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Monday 28 October 1918 We Lost 1,255

Captain Robert North Chandler (Royal Air Force) attacks enemy troops with great success and silences an anti-tank gun.  Later he silences two enemy machine guns and inflicts heavy casualties on infantry in shell holes. While so engaged his machine is hit in the engine and he forced to land.  Prior this officer has destroyed three enemy aircraft and driven two others down out of control.  He has also displayed marked courage in attacking enemy troops on the ground.  When on an offensive patrol, Second Lieutenant Sydney MacGillvary Brown (Royal Air Force) in company with three other machines, attacks nine Fokkers; three of the latter being destroyed. Lieutenant Frederick Stanley Gordon (Royal Air Force) achieves two victories, his seventh and eighth, when he shoots down two enemy Fokker D.VII in the area of Wortegem.

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of the novelist Reverend Joseph Hocking
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Edward Cuthbert Hocking (Royal Field Artillery attached Royal Air Force) is killed at age 22. He is the son of the novelist the Reverend Joseph Hocking.
  • Lieutenant Arthur Eustace Blomfield (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 34 in Italy. He is the son of the Reverend John Blomfield and was the foreign language master on HMS Conway before he joined the Army in 1914.
  • Lieutenant Peter Hopcraft (Royal Air Force) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed on Queen Mary at Jutland.
  • Second Lieutenant Alexander Stark Douglas (Black Watch) is killed at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend Andrew Douglas United Free Church Invergordon Ross-shire.
  • Corporal Tudor Ceitho Worthington (South Wales Borderers) is killed. He is the son of David Worthington Vicar of Llangeitho.
  • Driver Robert Wooden (Canadian Field Artillery attached Tank Corps) is accidentally killed driving a tank in England at age 22. His brother will die during the influenza outbreak after serving in the forces.
  • Private John Edward Taylor (Worcestershire Regiment) dies as a prisoner of war at age 28. His brother was killed in action last month.
  • Private Dennis Lavender (Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed in Baghdad. His brother was killed in September 1916.
  • Bombardier John Alfred Olivry (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds at age 24. His brother was killed in September 1916.
  • Private George Kennington (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed at age 36. He is the last of three brothers who will be killed in the Great War.
  • Trooper Harold Denham (Dragoon Guards) is killed at age 31. His brother was killed in March 1915.
  • Private Herbert Turley Haywood (Army Service Corps) dies of pneumonia at age 28. He is one of three brothers who lose their lives in the Great War.

Monday 23 September 1918 We Lost 631

Auriol Ernest Eric Lowry

The Mysore and Jodhpur Lancers capture Haifa.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple Battalion Commanders
  • Multiple son of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • A man whose only nephews will be killed in the Second World War
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Auriol Ernest Eric Lowry (commanding 2nd West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at Arleux at age 25. His brother Cyril died of wounds in his arms in March of this year and their oldest brother was killed in June 1915 on Gallipoli. Also their only nephews and sons of their sister will be killed in Burma in World War II.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Charles Edward Ridley Holroyd Smyth DSO MC (Dragoon Guards, commanding 15th Durham Light Infantry) dies of wounds at home received during an attack at Villers Guislain at age 36. He is the son of Colonel and Lady Holroyd Smith.
  • Lieutenant Colonel James Meldrum Knox DSO (commanding 1st/7th Royal Warwickshire Regiment) is killed in action in Italy at age 40. He is the son of James Knox JP.
  • Captain Henry Russell Weeks (Welsh Regiment) dies of wounds received five days before at age 24. His brother died of wounds last November.
  • Captain Philip Pipon Braithwaite (Indian Army Reserve of Officers attached Jacob’s Horse) is killed in Palestine at age 38. He is the son of Canon Philip Richard Pipon Braithwaite.
  • Captain George Ernest Cornaby MC (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend W Arthur Cornaby.
  • Lieutenant Cyril Robert Nichols (East Surrey Regiment attached Trench Mortar Battery) is killed. His brother died of wounds in October 1916.
  • Flight Cadet Harold Kingsley Percival (Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed at age 28. He is the son of the Reverend G C Percival.
  • Signal Boy Arnold Augustus Flory (HMS Eaglet, Royal Naval Reserve) dies at home at age 16. His two brothers were killed in action earlier this year.  The three boys are sons of the Reverend Henry William Flory Vicar of St Matthew’s Littleport.
  • Private Frank Peters (Suffolk Regiment) is killed in action at age 32 His brother was killed in November 1916.
  • Private Thomas Charles Burley (Leicestershire Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed last October

