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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 20 November 1917 We Lost 1,973

The battle of Cambrai begins at 06:00 with carefully prepared and predicted, but unregistered, fire barrage by 1,003 guns on key German defences, followed by smoke and a creeping barrage 300 yards ahead to cover the first advances. Despite efforts to preserve secrecy, the German forces have received sufficient intelligence to be on moderate alert: an attack on Havrincourt is anticipated, as is the use of tanks.

Initially there is considerable success in most areas the Hindenburg Line is penetrated with advances of up to 8 kilometers achieved. On the right, the 12th (Eastern) Division advances as far as Lateau Wood before digging in is ordered; the 20th (Light) Division forces a way through La Vacquerie and then advances to capture a key bridge across the St Quentin canal at Masnières. The bridge collapses under the weight of the crossing tanks. The bridge collapse halts the hopes for advance there. In the center the British capture Ribécourt and Marcoing, but when the cavalry passes through, they are dealt a sharp blow and fall back from Noyelles.

In the center the 51st (Highland) Division is stalled at its first objective, Flesquières, leaving the advances around it exposed. It is believed that the commander of the 51st General George Montague Harper substitutes his own tank drill for the standard one and that an excessive space between the tanks and the infantry contributes to the failure. Flesquières is also one of the strongest points in the German line and is flanked by other strong points. Its defenders acquit themselves well against the tanks, engaging them aggressively. Almost forty tanks are knocked out by the Flesquières artillery, including sixteen by a single gun reportedly manned by a lone gunner. Despite this the Germans are forced to abandon Flesquières during the night.

On the left the 62nd (2nd West Riding) Division sweeps all the way through Havrincourt and Graincourt to within reach of the woods on Bourlon Ridge and the 36th (Ulster) Division on their left reaches the Bapaume-Cambrai road. Of the tanks 180 are out of action after the first day, although only 65 have been destroyed. Of the remainder 71 have suffered mechanical failure and 43 had been ‘ditched’. The British had suffered approximately 4,000 casualties and have- taken 4,200 prisoners, a casualty rate half that of Third Ypres (Passchendaele), and a greater advance in six hours than in three months there.  However, the British have failed to reach the heights of Bourlon Ridge. The German command is quick to send up reinforcements overnight and is relieved that the British do not manage to fully exploit their early gains.

The 75th Division, the last one formed during the war, of Gurkas and British from India, captures the Jerusalem-Jaffa road and then tomorrow will capture the vital hill of Nebi Samwil, the key to the city. The division adopts a key as its unit symbol.

Eighteen scouts of the Royal Flying Corps leave the ground under most unfavorable weather conditions in order to reconnoiter certain areas, and Captain Edward Mannock returns first with valuable information, while many other pilots bring back information that is of considerable use.

