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Sunday 20 October 1918 We Lost 1,732

Francis Granger Quigley

The monitor M21 strikes two mines off Ostend killing five.  She manages to steam to Dover but sinks there.

Today’s losses include:

  • A battalion commander
  • 33-victory ace
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The son of an Alderman and Justice of the Peace
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • A Liverpool City Police officer

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Bryan John Jones DSO (Leinster Regiment commanding 15th Irish Rifles) is killed at age 44.
  • Captain Francis Granger Quigley DSO MC (Royal Air Force) dies of influenza in Liverpool two days after returning from serving as an instructor in Canada at age 24. He is a thirty-three-victory ace.
  • Captain Noel Martyn Saunders (Border Regiment) is killed at age 35. He is the son of the Reverend Clement Morgan Saunders Rector of Rumboldswyke.
  • Lieutenant Walter Randall Tilling (Royal Naval Reserve) dies at home at age 36. He is the son of the late Alderman George John Tilling JP.
  • Second Lieutenant James Martin Tolson (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 20. His brother was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
  • Second Lieutenant John Haslip Fletcher (Scots Guards) is killed at age 20. His brother died on service at home in October two years ago.
  • Second Lieutenant Edward Westcott King (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 36. He is the son of the late Reverend E G King DD.
  • Private John Pryce (Welsh Guards) a member of the Liverpool City Police is killed in action at age 27.
  • Private William Edward Norman Baker (West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 19. His brother was killed in September 1917.
  • Private Arthur Brennan (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 18. His brother was killed on Gallipoli in 1915.
  • Private Charles Wellavise (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 24. His brother was killed in August 1915.
  • Rifleman Alfred Thomas Watson (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in October 1915.

Wednesday 16 October 1918 We Lost 1,114

John McNamera VC

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • A school headmaster
  • A man whose mother and son were killed in the Lusitania sinking
  • Families that will lose two, three and five sons in the Great War
  • The son of a General
  • An educator
  • The son of a member of the clergy

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain John Francis Leather (Army Service Corps attached King’s Shropshire Light Infantry) dies of pneumonia at age 24. He was the Head of Repton School and a Domus Exhibitioner of Balliol College.
  • Captain Peter Handcock Broughton-Adderley MC (Scots Guards) dies of wounds received the previous day at age 27. He is the son of ‘the Honorable’ F M Broughton-Adderley.
  • Captain Francis Chalton Stephens (Quebec Regiment) dies at home of influenza at age 30. He is the son of the Canadian Liberal politician the Honorable George Washington Stephens Sr and his mother and son were killed in the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915.
  • Lieutenant Charles William Tomkinson (Cheshire Regiment) dies at home at age 25. His brother will be accidentally killed next month just before the armistice.
  • Lieutenant Richard Henry Charles Ewart (Black Watch) is killed in action at age 26. His is the son of Major General ‘Sir’ R H Ewart.
  • Lieutenant James Melville Dewar (Black Watch) is killed in action at age 28. He is an English teacher at George Heriots School, Edinburgh.
  • Second Lieutenant Owen James Butler (Norfolk Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed in June 1916.
  • Cadet James Scott Garden (Royal Air Force) becomes the last of three brothers to be killed in the Great War and the second to die in an aircraft accident when he crashes in Canada at age 23.
  • Corporal John McNamara VC (East Surrey Regiment) is killed in action at age 30. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions on 3rd September of this year.
  • Private Victor Albert Brown (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 21. His brother was killed in April of this year.
  • Private Herbert Newnham (East Surrey Regiment) is killed in action at age 20. His brother was killed in the sinking of HMT Arcadian in April 1917.
  • Private George H Harman (Army Service Corps) dies on service in Mesopotamia. His four brothers have lost their lives in the last two and a half years.
  • Gunner Edwin Borwick Schofield (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 34. He is the son of the Reverend Daniel Schofield Vicar of Stalmine.

Wednesday 29 May 1918 We Lost 788

Edward SetonChance

Captain George Ritchie Hodgson, Flight Lieutenant James Lindsay Gordon, Leading Mechanic Sydney Francis Anderson and Wireless Telegraphist Bertram Harley Millichamp rescue two men from an upturned float in the North Sea.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple battalion commanders
  • The son of a former Member of Parliament
  • Families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • First Class Cricketer for the Hampshire County CC
  • The son of a General
  • A Civilian Chaplain
  • A Red Cross Society Commander