Friday 30 August 1918 We Lost 1,503

Roland Elphinstone Gordon

Major Roland Elphinstone Gordon MC (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds at home at age 25.  He is a Scottish Rugby International earning 3 caps.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Scottish Rugby International
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • The son of a Member of Parliament
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • A man whose son will be killed in the Second World War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Charles Frederick Sandoe (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed in May 1917.
  • Captain Tom Cecil Haydn Berry (Welsh Regiment) is killed at age 26. He is a scholar and exhibitioner at Exeter College, Oxford.
  • Lieutenant Edward Slattery DCM MM (Central Ontario Regiment) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed in August 1917.
  • Lieutenant Roger Morrow Porter (East Ontario Regiment) is killed at age 20. He is the son of E Goss Porter KC MP.
  • Lieutenant George Rowland Collin (Central Ontario Regiment) is killed at age 36. His son will be killed in the Second World War in May 1942
  • Second Lieutenant Harris Hartas Anson (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed in action at age 28. He is the son of Harris Anson JP.
  • Sergeant Hugh James Frederick Barber (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 37. His brother was killed in November 1916.
  • Lance Corporal Charles Pearson (Dragoon Guards) is killed at age 46. He is the last of three brothers who are killed in the Great War.
  • Air Mechanic 1st Class Reginald William Cowin (Airship Construction Station, Kingsworth Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed flying at age 21. His brother was killed in July 1916.
  • Private Ernest W Martin (Suffolk Regiment) is killed in action at age 19. His brother was killed in June 1915.
  • Private Albert Martin (Northumberland Fusiliers) dies as a prisoner of war at age 19. His brother died of wounds in October 1917.
  • Private Frederick Robert George Rockall (Royal Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 35. His brother was killed in September 1916.
  • Private Percival Richard Bradford (Middlesex Regiment) dies of wounds as a prisoner of war at age 19. His brother died of wounds in 1914.

Monday 26 August 1918 We Lost 1,644

At about 10:30 the British defenders outside Baku spot a long line of about 1,000 Turkish infantry and cavalry moving towards their positions at Baku along a defensive line at the crest of a local geological formation known as the Mud Volcano. This is followed by a barrage of artillery striking the British lines.  Five different attempts are made against the British defenses before, when outflanked on the north side of the volcano and while coming under heavy machine gun fire, D Company of the 7th North Staffordshire Regiment is forced to retire to a secondary defensive position among the oil derricks northeast of Baku.  Dunsterville rushes reinforcements from Baku though they arrive too late to stem the tide.  The position atop the volcano being the key to Dunsterville’s entire 19-mile line, he is obliged to fall back to an inner line of prepared positions.  By early afternoon the volcano is under Turkish control.

At the same time as the attack on the volcano, the Turks move out from the village of Novkhany on the north side of the peninsula, where a sunken road has allowed them to approach close to the British lines under cover.  They charge a hill east of the village of Binagadi held by a group of Armenian conscripts who unbeknownst to the British have deserted their positions.  A company of the North Staffords is told to abandon their positions at Digaa and reinforce the Armenians only to find it deserted.  Two assaults by 250 Turks are thrown back with a loss of ten men killed and wounded in the Staffords.

Brigadier General Edgar William Cox DSO (General Staff) drowns when he goes for a swim at Berck Plage at age 36.

Colonel Bertram Hopkinson CMG (Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed at age 44 in an airplane crash in bad weather at home.  He had served under the Ministry of Munitions (Aircraft Production).  His brother died at home in February 1917.  He is survived by his wife and six daughters.  In 1903 he was elected to the Cambridge chair in mechanism and applied mechanics, and in 1910 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. During the War he joined the Royal Engineers and opened a research establishment at Orford Ness where he and his team researched weapons, sights, and ammunition. He learned to fly and was killed when his Bristol Fighter crashed en route from Martlesham Heath to London.

