother of the Reverend Walter H Baddeley.
  • Captain Kenneth Carlyle Gill MC (Cambridgeshire Regiment attached Royal Air Force) dies of injuries received as a result of a flying accident the previous day at age 28. He is the son of the Reverend Arthur Tidman Gill.
  • Lieutenant William Huntriss (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment attached Gold Coast Regiment) is killed in Ghana at age 32. His brother was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
  • Lieutenant William Norman Stubbs (Cheshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend Frederick William Stubbs Vicar of Arbury.
  • Lieutenant H W Trelawny (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Frank E Trelawny.
  • Lieutenant Osborne John Orr (Royal Air Force) a five-victory ace is killed in action at age 23.
  • Sergeant Henry James Nicholas VC MM (Canterbury Regiment) is killed near Beaudigniesa when a German patrol charges into his post on a flank guarding a bridge over the River Ecaillon. He is killed by heavy gun fire at age 27. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for actions performed on 3rd December 1917.
  • Corporal Harry Francis Gully (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 21. His brother was killed in November 1917.
  • Private Percy Benwell (Welsh Regiment) is killed in action at age 24. His older brother was killed in March 1917.
  • Private Charles D B Mowat (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) dies of wounds at Selle. His brother was killed in August of last year.
  • Driver Patrick Ahern (Royal Engineers) dies on service at Ramleh. His mother will die of wounds received 31st March 1941 during an air raid on Stirling at age 80.
  • Worker Rose Cotton (Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps) dies on service at age 26. Her brother was killed in action in 1916.
  • Rifleman Bernard William King (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed at age 30. He is the son of the Reverend William Templeton King Vicar of Christ Church Ealing London.
  • Private Ernest Harold Lane (Shropshire Light Infantry) is killed in action. His brother was killed earlier this year.
  • Private James Murray (Royal Scots) is killed at age 22. He is the last of three brothers who are killed over a three-year time frame.
  • Gunner Arnold Alexander Macully (Australian Field Artillery) is killed at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend Alexander Macully Vicar of Brighton South Australia.

Friday 27 September 1918 We Lost 3,297

Captain William Henry Hubbard (Royal Air Force) while flying at altitudes between two and fifteen hundred feet engages and silences many anti-tank guns, thereby rendering valuable service.  He at the same time completes a detailed and accurate reconnaissance of the area, locating the position of our troops. Lieutenant Gerald Anderson and Second Lieutenant Thomas Sydney Chiltern (Royal Air Force) bring down a Fokker D VII at Lambersart.

Lieutenant James Edward Maddox MM (Cheshire Regiment) is instructing a class in throwing live bombs.  One of the men after withdrawing the pin from a Mills No V Mark 1 Grenade accidentally drops the grenade in the trench and then apparently through fright falls on it.  Lieutenant Maddox with great presence of mind immediately pulls the man off the grenade seizes it and throws it over the parapet where it explodes almost immediately saving the man’s life.  For his actions Lieutenant Maddox will be awarded the Albert Medal.

  • The highest scoring ace of 22 Royal Air Force is killed in action east of Cambrai along with observer who is also an ace. Captain Samuel Frederick Henry ‘Siffy’ Thompson MC DFC (Royal Air Force) is a thirty-victory ace while his observer
  • Lieutenant Thomas Clifford John Tolman is also killed at age 21. He is an eight-victory observer ace.
  • Lieutenant Gavin Black Motherwell McMurdo (Royal Air Force) is killed at home at age 19. His two brothers will both die on service in 1919.
  • Sergeant Thomas Proctor (Royal Air Force) an observer ace with five victories is killed in action when his BF2b is shot down near Abancourt by German ace Fritz Classen.

“Sanders Keep” is a German fortification two kilometers south west of Graincourt-Les-Havrincourt between the Hermies and Havrincourt roads. Today it is stormed by the Guards regiments. Among those killed in the battle is

  • Captain William Herbert Gladstone MC (Coldstream Guards) he is the son of the Reverend Stephen Edward Gladstone Rector of Barrowby and the grandson of the late Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone.
  • Second Lieutenant Alexander Grant (Grenadier Guards) is killed at age 19. He is the son of Alexander Grant KC.

During this operation (part of Battle of Canal du Nord) Captain Cyril Hubert Frisby (Coldstream Guards) is detailed to capture a canal crossing but when the canal is reading the leading platoon comes under annihilating fire from a strong enemy post under the bridge on the far side of the canal. Captain Frisby with Lance Corporal Thomas Norman Jackson and two others climb down into the canal under intense fire and succeed in capturing the post with two machines and twelve men. They then give timely support to a company which has lost all its officers and sergeants, organizing the defences and beating off a heavy counter attack. Both men will be awarded the Victoria Cross, though Lance Corporal Jackson will be killed at age 21 during the operation.

