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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.

Friday 12 April 1918 We Lost 2,461

John Alexander Milne

A British column under General Edwards defeats the Germans at Medo, ninety-five miles from the coast at Port Amelia and begins to pursue the enemy.

An explosion takes place in the engine-room of H.M. Motor Launch 356, and the forward tanks burst into flame. The officer and some of the crew are blown overboard by the explosion and the remainder are quickly driven aft by the flames, and are taken off in a skiff. By this time the flames are issuing from the cabin hatch aft, and there is petrol burning on the surface of the water. It is then realized by the crews of adjacent vessels that the aft petrol tanks and the depth charge are being attacked by the fire, and might explode at any moment. At the moment when others are running away, Lieutenant Commander Keith Robin Hoare DSO DSC RNVR and Sub-Lieutenant Arthur Gerald Bagot DSC RNVR jump into their dinghy, row to the wreck, get on board, and remove the depth charge, thereby preventing an explosion which might have caused serious loss of life among the crowd of English and French sailors on the quay.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple battalion commanders
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A 1st Class Law Tripos at Cambridge in 1914
  • A Baronet
  • A man whose daughter will be born next August
  • A man whose daughter was born on 7th February
  • A Rhodes Scholar
  • A renowned lightweight wrestler
  • A man whose son will be killed in November 1944

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel John Alexander Milne DSO (commanding 36th Australian Infantry) dies of wounds at age 46. He was wounded five times on landing in Gallipoli on 25th April 1915.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Neill Diarmid Campbell (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders commanding 6th Black Watch) is killed in action at age 26. His brother was killed in March 1917.
  • Major Godfrey Hudson MC (Machine Gun Corps) is killed in action at age 24. His older brother was killed in February 1917. They are sons of the Reverend E F W Hudson and Godfrey was 1st Class Law Tripos at Cambridge University in 1914.
  • Captain Hill Wilson White (Royal Army Medical Corps) is killed in action at age 32. He is the son of The Reverend Harry Vere the Bishop of Limerick who lost another son in July 1916.
  • Captain Roger Eykyn Thompson (Hampshire Regiment) is killed at age 40. His brother was killed on Christmas Day 1915.
  • Lieutenant G Gilderthorp (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed in action. His brother was killed yesterday.
  • Lieutenant ‘Sir’ Robert Cecil Muir Mackenzie MC (Durham Light Infantry) is killed at age 26. He became the 5th Baronet upon the death of his father two months earlier.
  • Lieutenant Dan Stalker (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action. His daughter will be born in August.
  • Lieutenant M Chapman MC (Grenadier Guards) is killed. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Arthur Wakefield Chapman.
  • Lieutenant Thomas Edwardes (York and Lancs Regiment) is killed in action. He is the son of the Reverend George Edwardes Vicar of St John’s Toweter Park.
  • Second Lieutenant Leonard Ashworth (York and Lancaster Regiment) is killed in action at age 23. His brother Second Lieutenant George Ashworth was killed in 1916.
  • Second Lieutenant Gordon Lautre Murray (Royal Air Force) is killed when his Sopwith Camel is one of three in his squadron shot down at Merville-Radinghem. He is the son of the Reverend Andrew C Murray and a Rhodes Scholar from South Africa.
  • Second Lieutenant Harley Lionel Adrian Oswald-Hicks (Middlesex Regiment) is killed at age 27. He is the son of the Reverend Thomas William Oswald-Hicks.
  • Second Lieutenant Hugh Lambroughton (Scots Fusiliers) dies of wounds at age 37. His brother will die on service in November.
  • Company Sergeant Major Maxwell Elderkin DCM MM (West Surrey Regiment) is killed at age 30. His two half-brothers have been previously killed in the Great War.
  • Sergeant William Royle DCM (Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 26. His brother was killed in May 1915.
  • Sergeant David Cook MM (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed in action at age 24. His brother was killed in April a year ago.
  • Sergeant Walter Mutimer (Cambridgeshire Regiment) dies of wounds at 26. He was wounded on 16th January and his daughter was born 7th His brother was killed in action on 6th September 1917.
  • Lance Corporal Oliver Curtis New (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 24. His brother was killed on Gallipoli in June 1915.
  • Lance Corporal Phillip Arnold Knights Smith (Bedfordshire Yeomanry) dies of injuries he received in training when a horse fell and rolled over crushing his lungs at home at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend Leslie Knights Smith and he had a brother who was killed in September 1915.
  • Private Matthew Henry Pattinson (Motor Transport Coy. Royal Army Service Corps, attached to VIII Corps Heavy Artillery Army Service Corps) is killed in action by a shell at Ypres. He is a renowned lightweight wrestler. He was at one time the gamekeeper to the Earl of Sefton’s Abbeystead estate and later acted in the same capacity on the Graythwaite Hall estate for the late Colonel T M Sandys MP.
  • Private Peter Craig (Royal Scots Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 18. His brother was killed in December 1915 at Gallipoli.
  • Pioneer Edward Thomas Ford (Royal Engineers) dies of wounds received in action at age 22. His brother will be killed in action in three months.
  • Private Edward Pollard (North Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 30. His younger brother will be killed in 6 weeks.
  • Private Frank Philip Nicholls (Monmouthshire Regiment) is killed. His son will be killed in November 1944.

Thursday 4 April 1918 We Lost 1,098

The destroyer HMS Bittern (Lieutenant Ernest K Loring RNR) is sunk after a collision in the fog off Portland Bill with the SS Kenilworth. Seventy-five members of the crew are killed.

Brigadier General George Norman Bowes Forster CMG DSO General Officer Commanding 42nd Brigade 14th Division is killed in action at age 45.