During an attack the tank which Captain Richard William Leslie Wain (Manchester Regiment attached Tank Corps) is commanding is disabled by a direct hit near an enemy strong point which is holding up the attack. Captain Wain and one man, both seriously wounded are the only survivors. Though bleeding profusely from his wounds, he refuses the attention of stretcher-bearers, rushes from behind the tank with a Lewis gun, and captures the strong point, taking about half the garrison prisoners. Although his wounds are very serious he picks up a rifle and continues to fire at the retiring enemy until he receives a fatal wound in the head. It is due to the valour displayed by Captain Wain that the infantry are able to advance and due to his efforts he will be awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • The son of a later former Member of Parliament
  • A son of the 4th Baron Kensington
  • A grandson of the 3rd Baron ffrench
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A grandson of a member of the clergy
  • A Double Cambridge Blue
  • Multiple families that will lose two, three and four sons in the Great War
  • Multiple battalion commanders
  • The brother of an Olympic Gold Medal rower who also served
  • A Military Chaplain
  • A 5-victory ace
  • A Bedfordshire Constable
  • A Rosslyn Park Rugby footballer
  • A man whose son was killed at Jutland
  • A man whose son will be killed in the Second World War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Charles Strangways Linton DSO MC (commanding 4th Worcestershire Regiment) is killed at age 36.
  • Lieutenant Colonel W J Alderman DSO (commanding 6th Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed.
  • Major Robert Oscar Cyril Ward (Scottish Horse attached Tank Corps) is killed in action at age 36. He was a double blue at Trinity College, Cambridge.
  • Captain ‘The Honorable’ Cecil Edwardes (Scottish Horse attached Tank Corps) is killed in action at age 41. He is the son of the 4th Baron Kensington.
  • Captain Robert Edward Angus (Ayreshire Yeomanry attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 23. He is the only son of James Angus JP and grandson of Robert Angus DL.
  • Captain Robert Elcum Horsfall (Liverpool Regiment) is killed at age 27. His brother Ewart Douglas Horsfall served in the Rifle Brigade and Royal Flying Corps earning the DSO and MC and is a Gold and Silver Medal Olympic rower who will later manage the British Olympic Rowing Team.
  • Captain Donald Farquharson Roberts MC (East Surrey Regiment) is killed at age 25. He is a Rosslyn Park Rugby footballer.
  • Lieutenant Harold Martin Joseph Blake (Munster Fusiliers) is killed at age 24. His brother was killed in January 1916 and they are grandsons of Charles Austin ffrench 3rd Baron ffrench of Castle ffrench.
  • Lieutenant Richard Frederic Norreys Bertie (Berkshire Yeomanry) is killed at age 41. He is the grandson of the Reverend Honorable Frederic Bertie.
  • Lieutenant John Francis Edens (Newfoundland Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother will be killed next March.
  • Lieutenant Gilbert Trenchard Carre (Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed in action at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend Arthur Augustus Carre Rector of Smarden who has previously lost two other sons in the Great War, the first in September 1915 and the second in October 1916.
  • Lieutenant Cyril Gordon Jones (Norfolk Regiment) is killed at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend David Jones
  • Lieutenant Alexander Charles Nicholas March de Lisle (Leicestershire Regiment attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed in action at age 20 when his RE8 is hit by a shell and crashes while on artillery observation near Ypres. He is the son of the late Edwin Joseph Lisle March Phillipps de Lisle Member of Parliament for Mid-Leicestershire from 1886-92.
  • Second Lieutenant Owen Watkin Wynn Hardinge Meredith (General List attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed when he is shot down by machine gun fire, while attacking a balloon near Cambrai at age 24. He is the only son of the late Vernerable Archdeacon Thomas Meredith late Vicar of Wolston and Archdeacon of Singapore. He was educated at Harrow and Cambridge University.  He left Cambridge when the War broke out and took up war work at Coventry, subsequently entering Aeroplane Works at Hendon.  At an aerodrome in England he made a record for high flying. He obtained his wings in July 1917 and went out to the front in October 1917. The Charity of Owen Watkin Wynn Hardinge Meredith will be set up by Thomas Meredith in memory of his son. A capital sum of money is in war stock and the interest from this is to be used to help the poor of the Parish of Tibberton.
  • Second Lieutenant John Alan Harvey (Dublin Fusiliers) is killed at age 20. He is the only son of Reverend Ralph Harvey.
  • Second Lieutenant Robert Alexander McFie (Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend George Paton McFie.
  • Second Lieutenant Eric Bannerman (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed in July 1916.
  • Second Lieutenant Norman Carlyon Phear (Royal Flying Corps) is killed in an accident at age 19. His brother was killed last month.
  • Second Lieutenant Charles Handley Lanphier Symons (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 29. He is the son of the Very Reverend Dean Symons who lost another son in September 1916.
  • Chaplain the Reverend George Harvey Ranking attached IV Heavy Artillery is killed at age 46. He is the Vicar of Fernhurst, Sussex.
  • Sergeant Thomas Frederick Stephenson DCM (Royal Flying Corps) is killed in action at age 23. He is a five victory ace.
  • Sergeant George Stephen Babbington (Bedfordshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 20. He is a member of the Bedfordshire Constabulary.
  • Sergeant George Douglas (Tank Corps) is killed at age 40. He is the third of four brothers who are killed in the Great War.
  • Sergeant Albert Ingham Robinson (West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 35. His brother will be killed next March.
  • Lance Corporal Herbert Charles Taylor (Gordon Highlanders) is killed in action at age 20. He is the third of four brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Private John B Sutherland (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed in action at Cambrai. His brother will die of pneumonia in November 1918.
  • Private James Bernard Bygrave (Liverpool Regiment) is killed at age 31. His two brothers have already lost their lives in the Great War.
  • Private Harry Wyndham Collins (East Kent Regiment) is killed at age 25. His brother will be killed next August.
  • Private James Alexander (Gordon Highlanders) is killed at Cambrai at age 19. His brother was killed last August.
  • Private Victor Carew (Royal Newfoundland Regiment) is killed in action at age 24. His brother was killed in July 1917.
  • Private Jeremiah Donnelly (Newfoundland Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed in April 1917.
  • Private Richard John Ballard (Hampshire Regiment) is killed in Palestine at age 20. He is the middle of three brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Gunner Allan Adie (Canadian Field Artillery) is killed at age 21. He is the first and youngest of three brothers who are killed in the War.
  • Private John William Nugent (Middlesex Regiment) is killed at age 35. His son will be killed in May 1944.
  • Private William Corke (Sussex Regiment) is killed at age 40. His son was killed on HMS Defence at Jutland.
  • Private Benjamin Phillips (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 26. His brother was killed in April 1916.

Wednesday 10 October 1917 We Lost 1,212

During an enemy raid on London, one bomb falls on two adjoining houses, killing ten people and imprisoning eighteen under the wreckage.  When help arrives it is found that some of the people who are imprisoned in basement of one of the houses are alive, but the work of rescue is exceedingly dangerous, as escaping gas in the basement becomes ignited and sets fire the debris above. Inspector Frederick Wright (Metropolitan Police), with an axe, makes a small opening in the floor over the basement, which is in a slanted and tottering condition, the joints which support it being broken, and through this opening, though much difficulty, thirteen people are rescued. It is then ascertained that two children are left in the basement and Inspector Wright, with Police Constables Robert Melton and Jesse Christmas, drops into the basement through the opening and searches for the children under very dangerous conditions. In addition to the fumes from the escaping gas, which are suffocating and the fire raging above there is a possibility of a further movement of the wreckage, which might prove fatal to all below. The space is so confined that they are barely able to reach the back of the premises. The children are found dead. Inspector Wright, on reaching the open air, collapses, overcome by the fumes and by his exertions, but, after medical care, he recovers sufficiently to be sent home. He returns to the scene of the disaster shortly after, and continues his work of rescue throughout the night.

HM Trawler Waltham (Skipper James Mair) goes missing off the Isle of Man. Her crew of 12 is lost.