At Flesquières, France, when his company is held up during the advance by heavy machine-gun fire, Corporal Thomas Patrick Neely VC (Lancaster Regiment) realising the seriousness of the situation, at once under point-blank fire, dashes out with two men and rushes the gun positions, disposing of the garrisons and capturing three machine-guns. Subsequently, on two occasions, he rushes concrete strong-points, killing or capturing the occupants. His actions enabled his company to advance 3,000 yards along the Hindenburg support line. For his actions today he will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross as he is killed three days later in action at Rumilly-en-Cambrésis, just south of Cambrai, France.

Today’s losses include:

  • Royal Air Force ace
    • 30-victory ace
    • 8-victory ace
    • 5-victory ace
  • A grandson of the late Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone
  • 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 Victoria Cross winner
  • A General
  • A battalion commander
  • A man son will be born next year
  • The son of the Assistant Master of Eton College
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The grandson of a member of the clergy
  • The son of His Majesties Consul Athens
  • A England International and Olympic footballer
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • A man whose son will be killed in May 1940

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Brigadier General Gilbert Burrell Spencer Follett DSO MVO General Officer Commanding 3rd Guards Brigade Guards Division is killed in action at age 40.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Hugh Alexander Ross DSO (commanding 2nd Gordon Highlanders) is killed at age 38 by a shell while crossing the Piave in Italy.
  • Captain James Philip Crawford (Central Ontario Regiment) dies of wounds at age 33. He is the son of “the Honorable” Thomas Crawford.
  • Captain James Shuckburgh Carter (Grenadier Guards) is killed at age 37. His son will be born next year while his younger brother will be killed next month. They are sons of the Assistant Master of Eton College and grandsons of the Reverend Thomas Thelluson Carter.
  • Captain Francis Geoffrey Eliot MC (Royal Marines Light Infantry) is killed at age 28. He is the last of three brothers who have been killed in the war.
  • Lieutenant Francis Rowlands Harker-Thomas (Central Ontario Regiment) is killed at age 32. His brother was killed in January 1917.
  • Lieutenant Percy Baglietto Cottrell MC (Royal Fusiliers attached General Staff) dies of wounds at Salonika at age 25. He is the son of His Majesties Consul Athens.
  • Lieutenant Joseph Dines (Liverpool Regiment) is killed by machine gun fire. He is well known as the “smiling footballer” who made his international debut for England versus Wales in 1910.  He also played international matches in the Olympics and for Millwall.
  • Lieutenant Arnold Oughtres Vick (Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at Epinoy at age 29. He is the son of Richard William Vick JP.
  • Lieutenant John Cecil Butler Prince (London Regiment) is killed at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend John Henry Prince Vicar of Braunton.
  • Lieutenant Charles Wilfred Eales (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend Henry William Eales Vicar of Lewannick. Second Lieutenant Arthur Saunders Jones (Royal Air Force) is killed at age 18. His brother was killed last April and they are sons of the Reverend William Jones.
  • Second Lieutenant Howard Cross (London Regiment) is killed in action. His son will be killed in May 1940.
  • Second Lieutenant Archibald Hugh O’Farrell (Irish Guards) is killed at age 19. He is the only son of ‘Sir’ Edward O’Farrell KCB.
  • Corporal Arthur Norfield MM (Saskatchewan Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother will die on service in January 1919.
  • Corporal A George Hercock (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 21. His brother was killed in March of this year.
  • Gunner Andrew Walsh (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action one day before his brother is killed. The two official forms (B.104.82) containing the news of their deaths arrive at their parent’s home within one hour of each other.
  • Private William Munns (Sussex Regiment) dies of wounds received in action at age 24. His brother was killed in action in April 1915.
  • Rifleman Frank Woodhead Pogson (London Regiment) is killed in action at age 22. His brother was killed on the last day of March 1918.
  • Private Thomas Herbert Ingrey (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 23. His older brother was killed in October 1916.
  • Private Reginald Cecil Stephen Rogers (Royal Army Medical Corps) is killed by a shell explosion at age 27.
  • Private Arthur Henry Hammond (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother died of wounds in April of this year.
  • Private Walter Halverson (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed on the first day of the battle of the Somme.
  • Private Sydney Strike (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) is killed on Salonika at age 23. His brother died on service with the Royal Naval Division in February 1915.
  • Private Lewis Wyndham Jarvis (British Columbia Regiment) is killed at age 38. He is a veteran of the South African War and is one of five brothers who are killed in the war.
  • Driver George Fred Wheeler (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed in October 1915.
  • Private Arthur Oakley (Shropshire Light Infantry) is killed. His brother was killed last November.
  • Private Arthur Wyman (Alberta Regiment) is killed at age 26. His brother was killed in June 1916.