Lieutenant Colonel Percy Archer Clive DSO (Grenadier Guards commanding 1st/5th Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 35. He is the son of Lady Catherine Clive and the Member of Parliament for South Herefordshire except for 2 years since 1900. His eldest son Major Meysey George Dallas Clive will be killed serving in the Grenadier Guards on 1st May 1943. Another son Lewis Clive will win a rowing gold medal in the 1932 Olympics and was a member of the International Brigade during the Spanish Civil War being killed in action in 1938.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Member or Parliament who will have one son killed in the Second World War and another who will win an Olympic Gold Medal in 1932 be killed as a member of the International Brigade during the Spanish Civil War
  • A General
  • The son of a General
  • Multiple battalion commanders
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The son-in-law of a member of the clergy
  • The grandson of a member of the cleryg
  • Multiple families that will lose two, three and four sons in the Great War
  • The winner of the 1913 Public Schools Middleweight Boxing Competition
  • The son of the 1st Baron Avebury and the father of the 3rd

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Robert Edward Dewing DSO (Royal Engineers commanding 8th Berkshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 27. He is the son of the Reverend Richard Stanley Dewing Vicar of Badwell Ash.
  • Captain Ivan Clarkson MacLean DSO MC (Royal Army Medical Corps attached Rifle Brigade) dies of wounds as a prisoner of war at age 36. He is the son of Major General H I MacLean and has a brother who will be killed in action in five days with the Royal Engineers.
  • Captain William Arthur Crebbin (Rifle Brigade) is killed in action at age 23. He was the winner of the Public Schools Middleweight Boxing Competition in 1913.
  • Lieutenant James Mudie Couper (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed in September 1915.
  • Lieutenant ‘the Honorable’ Harold Fox Pitt Lubbock (Grenadier Guards) is killed in action at age 29. He is the son of the 1st Baron and father of the 3rd Baron Avebury. His younger brother was killed in action in March 1917.
  • Second Lieutenant Cecil Harold Sowerby Ruston (East Kent Regiment) is killed in action at age 31. He is the son-in-law of the late Reverend Frederick Charles Marshall, the former rector of Doddington and grandson of the Reverend Michael Augustus Gathercole vicar of Chatteris.
  • Second Lieutenant Victor Walker (Gloucestershire Regiment attached Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed in action at age 24. He is one of six brothers who served, three of which fell. Second Lieutenant Frederick George Norris (Cheshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 20.  He was an exhibitioner Elect of Jesus College, Oxford. Second Lieutenant Lewis Charles Bagot Chester (Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend John Greville Chester Vicar of Gilling who lost another son in October 1914.
  • Lance Corporal Sidney George Crane (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed. He is the last of three brothers who are killed in the war.
  • Lance Corporal Bert Miller (Essex Regiment) is killed in action one day before his brother meets the same fate.
  • Private John Wightman (Machine Gun Corps) is killed in action at age 23. His brother Major James Wightman (East Surrey Regiment) is mortally wounded the same day and will die in five days.
  • Private Shepley Vickers Smith (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry attached the Rifle Brigade) is killed in action at age 20. His brother also fell.
  • Private Fred Joseph Budgett MM (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 26. His brother will die on service in May 1919.
  • Private Thomas Barlow (Suffolk Regiment) is killed. He has two brothers who will also be killed in the Great War and another brother who will die as a result of his service in 1919.
  • Private Hugh Grahame Henderson (Australian Infantry) dies of wounds at age 18. His brother will be killed in five days.
  • Private Edward Alton Buckley (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 20. His brother will be killed in twelve days.
  • Driver Sidney John Hill (Royal Horse Artillery) is killed at age 24. His brother was killed last December.
  • Private Ernest Stanley Lewis Eddy (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed at age 25. His brother will be killed in the sinking of RMS Leinster in October of this year.

Saturday 16 February 1918 We Lost 244

Ernest Ludlow MC & family

Captain Anthony Lionel Fenwick (Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed at Hulluch while on patrol endeavouring to capture some of the enemy who have been seen near to the part of the line that he is holding. He suddenly comes upon an enemy post and is instantly shot by machine-gun fire. His body will be found in a crater on 23rd March and is buried in the British cemetery near Bethune.  The 24 year old is the second son of Walter Lionel Fenwick JP of Wittam Hall, Bourne, Lincolnshire, and of his wife, Millicent, daughter of the Right Honorable Lord Robert Montagu PC JP DL.  Captain Fenwick was at Cambridge when the War broke out and immediately offered his services and was given a Commission in the Lincolnshire Regiment. In June 1915 he went with his Regiment to Gallipoli as ADC to General Maxwell. He was then attached to the Border Regiment, and on 21st August 1915, after his Colonel and many other Officers had been killed in action on Chocolate Hill, he took command of his Regiment. For his services he was mentioned in Despatches and recommended for the MC. In 1917 he was sent to France and was killed

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • The son-in-law of a Justice of the Peace and Deputy Lieutenant
  • A man who was awarded his Military Cross in the first group to ever receive the award
  • A soldier killed in an air raid on London with his wife and two sons
  • A family that will lose two sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Ernest Ludlow MC (Grenadier Guards) is killed during an air raid on London. While serving as a sergeant he was awarded a Military Cross in the first group to be awarded that decoration.  It is not just Captain Ludlow that is killed, but also his wife (Jessie Sophia), and his two sons (Ernest John, age 10 and Bernard E, age 4). Their house, within the grounds of the Royal Chelsea Hospital is destroyed by three large bombs dropped by one of six Gothas that have got through the London defenses. The family is buried with a memorial erected by the officers of the Grenadier Guards ‘In affectionate remembrance of a brave and esteemed colleague’.
  • Lieutenant John Peter Bevan Harold (Royal Field Artillery attached Royal Flying Corps) dies of wounds at age 23. His brother was killed in the sinking of HMS Hogue in 1914.

