Great War Lives Lost

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Tag: Grenadier Guards

16 December 1918 We Lost 235

Today’s losses include:

  • A Chaplain and son of a member of the clergy
  • A man whose brother was killed in July 1917

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Chaplain Gerald James Lester (attached C M E Loco Works) dies in France at age 33. He is the son of the Reverend E A Lester.
  • Private Walter Percy C Bovey (Grenadier Guards) dies on service at age 29. His brother was killed in July 1917.

Thursday 14 November 1918 We Lost 701

Guy Dodgson

Today’s losses include:

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

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Guy Dodgson (Hertfordshire Regiment) dies of wounds near Caudry at age 23. His brother has been killed in action in July 1916.
  • Lieutenant Kenneth James Stafford MC (Royal Field Artillery) dies at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend John O Stafford.
  • Second Lieutenant Charles John Norman Adams (Grenadier Guards) dies of wounds received 4th November attacking the line of the Fresnay-Wargnies-Le Petit Road at age 29. He is the son of the Reverend George Augustus Samuel Adams rector of Nettlestead and was a school master prior to the war.
  • Second Lieutenant Eric Albert Coates (New Zealand Machine Gun Corps) dies at home at age 24. His brother was killed in June 1917.
  • Gunner Laurence Ernest Aylwin (Royal Field Artillery) dies in Salonika at age 26. His older brother was killed in September 1914.
  • Private John Fendley (Army Cyclist Corps) dies on active service of influenza and pneumonia at age 37. His brother was killed in the sinking of HMS Aboukir in the first year of the war.

Friday 25 October 1918 We Lost 1,614

Oliver Walter Sichel

East of Maing, France the 1st/6th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders face an enemy counter attack that turns their left flank. As the enemy continues to advance and his company’s ammunition is exhausted Lieutenant William Davidson Bissett mounts a railway embankment under heavy fire and calls for a bayonet charge which drives the enemy back with heavy loss. After another charge his establishes his line saving a critical situation. For his actions Lieutenant Bissett will be awarded the Victoria Cross.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Regimental Commander in the Royal Engineers
  • The brother of the composer Patrick Hadley who lost a let in the Great War
  • The son of a member of Parliament
  • The grandson of a member of Parliament
  • A man whose father will fund the Oliver Schel Award for singing at Harrow
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • A man who will lose two half-brothers in the Great War
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A Military Chaplain
  • The son of the Headmaster at Uppingham School
  • The husband of the Headmistress of a Catholic School in Glasgow who will miscarry twins upon receiving the news of his loss

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Colonel Arthur Houssemayne Du Boulay DSO (commanding Royal Engineers) dies of influenza at Fillevres. His brother was killed in September 1916.
  • Captain Peyton Sheldon Hadley (Northamptonshire Regiment) dies at age 23 of influenza having been seriously wounded and invalided home. His younger brother is the composer Patrick Hadley who will also be wounded in the closing weeks of the war, losing a leg, but surviving.
  • Captain Oliver Walter Sichel (Warwickshire Regiment) dies of wounds received the previous day at Vendegies at age 26. His brother was killed in February 1915. His father will fund the Oliver Sichel Prize for singing at Harrow after his death. They are grandsons of John Holms MP for Hackney.
  • Lieutenant Thistle Robinson MC (Royal Fusiliers) the son of ‘Sir’ Richard and Lady Jeanie Robinson is killed in action at age 26.
  • Lieutenant George Vinvent Carus Selwyn (Royal Field Artillery) dies of pneumonia at age 21. He is son of the Reverend Edward Carus Selwyn DD Headmaster of Uppingham School and has two half-brothers who have been killed previously in the war.
  • Second Lieutenant Ross Martin (Tank Corps) dies of wounds at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend D J Martin.
  • Temporary Paymaster Sub Lieutenant William Percy Brace (Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) dies of pneumonia at age 26. He is the son of the Right Honorable William Brace MP.
  • Second Lieutenant John Wyatt (Gloucestershire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 26. His brother died on service five weeks ago.
  • Chaplain Basil Jones (attached Royal Garrison Artillery) dies on service at age 32.
  • Sergeant Thomas Kirk Dennis (Leicestershire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 32. His brother was killed in September 1917.
  • Sergeant James W Watt (Black Watch) is killed at age 31 by a sniper. His brother died of wounds in July 1916.
  • Private Bernard Burns (Highland Light Infantry) is killed in action in Mesopotamia at age 35. He is the husband of the headmistress of a Catholic School in Glasgow.  His wife has a miscarriage of their twins when she receives the new that he is “missing, presumed dead”.
  • Private Harry Richard Foulger (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in November 1914.
  • Private Arthur Perry (West Surrey Regiment) is killed in action at age 30. His brother was killed in July 1917.
  • Private Nelson Charles Burton (Norfolk Regiment) dies of wounds at 47th Casualty Clearing Station at age 27. His younger brother was killed on Gallipoli in December 1915.
  • Private Frank Leslie Parker (Grenadier Guards) is killed at age 26. His brother was killed last October.
  • Private Alfred Andrew (East Kent Regiment) is killed near St Souplet at age 18. His two older brothers were killed earlier in the war.
  • Private Charles D Roberts (Northumberland Fusiliers) dies of wounds. He is the son of the late Reverend T N Roberts.
  • Private Fred Pickford (Cheshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 23 received two days before. His brother was killed less than three weeks before.