Today’s losses include:

  • A battalion commander
  • A Medical Corps Ambulance commander
  • A Henley Rowing champion
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple grandsons of members of the clergy
  • The son of the 9th Baron Barnard and son-in-law of the 13th Earl of Westmorland
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • A man whose uncle and nephew are both killed in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel George Everard Hope MC (Grenadier Guards commanding 1st/8th Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 30. He is a former Oxford rower vs. Cambridge and a Henley championship rower.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Ward Fortescue Sayres (commanding 2nd/1st Wessex Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps) dies of wounds at age 50 received 17th He is the son of the Reverend Edward Sayres.
  • Captain (Temporary Major) the Honorable Henry Cecil Vane (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds at age 35. He is the son and heir of the 9th Baron Barnard and son-in-law of the 13th Earl of Westmorland.
  • Lieutenant Colin Gernon Palmer Campbell MC (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 22. His brother was killed in January of this year.
  • Lieutenant Stanley C Goodyear MC (Newfoundland Regiment) is killed in action at age 31. His two younger brothers will also be killed in action during the Great War, one in 1916 and one in 1918.
  • Lieutenant Alexander William Hewson Lillie (HMS Pretoria Royal Naval Reserve) dies on service at Mauritius at age 44. He is the son of the Reverend Gordon Lillie.
  • Lieutenant Richard Gilbert Trevor Meade (Hussars) dies of wounds at age 22. He is the grandson of the Reverend George Digby Newbolt.
  • Second Lieutenant Samuel Raymond Thickness (Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed in action at the Battle of Poelcapelle at age 27. He is the grandson of the Right Reverend Francis Henry Coldwell, Bishop of Leicester and Canon of Peterborough. He has an uncle who is killed in July 1916 and a cousin who will die of wounds in nine days.
  • Second Lieutenant Christopher Frank Kirshaw Pierson (General List attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed in action at age 18. He is the son of the Reverend Kirshaw Thomson Pierson Vicar of Chertsey.
  • Private William John Dale (Sherwood Foresters) is killed at age 21 becoming the first of three brothers who will be killed in a six month period.
  • Private David Johnson (Suffolk Regiment) dies of wounds received in action. His brother was killed in October 1916.
  • Private Reginald V Stevens (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 29. His older brother will be killed next June.
  • Driver Frederick J Busbridge (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds. His brother was killed last November.
  • Private Gilbert Edwards Hildersley (Essex Regiment) is killed in action. His brother was killed in September 1916.
  • Trooper Leonard Richard Webb (Household Battalion) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed in July 1916.
  • Sapper Francis Pettitt (Royal Engineers) dies at home in Glasgow. His brother was killed last November.

Tuesday 9 October 1917 We Lost 3,733

Sarah Aaronsohm

Duncan MacKinnon

The Coldstream Guards attack the German defenses south of the Houthulst Forest and in spite of appallingly thick mud, take and hold their objective.

  • Captain Claude Stewart Jackson (Coldstream Guards) is killed in the attack from the Broembeke to Houthulst Forest at 05:200 at age 25. He is the fourth son of ‘Sir’ Thomas Jackson 1st Baronet and the son-in-law of the Honorable William Pearson.  Captain Jackson received a Commission in the Coldstream Guards in February 1912. He went to France with the original Expeditionary Force on 12 August 1914. He was through the Retreat from Mons, and in the Battles of the Marne and the Aisne, and was severely wounded in the head in September 1914. For distinguished services at Landrecies he was mentioned in Dispatches. After recovering from his wound he held several Staff appointments in France and rejoined his Battalion in September 1917.
  • Lieutenant Ralph Vivian Babington (Coldstream Guards) is killed in the attack at age 19. His brother will die on service in November 1919.
  • The third of four sons of ‘the Honorable’ Mrs. Maxwell-Stuart of Dorset to die in the Great War, Second Lieutenant Henry Joseph Ignatius Maxwell-Stuart (Coldstream Guards) is killed at age 30.
  • Second Lieutenant ‘the Honorable’ Denis Bertram Sydney Buxton (Coldstream Guards) is killed in action at age 19. He is the third and surviving son of the 1st Viscount and Viscountess Buxton, (later Earl and Countess Buxton).
  • Second Lieutenant George Denis Harvey a brother in law of Baronet Churchman is killed.
  • Lance Corporal Frank Bryant (Coldstream Guards) is killed in action at age 23. His brother was killed in April of this year.
  • Private Harry Monnery (Coldstream Guards) is killed at age 35. His brother was killed in August of this year.

Jewish spy Sarah Aaronsohn working for the British and sister of notable botanist Aaron Aaronsohn shoots and kills herself using a pistol concealed in the prison where she is held by the Turks.  She was arrested four days previously after her carrier pigeon with a message to the British was intercept by the Turks and the message it was carrying decrypted.  She endured torture for the four days she was held prior to her suicide and she died at age 27.

At Poelcapelle, Belgium when an advance is checked by intense machine gun fire from concrete blockhouses and by snipers Corporal William Clamp (Yorkshire Regiment) attempts to rush the largest blockhouse. His first attempt fails and the two men with him become casualties but he collects some bombs and two more men and dashes forward being the first to reach the blockhouse where he hurls his bombs killing many of the occupants. He then enters the blockhouse capturing a machine gun and about 20 prisoners whom he brings back under heavy fire.  He goes forward again encouraging his men until he is killed by a sniper at age 25. For his actions he will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross.

  • Captain William Victor Trevor Rooper (Denbighshire Yeomanry attached Royal Flying Corps) is at age 20. His brother will be killed serving in the French Red Cross Society in May 1918.
  • Lieutenant Arthur James Dashwood Torry MC (Royal Garrison Artillery attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed in aerial combat at age 30. He is the only son the Reverend Alfred Freer Torry Rector of Marston Morteyne, Beds.
  • Second Lieutenant Edgar Daniel Gibson (Royal Flying Corps) is killed when his FK8 recon bomber goes into a spin at 200 feet while he is performing engine tests at age 19. His brother was killed in October 1915 they are sons of ‘Sir’ Walter Matthew Gibson Kt CVO ISO Secretary of the Privy Purse to His Majesty the King.