Saturday 1 December 1917 We Lost 1,440

Alastair Malcolm McReady-Diamid

By today the impetus of the German advance is lost, but continued pressure will lead to the German capture of La Vacquerie in two days and the withdrawal of the British from the east of the St Quentin canal. The Germans have reached a line looping from the ridge at Quentin to near Marcoing. Their capture of Bonvais ridge makes the British hold on Bourlon precarious. Gonnelieu southwest of Cambrai is recovered though British forces withdraw from Masnieres as German counter attacks continue at Cambrai. The enemy attacks heavily at Bourlon Wood and claim 4,000 prisoners and 60 guns captured. While attacking Gauche Wood from the south-west the 18th King George’s Own Lancers fight on foot. The tanks that are supposed to accompany them are late in arriving (07:15 hours) and then become lost in the grey morning light. The Lancers though advance into the wood where they find men from the Grenadier Guards already fighting their way in from Gouzeaucourt. Machine gun nests are dealt with by the returning tanks which patrol the perimeter of the wood. To get into the wood the Grenadiers have chosen the tactic of running as fast as they can. The German gunners cannot get the range right and the casualties are light. Still with all of their senior officers gone the Grenadiers put themselves under the direction of the Lancers who organise the consolidation of Gauche Wood.

  • Captain George Henry Tatham Paton (Grenadier Guards) dies of wounds at age 22 while performing acts that will win him the Victoria Cross for his part in numerous counter attacks in the face of heavy machine gun fire until he was mortally wounded.
  • Captain John Bernard Mary Burke (Grenadier Guards) dies of wounds at age 25. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Henry Farnham Burke and the great grandson of John Burke founder, author and editor of Burke’s Peerage.
  • Lieutenant Philip Anthony Assheton Harbord MC (Grenadier Guards) is killed in action at age 20. His brother will die of wounds in July 1918 and a nephew will died of wounds in September 1919.
  • Lieutenant Bertram John Hubbard MC (Grenadier Guards) is killed in action at age 22. He is the son of the Honorable Evelyn Hubbard Member of Parliament for Lambeth and Director of the Bank of England and grandson of the 1st Baron Addington.
  • Second Lieutenant Stephen Hetley Pearson (Grenadier Guards) is killed at age 35. His twin will die on service in Egypt next November.
  • Second Lieutenant Richard Charles Denman (Grenadier Guards) is killed at age 21. He is the grandson of the 1st Baron Denman of Dovedale

Attacking the Quentin Mill (from which General de Lisle had made his hasty exit the day before) the Coldstream Guards and four tanks have little difficulty in gaining their objective though at the cost of three of the tanks. The 3rd Guards Brigade has been given the objective of taking Gonnelieu itself and attack with the Welsh Guards on the right and the Grenadier Guards on the left. The Welsh are brought to a halt at the top of the ridge in front of Gonnelieu with two thirds of their men being downed by the constant stream of fire from German Machine Gun positions in the old British trenches. At this moment the only surviving tank of four with the battalion rolls into action cruising along the trench spraying the Germans with all her Lewis guns. The Germans begin to surrender and the Welshmen seize the opportunity to grab the crest of the ridge. The Grenadiers manage to fight their way into Gonnelieu village but they arrive just as the Germans themselves had been preparing their next assault and are thus feeding the area with reinforcements. Faced by superior numbers the Grenadiers withdraw to a covering position alongside the Welsh Guards.

  • Captain Reginald Percy Loyd MC (Coldstream Guards) is killed in action at age 22. He is the son of the Honorable Mrs. E Loyd.
  • Second Lieutenant Thomas Harry Basil Webb (Welsh Guards) is killed at age 19. He is the son of Lieutenant Colonel ‘Sir’ Henry Webb the 1st Baronet and his nephew Roger Christopher Arthur Watson will be killed in World War II.

At El Burf, Palestine, when the enemy in large number have managed to crawl up to within 30 yards of our firing line and with bombs and automatic rifles are keeping down the fire of our machine guns, Second Lieutenant Stanley Henry Parry Boughey (Royal Scots Fusiliers) rushes forward alone with bombs right up to the enemy, killing many and causing the surrender of a party of 30.  As he turns to go back for more bombs he is mortally wounded at the moment when the enemy is surrendering. He will die of his wounds in three days. For his actions on this day he will be awarded the Victoria Cross.

German East Africa is cleared of enemy forces as Lettow-Borbeck retires across the Rovuma River into Portuguese territory.

Yesterday at the Moeuvres Sector, France, when the enemy penetrated into our position, and the situation is extremely critical, Captain Allastair Malcolm Cluny McReady-Diarmid VC (Middlesex Regiment) leads his company through a heavy barrage and immediately engages the enemy and drives them back at least 300 yards, causing numerous casualties and taking 27 prisoners. Today the enemy again attacks and drives back another company which has lost all its officers. The captain calls for volunteers, and leading the attack, again drives them back. It is entirely due to his throwing of bombs that the ground is regained, but he is eventually killed by a bomb. For his efforts on these two days he will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • A great grandson of John Burke founder, author and editor of Burke’s Peerage
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • A man whose nephew will be killed
  • The son of a Member of Parliament and Director of the Bank of England
  • The grandson of the 1st Baron Addington
  • A man whose twin will die on service
  • A grandson of the 1st Baron Dovedale
  • The son of a Baronet
  • The uncle of a man who will be killed in the Second World War
  • A man whose son will be killed in the Second World War
  • Multiple Military Chaplains
  • A battalion commander
  • A man whose daughter will be born next year
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The grandson of former Prime Minister Lord Salisbury
  • A Australian Rules footballer
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • One of the Herder brothers memorialized on the trophy to the Newfoundland and Labrador Senior Ice Hockey Champions every year