Lieutenant Cyril Biddulph (Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry) is killed at age 31 leading his battalion into action in Pas de Calais near the communes of Vis-en-Artois and Haucourt. He is a Canadian stage actor who frequently performed in the United States. As a young man Biddulph moved to New York City where he found employment as an actor. He appeared in numerous productions across the United States in the early 1910s, including performances on Broadway and at the National Theatre in Washington D.C. His last appearance on stage in the United States was in the fall of 1914. Biddulph is married to Broadway actress Cissie Sewell.

Today’s losses include:

  • A General
  • The son of former Member of Parliament and author Hilaire Belloc
  • A Canadian actor married to Broadway actress Cissie Sewell
  • A 7-victory ace
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • The son of the Headmaster of Queens College Hong Kong
  • A man whose son will be killed in Italy in World War II

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain William Carroll Hilborn DFC (Royal Air Force) dies of injuries at age 20 received two weeks earlier when his aircraft collided with a tree fracturing his skull. He is a 7-victory ace.
  • Captain Douglas Marsden Ewart MC (Canadian Engineers) is killed in action at age 28. His brother was killed in action in January of this year.
  • Lieutenant Donald Halliday Macartney (Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 30. He is the son of the late ‘Sir’ Halliday Macartney KCMG.
  • Lieutenant Alexander Pearson MacMillan MC (Saskatchewan Regiment) is killed in action at age 28. He is the son of the late Reverend John MacMillan.
  • Lieutenant William Godfrey Charlton (Durham Light Infantry) is killed in action at Warlencourt. He is the son of John Charlton JP and his only brother was killed in October 1916.
  • Lieutenant George William Russell Chibnall (Dragoon Guards attached Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed in July 1917.
  • Second Lieutenant Louis Belloc (Royal Engineers attached Royal Air Force) is killed while bombing a German transport column at age 20. He is the son of the author and former Member of Parliament Hilaire Belloc.
  • Corporal Joseph Victor Bennett (Berkshire Regiment) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend William Bennett Vicar of Kirkham.
  • Private John George Daltry (Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed at age 17. His older brother will be killed in October of this year.
  • Private Frederick Arthur Whittemore MM (Royal Sussex Regiment) is killed in action at age 21. His brother Charles will be killed the following day.
  • Private F H Dealy (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 23. He is the only surviving son of the late Headmaster of Queen’s College, Hong Kong.
  • Rifleman Frederick George Hindrup (New Zealand Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 28. His son will lose his life in the Second World War in Italy.

Friday 9 August 1918 We Lost 1,675

The 29th Battalion Australian Imperial Forces is involved in the capture of Vauvillers.  Among those killed is

  • Private William Reginald Rawlings MM who is uncle of Captain Reginald Saunders MBE the first Aboriginal commissioned officer in the Australian Military Forces who fought in World War II and Korea. He is killed at age 27.  His friend
  • Corporal Harry Thorpe MM who is regarded as a premier footballer and athlete in brigade sports as well as a scout is shot in the stomach and dies after being taken to a dressing station near Bayonvillers.

The 6th London Regiment are at La Houssoye in the Somme sector and are ordered to take Chipilly Ridge, which involves the capture of a small track running along near the ridge of the crest.  Three tanks are employed in support and at 16:15 the battalion moves off from its positions to begin the attack.  As they round the edge of Celestines Wood they come under heavy machine gun fire and heavy casualties are sustained.

  • Rifleman Reginald John Newberry (King’s Royal Rifle Corps attached London Regiment) is killed at age 18. His two brothers have been previously killed in the Great War.

On a bombing raid the machine in which Second Lieutenant. Samuel Lilburn Dunlop (Royal Air Force) is the observer is attacked by a number of enemy airplanes, one of which he shoots down in flames. On the return journey, he and his pilot, Lieutenant G Beveridge, are again attacked.  He succeeds in shooting down a second machine in flames.  In this latter attack Lieutenant Beveridge is severely wounded and faints.  Second Lieutenant Dunlop immediately takes the controls. Leaning over the fuselage to support his pilot, steering the machine and at intervals firing on the enemy aircraft as they close on him, he makes for our lines, and with the help of the pilot, who has recovered consciousness, lands in safety.