Monday 9 September 1918 We Lost 598

Cyril John George Wallace

Today’s losses include:

  • A survivor of the Lusitania sinking
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • The son of a General

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

 

  • Captain Laurence Hurley Callinan (Australian Field Artillery) dies of wounds at age 24. His brother died of wounds in May 1917.
  • Lieutenant Gavin Ralston Mure Caldwell (Coldstream Guards) is killed at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend William Henry McKenna Caldwell Rector of Fetcham.
  • Lieutenant Cyril John George Wallace (Northumberland Fusiliers) dies of gassing at age 22. He is a survivor of the sinking of Lusitania in 1915 while en-route from New York to rejoin his regiment.
  • Lieutenant Arthur Hugh Courtrey Galbraith (Royal Garrison Artillery) dies of gassing at age 21. He is the son of the late Major General ‘Sir’ William Galbraith KCB.
  • Lieutenant Joseph Victor Robinson Pastfield (Middlesex Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed in December 1914.
  • Gunner Richard Franklin Phillpott (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds at age 20. He is the last of three brothers who are killed in the Great War.
  • Private Frederick Meikle (Cheshire Regiment) is killed at age 38. His brother was killed in February 1915.

Tuesday 27 August 1918 We Lost 1,922

Gerard Charles Brassey

Second Lieutenant William Arthur Barr (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at Croiselles by a shell case he was firing exploding in the gun turret as a result of an enemy shell landing nearby.  The 36-year old is a journalist, author and traveler who wrote for the Idler magazine and was the editor of The Aeroplane.

Vis-En-Artois and Haurcourt are taken by the Canadian Corps.

  • Lieutenant Colonel ‘Lord’ Alfred Eden Browne DSO (186th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 39 when in command of his Brigade near Vis-en-Artois while supporting the Canadian attack. He is the son of the 5th Marquess of Sligo.
  • Lieutenant Hugh D’Alton Livingston (Central Ontario Regiment) is killed leading an attack on Bois de Vert at age 27. With Oswald Grant (killed in June 1916) they were the Canadian Inter-Collegiate Tennis Champions representing the University of Toronto in 1912.
  • Acting Sergeant Ewart Arthur Blatchford (Central Ontario Regiment) is killed at age 25 when hit by machine gun bullets. He is the son of the Reverend Thomas W Blatchford who lost another son in April 1916.

Today’s losses include:

  • A journalist, author, traveler and editor of The Aeroplane
  • The son of the 5th Marquess of Sligo
  • The son of a Member of Parliament and Baronet
  • The 1912 Canadian Inter Collegiate Doubles Tennis Champion
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • A 7-victory ace
  • A member of the Penarth Rugby Club

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain John Arthur Gascoyne-Cecil MC (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 25. He is the son of the Right Reverend ‘Sir’ William Gascoyne-Cecil, the Bishop of Exeter and has two brothers who been previously killed in the Great War.
  • Lieutenant Cyril Gwyer (Grenadier Guards) is killed at age 32. His brother was killed in August 1915.
  • Lieutenant Hugh Reginald Baldwin (Irish Guards) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed on HMS Queen Mary at Jutland.
  • Lieutenant Francis Wycliffe Russell MC (London Regiment) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Canon Alfred Francis Russell Rector of Chingford.
  • Lieutenant Cedric George Edwards DFC (Royal Air Force) is killed by ant-ircraft fire at age 19. He is a 7 victory ace.
  • Second Lieutenant Gerard Charles Brassey (Coldstream Guards) is killed in action at age 19. He is son of ‘Sir’ Leonard Brassey, the 1st Baronet and a Member of Parliament.
  • Private George Herbert De La Mare (Berkshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 20 three years after his older brother has been killed in Gallipoli.
  • Private Charles Whittemore (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 23 the day after his brother was killed.
  • Private James Douglas Stone (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 24. His brother died of wounds in May 1915.
  • Private Walter Frank Hermon (West Surrey Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother will die of wounds next November.
  • Private Arthur Chick (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed at age 19. He is a member of the Penarth Rugby Club.
  • Private Edwin Lawrence Crofts (East Kent Regiment) is killed in action. His brother was killed in April 1917.

Saturday 24 August 1918 We Lost 1,588

Samuel Forsyth VC

Lieutenant Louis Bennett (Royal Air Force) is shot down by anti-aircraft fire while attacking a balloon at Hantay. He crashes near Marquallas and is dragged from the wreckage, dying soon after of his injuries.  His twelve victories in only twenty five sorties is perhaps the most rapid rate of scoring by any Allied pilot of the Great War.

The Cunard steamship Flavia is torpedoed twice by the German submarine U-107 thirty miles northwest by west from Tory Island, Ulster.  Although the ship will remain afloat for two hours it sinks with the loss of one life.