Today’s losses include:

  • A spy who will commit suicide in prison after being caught by the Turks
  • The sister of a well known botanist
  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • The son of the 6th Earl of Airlie who was killed at the Diamond Hill, Pretoria 1900
  • The son of the 9th Earl of Carlisle
  • The only son of the 1st and last Viscount Buxton
  • The son of a Baronet
  • The brother-in-law of a Baronet
  • A 1908 Olympic Gold Medalist in rowing
  • The son of a Member of Parliament and future Mayor of Bradford
  • Multiple families that will lose two, three and four sons in the Great War
  • A father and son killed together
  • Brothers killed today serving in different regiments
  • Brothers killed together
  • A man whose son will be executed by the Japanese after escaping as a prisoner of war in February 1943 after being recaptured
  • A man whose son will be killed in the Second World War
  • The Deputy Organist at Gloucester Cathedral
  • An Australian Rules Footballer
  • The husband of novelist and suffragette Emily Hilda Young
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The grandson of a member of the clergy
  • The son of the Secretary to the Privy Purse to His Majesty the King
  • Multiple battalion commanders
  • The son of an Alderman
  • A Great War Poet

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Harry Moorhouse DSO and his son Captain Ronald Wilkinson Moorhouse MC (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) are both killed. Captain Moorhouse is mortally wounded and taken to headquarters where his father insists on going to find a doctor, even after those with him and his son beg him not to go due to the nature of the machine gun/rifle fire at the time. Colonel Moorhouse then leaves and shortly after leaving the dugout is hit and killed.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Robert Arthur Hudson DSO (commanding 8th West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 37.
  • Captain ‘The Honorable’ Patrick Julian Harry Stanley Ogilvy MC (Irish Guards) is killed in action at age 21. He is the son of the late David William Ogilvy, 6th Earl of Airlie (Lieutenant Colonel XII Royal Lancers, who was killed in action at Diamond Hill, Pretoria, 1900 during the South Africa War).
  • Captain Gerald Castleton Blandy (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed at age 30. His brother died of wounds last April.
  • Captain Cecil Llewelyn Norton Roberts (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend Albert Pryor Roberts Vicar of St Margaret’s Birmingham who lost another son on Gallipoli in July 1915.
  • Captain John William Egerton-Green (Rifle Brigade) dies of wounds at age 25. His brother Charles was killed on the 1st day of the Battle of the Somme in 1916.
  • Captain Martin Bowen MC (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 21. His brother will be killed in January 1918.Captain Arthur Norcross (East Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 24. His brother was killed in July 1916.Captain Alfred Ernest Mander (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed at age 38. He is the son of Alderman H Mander of Spon House Coventry.
  • Captain Eric Fitzwater Wilkinson MC (West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 26. He is a Great War Poet.

To a Choir of Birds

Green are the trees, and green the summer grass,

Beneath the sun, the tinest leaf hangs still:

The flowers in languor droop, and tired men pass

All somnolent, while death whines loud and shrill.

fine, full throated choir invisible,

Whose sudden burst of rapture fills the ear!

Are ye insensible to mortal fear,

That such a stream of melody ye spill,

While murk of battle drifts on Auber’s hill,

And mankind dreams of slaughter? What wild glee

Has filled your throbbing throats with sound, until

Its strains are poured from every bush and tree,

And sad hearts swell with hope, and fierce eyes fill?

The world is stark with blood and hate – but ye –

Sing on! Sing on! In careless ecstasy. 