Captain Norman Goudie (Royal Air Force) and his observer, Second Lieutenant R McK Jamison, at low altitudes observe about three hundred enemy infantry massed in a sunken road and offering a strong resistance to our advancing troops.  By keeping them under continual machine gun fire, they succeed in demoralizing the enemy, so much that they hold up a piece of white cloth as a sign of surrender.  Captain Goudie ceases fire but remains in the vicinity until our troops push forward and take the enemy prisoners.

During an attack when the advance is much impedd by hostile machine guns concealed in crops and shell holes Sergeant Thomas James Harris VC MM (Royal West Kent Regiment) leads his section against one of these capturing it and killing seven of the enemy. Later on two successive occasions he attacks single handed two enemy machine guns which are causing heavy casualties and holding up the advance. He captures the first gun and kills the crew, but is himself killed when attacking the second one. He will be awarded the Victoria Cross posthumous Victoria Cross for his actions.

Private Robert Matthew Beatham (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 24 during the attack north of Rosieres, east of Amiens. When the advance is held up by heavy machine gun fire, he dashes forward, and, assisted by Lance Corporal Nottingham, bombs and fights the crews of four enemy machine guns, killing ten of them and capturing ten others, thus facilitating the advance and saving many casualties. When the final objective is reached, although previously wounded, he again dashes forward and bombs a machine gun, being riddled with bullets and killed in doing so. For his actions on this day he will be posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple Victoria Cross winners
  • Multiple Australian footballers
  • The nephew of the 1st Aboriginal commissioned officer in the Australian Military
  • Multiple families that will two, three and four sons in the Great War
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The grandson of a member of the clergy
  • A Hampshire cricketer
  • The son of a General
  • A member of the original class of Military Cross winners
  • The Master at Highgate School
  • An Actor
  • A man whose brother lost his life serving in the United States Navy
  • A man whose son will be killed in 1942

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain George Hely-Hutchinson Almond (Royal Army Medical Corps attached Dragoon Guards) is killed in action by a bomb at Caix at age 41. He is the last and oldest of four brothers to die in the Great War. They are grandsons of the Reverend George Almond.
  • Captain Alexander John Mayo (Royal Air Force) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend Dr. James Mayo of Trinity College Cambridge who lost another son exactly three years ago.
  • Captain John Hugh Gunner (Hampshire Yeomanry) dies of wounds at Kemmel at age 33. He is a cricketer who represented Hampshire in six first class matches in 1906 & 1907. His two younger brothers have been killed in the war previously.
  • Captain Charles Edward Henry Tempest-Hicks MC (Lancers) dies of wounds received in action at age 30. He is the only son of Brigadier General Tempest-Hicks, has served on the Western Front since the first month of the war and has been previous wounded three times.
  • Captain Charles Pooley (Dragoon Guards) is killed at age 45. He was among the first 99 to be awarded the Military Cross.
  • Lieutenant Fitzroy Charles Phillpotts (Gloucester Regiment) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend Ernest Alfred Phillpotts Rector of Stapleton.
  • Lieutenant Walter John Pitt Pitts (Royal Air Force) is killed in action at age 19 while on a bombing mission to Peronne Bridge. His brother will be killed in October of this year.
  • Lieutenant Victor William John Hobbs (East Kent Regiment) is killed in action at age 31. He was the Master at Highgate School Highgate London.
  • Lieutenant Edmund Quartermain Cory (Reserve Cavalry) dies on service at home. He is the son of the Reverend Robert Frederick Cory Rector of Higham Gobion.
  • Second Lieutenant George Mellsome Addison (South Staffordshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 23. He showed “great promise as an actor”.
  • Second Lieutenant Thomas Radcliffe Agnew May (Royal Air Force) is killed on his second day at the front at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend Frederick Granville May Rector of Cardynham and his brother was killed in April 1917.
  • Second Lieutenant Wilfred Richard Lofts (Royal Air Force) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed in May 1915.
  • Squadron Sergeant Major Richard Tirrell Shrimpton (Queen’s Own Oxfordshire Hussars) is killed at age 27. His brother Ernest died of influenza in January serving in the United States Navy.
  • Corporal Albert Charles Toole (Australian Infantry) is killed at aged 20. His brother will die on service in February 1919.
  • Lance Corporal Rupert George Jarrett (Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed on his way back to a dressing station having just been wounded in the hand. His brother died of wounds in December 1917.
  • Lance Corporal George Roberts MM (Australian Infantry) is killed in action at age 28. His brother will die of pneumonia in November of this year.
  • Gunner William George Tasker (Australian Field Artillery) dies of wounds received in action at age 26. He was an Australian rugby football player.
  • Private Thomas Albert Ruckley MM (Hampshire Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed in February 1917.
  • Private Murdo MacKenzie (Manitoba Regiment) is killed at age 28. He is the last of three brothers who are killed in the war.
  • Private John Archibald Lugton (Australian Imperial Forces) dies of wounds. His brother was killed in July 1916.
  • Private Hugh Grier Mertens (London Regiment) is killed at age 36. He is the son of the Reverend Frederick de Mounteney Mertens Headmaster of Ardingley College and Vicar of Arlington. Private George Henry Adams (London Regiment) is killed at age 24. His son will be killed in October 1942.