Sergeant Samuel Forsyth (No. 3 Field Company, New Zealand Pioneers attached Auckland Infantry) is shot by a sniper and killed at age 25.  On nearing the objective, his company comes under heavy machine-gun fire. Through Sergeant Forsyth’s dashing leadership and total disregard of danger, three machine-gun positions are rushed and the crews taken prisoner before they can inflict many casualties on our troops. During a subsequent advance his company comes under heavy fire from several machine guns, two of which he locates by a daring reconnaissance. In his endeavour to gain support from a tank, he is wounded, but after having the wound bandaged, he again gets in touch with the tank, which in the face of very heavy fire from machine guns and anti-tank guns he endeavours to lead with magnificent coolness to a favorable position. The tank, however, is put out of action. Sergeant Forsyth then organizes the tank crew and several of his men into a section, and leads them to a position where the machine guns can be outflanked. Always under heavy fire, he directs them into positions which brings about a retirement of the enemy machine guns and enables the advance to continue. It is at this moment he is killed by a sniper. For his actions he will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross.

Lieutenant Colonel John Hay Maitland Hardyman DSO MC (commanding 8th Somerset Light Infantry) is killed at age 23.  He is the youngest battalion commander killed in the Great War.

On Leave

The mad breeze laughs the clouds along,
The young ash shouts his clean-limbed song,
Nibbling green and chocolate slopes
Silvery brown the old hedge gropes,
I with wakening nature cry,
“Why should I die?” “Why should I die?”

Out there its different: we don’t fear to die;
We kill, yet hate not, live, yet wonder why,
Till, worn with waiting, spent with ceasless strain,
With present issues each man drugs his brain;
The daily letter’s homely happenings,
Life’s three and twenty unimportant things,
The third-back dug-out’s need of strengthening,
How the deep mine is slowly lengthening,
Poor Freddie’s death, the latest hand-grenade –
Of such is life in mud-bound Flanders made.

Today’s losses include:

  • Two Victoria Cross winners
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • A family that will lose four sons in the Great War
  • The youngest battalion commander killed in the Great War
  • The son of a former Member of Parliament
  • The father of the Deputy Leader of the 1953 Mount Everest Expedition the first to conquer the mountain

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Richard Francis Montague Buller (Middlesex Regiment) is killed in action at age 33. He is the son of the late Reverend Richard Buller and has a brother who will be killed in September 1918.
  • Captain Roger Joseph Tebbutt (Cambridgeshire Regiment) is killed at age 24. His brother was killed in March 1915.
  • Captain Harold Edward Pope MC (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed in action while acting as Heavy Artillery Liaison officer for the 32nd Division at age 36. He is the son of the Reverend Arthur Frederick Pope Vicar of Tring and he took first in Chemistry at New College, Oxford.
  • Captain Philip Rolfe (Army Service Corps attached Norfolk Regiment) is killed at age 27. He is the son of the late Reverend George Wilkinson Rolfe.
  • The fourth son of ‘the Honorable’ Mrs. Maxwell-Stuart of Dorset to die in the Great War, Lieutenant Alfred Joseph Maxwell-Stuart (Coldstream Guards) dies of wounds at age 20.
  • Lieutenant Leonard Gustav Byng MC (Grenadier Guards) is killed in action at age 30. His brother was killed in May 1915.
  • Second Lieutenant Robert Charles Evans (Welsh Regiment) is killed at age 36. His son with the same name will be Deputy Leader of the 1953 Mount Everest Expedition which will lead to the first conquering of the mountain by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay.
  • Second Lieutenant Eric Oswald Mansfield (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed at age 25. His brother will die of wounds in October and they are sons of the former Member of Parliament for Spalding Lincolnshire.
  • Second Lieutenant Edward Douglas Rawson (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed in action. He is the son of the late Reverend E O, formerly vicar of Ince, Cheshire.
  • Second Lieutenant Edward Harold Clayton (Royal Air Force) is killed in action at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Arthur Prestwood Clayton.
  • Cadet Roy Nelson Pillow (Australian Flying Corps) is accidentally killed in England at age 23. His brother was killed in action six days ago.
  • Sergeant Harold Jackson VC (East Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 26. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for actions performed earlier this year.
  • Lance Corporal Arthur Lowe (London Regiment) is killed at age 20 less than three months after his older brother was killed.
  • Private Ernest White (Dorsetshire Regiment) is killed. His brother was killed in August 1918.
  • Private Fred Rawnsley (Durham Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 19. His brother was killed in September 1916.
  • Private Arnold Lightbound (King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment) is killed in action at age 24. His brother died on active service in November 1915.
  • Private Albert E White (Dorsetshire Regiment) is killed in action. He brother was killed in August 1916.
  • Private Arthur Harry Edis (Middlesex Regiment) is killed at age 29. His brother was killed last March.
  • Private Charles Henry Morgan (Machine Gun Corps) dies of wounds at Albert. His brother died of illness in November 1915.

