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Sunday 15 April 1917 – We Lost 1,418

Arthur Keedwell Harvey-James

The hired transport Cameronia is torpedoed and sunk one hundred fifty miles east from Malta.  She is carrying 2,650 reinforcements for Mesopotamia from Marseilles via Alexandria, and at least one hundred twenty seven of the soldiers on board are lost and their bodies never recovered.  Survivors are picked up by the escorting destroyer HMS Rifleman the remainder being picked up the following morning by a sloop sent from Malta.

The hired transport Arcadian is torpedoed and sunk. She is carrying 1,335 troops and crew and is proceeding from Salonika to Alexandria and is in the southern Aegean, twenty six miles northeast of Milo. The troops have just finished a boat-drill when a submarine approaches and fires a torpedo causing the ship to sink in six minutes. Two hundred seventy seven men drown in the sinking including nineteen army officers.

  • Major Crathorn Edward Isham Charlton Anne (Royal Flying Corps) drowns at age 24. He is recommended for the Victoria Cross for attempting to save others. He is the grandson of ‘Sir’ Thomas Parkyns Baronet and cousin of Brigadier General Charlton.
  • Rifleman Walter James Newnham (Rifle Brigade) killed at age 24. His brother will be killed in action in October 1918.

Lieutenant Charles Pope VC (Australian Infantry) is killed in action performing acts that will win him a posthumous Victoria Cross at age 34.  When in command of a very important piquet position the sector held by his battalion he is ordered to hold this post at all costs. After the post has been heavily attacked, the enemy in greatly superior numbers, surround the post.  Lieutenant Pope finding that he is running out of ammunition sends back for further supplies.  But the situation culminates before it could arrive, and in the hope of saving the position he is seen charging into the superior enemy for with his piquet.

Today’s losses include:

  • A playwright
  • The grandson of a Baronet
  • The son of a General
  • A cousin of a General
  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • A man recommended for a Victoria Cross
  • Multiple families that will lose two, three and four sons in the Great War
  • A man whose letters from the front will be privately published
  • The son of Viscount Molesworth
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A man whose brother and his family will be killed during the blitz in September 1940

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel John Puckle DSO (Army Service Corps) is killed at age 48. His brother was killed in the first month of the war in Africa.
  • Captain Wilfred Joseph Bunbury (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 35. He is the son of Lady Harriot Bunbury.
  • Captain Theodore Anthony Brown MC (East Kent Regiment) is killed at age 27. His letters from the front were privately published as a book A Year in the Salient. His brother was killed in November 1915.
  • Captain Arthur Keedwell Harvey James (East Kent Regiment) is killed at age 41. He is the playwright Arthur Scott Craven.  His works include The last of the English a play in four acts, published in 1910.
  • Lieutenant ‘the Honorable’ Charles Willoughby Murray Molesworth (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) is killed at age 19. He is the son of the Viscount Molesworth.
  • Lieutenant Gerald Mercer Renny (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 21. He is the son of Major General Sidney Mercer Renny CSI CIE.
  • Second Lieutenant Augustus William Howell (Rifle Brigade) is killed in action at age 37. He is the son of the Reverend Alfred James Howell of Wyke Vicarage, Bradford.
  • Second Lieutenant Henry Charles Hamerton Gould (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend Charles Hamerton Gould Rector of Fawley.
  • Second Lieutenant Paul Archer May (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother will be killed in August 1918 and they are sons of the Reverend Frederick Granville May Rector of Cardynham.
  • Corporal William Edward Stillman (Australian Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 27. His brother was killed last July.
  • Lance Corporal Edwin Real Bennett (Devonshire Regiment) dies on service at age 26. His brother was killed at Jutland last year.
  • Rifleman Ernest William Desaleux (Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 23. He is the middle of three brothers who will be killed in 1917 while a fourth brother will be killed in September 1940 in a German Air Raid along with his wife and two children.
  • Private John Murray (Australian Infantry) is killed in action. His brother will be killed in October.
  • Acting Bombardier James William Bourner (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 29. He is the first of three brothers all who are serving in the Royal Artillery who will be killed over a four month period.
  • Gunner T Douglas (Royal Field Artillery) is killed. He is the second of four brothers who are killed in the war.

Wednesday 31 May 1916 – We Lost 5,892

Battle of Jutland

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

Today’s losses include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Losses on HMS Lion

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

Forty-six Midshipmen are killed in the battle

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Thursday 11 May 1916 – We Lost 393

H G Stainforth

When his pilot, Captain A R Tillie (Royal Flying Corps) is killed by anti-aircraft fire south of Armentieres at 4,000 feet, while performing artillery registration, Second Lieutenant John Gwynne Howell climbs into the pilot’s seat and, standing in front of him, he manages a forced landing of their B.E.2c, three hundred yards west of our lines.

German forces take British trenches northeast of Vermelles at La Bassee.

Today’s losses include:

  • Two battalion commanders
  • Multiple sons of members of the cleregy
  • A Baronet
  • A man whose brother will be killed in the Second World War
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Herbert Graham Stainforth (commanding 4th Indian Cavalry) is killed in Mesopotamia at age 50.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Richard Bassett Cockburn Raban (Skinner’s Horse Indian Army commanding 13th Royal Scots) is killed at age 35. He is the son of the Reverend George Ferguson Cockburn Raban Vicar of Bishop’s Hull. He is the former Aide-de-Camp to the King at the Delhi Durbar.
  • Major ‘Sir’ Eustace James Clarke-Jervoise (Hampshire Regiment) the 6th Baronet dies of wounds at home at age 46.
  • Major H F M Worthington-Wilmer (Royal Scots) is killed in action at age 27. His brother will be killed serving in the Royal Air Force in July 1940.
  • Captain Ian Alexander Grant Ferguson (Royal Scots) is killed in action at age 18. He is the son of the late Reverend John Grant-Ferguson who lost another son last May.
  • Corporal Robert Bain (Royal Scots) is killed in action at age 22. His older brother will be killed in less than three weeks at the Battle of Jutland.
  • Private Albert Edward Smith (Royal West Surrey Regiment) is killed in action at age 19. His brother will be killed in September of this year.
  • Private Leonard Austin (King’s Own Scottish Borderers) is killed at age 19. His brother will be killed in October 1917.