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Malcolm Docherty DSO (commanding Lord Strathcona’s Horse) is killed in action at age 40 while leading a charge. He served in the South Africa War as a Sergeant.
  • Lieutenant Randle William Gascoyne-Cecil (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 28. His daughter will be born in July 1918. His two brothers will also be killed during the Great War the first in July 1915 the second in August 1918 and they are sons of the Right Reverend Lord William Cecil Bishop of Exeter and grandsons of the former Prime Minister Lord Salisbury.
  • Lieutenant John Charles William Pinney (Royal Fusiliers attached Central India Horse) is killed at age 21. He is the son of the Honorable Mrs. Pinney.
  • Lieutenant Donald Fairfax Mackenson (HMS Tower) drowns on service with Gunner John Henry Burton DSC. Mackeson is the son of Payton Temple Mackenson, JP.
  • Second Lieutenant Arthur J Herder (Newfoundland Regiment) is killed at age 32. His brother was killed in July 1916 and they are memorialized on the Herder Memorila Trophy which is awarded annually to the Newfoundland and Labrador senior ice hockey Champions.
  • Chaplain the Reverend Thomas Howell (attached Shropshire Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 33.
  • Chaplain the Reverend Oswald Addenbrooke Holden (attached 60th Infantry Brigade) is killed at age 43. He is the Vicar of Penn and the son of the Reverend Oswald Mangin Holden Rector of Steeple Langford who will lose another son in Italy next October.
  • Sergeant Thomas Newby (Welsh Regiment) is killed in Palestine at age 38. His son will lose his life in the Second World War in April 1941.
  • Sergeant Otto Lowenstern (Lord Strathcona’s Horse) is killed at age 28. He is an Australian rules footballer who played with St Kilda in the Victorian Football League. Lowenstern spent both the 1910 and 1911 seasons playing in the VFL. He appeared once in 1910 while playing 11 games in 1911.
  • Corporal Bertram William Bloy (London Regiment) dies of wounds at age 22. His brother was killed in June 1916. Lance Corporal Walter Edwards (Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 21. His brother was killed in March of this year.
  • Private Hugh Williams (Newfoundland Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in October 1916.
  • Private Percy Freshwater (Essex Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in August 1915 on Gallipoli.
  • Private Arthur John Byard (Royal Army Medical Corps) dies of wounds at age 37. His brother will die of wounds next March.
  • Private Thomas Henry Brocklehurst (Army Service Corps) dies on service at home at age 23. His brother was killed in action in October 1915.
  • Private Thomas William Carr (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed. His brother will be killed in September 1918.

Friday 30 November 1917 We Lost 3,204

 

Bradford brothers 2 Victoria Crosses 3 lost in the War

The Germans attack at 07:00 and almost immediately the majority of III Corps divisions are heavily engaged. The initial speed of the German infantry’s advance is completely unexpected by the British. The commands of 29th and 12th Divisions are almost captured, with Brigadier-General Vincent having to fight free from his own encircled headquarters and then grab men from any retreating units to try to halt the Germans. In the south the German advance spread across eight miles and come within a few miles of the vital village of Metz and its link to Bourlon. At Bourlon itself the Germans meet stiffer resistance. The British have assigned eight divisions worth of fire support to the ridge and the Germans suffer heavy casualties. Despite this the Germans close and there is fierce fighting. British units display reckless determination – one group of eight British machine guns fires over 70,000 rounds in their efforts to stem the German advance around Bourlon.

The concentration of British effort to hold the ridge is impressive but it allows the German advance elsewhere greater opportunities. Only the fortunate arrival of British tanks and the fall of night allow the line to be held.

The Grenadier Guards meet the enemy and counter attack in the direction of Gauche Wood.  They capture 3 field guns and a great number of machine guns at the cost of 25 NCO’s and men killed, 11 missing and 115 wounded.

Lieutenant (Acting Captain) Walter Napleton Stone VC (Royal Fusiliers) is killed performing acts that will be rewarded with a posthumous Victoria Cross at age 25.  Captain Stone returned to England from Canada on the outbreak of the War and joined the Inns of Court OTC in November 1914. The following month he went to Sandhurst, and was gazetted to Royal Fusiliers in May 1915. He became Lieutenant in March 1916 and Acting Captain the following November. He left for France in September 1915 and four months afterwards was appointed Acting Staff Captain to the 5th Brigade Headquarters.  He is killed in action between Bourlon Wood and Mceuvres, when in command of a Company in an isolated position, 1,000 yards in front of the main line, and overlooking the enemy’s position. He observes the enemy massing for an attack and affords invaluable information to Battalion Headquarters. He is ordered to withdraw his Company, leaving a rearguard to cover the withdrawal. The attack develops with unexpected speed. Captain Stone sends three Platoons back and remains with the rearguard himself. He stands on the parapet with a telephone under a tremendous bombardment, observes the enemy, and continues to send back valuable information until the wire is cut by his orders. The rearguard is eventually surrounded and cut to pieces, and Captain Stone is seen fighting to the last, until he is shot through the head.

Major ‘the Honorable’ Robert Nathaniel Dudley Ryder (Hussars) is killed instantaneously by a sniper while holding up a big enemy attack just after the Germans have broken through at Gouzeaucourt at age 34. He is the youngest son of the 4th Earl of Harrowby and brother of the fifth Earl. Major Ryder went direct from Harrow to join the 4th North Staffordshire Militia in the South African War and received his Commission in Hussars in 1900. He received the Queen’s and King’s Medals with five clasps. In 1905 he went to South Australia as ADC to ‘Sir’ G R le Hunte, returning to England in 1908. He was Adjutant to the Norfolk Yeomanry from 1909 to 1913. He went to the Front with his Regiment in October 1914 and remained there for three years.