Friday 5 July 1918 We Lost 381

Gerald Noelikin Horlick

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of a General
  • A man whose brother was killed in May 1917

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Gerald Nolekin Horlick (Royal Gloucestershire Hussars) dies at age 30 in Egypt. He is the son of ‘Sir’ James and Lady Horlick.
  • Second Lieutenant John Wycliffe Thompson (Dragoon Guards) dies at a nursing home in London at age 42. He is the son of Major General Charles William CB DSO.
  • Lieutenant Noel Rawstorne Wilkinson Kay (Royal Horse Artillery) dies of wounds received in action at age 20. He is the son of Captain Harry Wilkinson, of the Ministry of Pensions.
  • Private Sidney Simpson MM (Royal Army Medical Corps) dies of wounds at home. His brother was killed in May 1917.

Wednesday 29 May 1918 We Lost 788

Edward SetonChance

Captain George Ritchie Hodgson, Flight Lieutenant James Lindsay Gordon, Leading Mechanic Sydney Francis Anderson and Wireless Telegraphist Bertram Harley Millichamp rescue two men from an upturned float in the North Sea.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple battalion commanders
  • The son of a former Member of Parliament
  • Families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • First Class Cricketer for the Hampshire County CC
  • The son of a General
  • A Civilian Chaplain
  • A Red Cross Society Commander

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Lancelot Colin William Deane DSO MC (commanding 6th South Wales Borderers) is killed in action at age 26. He was a head student at George Watson’s College Edinburgh and winner of the Gold Watch given by Watsonians of North America for the best football players of the year.
  • Captain (Brevet Major) (Acting Lieutenant Colonel) Edward Seton Chance (Dragoon Guards commanding 6th Leicestershire Regiment) is killed in action at age 36. He is the son of the former Member of Parliament for Morton, Carlisle, ‘Sir’ Frederick Chance and his younger brother has been killed in 1915.
  • Major Harold Thomas Forsert DSO MC (Royal Marines Light Infantry commanding 2nd Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed at age 39. He played first class cricket for Hampshire County Cricket Club in 1911.
  • Captain (Acting Lieutenant Colonel) Colin Robert Hoste Stirling DSO MC (Cameronians commanding 2nd Berkshire Regiment) dies of wounds received in action five days earlier at Chaulnes at age 24. He is the third son of Brigadier General J W Stirling CB CMG DL to be killed in the Great War. The General lost all his sons in the war.
  • Captain Terence Petty Muspratt MC (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother was killed in March of this year.
  • Captain Frank Copeland Worster MC (Worcestershire Regiment) dies of wounds received in action at age 29. He is the Classical Master at St Paul’s School, and had been 1st in Class in Classical Moderations and “Greats” at St John’s College, Oxford.
  • Civilian Chaplain “the Reverend” W H Spinks (Young Men’s Christian Association) dies of injuries at Etaples received while rescuing a chinaman during an air raid at age 45. He was a Baptist Minister.
  • Second Lieutenant Alfred Bence-Trower (Scots Guards) is killed in action at age 37 one day before his younger brother is killed.
  • Commander Ralph Bonfoy Rooper (French Red Cross Society attached British Red Cross Committee) is killed at Gueux near Rheims at age 23. In April 1915 he joined the Friends Ambulance Unit and served as a motor ambulance driver.  He was rejected for Army service due to health issues and served for some time in the Ministry of Munitions and the Admiralty.  His brother was killed in October of last year.
  • Private Albert Sullivan Gee (West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 24. His brother was killed last October in Salonika.
  • Private Richard J Finney (Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed in July 1916.