Thursday 22 August 1918 We Lost 1,603

Oswald Cawley MP

Lieutenant Frederick Stanley Gordon (Royal Air Force) achieves his fifth victory when he shoots down an LVG C over Estaires.

Lieutenant Commander Victor James Bowden-Smith (HMML #403, Royal Navy) is killed at age 31 when his ship is blown up in Runswick Bay while endeavouring to salve a German torpedo.   He is the son of the late Reverend F H Bowden-Smith.

Second Officer Alfred Buchanan Cheetham (SS Prunelle, Mercantile Marine) is killed at age 51 when his ship is sunk after being torpedoed.  He was a member of several Antarctic expeditions and served as the third officer for both the Nimrod and the 1914 to 1917 Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition.  His son William Alfred Cheetham was killed at sea when SS Adriatic disappeared in 1916.  Eleven others on the Prunelle including the master are also killed.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Member of Parliament
  • The son of Baron Cawley
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A member of multiple Antarctic expeditions
  • A man whose son was previously killed in the Great War
  • A man whose son will be killed in the Second World War
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three son in the Great War
  • A man whose brother-in-law will lead the invasion of Tunisia in the Second World War
  • A 24-victory observer ace
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • A Military Chaplain while conducting a burial service
  • A man who has three cousins killed in the Great War
  • A man whose mother was so distraught by his death that she requested his name not be included in the local memorial constructed after the war

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain ‘the Honorable’ Oswald Cawley (Shropshire and Cheshire Yeomanry) is killed in action near Merville at age 35. He is the son of the 1st Baron Cawley of Prestwich a Member of Parliament. The Captain was elected Member of Parliament for Prestwich Division in February of this year to succeed his father and has had two brother previously killed in the Great War.
  • Captain John Kenneth Samuel Page MC (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother will be killed next month.
  • Lieutenant Hedley John Goodyear MC (Central Ontario Regiment) becomes the third son of Josiah and Louisa Goodyear to be killed in the Great War. He dies at age 31 and his two brothers have been killed in 1916 and 1917.
  • Lieutenant John Algernon Wynyard Peyton (Norfolk Regiment) is killed in action at age 25. His younger brother has been killed in July of the previous year.
  • Lieutenant (Acting Captain) Ralph Dominic Gamble MC (Coldstream Guards) age 21 is killed in action while leading his company into heavy fog and taking an enemy position without the aid of the tanks allocated to support him at Moyenville. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Reginald Arthur Gamble and brother-in-law of General ‘Sir’ Kenneth Arthur Noel Anderson KCB MC commander of the First Army during Operation Torch, the Allied invasion of Tunisia.
  • Lieutenant Keith Herbert Clayton (Cambridgeshire Regiment) is killed at age 33. His son will be killed in the Second World War.
  • Lieutenant Francis Charles Plowden (Shropshire Yeomanry attached Shropshire Light Infantry) dies of wounds received in action at age 40. He is the son of Lady Plowden of Plowden Hall.
  • Lieutenant Tom Cecil Noel (Royal Air Force) is killed in action at age 20 when he and his pilot are shot down near Westroosebeke. He is a twenty-four victory observer ace.
  • Lieutenant Norman Dunlop Galbraith (Highland Light Infantry) becomes the third son of W B Galbraith JP to die in the War when he is killed at age 22.
  • Second Lieutenant M I Malton (East Kent Regiment) is killed at age 26. He is the son of the Reverend William H C Malton.
  • Second Lieutenant Percy William Moss (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 36. His brother was killed in March.
  • Second Lieutenant Percival James Flory (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed in action. He has two brothers who will die in service this year.  They are sons of the Reverend Henry William Flory Vicar of St Matthew’s Littleport.
  • Chaplain James Herbert Reginald Lendrum MC (attached Royal Lancaster Regiment) is killed by a shell with three others while conducting a burial service at age 31. He was the Curate of Apsley End from 1913 until last year.
  • Corporal L G Moore (Duke of Cornwall’s Infantry) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed in March 1917.
  • Lance Corporal Reginald Mustoe (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed in April 1915.
  • Rifleman Alfred Ernest Coomber (London Regiment) becomes the third son of George and Elizabeth Coomber to be killed in the Great War. He dies at age 40 and his two brothers have been killed in 1916 and 1917.
  • Private John Stanley (Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed at age 19. His older brother was killed in November 1914.
  • Private Ernest A Pettingale (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed at age 18. His brother was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
  • Private Stephen Lucas (Cambridgeshire Regiment) is killed at age 25. His mother is so distraught by his death she requests that his name not be included in the local memorial constructed after the war.
  • Private Edward John Avery (Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed in March of this year.
  • Private Thomas Abbotts (North Staffordshire Regiment) dies at home at age 24. His brother was killed in action while serving in the same regiment in July 1915.
  • Private Sidney Francis Hatch (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 21. He has three cousins who will be killed in action.
  • Private Sydney George Bowden (Sherwood Foresters) is killed at age 21. His brother died of wounds in February 1917.
  • Private Charles Edward Kennedy (Essex Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in December 1914.
  • Private Charles Jackson MM (Royal Fusiliers) is killed. He is the middle of three brothers who lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Private Louis Brereton Jones (Middlesex Regiment) is killed at age 25. His brother will be killed tomorrow.