Captain Andrew E McKeever (Royal Flying Corps) with his observer, Second Lieutenant L A Powell in a Bristol F2b record four victories over Albatros D.V’s between 11:50 and 11:55 south of Cambrai.

Private Frederick George Dancox VC (Worcestershire Regiment) is struck in the head by a piece of shrapnel and instantly killed at age 38. On 9th October he captured forty Germans and a machine gun in a pillbox at Poelcappelle for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple Victoria Cross winners
  • A son of the 4th Earl of Harrowby
  • A General
  • The son of a General
  • The grandson of a General
  • Multiple families that will lose two, three and four sons in the Great War
  • The son of a Baronet
  • A battalion commander
  • A cousin of the actor ‘Sir’ John Gielgud
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A Derbyshire cricketer
  • Multiple sons of Justices of the Peace
  • A member of the 1908 Scottish Olympic Bronze medal winning Field Hockey team
  • A student at Princeton University in the United States
  • A son of the popular author J E Preston Muddock
  • A man whose son will be killed in the Second World War
  • A man whose stepsons were killed together in July 1916
  • A West Ham footballer
  • The brother of twins who will be killed within days of each other next March

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Brigadier General Roland Boys Bradford VC General Officer Commanding 186th Brigade 62nd Division is killed in action at age 25. He had been awarded the Victoria Cross as Lieutenant Colonel commanding the 9th Durham Light Infantry on the Somme on 1st October 1916.  His brother Lieutenant George Bradford (Royal Navy) will be killed in action at Zeebrugge on 23rd April 1918 performing acts that will win him the Victoria Cross also.  A third brother, Lieutenant James Bradford died of wounds on 14th May of this year.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Archibald Primrose Liston-Foulis (attached Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed in action at age 43. He is the son of the late ‘Sir’ John Liston-Foulis, the 9th
  • Lieutenant Colonel Henry Lex Francis Adam Gielgud MC (commanding 7th Norfolk Regiment) is killed in action at age 36. He is a cousin of the actor ‘Sir’ John Gielgud.
  • Major Isham Percy Smith DSO (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 27. He is the son of the late Major General Percy Smith.
  • Captain Ralph Nevill Lendon Buckmaster (North Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend Charles John Buckmaster Vicar of Hindley who will lose another son in September 1918.
  • Captain John Walter Ewbank MC (Border Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed in February 1916 and they are sons of the Reverend John Ewbank Rector of Bolton.
  • Captain Norman Algeo (Leinster Regiment) is killed at Tincourt at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend Lewis Algeo.
  • Lieutenant Guy Denis Wilson (Royal Field Artillery) is killed on his 35th He played cricket for Derbyshire from 1902 to 1905 and is the son of Arthur Wilson JP.
  • Lieutenant Charles Herbert Gribble (East Kent Regiment) is killed at age 28. His brother will die on service in November 1919.
  • Lieutenant Noel Henry Fairfax Durant (Irish Guards) is killed at age 29. He is the son of the Honorable Mrs. Charles Richard Durant.
  • Lieutenant Douglas Knox Brown MC (Highland Light Infantry attached Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 22. He is the son of the late Reverend John Knox Brown.
  • Lieutenant Ivan Laing MC (Coldstream Guards) is killed at age 32. In 1908 he was a member of the Scottish bronze medal men’s field hockey team.
  • Second Lieutenant Frank Nisbett (South Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 18. He is the son of G H Nisbett JP.
  • Second Lieutenant Donald Neil Campbell Ross (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend G A Johnston Ross DD of the Union Theological Seminary New York City and volunteered for service while a student at Princeton University in 1916.
  • Second Lieutenant Gilbert Lewis Lloyd (London Regiment) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend William Robert Lloyd Vicar of Lanstephen.
  • Second Lieutenant Jasper Milton Preston Muddock (Shropshire Yeomanry) is killed at age 29. His brother was killed in September 1916 and they are sons of the author J E Preston Muddock author of nearly 300 detective and mystery stories who was almost as popular as Arthur Conan Doyle in his time.
  • Second Lieutenant James Hoste Welldon (East Kent Regiment) is killed at age 19. He is the grandson of Major General Dixon Edward Hoste.
  • Sergeant James Lynch (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed in action. His son will be killed serving in the Royal Air Force in September 1940.
  • Private John Dale (Coldstream Guards) is killed at age 18. He is the middle of three brothers who will be killed in a six month period.
  • Private Ernest Henry Dowling (Berkshire Regiment) is killed in action at Cambrai at age 40. His stepsons were killed in the same regiment serving together on the same day in July 1916.
  • Private Howard Prentice (Middlesex Regiment) is killed at age 22. His older brother was killed 5 weeks earlier while his younger brother will die as a result of his military service in 1920.
  • Private Eugene Harris (Newfoundland Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother will be killed in September 1918.
  • Private Alex Farquhar MM (Norfolk Regiment) becomes the 3rd of four brothers to lose his life in the Great War when he is killed at age 29 in Bourlon Wood.
  • Rifleman Frank Nunn (London Regiment) is killed. His brother was killed in October 1916.
  • Private William Baigrie (Highland Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 27. His brother will be killed in May 1918.
  • Private Frederick James Chiverton (Hampshire Regiment) is killed at age 34. His brother was killed last April.
  • Private Sidney George Ellis (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 26. His brother was killed last February.
  • Private William Glenfred Hayward MM (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 27. His brother was killed last June.
  • Private John Henry Long (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed in July 1915.
  • Private Edward Arthur James Stallard (London Regiment) is killed in action. He is a footballer for West Ham United who scored in his debut against Millwall in April 1914.
  • Private Thomas John Gallienne (Royal Guernsey Light Infantry) is killed at age 35. His twin brothers will be killed within two days of each other in March next year.
  • Private Frank James Tugwell (East Surrey Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother was killed last month.
  • Private George Knock MM (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed at age 29. His is the last of three brothers who are killed in the Great War.