Sunday 23 April 1916 – We Lost 397

Hugo Frnacis Charteris

Hugo Francis Charteris

British bombard the Belgian coast.

Turks raid Qatia Sinai and destroy two British posts. The 5th Midland Brigade loses 3½ squadrons of Yeomanry.

Today’s losses include:

  • Lord Elcho
  • Viscount Quenington
  • The son of the 11th Earl of Wemyss
  • The son of the 1st Earl St Aldwyn
  • The son-in-law of the 18th Baron Willoughby de Broke
  • A Member of Parliament
  • A bronze medal winning artist
  • An England Polo International
  • A member of the Worcestershire County Police
  • A Gloucestershire cricket player
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Hugo Francis Charteris (Gloucester Hussars) ‘Lord Elcho’ is killed at age 32. He played cricket for Gloucestershire is the son of the 11th Earl of Wemyss and his brother has been killed in action six months earlier.
  • Captain Michael Granville Lloyd-Baker (Gloucester Hussars) is killed at age 43. He is the son-in-law of the 18th Baron Willoughby de Broke.
  • Captain Leslie St Clair Cheape (Dragoon Guards) is killed at age 33. He was a member of the England Polo Team that visited Meadowbrook in 1911 and 1913 and his teammate Arthur Edwards was killed in May 1915.
  • Lieutenant and Adjutant Michael Hugh Hicks-Beach (Viscount Quenington) (Gloucester Hussars), a Member of Parliament for Tewksburty dies of wounds at age 38. He is the son of the 1st Earl and Countess St Aldwyn. His wife died at Cairo on 5th March and is buried by his side.
  • Second Lieutenant Brian Hatton (Queen’s Worcestershire Hussars) is killed at age 28. He is an artist who won a bronze medal from the Royal Drawing Society at age 8 and later has “The Turnip Cutters” displayed at the British Museum. He was also a member of the Chelsea Arts Club.
  • Second Lieutenant George Herbert Fox (Royal Field Artillery attached GHQ Intelligence Branch) is killed at age 35. He is a Judge of the Native Courts at Tanta Egypt.

Wednesday 2 June 1915 – We Lost 300

Arms of the Lord Sempill

Arms of the Lord Sempill

British troops take the village of Qal’at Salih on the Tigris.

 Today’s losses include:

 A son of the 17th Baron Sempill

  • A man whose brother was killed versus the Zakka Khel in 1908
  • Sons of multiple members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • A man that will have two brothers killed later in the Great War

 Today’s highlighted casualties are:

  •  Lieutenant “the Honorable” Robert Abercromby Forbes-Sempill (Gordon Highlanders) is killed in action at age 45. He is the son of the 17th Baron Sempill who lost another son in service versus the Zakka Guards in 1908 is killed at age 26.
  • Second Lieutenant Anthony Clifford Clifford (Dragoon Guards) is killed in action at age 26. He is the son of the Reverend Henry Williams Missionary in India but took the name of Clifford to serve under. He was educated at Marlborough College and Emmanuel, Cambridge and was a medical doctor at Guy’s Hospital.
  • Second Lieutenant Charles Odell Creed (Grenadier Guards) dies of wounds at Rouen received in action 18th He is the son of the Reverend John Charles Creed.
  • Lance Corporal Thomas Dunnett (Canadian Mounted Rifles) is killed at age 25. His two brothers will be killed later in the war, the first later this month and the second in March of next year.
  • Private Charles Jesse Crawley (Middlesex Regiment) is killed in action at age 26. His brother will be killed in September 1916.
  • Private William Divers (Royal Irish Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 21. His brother Patrick will also fall and is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.
  • Private Charles Henry Street (Irish Fusiliers) is killed at age 21. His brother will be killed in January 1917.