Wednesday 21 August 1918 We Lost 1,222

Richard John Spotswood Seddon

At 04:55 the 1st Coldstream Guards set off towards their objectives along the Boiry – Moyenneville road.  The fog is very heavy and is worsened by a smoke barrage laid down by an artillery barrage making it impossible to see any farther than 3 yards in front.  They are supported by 10 tanks of the 12th Tank Corps battalion which prove little help in the fog and smoke.  By 06:30 the battalion has covered 1,000 yards and captured their objectives.  Killed during this assault is the commander of No 4 Company

  • Captain Rupert Caldwell Butler Fellowes (Coldstream Guards) who is killed at age 24. He is the son of the late Rear Admiral ‘Sir’ Thomas and Lady Fellowes and a former member of the Bailliol Boat Club. His younger brother had been killed as a Midshipman on HMS Irresistible in 1915.

Second Lieutenant Ernest John Clark (Royal Air Force) while reconnoitering a road at low altitude, bombs with great success fourteen enemy motor transports.  On a second flight during this same night he bombs enemy horse transports, destroying eight transport wagons and their teams.  Later, with his last bomb, he obtains a direct hit on two motor lorries.  During the morning, flying in the mist at 200 feet, and subjected to heavy hostile fire, Second Lieutenant Alexander Melvin Anderson (Royal Air Force) locates our cavalry and the enemy positions.  In the afternoon he makes a most valuable and accurate report and situation map.  While on this duty his pilot is wounded and forced to land just west of our lines; Lieutenant Anderson extricates him from their machine under heavy fire and carries him to a dressing station.

At Courcelles, France, during an attack, the infantry loses their bearings in dense fog and Lieutenant Colonel Richard Annesley West (North Irish Horse attached 6th Tank Corps) at once collects any men he can find and leads them to their objective in face of heavy machine-gun fire. For his action today and on 2 September at Vaulx-Vraucourt he will be awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously. Also lost today serving in the 6th Tank Corps is

  • Lieutenant Colonel Ronald Beaumont Wood (Lancers commanding) killed at age 36.

Second Lieutenant Thomas Godwin Hobbs (Royal Air Force) performs six hours of flying.  He is twice attacked by large formations of enemy airplanes, but on each occasion, by skillful maneuver and resolute fighting he drives them off and continues his patrol, bringing back much valuable and accurate information.  Also on this day he attacks enemy transport, causing great confusion and inflicting heavy casualties.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • The son of a former Prime Minister of New Zealand
  • The son of an Admiral
  • A battalion commander
  • A member of the Bailliol Boat Club
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Richard John Spotswood Seddon (New Zealand Rifle Brigade) is killed in action at age 37. He is the son of the late Right Honorable Richard, Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1893-1906.
  • Lieutenant Edward Alan Hall (Australian Infantry) dies of wounds at age 23. His brother died of wounds received on Gallipoli in November 1915.
  • Sub Lieutenant Norman Nesbitt (Anson Battalion, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) is killed in action at age 28. He is the son of the Reverend J C Nesbitt.
  • Second Lieutenant Bernard Bocking MC (East Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed last April and they are sons of the Reverend John Child Bocking Vicar of Gnosall.
  • Second Lieutenant Edward Harold Clayton (Royal Air Force) dies of wounds received 10 days earlier on his 20th He is the son of the Reverend Arthur Prestwood Clayton Vicar of Holy Trinity Ventnor.
  • Private Douglas Chester Forsyth (London Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in August 1916.
  • Private Joseph Stanley May (Sherwood Foresters) is killed in Italy at age 21. His brother was killed in June 1916.
  • Private Reginald H T Clifton (Manchester Regiment) is killed in action at age 20. His brother was killed in March 1917.
  • Private Gilbert Pridham Babbage (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) is killed at age 24. His brother was killed in March 1917.
  • Private William Henry Short (Cheshire Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother was lost in submarine G8 in January.
  • Private Patrick Kenealy (Cheshire Regiment) dies on service at home at age 26. His brother was killed in April 1917.
  • Gunner John Ambrose (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 24. His brother was killed last month.