Tuesday 27 November 1917 We Lost 1,152

Arthur Middleton Kinnaird

The final British effort at Cambrai is launched today by the 62nd Division aided by thirty tanks. Early success is soon reversed by a German counter rattack. The British now hold a salient roughly 11 km by 9.5 km with its front along the crest of the ridge.

The Turks in Palestine launch a counterattack in Palestine against Nebi Samwil, but the British hold.

Sergeant John Harold Rhodes VC DCM MM (Grenadier Guards) is killed in action at age 26. His Victoria Cross award was listed in the London Gazette four days earlier for actions in the Battle of Poelcapelle when he accounted for several enemy with his rifle as well as by Lewis gun fire, and, upon seeing three enemy leave a “pill-box” he went out single-handed through our own barrage and hostile machine-gun fire, and effected an entry into the “pill-box”. He there captured nine enemy including a forward observation officer connected by telephone with his battery. He brought back these prisoners together with valuable information.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The son of a Baronet
  • The son of the 11th Baron Kinnaird
  • A Military Chaplain

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain William Alexander Silvertop (Hussars) is killed at age 32. His brother was killed last May.
  • Captain Alexander John Maxwell Gordon (London Regiment) is killed at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend Edward George Gordon Vicar of St John’s Lambeth.
  • Captain George Alfred Guest Hewitt (York and Lancs Regiment) is killed in action at age 24. He is the son of the 1st
  • Lieutenant Gavin Patrick Bowes-Lyon (Grenadier Guards) is killed in action at age 20. He is the son of the Honorable Patrick and Honorable Mrs. P Bowes-Lyon.
  • Lieutenant John Fortescue Worsley (Grenadier Guards) is killed in action at age 28. His older brother had been killed in the same battalion of the same regiment in September 1915.
  • Lieutenant ‘the Honorable’ Arthur Middleton Kinnaird MC (Scots Guards) is killed in action at age 32. He is the son of the 11th Baron Kinnaird and had a brother who was killed in October 1914.
  • Lieutenant Geoffrey Bernard FitzRoy Samuelson MC (Coldstream Guards) MC is killed in action at age 20. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Herbert Samuelson KBE and a former Etonian.
  • Second Lieutenant Alan Webster Shann (West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 20. His brother was killed on the first day of the battle of Somme.
  • Chaplain Robert John Monteith (attached Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds at age 40.
  • Sergeant John Sheehan (Newfoundland Regiment) dies at home at age 21. His brother was killed in July 1917.
  • Lance Corporal Geoffrey Alfred Sutton (Irish Guards) dies of wounds received at Bourlon Wood at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend Edwin Sutton Vicar of Eaton Bray.
  • Private Ernest Edward Wilce (Coldstream Guards) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed last November.
  • Private Francis William Brown (Coldstream Guards) is killed one month after his brother was killed.
  • Private Charlie Hey (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed in action at age 24. His brother was killed in August of this year.
  • Private David Walton (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed in action at age 20. He has two brothers who will die in the Great War.

Wednesday 31 October 1917 We Lost 963

General Allenby’s forces entrenched on the Gaza-Beersheba line, behind the road and the towns, the XXth Corps (10th, 53rd, 60th and 74th Divisions) of the west, and the Desert Mounted Corps on the East.  This evening, the 4th Australian Light Horse Brigade charges over the Turkish trenches and into the town of Beersheba.  The 4th Australian Light Horse led by General W. Grant charges and takes Beersheba and its valuable water wells, a charge that reminds many of the Charge of the Light Brigade in 1854. The Light Horse force of 800 loses only 31 killed and 36 wounded most casualties from hand-to-hand combat in the trenches, not from the cavalry charge.

The 4th Australian Light Horse Brigade, in three lines about 400 yards apart, crest the ridge four miles south of the town. The men ride with bayonets drawn.  Commencing at a trot, the lines spread out until there is a space of about five yards between each trooper.  The Turkish guns immediately open fire, and some casualties are taken. Suddenly it is noticed that the Australians are under the range of the Turkish artillery. The Turks have their guns set at long range and the Light Horsemen are charging faster than the ranges can be reset. When they reach the trenches they do not stop. They jump over, reign up and dismount.  The Light Horse is not considered cavalry they are actually mounted infantry and while they may ride into battle, they dismount to fight.  They then go to work with both bayonet and rifle.

The Turks are totally dismayed at what has happened. Morale is broken and many flee. Several Australian squadrons find that they are able to go straight through the defenses and on into the town itself.

  • Lieutenant Alaric Pinder Boor (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry attached Royal Flying Corps) dies of wounds at Beersheba at age 25. He is a Rhodes Scholar.
  • Trooper Albert Cotter (Australian Light Horse) who is killed at age 33. He is an Australian cricketer who played in 21 Tests between 1904 and 1912 along with 113 first class matches. While regarded as the fastest of his era in Australia (his pace saw him nicknamed “Terror’ Cotter” by English fans) he did not always have the control to back it up. He took eight or more wickets in a match four times from his 21 Tests and his strike rate of 52 ranks up with the best. Cotter joined the AIF in April 1915. The enlistment of a former sporting champion was seen as powerful publicity for the AIF recruiting campaign. Despite having no great riding ability, he was accepted into the Australian Light Horse and he took a late part in the Gallipoli campaign. Cotter is at Beersheba as a stretcher-bearer. At the end of the charge, as troops dismount to engage the enemy, a Turk shot Cotter dead at close range while serving as a stretcher bearer.