  • Lieutenant Andrew John Hay Hobson (West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend John Philip Hobson Vicar of Legourne.
  • Lieutenant Benjamin Bollingham (Australian Infantry is killed. His step-brother will be killed next April.
  • Lieutenant Bryon Fitzgerald Nicholas MC (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 24. His brother was killed last November.
  • Lieutenant Eric Joseph Woods (West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 22. He is the son of the late Reverend Francis Henry Woods Rector of Bainton and grandson of the Reverend C E Pritchard.
  • Lieutenant Charles Cedric Gordon Allom (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds at age 21 at Rouen. He is the only son of ‘Sir’ Charles Allom.
  • Lieutenant Duncan MacKinnon (Scots Guards) is killed at age 30. He was a member of the British boat that won the Men’s coxless fours gold medal at the 1908 Summer Olympics.
  • Second Lieutenant Hubert Ratcliffe Felton (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed in action. He is the son of the Reverend Walter Felton Vicar of St John’s Walsall.
  • Second Lieutenant Harold Charles Organ (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed in action at age 28. He was the one time Deputy Organist at Gloucester Cathedral.
  • Second Lieutenant Aylmer Eade (Yorkshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 25 at Poelcapelle. He is the son of the Reverend Charles John Aylmer Eade.
  • Second Lieutenant Arthur Charles Vaughan Smith (East Yorkshire Regiment attached Duke of Wellington’s Regiment is killed at age 24. His brother will be killed next January and they are sons of the Reverend Walter Edward Smith Vicar of Andover.
  • Second Lieutenant Alexander Robert McDowell (Australian Infantry) is killed. He played two first grade games for Newtown in 1915.
  • Company Sergeant Major Robert Rayner (Manchester Regiment) is killed in action. He is the middle of three brothers who are killed in successive Octobers.
  • Sergeant Samuel Ernest Burley (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 27. His brother will be killed in September 1918.
  • Corporal Bernard Palin (Army Cyclist Corps) is killed in action at age 19. He is the son a Member of Parliament and the future Lord Mayor of Bradford.
  • Lance Corporal Harry Fitzroy (Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed in action nine days short of one year after his brother has been killed as a member of the Liverpool Regiment. He is 19-years old.
  • Lance Corporal John Burke Houghton (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed in February 1916.
  • Privates and brothers Charles Herbert (age 30) and Reginald Herbert (age 29) are both killed on Passchaendale Ridge while serving in different regiments. Charles is in the Australian Infantry while Reginald is serving in the Lancashire Fusiliers. Their younger brother was killed in April 1915.
  • Another set of brothers killed this day are Privates Albert and Joseph Godson (Royal Warwickshire Regiment).
  • Private Raymond William Eggleton (Gloucester Regiment) is killed at age 32. His brother will die of illness in February 1919.
  • Private Thomas Palmer (Middlesex Regiment) dies of wounds at age 35. His brother will be killed next May.
  • Private ‘The Honorable’ Michael Francis Stafford Howard (Honorable Artillery Company) is killed at age 37. He is the son of the 9th Earl of Carlisle and a South Africa War veteran. His son will be executed by the Japanese after escaping a POW camp in February 1943 and being recaptured.
  • Private George Baker (Newfoundland Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother will be killed in two months.
  • Rifleman Percival Buckle (West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 27. Private James Henry Davis (Grenadier Guards) is killed at age 17. His brother will die of wounds in April 1918.
  • Private Raymond William Eggleton (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 32. His brother will die on service in February 1919.
  • Private George Harris Pitchford (Machine Gun Corps) is killed. His brother will drown in the sinking of the transport Aragon on the next to the last day of this year.
  • Private Wesley Watts (Newfoundland Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed in October 1916.
  • Private Leaten Simms (Newfoundland Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother was killed last July.
  • Private George S Clarke (Newfoundland Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother will be killed next April.
  • Private Frank Columbus (Newfoundland Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother died on service two years ago on the same day.
  • Private Samuel Oldham (Manchester Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed less than two weeks earlier.
  • Private Shorrock Ashurst (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed in action. His son will be killed in March 1944.
  • Private William Knock (Worcestershire Regiment) is the second of three brothers who will be killed in the Great War.
  • Private Arthur Daniell (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed. He is the husband of Emily Hilda Young the novelist and supporter of the suffragette movement.

Tuesday 14 August 1917 We Lost 766

HMS Prize

HMS Prize (Lieutenant Commander William Edward Sanders VC DSO RNR) a topsail schooner commissioned by the Royal Navy as a Q-ship is again on patrol, this time with an escorting British submarine, D8, which remains submerged and only makes contact with Prize at night under cover of darkness. During the previous day Prize twice sights a German periscope, but the submarine does not surface. The commander of the submarine, UB48, having checked the Prize’s course and speed, waits until the moon rises and stalks her for a torpedo attack. At 01:30 this morning, the escorting British submarine sees Prize blow up in the Irish Sea and is unable to find any survivors among her crew of twenty-seven. The schooner had been captured from the Germans in 1914 in the English Channel and subsequently sold only to be hired in 1917.  It was originally the Else, and renamed on capture the ‘First Prize’.

The motor fishing yawl Jane S pulls in its nets which contain a mine which then explodes killing Skipper Andrew Henderson age 53 and his two sons Engine Driver Alexander Henderson age 27 and Boat Hand Andrew Henderson age 27. Two other crew men are killed including Second Hand Thomas Boyter age 55 as the Jane sinks. His son Private Alexander Boyter was killed by a shell burst in May of last year.

Two brothers are killed when SS Thames (Master John Gatenby Carling, age 51) goes missing. She departed Middlesbrough for Fecamp with a cargo of pig iron today and nothing more is heard of her and she is posted as missing/untraced on 21st November 1917. It is later discovered that she was sunk with all hands by gunnery from the German submarine UC-63.  Of her crew of twelve brothers Cook Arthur Brew Rosser is lost at age 24 as his brother Mate Benjamin is 26.

Lady Atkin the wife of Justice James Richard Atkin loses both her son and her brother on the same day at the crossing of the Steenbeck. Lieutenant Richard Walter Atkin (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 20 while Lieutenant Maurice Hemmant (Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 28.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • A man killed with his two sons
  • A man whose son was killed earlier this year
  • Multiple brothers killed together
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • A woman who will lose her son and her brother together
  • The son and brother-in-law of a jurist
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A footballer and hurler with the Taghmon GAA Club

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Stephen Gordon Harbord MC (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 27. He is the son of the Reverend Harry Harbord.
  • Lieutenant William Buckworth (Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 40. His brother was killed in May 1915 on Gallipoli.
  • Second Lieutenant Thomas Robert Grosvenor (London Regiment) is killed in action at age 27. He is the son of the Reverend Frederick L Grosvenor.
  • Lance Corporal William Robert Burnell (Rifle Brigade) is killed in action at age 35. He is the middle of three brothers who are killed in the war.
  • Private Michael Cooper MM (Irish Regiment) dies of wounds received in action. He is a keen hurler and football player with the Taghmon GAA Club and his brother was killed in May 1915.
  • Private Lawrence Barnes (Newfoundland Regiment) is killed. His brother will be killed in April next year.
  • Signaller Peter Mowat (British Columbia Regiment) is killed on Hill 70. His brother will die of wounds in October 1918.
  • Private Michael MM (Manitoba Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother will be killed in August 1918.

Tuesday 10 July 1917 We Lost 867

Edward James Kay-Shuttleworth

Captain ‘the Honorable’ Edward James Kay-Shuttleworth (Rifle Brigade) is accidentally killed at home while returning to service at age 27. He attended both Eton and Balliol.  He is the youngest son of the 1st Baron Shuttleworth and grandson of the educational and social reformer ‘Sir’ James Kay-Shuttleworth. His elder brother was killed in action in March of this year.