Tuesday 23 July 1918 We Lost 978

Cap badge of the Tank Corps

The 9th Tank Corps battalion is in a position near Moreuil. For the first time British tanks will co-operate with French infantry and although the action seems to be a success the loss of life is heavy.  The objective is to seize St Ribert Wood and capture the village of Aubervillers.  The battalion leaves Rosiel with 42 tanks but due to mechanical failures only 35 are able to make it to the starting point of these only 21 will see action.

After the laying of an initial barrage the tanks set off for their objective but are fired on by German artillery located in the south end of St Ribert Wood.  Several tanks are hit by direct fire and put out of actions their crews being killed or wounded.  The fighting is intense but the level of co-operation is good and the French troops soon move into the wood to assault the well entrenched German infantry where they capture the objectives. The cost is high with the tank crews sustaining 72 casualties.

Today’s losses include:

  • A member of the 1912 South African Military Rifle Olympic team
  • A member of the Penarth Rugby Club
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Ernest Albert Isaac Taylor (Royal Field Artillery) dies of multiple shell wounds at Salonika. He is the only son of the Reverend Isaac John Taylor, Vicar of Linstead, Suffolk.
  • Second Lieutenant Alexander Steven Bain Taylor (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed in action at age 22. His brother died of pneumonia in August 1917.
  • Second Lieutenant Ernest James Keeley (South African Infantry) is killed in action. He was a member of two Rifle Teams in the 1912 Stockholm Olympics.  The 200 + 400 + 500 + 600 meter South African Military Rifle team finished fourth, while the Free Rifle team finished sixth.
  • Corporal Henry John Shelford (Tank Corps) is killed at age 23. His brother killed in July 1917.
  • Private Robert Cowell (Coldstream Guards) is killed in action at age 27. His brother in law was killed in October 1917.
  • Private Alfred Dyke (Herefordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 26. His brother was killed in October 1917.
  • Private George Edward Baskerville (Cheshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 26. His brother was killed in August 1917.
  • Private Ernest Taplin (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed last October.
  • Private Edwin Thomas Murray (Cameron Highlanders) is killed at age 31. He is a member of the Penarth Rugby Club.
  • Private Edward Grigor Scott (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) is killed at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend William Scott.

Wednesday 12 June 1918 We Lost 321

At a railhead in France several trucks loaded with heavy ammunition catch fire causing an explosion.  Several men are wounded and some lay underneath the burning trucks.  Private James Dunn (Coldstream Guards) at once rushes forward and carries two of the wounded men to a shelter trench close by where he renders first aid.  He then returns to the assistance of other wounded men when a second explosion takes place.  Notwithstanding this and also the very grave danger of further explosions he continues to assist the wounded and help to rescue those who are lying under the burning trucks. For his actions he will be awarded the Albert Medal.

At first light the Cossacks start for the bridge at Menjil anticipating a hard fight. Martinsydes flying over the enemy positions discover that the enemy has failed to occupy a key ridge commanding their lines. The Cossacks quickly take the ridge and site their artillery. The enemy then retreat and the bridge is secured.

Today’s losses include:

  • A man whose uncle was killed in 1916 as the commanding officer of his battalion
  • A man whose brother was killed in May 1916

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Second Lieutenant Humphrey Gilbert Machell (Border Regiment) is killed in action at age 30. He is the nephew of Colonel (Commanding) P W Machell, who was killed in action in 1916.
  • Private R Bolland (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 20. His brother was killed in May 1916.

Tuesday 23 April 1918 We Lost 2,461

At Zeebrugge, Sergeant Norman Augustus Finch (Royal Marine Artillery) is second in command of the pom-poms and Lewis gun in the foretop of HMS Vindictive.  At one period Vindictive is being hit every few seconds, but Sergeant Finch and the officer in command keep up a continuous fire, until two heavy shells make direct hits on the foretop killing or disabling everyone except Sergeant Finch who is, however, severely wounded.  Nevertheless he remains in his battered and exposed position, harassing the enemy on the Mole until the foretop receives another direct hit, putting the remainder of the armament completely out of action.  Captain Edward Bamford (Royal Marines) lands on the Mole from HMS Vindictive with three platoons of the Royal Marines storming force in the face of great difficulties.  When on the Mole and under heavy fire, he commands his company with total disregard of personal danger and shows a magnificent example to his men.  He first establishes a strong point on the right of the disembarkation and when satisfied that it is safe, leads an assault on a battery to the left.  Both men will be awarded the Victoria Cross for their efforts on this day.