Beginning at 05:50 the Bedfordshire Regiment is involved in an attack near Westrozebeke, northwest of Ypres but the movement goes bad due to the depth of the mud as deep as up to men’s knees.  To make matters worse the Germans are anticipating the attack and once it commences they bring heavy shelling to bear on the advancing British troops. Those who are not caught in the barrage cannot move and are shot by German snipers while stuck in the mud.

Today’s losses include:

  • Two Rhodes Scholars
  • An Australian cricketer
  • A man whose father will die on service in 1919
  • A man whose father was killed in January 1916 as a battalion commander
  • The grandson of a Baronet
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • Two Military Chaplain
  • The on only lost of a family that supplied seven sons to service
  • A man whose twin was killed earlier this year
  • A holder of the Indian Royal Humane Society Medal for life saving
  • The son of a member of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Acting Major Stewart Athur Rodney-Ricketts MC (Royal Field Artillery) becomes the second Rhodes Scholar killed today when he is lost at age 23.
  • Captain Percy James Belcher (Alberta Regiment) is killed at age 27. His father will die on service in February 1919.
  • Lieutenant Dering John Jasper Radcliffe (Grenadier Guards) is killed in action at age 22. He had been wounded in the head in 1915 at Neuve Chapelle and lost an eye yet returned to fight at the front when medically released. His father was killed commanding the 10th Essex Regiment in January 1916.
  • Lieutenant Philip Gregory Hickman (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 20. He is the grandson of ‘Sir’ Alfred Hickman 1st
  • Lieutenant William Lefevre Oxley Parker (Royal Field Artillery attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 22. He is the grandson of ‘Sir’ William Farrer.
  • Lieutenant Walter de Courcey Dodd (Munster Fusiliers attached Royal Flying Corps) dies of wounds received this day as a prisoner of war at age 21. He has two brothers that also lose their lives in the Great War, the first in November 1916 the second one year to the day from this day.
  • Lieutenant James Douglas Godfrey (HMS Attentive) dies on service at age 39. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for “coolness under fire” while serving on HMS Arethusa in 1914.
  • Chaplain the Reverend Cecil Langdon (attached Border Regiment) is killed in action at age 35.
  • Chaplain Wilfroid John Harding MC (attached Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) is killed at age 31.
  • Corporal Ernest Douglas Jenkins (Royal Army Medical Corps) is killed at age 20. He is the youngest of seven brothers who served.
  • Corporal C H Underhill (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed in action at age 28. His brother was killed in August 1916.
  • Private James Tolworthy (East Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother will be killed in March 1918.
  • Gunner Arthur John Bodley (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 26. His brother was killed in February.
  • Private Ernest John Flynn (Gloucestershire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 22. His twin brother was killed in June of this year.
  • Private Albert Rhodes (Canadian Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 36. He is the first of three brothers who are killed in the Great War.
  • Gunner Frank Summerville Liles (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 37. His brother will be killed in May 1918.
  • Private Thomas Ellery (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed at age 20 in Mesopotamia. He was awarded the Indian Royal Humane Society Medal for life saving on the Tigris River.
  • Private Maurice Patrick Walther (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 27. His brother will be killed in June next year.
  • Gunner Lawrence Tremaine Wilkinson (Canadian Field Artillery) is killed at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend William James Wilkinson.

Tuesday 30 October 1917 We Lost 1,985

Talbot Mercier Papineau

Alexander Docoteau

Major Talbot Mercier Papineau MC (Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 34.  He is a great grandson of the leader of the 1837 rebellion against British rule, though a strong proponent of greater French Canadian support of the Great War. He was also a Rhodes Scholar.

Lieutenant Hugh McDonald McKenzie DCM (Canadian Machine Gun Corps) is in charge of a section of four machine guns accompanying an infantry in an attack at Meetscheele Spur, near Passchendaele. Seeing that all the officers and most of the NCOs of an infantry company have become casualties and that the men are hesitating before a nest of enemy machine-guns, the lieutenant hands over his command to an NCO, rallies the infantry, organizes an attack and captures the strong-point. He then leads a frontal attack on a pill-box which is causing casualties. The pill-box is captured but he is killed. For his efforts Lieutenant McKenzie will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross.

Private Alexander Decoteau (Alberta Regiment) a Cree track and field athlete is killed in action at age 28.  He finished eighth in the 5,000-meter race at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics. He became the first Native American Police officer in Canada in 1909 and the first motorcycle police constable becoming a Sergeant before enlisting in the army. He is also a member of the Edmonton Sports Hall of Fame.