Today’s losses include:

  • Son of a Baron
  • Son of a Baronet
  • A battalion commander
  • A writer to the Signet
  • A man whose brother will be killed in Norway in May 1940
  • One of four sons who will die on service of King and Country including two in the Great War
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • A man whose son will die on service in July 1944

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Richard Neville Abadie DSO (commanding 2nd King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed in action. He is the second brother to be killed in the Great War, two other brothers having died in the King’s service prior to the Great War. He is a veteran of the South African War.
  • Major Harry Cheyne (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 34. He is a writer to the Signet.
  • Captain John Lister Dillwyn-Venables-Llewellyn (Coldstream Guards) is killed at age 20. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Charles Leyshon Dillwyn-Venables-Llewellyn the 2nd Baronet and has a young brother who will be killed in Norway during the second war in May 1940..
  • Lieutenant Sanford William Shippard (North Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 21. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Sidney Shippard KCMG DCL.
  • Lieutenant Arthur Glynne Lewis (Indian Army Reserve of Officers attached Lancers Indian Army) is killed at age 38. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Henry Lewis.
  • Lieutenant Arthur Vincent Wallis (attached Egyptian Labour Corps) dies as a prisoner of war in Kut. He is the Marshall of H M Prize Court at Alexandria.
  • Second Lieutenant William Sheepshanks (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed at age 27. He is the son of the Right Reverend John Sheepshanks Bishop of Norwich.
  • Second Lieutenant R F Lockhart (London Regiment) is killed at age 24. He is the son of the late Reverend William Lockhart.
  • Rifleman Henry Millington Clarke (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) is killed at age 27. His brother was killed last August.
  • Private Ernest Vickers (Durham Light Infantry) is killed at age 20. His two brothers will lose their lives next year.
  • Private Vincent Carew (Royal Newfoundland Regiment) is killed in action at age 25. His brother will be killed in November.
  • Private Frederick Henry Smith (Border Regiment) is killed at age 35. His son will die on service in July 1944.

Sunday 8 July 1917 – We Lost 382

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Two battalion/battery commanders

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Harold Thomas Belcher DSO (52nd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 42. He is the middle of three sons of the Reverend Thomas Hayes Belcher Rector of Bramley who are killed in the war.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Collis George Herbert St Hill (commanding the Royal North Devon Hussars) is killed in action at age 52. He is the son of the Reverend Canon Warren Woodford St Hill and had fought in the Matabele and South African Wars. He also served at Gallipoli, where he commanded the 6th Lincolnshire Regiment at the evacuation of Suvla Bay.
  • Second Lieutenant Howard Charles Brufton (Rifle Brigade attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 22 when he is shot down behind enemy lines at Salonika. His brother will be killed in September 1918.
  • Private Edward Sheehan (Newfoundland Regiment) is killed at age 29. His brother will die at home on service in November of next year.
  • Sapper Peter Burns (Royal Engineers) is killed on his 29th His brother was killed last year.

Saturday 28 April 1917 – We Lost 3,422

Robert Branks Powell

The Northumberland Fusiliers attack German positions near Fampoux at 04:25.  The assault is checked by devastating machine gun and artillery fire and the assault grinds to a halt.  At 11:00 German troops counter-attack the newly arrived draftees who suffer heavy losses.

Lieutenant Robert Branks Powell (Canadian Scottish) is killed at age 36. He is a left hand tennis player who was a two time Wimbledon semi-finalist one in the Singles and once in Doubles losing to eventual Champion Anthony Wilding (killed in May 1915) and his partner. He was also the Captain of the 1908 Canadian Olympic Tennis Team and member of the Canadian Tennis Hall of fame.

Today’s losses include:

  • A two time Wimbledon semi-finalist
  • A man whose brother will be killed in the Second World War
  • Multiple sons of Justices of the Peace
  • The brother of a future Baronet
  • Multiple families that will lose two, three and four sons in the Great War
  • A Falkirk footballer
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Brothers killed together
  • A Scottish Rugby International
  • An English and Music Master at Newton Abbott School, Devon
  • Multiple men whose sons will be killed in the Second World War
  • A victim of friendly fire
  • A suicide victim
  • A newspaper football reporter
  • A Navy Chaplain
  • The great grandson of the General Henry Shrapnel inventor of the Shrapnel Shell