Friday 13 November 1914 – We Lost 254

 

Herbert Kitchener

Herbert Kitchener

Sanctuary Wood is shelled during this night while being used to screen troops behind the front line.

The British 8th Division is deployed to the front providing much needed reinforcement.

Today’s losses include:

  • A former Aide de camp to Lord Kitchener
  • Son of a Member of Parliament
  • Son of the Mayor of Hemel Hempstead
  • A Swinton Town Football Club player
  • Grandson of the 9th Lord Digby
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons
  • A family that will lose three sons
  • The brother of a ‘war poet’
  • Son of a General
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • Son of a Justice of the Peace
  • Son-in-law of a Baronet
  • Son-in-law of General
  • Brother-in-law killed later in the war
  • Nephew of clergy
  • A member of the Marylebone Cricket Club

 Today’s highlighted casualty is

Colonel Raymond John Marker DSO (Assistant Adjutant and Quartermaster General, I Army Corps Headquarters) on the General Staff dies of wounds at Boulogne received 4 November at age 47. His body is one of the few repatriated to England for burial during the War. He is the son of Richard Marker JP and ‘the Honorable’ Mrs. Marker and son-in-law of ‘Sir’ Thomas Jackson 1st Baronet. He is the grandson of the 9th Lord Digby and during the South African War served as Aide de Camp to Lord Kitchener. His brother-in-law Claude Stewart Jackson will be killed in October 1917.

  •  Captain Charles James Lyon(Royal Scots Fusiliers) is killed at age 24. He is the youngest of three brothers to be killed in the Great War.  The first was killed in the first month of the war while the oldest, a war poet, will be killed in May 1915.
  • Captain Robert Guy Incledon Chichester(Highland Light Infantry) the son of the late Reverend Richard Chichester the Rector of Drewsteignton is killed at age 41. He served on the North West Frontier 1897-8 and South African War.
  • Captain William Ernest Rogerson (Durham Light Infantry) dies of heart failure at age 42 at home. He is the son-in-law of Lieutenant General W H Mackesy.
  • Captain John Alexander Halliday (Hussars) died of wounds at Le Touquet at age 39 received 31 October Messines. He is the nephew of R Howell Brown Vicar of Enfield and a member of MCC.
  • Captain Archibald William Roberson-Glasgow (Garhwal Rifles Indian Army) is killed at age 34. He is the son of R B Robertson-Glasgow DL and his wife is the niece of Lady Robertson of Forteviot. He served in the Somaliland Campaign in 1901.
  • Lieutenant Geoffrey Archibald Loyd (Scots Guards) is killed at Zonnebeke by shrapnel at age 24. He is the son of A K Loyd KC MP North Berks.
  • Lieutenant David Scott Dodgson(Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 29 when he is shot by a sniper while attempting to lay cable for his battery at Gorre. He is the son of the late General ‘Sir’ David Scott Dodgson KCB.
  • Lieutenant N Ramsay (Dragoon Guards attached Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 34. His brother will be killed in January 1917.
  • Lieutenant Humfrey Richard Talbot (Dragoon Guards) dies of wounds at age 25 after his trench is hit by a shell killing and wounding many men. He attends to the wounds of his men despite his own wounds before dying. He is the son of the Mayor of Hemel Hempstead, Gustavus Talbot.
  • Private Edwin Charles Waite (Royal Sussex Regiment) is killed at age 27. His brother will be killed in May 1918.
  • Private William Arthur Brewer (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed at age 21. He is a member of the Swinton Town Football Club.
  • Boy George Leonard Hamshire (HMS Shannon) dies on service at age 16. His brother will be killed in June 1916.