Sergeant Frederick John Griffiths (Sherwood Foresters) is killed in action at age 44. He is a Welsh association football player as a goalkeeper, he won two caps for the Welsh national team. Griffiths began his career with the Blackpool-based club South Shore. He went on to play for other Lancashire-based clubs Clitheroe, Blackpool and Stalybridge Rovers. In 1900, while on the books of Blackpool, he played for Wales in international matches against Scotland and England, making him the first Blackpool player to win an international cap. He later moved south to join Millwall Athletic before moving across London to join Tottenham Hotspur, then playing in the Southern Football League. In 1901 Griffiths returned to Lancashire to join Preston North End of The Football League. He made ten league appearances for the club before once more returning to London to play for West Ham United in 1902. He replaced William Biggar in goal after Biggar conceded five goals in a defeat to Wellingborough Town, and remained the club’s first-choice goalkeeper for two seasons. In the summer of 1904 he joined New Brompton, where he spent two seasons, making over 50 first team appearances and serving as club.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • A Rhodes scholar and great grandson of the 1837 rebellion leader in Canada
  • A 1912 Olympian and member of the Edmonton Sports Hall of Fame
  • A Welsh football international
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • A man whose father died on service as Bandmaster of the Grenadier Guards
  • A man whose father will be killed in the Oct 1918 sinking of RMS Leinster
  • A Military Chaplain
  • An actor
  • A nephew of the 1st Chairman of the Essex County Council
  • Multiple sons of member of the clergy
  • The son of a writer
  • The son of a Baronet
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • A man whose nephew will be killed in the Second World War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Arnold Edwin Bare MVO (London Regiment) is killed at age 36. He commanded the Guard of Honor to the King in August 1916 and is a holder of the Territorial Force Efficiency Medal. He joined the Artist Rifles in 1897 and volunteered for overseas service on 4th August 1914 and went to France in October 1914. His son will be killed in February 1944.
  • Lieutenant Harold Edward Agar (Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry) is killed in action by a sniper at age 26. His brother will die of wounds as a prisoner of war next August.
  • Lieutenant Guy Masterman Helme (Coldstream Guards) dies of wounds at age 19. His brother was killed last June.
  • Lieutenant Hedley Bruce New (Essex Regiment attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 24. His brother will be killed in May 1918.
  • Lieutenant Andrew Johnston (Royal Field Artillery attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed. He is the nephew of ‘Sir’ Andrew Johnston 1st Chairman of the Essex County Council and ‘Sir’ R Chalmers.
  • Lieutenant Robert Arthur Abbs Simpson (Northumberland Fusiliers) dies of wounds received in action at age 38. He is the son of the Reverend Robert Simpson.
  • Lieutenant John Murray (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) is killed at age 25. He is the son of the writer John Murray.
  • Lieutenant Wilfred Dann (Gloucestershire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 32. His brother was killed in August 1916.
  • Lieutenant Mark Webber Williams (Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry) is killed at age.24. His brother will die on service in 1920.
  • Chaplain the Reverend Harry Dickinson (attached London Regiment) is killed in action at age 32.
  • Second Lieutenant Donald Vaughan (Liverpool Regiment) is killed at age 24. His father Frank Vaughan will be killed kin the sinking of RMS Leinster in October next year.
  • Second Lieutenant Ralph George Barnes (London Regiment) is killed in action at age 32. His brother was killed in November 1914.
  • Sergeant James Henry Stanners (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 32. He is a long time member of the actors companies of ‘Sir’ Frank Benson and Laurence Irving.
  • Lance Corporal James Outram Morris (London Regiment) is killed at age 31. He is the son of the Reverend William Morris Vicar of Sydenham.
  • Lance Corporal Edward Ducarel Palmer (London Regiment) is killed at age 20. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Frederick Archdale Palmer 6th
  • Lance Corporal Horace Percy Bridge (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 22. His brother was killed twenty-six days earlier.
  • Acting Lance Corporal Ernest Henry Aldwinckle (Princess Patricia’s Light Infantry) is killed at Passchendaele Ridge at age 29. His brother was killed last year at Beaumont Hamel.
  • Private Oscar John Boon (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed in January 1915.
  • Private William Patterson (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 24 in Palestine. His brother died on service in September
  • Private Francis O T Matthews (British Columbia Regiment) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the late Reverend George Matthews.
  • Private Leonard Charles Methuen (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) is killed at age 25. His brother will be killed in September 1918.
  • Private William Erin Miller (London Regiment) is killed at age 31. He is the son of William Francis Miller JP and his nephew Squadron Leader William Erin Miller Dean will be killed in January 1945.
  • Private Harold Penry Garnons Williams (London Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed on HMS Hampshire last year and they are sons of the Reverend Arthur Garnons Williams.
  • Private Victor Hampden Heron (London Regiment) is killed at age 22. He assisted in making anti-tetanus serum for the troops.
  • Rifleman William S F Edwards (London Regiment) is killed at age 19. His father died on service as a Bandsman in the Grenadier Guards in October 1915.
  • Private William Niven Steadman (Alberta Regiment) dies at age 27. His brother was killed in April of this year and they are sons of the Reverend W Steadman.
  • Private William Clare Sample (Alberta Regiment) is killed in action at age 28 during an enemy artillery barrage just four days after his birthday and the day his younger brother was killed.

Sunday 14 October 1917 We Lost 796

The submarine E45 (Lieutenant Commander G R S Watkins) torpedoes and sinks the German submarine UC-62 off Portland.

Today’s losses include:

  • A battalion commander
  • The son of a General
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • The son of a Baronet
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • A Blackburn Rovers footballer

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major (Acting Lieutenant Colonel) Frederick Vivian Thompson DSO (Royal Engineers commanding 9th Essex Regiment) dies of wounds at age 37. He is the son of Major General Charles Thompson.
  • Captain Sacheverel Darwin Wilmot (Royal Garrison Artillery) dies while serving in India at age 33. He is the son of the Reverend Darwin Wilmot.
  • Lieutenant John Vernon Campbell-Orde (Cameron Highlanders) dies at home. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Arthur J Campbell-Orde, the 4th
  • Lance Corporal Frederick John Staines (Royal Fusiliers) dies of wounds. His brother will die in the last week of the war.
  • Private Leo George Skidmore (Grenadier Guards) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed in September 1916.
  • Private George Herbert Easton MSM (Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother will die at home in November 1918.
  • Gunner Edwin Gladstone Latheron (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 30. He is a footballer for the Blackburn Rovers who helped them win the Football League title in both 1912 and 1914 while scoring 94 goals in more than 250 matches, who also earned two caps for England in 1913 and 1914.
  • Private Frank Adamson (Cheshire Regiment) is killed in Baghdad at age 22. His brother will be killed next June.
  • Private Hugo Campbell Bazell (Grenadier Guards) is killed at age 38. His brother was killed last June.