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Newell Edward Eden Burton-Flanning (Royal Marine Light Infantry) is killed at age 20. His younger brother will be killed in North Africa serving in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in July 1943.
  • Captain Ralfe Allen Fuller Whistler (Highland Light Infantry) dies of wounds at age 21. He is the son of Major Fuller Whistler JP.
  • Captain William Brabazon Mather Jackson (Sherwood Foresters) dies of wounds received in action at age 23. His brother will become the 5th Baronet and they are grandsons of the 2nd
  • Captain Ronald Arthur Sykes (Royal Fusiliers) dies of wounds at age 20. He has two brothers who will lose their lives later in the Great War.
  • Captain Claude Wilson Ritson (Essex Regiment) is killed at age 28. He is the son of Wilson Ritson JP.
  • Lieutenant Edgar Lovell Filmer Platts (Royal Marine Light Infantry Royal Naval Division) is killed at age 17. He is the son of the late Reverend Charles Platts (Fellow of Trinity College Cambridge) and he has a brother who will die on service in 1920 in Iraq.
  • Lieutenant Cyril Charles Roe (Royal Marine Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend Canon Gordon Roe Rector of Blakeney.
  • Lieutenant Matthew Laurence Maguire (Connaught Rangers attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed in Mesopotamia at age 27. He is the son of the late James Maguire JP.
  • Bothers and Lieutenants in the Alberta Regiment Hugo Antony Launcelot Ceadda Jackson and George Olaf Damien Ceadda Jackson age 33 are killed together. They are sons of the late Reverend Joseph Jackson Vicar of Lew Bampton.
  • Lieutenant James Douglas Cumming (Saskatchewan Regiment) is killed at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend W B Cumming.
  • Lieutenant Albert Luvian Wade (Middlesex Regiment attached Trench Mortar Battery) is killed at age 32. He is a Scottish Rugby Union player who capped in 1908 versus England.
  • Second Lieutenant Reginald Vaux Cuthbert (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed at age 37. His brother was killed in July 1915.
  • Second Lieutenant Harri Willis Edwards (East Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 40. He is the son of the Reverend Harri Edwards. Second Lieutenant Horace Johnson (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 26. He is the English and Music Master at Newton Abbot Secondary School, Devon.
  • Second Lieutenant Clement Roy Blackshaw Smith (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 19. He is the son of Clement Smith JP.
  • Second Lieutenant Robert Lancaster (Norfolk Regiment) is killed in action at age 36. He is the son of ‘Sir’ William and Lady Lancaster.
  • Second Lieutenant Reginald William Follit (General List attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 26. His son will be killed in September 1943 as a Captain in the Hampshire Regiment.
  • Second Lieutenant Gilbert Fincher Gibbs (Somerset Light Infantry) is killed at age 25. His brother was killed 3 days ago.
  • Sergeant Arthur Bradley MM (Northamptonshire Regiment) dies of accidental gunshot wounds. His brother will be killed next November.
  • Corporal Thomas Hardy Scott (Royal Scots) is killed at age 26. He is the son of the Reverend William Frank Scott.
  • Corporal James Roy Tuff (Newfoundland Regiment) dies of wounds at age 22. His brother was killed in in October 1916.
  • Lance Corporal Gordon Douglas (Highland Light Infantry) is killed at age 20. His brother will be killed in July of next year.
  • Lance Corporal William Barlow (Suffolk Regiment) is killed. He is one of six brothers who service in the Great War, half of whom were killed while a fourth died after within a year of the Armistice as a result of his war service.
  • Private Harvey Askew (Suffolk Regiment) is killed in action at age 25. His brother will die at home in January 1918.
  • Private James William Hepher (Suffolk Regiment) is killed in action at age 22 during the attack on the chemical works at Roeux. His brother will die of gangrene a victim of friendly fire, in November 1918.
  • Rifleman Thomas Samuel Merrin (Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 22. His brother was killed on the first day of the battle of the Somme.
  • Private Richard Albert Hall (North Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 20. One brother will die of wounds in October 1918 while another committed suicide the day after war was declared.
  • Private Harry Forth (Royal Marine Light Infantry) is killed in action near Arras at age 23. His brother was killed in October 1916.
  • Private Stewart William Tuckwell (Alberta Regiment) is killed in action at Vimy Ridge at age 40. Before immigrating to Canada he worked for “The Gazette” as a football reporter.
  • Private Henry Richard Greenacre (Norfolk Regiment) is killed. His brother died of wounds last July.
  • Private Arthur James Cox (Leicestershire Regiment) is killed at age 31. His brother died of wounds in Sept of last year.
  • Private Alfred Whetstone (Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 23. His brother will be killed in March 1918.
  • Private Ronald George Heal (Somerset Light Infantry) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in October 1915.
  • Private Thomas Hartill (Royal Marines Light Infantry) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed earlier in the year in the loss of HMS Laurentic.
  • Private Hubert John Mahood (Manitoba Regiment) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend John Samuel Mahood Vicar of Kokanee.
  • Private B Makey (Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed. His brother was killed last October.
  • Private Arthur George Dyer (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed at age 32. His brother was killed in September 1915.
  • Private John Kenealy (Cheshire Regiment) is killed on Salonika at age 31. His brother will die on service in August 1918.
  • Private Alexander William Thomson (Suffolk Regiment) is killed at age 40. His son will be killed in the Second World War.
  • Private John Shrapnel Barter (British Columbia Regiment) is killed in action. He is the great grandson of General Henry Shrapnel Royal Artillery inventory of the shrapnel shell.
  • Private Bernard Dix (Norfolk Regiment) is killed. His son will lose his life in the Second World War.
  • Private Edward Curphey (Royal Scots) is killed at age 36. His son will be killed in the Second World War.
  • Able Seaman John Bryce Ramsay (Howe Battalion Royal Naval Division) is killed at age 20. He played football for Falkirk in 1914 and his brother died of injuries in November 1916.
  • Private Albert Edward Houghton (Suffolk Regiment) is killed in action at age 19. His brother J A Houghton also fell in August 1917.
  • Acting Chaplain the Reverend George Anthony Greig (HMS Russell) died of injuries at age 28. His brother was killed in March 1915.

Saturday 14 April 1917 – We Lost 1,652

Bernard William Theodore Wickham

The Third Wing Royal Naval Air Service carries out a reprisal raid to Freiburg.  This raid carried out by this specialist strategic bombing unit before it is disbanded.  So much assistance has been offered to the Royal Flying Corps by the Admiralty in the previous weeks that 3 Wing can no longer be maintained, and its resources are re-allocated to 10th (Naval) Squadron.  During the raid three Sopwith Strutter aircraft are shot down three of the crew being killed the other three being taken prisoner.  Shortly after leaving the objective Flight Lieutenant Walter Ernest Flett is engaged by three enemy machines two single-seaters and one two-seater.  His gun layer, Air Mechanic, R G Kimberley, is slightly wounded in the wrist, which numbs his hand.  Notwithstanding this, he succeeds in bringing down two of the enemy machines, being again wounded by an explosive bullet in the ankle.  Their machine is riddled with bullets, and owing to the damage, navigation is most difficult and the return journey is very slow.  Consequently Lieutenant Flett is again attacked, but although the gun layer is twice wounded, the enemy machine is driven off.