Lieutenant Commander Arthur Leyland Harrison VC (HMS Lion, serving HMS Vindictive, Royal Navy) is killed while in the immediate command of the Naval Storming Parties embarked in HMS Vindictive.  Immediately before coming alongside the Mole Lieutenant Commander Harrison is struck on the head by a fragment of a shell which breaks his jaw and knocks him senseless.  Recovering consciousness he proceeds on the Mole and takes over command of his party, who are attacking the seaward end of the Mole.  Though in a position fully exposed to the enemy’s machine gun he gathers his men together and leads them to the attack.  His is killed at the head of his men all of whom are either killed or wounded.  For his actions he is awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously. He had been a member of the England Rugby Football Team in 1914 and dies at the age of 32.

Lieutenant Commander George Nicholson Bradford (Royal Navy) becomes the third brother in his family to be killed in action. He is in command of the naval storming parties embarked on HMS Iris II and they find there is great difficulty in placing the parapet anchors when the ship comes along the Mole.  Although securing the ship is not part of his duties he climbs a derrick which is projecting out over the Mole and under heavy fire with the derrick crashing against the Mole because of the violent tossing of the ship he picks a moment and jumps with the anchor.  Just as he places it in position he is killed at age 30. For his actions he will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross; the second won by his family, his brother Roland Boys Bradford who was awarded the Victoria Cross in 1916 was killed in action last November.

  • Major Charles Edward Campbell Eagles DSO (Royal Marine Light Infantry) is killed at Zeebrugge at age 34. He is the only son of the Reverend Canon C F Eagles Vicar of Coughton and a nephew of General Eagles.
  • Captain Henry Crosby Halahan DSO (Royal Navy) is killed on HMS Vindictive at age 34. His brother was lost in the Baltic in submarine E18 in June 1916.
  • Lieutenant Charles Theodore Paynter (HMS North Star) is killed at age 22 when his ship gets lost in the smoke during the Zeebrugge raid and is sunk by shore batteries. He is the son of Canon Francis Samuel Paynter Rector of Springfield.
  • Lieutenant George Spencer DSC (HMS Iris, Royal Naval Reserve) dies of wounds received at Zeebrugge. He is the son of the late Reverend A Eagles, the vicar of Accrington and was an officer of the White Star Line when war broke out and he immediately transferred to the Royal Naval Reserve.
  • Wing Commander Frank Arthur Brock OBE (Royal Navy) is killed on the Mole at Zeebrugge. He was the inventor of the Brock anti-Zeppelin bullet, color filter, Dover flare, and the smoke apparatus used to cover the ships in the raid.
  • Able Seaman Frederick William Bowlt (HMS Vindictive) is killed at age 19. His brother died on service in September 1915.
  • Private Frederick Thomas Swan (Royal Marines Light Infantry) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed last July.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple Victoria Cross winners
  • A member of the England Rugby football team in 1914
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • The brother of a Victoria Cross winner
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The nephew of a General
  • The Inventor of the Brock Anti-Zeppelin bullet, color filter, Dover flare and smoke laying apparatus
  • An 8-victory ace
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace and stepson of a General
  • A medical student
  • A son of the 8th Duke of Grafton
  • A man whose son will be killed in the Second World War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Edric C O Ross (Merwara Infantry) dies of wounds received in action in the Middle East at age 36. He is the son the late Reverend George Gould Ross, the Rector of Michaelstow, St Teath, Cornwall.
  • Captain Kenneth William Junor MC (Canadian Machine Gun Corps) an 8-victory ace is killed at age 24.
  • Lieutenant Christopher Lancelot Usher (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Robert Usher Rector of Fovant.
  • Lieutenant James Cairnes (Army Service Corps) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed in September 1917.
  • Second Lieutenant Charles John Dawson-Greene (Grenadier Guards) dies of wounds received in action at age 20. He is the son of Henry Dawson-Greene JP and stepson of Brigadier General Cecil Monck.
  • Second Lieutenant Archibald Mitchell Woodside (Highland Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 20. He was a medical student at Glasgow University, a son of the Reverend David Woodside DD and had two brothers killed in 1916.
  • Second Lieutenant ‘Viscount Ipswich’ William Henry Alfred Fitzroy (Coldstream Guards attached Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed in Wiltshire at age 33. He is a son of the 8th Duke of Grafton.
  • Second Lieutenant Charles Leslie Symons (Royal Engineers) is killed at age 19. His only brother will die on service in February 1919.
  • Corporal Ivan Cecil Whtielaw MM (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 23. He is the third of three brothers to be killed in the Great War.
  • Lance Corporal Frederick James Whitehead (Durham Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 21. His brother will be gassed to death in October of this year.
  • Private John Shields (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) is killed. His brother was killed on Gallipoli in August 1915.
  • Private Alexander Plummer (Durham Light Infantry) is killed at age 30. His two brothers were killed in 1916.
  • Gunner D G Gilbert (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed in August 1915 on Gallipoli.
  • Private Frederick Charles Metcalfe (Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action. His son will be lose his life in the Second World War.