Wednesday 9 October 1918 We Lost 1,219

Alfred Hartley

Captain Allan Hepburn and Second Lieutenant Horace George Eldeon shoot down a Fokker D VII near Seclin, their second victory in two days. Lieutenant (Acting Captain) John Rose begins a period over which he will destroy seven enemy airplanes.

Private William Edgar Holmes (Grenadier Guards) carries in two men under most intense fire and while he is attending a third case, he is severely wounded. In spite of this he continues to carry wounded and is shortly afterwards again wounded this time fatally. For his actions this day he will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross being killed at age 23.

Lieutenant Alfred Hartley (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 39.  He was a cricketer who played for Lancashire. Hartley was a solid, defensive right-handed opening batsman from the West Indies who had a fairly brief career in English county cricket. He made his first-class debut in 1907, made 1,000 runs at a respectable average in both 1908 and 1909, but only really came to the fore in 1910 when, with 1,585 runs at an average of nearly 37 runs per innings, he was selected for the Gentlemen v Players matches at The Oval and Lord’s. He did little in the first match, but in the second, though scoring only 24 and 35, he impressed the editor of Wisden sufficiently to be named in the 1911 edition as one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year. His big innings of the season was 234 for Lancashire against the very weak Somerset team at Old Trafford, and he also scored a century in the return fixture at Bath. He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • A 1911 Wisden Top 5 Cricketer of the Year
  • A 7-victory ace
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • The son of the High Baliff of Douglas & Castletown Isle of Man

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Lynn Campbell (Royal Air Force) is killed in action with his observer William Hodgkinson. Campbell is a 7-victory ace.
  • Second Lieutenant Arthur John Woodthorpe (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 37. His brother was killed in October 1915.
  • Second Lieutenant Cyril Lloyd Moubray MC (Royal Engineers) is killed in action at age 24. His brother was killed in July 1918.
  • Second Lieutenant James Bainton Stowell Gell (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 19. He is the only son of the High Baliff of Douglas & Castletown Isle of Man.
  • Lance Corporal Wallace Jesse Ward (Royal Engineers) dies in a London hospital from an illness contract in France. His brother was killed in action in July 1917.
  • Private Henry Walter Deverill (Royal Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 23. He is one of three brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Private Archibald G Smith (Dublin Fusiliers) is killed by a bomb dropped from an airplane at age 22. His brother was killed in November 1917.
  • Bombardier Alec Andrew Sprudd (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 26. His brother was killed in April 1918.
  • Private Albet Warrington (Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed last year.

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.

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.

Sunday 25 August 1918 We Lost 1,524

During a patrol, Captain Frank Belway (Royal Air Force) observes an enemy two seater calling for flares.  He attacks the machine and drives it off, the enemy infantry having lit their flares, Lieutenant Belway descending to a very low altitude in the face of heavy machine gun fire, is able to obtain most accurate information as to the location of the enemy line.  Second Lieutenant James Herbert Grahame (Royal Air Force) bombs the Somain railway junction and obtains two direct hits causing considerable dislocation of traffic through Somain station.

At Martinpuich during a strong counter-attack Sergeant Harold John Colley MM (Lancashire Fusiliers) company is holding an advanced position with two platoons in advance and two in support.  The forward platoons are ordered to hold at all costs and Sergeant Colley goes without orders to help these two platoons.  He rallies the men and then forms a defensive flank and holds it although out of the two platoons only three men remain unwounded and the sergeant himself is dangerously wounded and will die later today.  His actions prevent the enemy from breaking through and for these actions he will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • The son of a General
  • The grandson of a General
  • The son of a Baronet
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A man whose two sons are killed in the Great War
  • The Champion Road Cyclist of New Zealand and Australia

