Great War Lives Lost

We died 100 years ago in the War to end all War

Tag: Newfoundland

Sunday 5 May 1918 We Lost 501

Elizabeth McMath Warnock

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • A family that will lose a son and a daughter in the Great War
  • A man whose brother will be killed in the sinking of HMS Hood in May 1941
  • A member of the Old Globe Theatre Company
  • A military Chaplain
  • A British Red Cross Nurse

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Athelstan William New (Essex Regiment) is killed in action. His brother was killed in Octobert 1917.
  • Captain Hubert Lawrence Grogan MC (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother will be killed in the sinking of the Hood on 24th May 1941.
  • Lieutenant Horace Clark Waterfield (British Columbia Regiment) dies of wounds received 26th April at age 42. He is the second son of the late ‘Sir’ Henry Waterfield KCSI KCIE CB.
  • Second Lieutenant Duncan Tovey (London Regiment) dies at home at age 46 after having been invalided from wounds early in the war. He was a member of the old Globe Theatre Company.
  • Chaplain James Henry Hardy (attached Welsh Regiment) is killed in action at age 45.
  • Nurse Elizabeth McMath Warnock (British Red Cross Society attached 8th General Hospital) dies of septicemia at age 31. Her brother was killed in action in March 1918.
  • Lance Corporal Frank Harrowell (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 34. His brother was killed last July at Ypres.
  • Private Alphonsus J Edwards (Newfoundland Regiment) dies of wounds at age 21. His brother died of wounds in July 1916.
  • Private Eli Fillis (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed at age 37. His brother was killed in November 1916.

Wednesday 1 May 1918 We Lost 638

Robert William Brander

Thionville is bombed with a ton of bombs by British airmen.  Bombs are seen to burst on the Carlshutt works where a fire starts.  Several bursts are observed on the barracks and the railway station and sidings. All our machines return safely.

The Newfoundland Legislative Council unanimously passes the second reading of the Conscription Bill.

Early this morning operations east of the River Jordan are resumed.  Australian mounted troops capture Es Salt; the enemies post half way between the Jordan and Hedjaz railways. They capture thirty-three Germans and three hundred seventeen Turkish prisoners.  The infantry attacks the enemy in the foothills south and southwest of the village.  A mounted brigade is sent northward to watch the crossing of the Jordan at Jisr el Damieh.  This is sixteen miles north of the new bridge constructed at El Ghoraniyeh the main crossing of the River Jordan, by the road east from Jericho.  The object of this precaution is to prevent the arrival of enemy reinforcements from Shechem, but the measure fails because a force superior in numbers is sent from the Shechem garrison.

A British detachment in Portuguese East Africa captures an important German convoy retreating from Mwalia (130 miles from the coast at Port Amelia) on the Nanungo containing all the reserve small ammunition of an enemy column.  Mounted infantry patrols rush an enemy post in which are collect a large number of local natives, impressed by the enemy for service as carriers.  These are released and en enemy supply depot is burned.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Naval Surgeon
  • A man whose brother was killed in November 1916
  • A man whose son will die on service as a Military Policeman in the Second World War
  • The son of a member of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Surgeon Robert William Brander (HMS Crescent, Royal Navy) dies of injuries at age 25. His brother has been killed in action in November 1916.  They are the sons of the Procurator Fiscal of Fifeshire at Cupar.
  • Second Lieutenant Archibald Ernest Cooke (Leicestershire Regiment) is killed in action. His son will die on service in the Corps of Military Police in the Second World War.
  • Lance Corporal William James Knight (Oxford & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 30. His brother will be killed in October of this year.
  • Private Arthur Duncan Woolley (Essex Regiment) dies of illness at age 21 after being discharged from service. He is the son of the Reverend Alfred Duncan Woolley Rector of Weston Patrick.

Saturday 27 April 1918 We Lost 973

British forces capture Kifri in Mesopotamia.

At 04:30 the Germans attack the positions held the positions held by the Bedfordshire Regiment.  A heavy barrage falls on the positions prior to an infantry assault.  Eight men are killed including

  • Second Lieutenant Ambrose Ethelston Peel (Bedfordshire Regiment) killed at age 20. His brother was killed in July 1917.

The Newfoundland House of Assembly unanimously passes the Conscription Bill.

Today’s losses include:

  • A man whose son will be killed next June
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Gerald Charles Tunbridge (York and Lancaster Regiment) is killed in Bulgaria at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend James Tunbridge Vicar of Bisbrooke.
  • Lieutenant Lawrence Anselm Storrs Fox (West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend Edwin Storrs Fox Vicar of Hawkser.
  • Lieutenant Roy Agnew Moon (Machine Gun Corps) is killed in action at age 23. His older brother was killed on HMS Lion at the Battle of Jutland.
  • Private Francis Stanley Coneybeer (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother will be killed in July.
  • Private Samuel Watmore (Army Service Corps) is killed in action. His son with the same name will be killed at sea in June.

Monday 21 January 1918 We Lost 222

John Tyssil Davies

Air fighting remains light and the only British casualty of the day is one pilot and his observer taken prisoner.

Father and son both named Andrew Wilson and both serving as sailors on in the Newfoundland Mercantile Marine are killed when S S Beverley is sunk.

Today’s losses include:

  • A father and son killed together
  • The brother of a member of the clergy
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • A man whose brother was killed in April 1917

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant John Tyssil Davies (HMS Hindustan, Royal Navy) dies after an operation at age 39 at Chatham. He is the brother of the Reverend Latimer, Curate of Oystermouth Parish Church.
  • Second Lieutenant John Claud Parry Crosby (Liverpool Regiment) is killed at age 37. He is the son of the Reverend John Hawke Crosby of Ely.
  • Private William Henry Barnard (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 27. His brother was killed last April.

Sunday 4 October 1914 – We Lost 52

S S Florizel

S S Florizel

This evening near Vendresse Second Lieutenant Merton Beckwith Beckwith-Smith (Coldstream Guards) with a party of fifty men attacks and carries with bayonet the advanced German trenches disabling twenty of the enemy for which Beckwith-Smith will be awarded the Distinguished Service Order.  He will die as a prisoner of war of the Japanese on 11 November 1942 having been captured during the fall of Singapore 15 February as General Officer Commanding 18th Infantry Division.

SS Florizel departs Newfoundland bound for England with the first contingent of the Newfoundland Regiment.

A reconnaissance is made by Commander Strong who takes a captured German stern wheel gunboat and penetrates almost as far as Yabassi, fifty miles above Douala.   He also explores some of the tributaries of the Wuri, destroying a telephone communications center at Miang, twenty miles from Douala.

  • A member of the Great Kingshill Cricket Club

Private John Richard Tilbury (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed at age 27. At the time of his death he is serving his last year as a reservist; he had previously served eight years with the colors, six of those being spent in India.  He was a well-known sportsman and keen playing member of the Great Kingshill Cricket Club.

photo from heritage.nf.ca