Heavy Newfoundland Regiment losses include:

  • Lieutenant Cyril Gardner DCM (Newfoundland Regiment) is killed at age 32. His brother was killed in July of last year.
  • Lieutenant Norman A Outerbridge (Newfoundland Regiment) is killed at age 33. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Joseph Outerbridge.
  • Lance Corporals Hector age 20 and William age 22 Bennett DCM (Newfoundland Regiment) are killed together.
  • Private Albert Follett (Newfoundland Regiment) is killed in action at age 20. His nephew and namesake will be killed in action in November 1943 while serving in the Royal Air Force.
  • Private Arthur Joseph Jackman (Newfoundland Regiment) is killed in action at age 24. His brother was killed in July 1916.
  • Private Joseph P Vaughan (Newfoundland Regiment) is killed at age 20. He has two brothers who will die on service at home.
  • Private Edmond L Dunphy (Newfoundland Regiment) is killed at age 17. His brother was killed last November.
  • Private William Donnelly (Newfoundland Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother will be killed next November.
  • Private Walter J Clarke (Newfoundland Regiment) is killed at age 23. His brother will be killed next October.
  • Private George Chuck (Newfoundland Regiment) is killed. His brother will die on service in January 1919.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • Brothers killed together
  • A man’s nephew and namesake who will be killed in the Second World War
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • The son of a General
  • An Artist
  • The nephew of the Countess of Moray
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • A member of the Bedfordshire Constabulary
  • The acting manager of the Palladium in London

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain George Barclay Lockhart (Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 24. He is the only son of Barclay Lockhart JP and nephew of Provost ‘Sir’ Robert Lockhart.
  • Captain Daniel James Christopher Veresmith (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds received two days earlier. His brother died of wounds last July.
  • Captain Douglas Cameron Foster (Cameronians) dies of wounds. He is the son of Brigadier General Turville Douglas Foster.
  • Captain George Parsons Denham (Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders) dies of wounds received at Battle of Arras four days ago at age 27. He is an artist with the degree of A. R. C. A., Kensington London who is famous for his prints and posters. He illustrated the Irish Fairy Book for Alfred Graves.
  • Captain Daniel James Christopher Vereesmith (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds at age 23. His brother was killed in July 1916.
  • Lieutenant George Edward Cleather Collinson (Cameron Highlanders attached Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed flying at home at age 20. He is the nephew of Anna, Countess of Moray.
  • Lieutenant Bernard William Theodore Wickham MC (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 22. He is the only son of the Reverend William Arthur Wickham Rector of Ampton.
  • Second Lieutenant Douglas (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother will be killed in September.
  • Second Lieutenant Alec Philip Watson (Hampshire Regiment) dies of wounds on the Western Front at age 22. His brother was killed in August 1915 on Gallipoli.
  • Sergeant John MacLaren Erskine VC (Cameronians) is killed in action at age 22. He was awarded the Victoria Cross last year.
  • Acting Corporal William Dean (Bedfordshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 24. He is a member of the Bedfordshire Constabulary.
  • Private Alexander Coutts (King’s Own Scottish Borderers) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed last October and they both came from Chicago, Illinois to join the cause.
  • Private Arthur Blockley (Leicestershire Regiment) is killed in action. His brother was killed last August.
  • Rifleman Charles Robertson Gibbon (London Regiment) is killed at age 36. He is the acting manager of the Palladium in London.
  • Private Wilberforce West (Essex Regiment) is killed in action at age 21. He has one brother who has died of wounds the previous year and another brother who will be killed in action in July of this year.
  • Private William Woodley (Essex Regiment) is killed in action at age 25. His brother was killed in March 1916.
  • Private Ernest Charles Mayes (Essex Regiment) is killed in action at age 22. His brother was killed in April 1916.
  • Private George Henry Feetham (Essex Regiment) dies of wounds as a prisoner of war received 10 days earlier. His brother will be killed in March 1918

Sunday 15 October 1916 – We Lost 657

William Inglis Tatham

William Inglis Tatham

British forces raid a Turkish outpost at Maghara and force the Turks to abandon it.

The submarine H3 (Lieutenant George Eric Jenkinson age 27) is sunk in the Gulf of Cattaro when it strikes a mine while attempting to penetrate the defenses. The crew of twenty two is lost.

  • Commanding officer and Sub Lieutenant William Inglis Tatham the son of Lieutenant Colonel the Honorable F S Tatham DSO who is killed at age 19. His brother will be killed in 3 days serving in the South African Infantry.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Second Lieutenant Noel Loftus Moore Ward (Essex Regiment) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Charles James War Rector of Barnston.
  • Second Lieutenant Herbert Edward Britton (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 36. He is the son of the Reverend J Willis Britton.
  • Second Lieutenant Samuel Joseph Ebsary (Royal Newfoundland Regiment) is killed in action at age 37. His brother will be killed in September 1918.
  • Private Frederick Foster (Sherwood Foresters) is killed in action at age 22. His brother will be killed in February 1917.
  • Gunner William Robert Monro (New Zealand Field Artillery) is killed at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend G B Monro.