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Francis Sainthill Anderson MC (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 23. He is the son of Brigadier General ‘Sir’ Francis and Lady Anderson.
  • Major Francis William Lindley Gull (Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 28. He is the son of the late ‘Sir’ William Cameron Gull 2nd Baronet and son in law of ‘Sir’ Charles Bine Renshaw.
  • Captain Thomas Herbert Dixon MC (Manchester Regiment) is killed at age 24. His brother was killed in February 1916.
  • Captain Ernest Lancelot Andrews (Royal Navy, Royal Naval Division) is killed at age 42. He is the son of the Reverend John Marshall Andrews.
  • Captain Ludovic Heathcoat Amory (Royal Devon Yeomanry) dies of wounds at Bayonvillers at age 37. He is the son of ‘Sir’ John Heathcoat Amory and his sons Major Edward Fitzgerald Heathcoat Amory (Royal Artillery) will be killed in Normandy in June 1944 and Patrick Gerald Heathcoat Amory (Royal Artillery) will be killed in Libya in May 1942.
  • Captain Pulteney Malcolm (Grenadier Guards) is killed at age 24. He is the only son of Lieutenant Colonel P Malcolm MVO DSO and grandson of General ‘Sir’ G Malcolm GCB (who was a nephew to the three “Knights of Eskdale” as the Duke of Wellington called them).
  • Second Lieutenant Cyril Doughty Naylor MC (Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 20. He is the son of Frank Naylor JP.
  • Private Malcolm Ferguson (King’s Own Scottish Borderers) is killed in action at age 23. His brother was killed in June 1917.
  • Private George Fields Sunley (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 38 becoming the third Sunley brother to lose his life in the Great War.
  • Rifleman Lancelot Matthew Seymour (Rifle Brigade attached London Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother died of wounds as a prisoner of war in May 1915.
  • Private Harold Samuel Elphick (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend James Studwick Elphick Vicar of St Mark’s Forest Gate who lost another son in May 1918.
  • Private Alexander Graham Fairley (Tanks Corps) dies of wounds at age 20. His brother died of wounds last April.
  • Private John (Jack) Arnst (Canterbury Regiment) is killed at age 37. He is a champion road cyclist of New Zealand and Australia and listed in the Elite Road Racers of Australia.

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.

Wednesday 24 July 1918 We Lost 562

Philip Scott Burge

During ‘surprise’ operations it is necessary to destroy an impassable wire block. Sergeant Richard Charles Travis DCM MM (Otago Regiment) regardless of personal danger, volunteers for this duty. Before zero hour, in broad daylight and in close proximity to enemy posts he crawls out and successfully destroys the block with bombs, thus enabling the attacking parties to pass through. A few minutes later a bombing party on the right of the attack is held up by two enemy machine guns, and the success of the whole operation is in danger. Perceiving this Sergeant Travis with great gallantry and utter disregard of danger, rushes the position, killing the crews and capturing the guns. An enemy officer and three men immediately rush at him from a bend in the trench and attempt to retake the guns. These four he kills single handed, thus allowing the bombing party on which much depends to advance. For his actions this day he will be awarded a posthumous Victoria as he will be killed tomorrow.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • The godson of a member of the clergy
  • A 12-victory ace
  • An 11-victory ace

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Richard Francis Montague Buller (Middlesex Regiment) is killed at age 33. His brother will die on service in September in Palestine.
  • Captain Robert Kenneth Drummond MC (Cameron Highlanders) dies of wounds received in action at Buzancy the previous day at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend Robert J Drummond DD (Minister of Lothian Road United Free Church, Edinburgh) who lost another son in July 1916.
  • Captain Philip Scott Burge MC MM (Royal Air Force) is shot down and killed west of Seclin. He is an 11-victory ace.
  • Captain John Steele Ralston (Royal Air Force) MC DFC a 12 victory ace is killed in action at age 31.
  • Lieutenant John Perkins Sworder (Royal West Surrey Regiment attached Herefordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 28. His brother was killed in July 1917.
  • Lieutenant Colin Blomfield Frost (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 28. He is the godson of the late Reverend Blomfield Jackson.
  • Lieutenant Leonard Gustav Byng MC (Grenadier Guards) is killed at age 30. His brother was killed in May 1915.
  • Flight Cadet Duncan Garden (Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed in England at age 19. He is the middle of three brothers who will be killed in the war, the last also a Cadet in the Royal Air Force in less three months.
  • Private Charles Cameron Ross (Black Watch) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed in July 1917.
  • Private Jack Miller (Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in January 1916.

Saturday 18 May 1918 We Lost 416

G E A A F Hamilton

Today’s losses include:

  • Viscount Glentworth
  • The son of the 4th Earl of Limerick
  • The son of a Baronet
  • The great grandson of the late Duke of Cambridge
  • A Rhodes Scholar
  • A man whose brother was also killed in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Percy Spurgeon (Army Service Corps attached West Surrey Regiment) dies of wounds at home at age 27. He is the only surviving son of ‘Sir’ Arthur Spurgeon.
  • Captain Edmond William Claude Gerard De Vere Pery (Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed in France at age 24. He is the Viscount Glentworth and son of the 4th Earl of Limerick.
  • Second Lieutenant George Edward Archibald FitzGeorge Hamilton (Grenadier Guards) is also killed in action today. He is the only son of ‘Sir’ Archibald Hamilton the Baronet and a great grandson of the late Duke of Cambridge. He is 19 years old.
  • Second Lieutenant William Alexander Fleet (Grenadier Guards) is killed in action at age 34. He is the son of the late superintendent of Culver Military Academy, Indiana, USA, a Rhodes Scholar at Magdalen College Oxford and instructor in Classics at Princeton.
  • Private Maurice Lumb (East Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 19. His brother was killed in October 1917.