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Lancelot Colin William Deane DSO MC (commanding 6th South Wales Borderers) is killed in action at age 26. He was a head student at George Watson’s College Edinburgh and winner of the Gold Watch given by Watsonians of North America for the best football players of the year.
  • Captain (Brevet Major) (Acting Lieutenant Colonel) Edward Seton Chance (Dragoon Guards commanding 6th Leicestershire Regiment) is killed in action at age 36. He is the son of the former Member of Parliament for Morton, Carlisle, ‘Sir’ Frederick Chance and his younger brother has been killed in 1915.
  • Major Harold Thomas Forsert DSO MC (Royal Marines Light Infantry commanding 2nd Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed at age 39. He played first class cricket for Hampshire County Cricket Club in 1911.
  • Captain (Acting Lieutenant Colonel) Colin Robert Hoste Stirling DSO MC (Cameronians commanding 2nd Berkshire Regiment) dies of wounds received in action five days earlier at Chaulnes at age 24. He is the third son of Brigadier General J W Stirling CB CMG DL to be killed in the Great War. The General lost all his sons in the war.
  • Captain Terence Petty Muspratt MC (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother was killed in March of this year.
  • Captain Frank Copeland Worster MC (Worcestershire Regiment) dies of wounds received in action at age 29. He is the Classical Master at St Paul’s School, and had been 1st in Class in Classical Moderations and “Greats” at St John’s College, Oxford.
  • Civilian Chaplain “the Reverend” W H Spinks (Young Men’s Christian Association) dies of injuries at Etaples received while rescuing a chinaman during an air raid at age 45. He was a Baptist Minister.
  • Second Lieutenant Alfred Bence-Trower (Scots Guards) is killed in action at age 37 one day before his younger brother is killed.
  • Commander Ralph Bonfoy Rooper (French Red Cross Society attached British Red Cross Committee) is killed at Gueux near Rheims at age 23. In April 1915 he joined the Friends Ambulance Unit and served as a motor ambulance driver.  He was rejected for Army service due to health issues and served for some time in the Ministry of Munitions and the Admiralty.  His brother was killed in October of last year.
  • Private Albert Sullivan Gee (West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 24. His brother was killed last October in Salonika.
  • Private Richard J Finney (Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed in July 1916.

Thursday 11 April 1918 We Lost 2,173

Ebenezer Maclay

Captain William Henry Hubbard (Royal Air Force) drives down an enemy machine out of control.

The Turks attack the bridgehead at El Ghoraniyeh and are severely repulsed.

Today’s losses include:

  • The father of 1984 Academy Award winning actress Dame Peggy Ashcroft
  • Multiple sons of member of the clergy
  • A 5-victory ace
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • Brothers killed togeher
  • The son of a Member of Parliament
  • The son of a Baronet
  • The son of a General
  • A South African cricket International
  • The son of a Councillor
  • A former goalkeeper for Hemel Hempstead FC

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major William Worsley Ashcroft (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 39. He is the father of the actress Dame Peggy Ashcroft. She won a 1984 Academy Award as best supporting actress for the film; the New York Film Critics Circle voted her best actress. She played a saintly, enigmatic Englishwoman in David Lean’s film of E. M. Forster’s novel “A Passage to India” and then was cast as a doubting former missionary in a television mini-series, “The Jewel in the Crown” based on Paul Scott’s “Raj Quartet.” The two performances brought her Britain’s top film and television awards. She had previously won a string of awards as the finest actress on the British stage, and she won a special Laurence Olivier Award, London’s major theatrical prize, for lifetime achievement in the theater.
  • Captain Patrick Lyon Playfair (Black Watch) is killed at age 24. He is the son of the late Reverend Patrick M Playfair DD.
  • Captain Kelvin Crawford (Royal Air Force) a five-victory ace is killed in action at age 22.
  • Captain William Askham (Army Cyclist Corps) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed in August 1916.
  • Captain Arthur Walsh MC (South Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 26 at Locon. He is the son of Stephen Walsh MP.
  • Lieutenant Ebenezer Maclay (Scots Guards) is killed at age 27. He is the son of the Baronet ‘Sir’ Joseph Paton Maclay who lost two sons in June 1915 within three days of each other on Gallipoli.
  • Lieutenant E Gilderthorp (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 26 the day before he brother met the same fate.
  • Lieutenant Dennistoun Hamilton Yatman (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 19. He is the son of Brigadier General Clement Yatman CMG DSO.
  • Second Lieutenant George J Stranger (Guernsey Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 23. His older brother Harry received a wound during the same engagement that will prove fatal one month later and their younger brother has been killed in action three weeks earlier.
  • Second Lieutenant Charles R Shaw (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed in action at age 29. His brother will be killed in October.
  • Second Lieutenant John Ormonde Butler (General List attached Royal Air Force) dies of wounds as a prisoner of war received 24th March at age 19. He is the only son of the Reverend Robert Moore Peile Butler Rector of Priston.
  • Corporal Arthur Edward Ochse (South African Infantry) is killed in action at age 48. He appeared in two test cricket matches in 1888 for South Africa becoming the youngest South African test debutant.
  • Corporal Albert Harrison MM (South Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 31. He is the son of Councillor Walter Harrison.
  • Trooper Robert James Crozier (Australian Light Horse) is killed in action in Palestine at age 21. His brother died of wounds in January 1917.
  • Brothers and Gunner Malcolm, 20, and William McIsaac, 26, are killed together serving with the Royal Garrison Artillery and are buried in adjacent graves in Arras Faubourg d’Amiens Cemetery.
  • Private George Thomas Perry (Essex Regiment) is killed in action. He is a former goalkeeper for Hemel Hempstead Football Club.
  • Private Cuthbert William Nesbit (Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend John William Nesbit Rector of Loudborough.

Wednesday 27 February 1918 We Lost 213

Dennis Ivor & Miles Jeffrey Game Day

Flight Commodore Miles Jeffrey Game Day DSC (Royal Naval Air Service) drowns after being shot down in an action with six enemy aircraft twenty-five miles north of Dunkirk.  His machine is hit and busts into flames, he then nosedives, flattens out and lands in the water.  He is seen to scramble onto the rear of the fuselage and wave to other members of his flight, who drop a lifebelt to him. Another aircraft is dispatched with a life-raft as soon as the flight lands, and a motor launch from Dunkirk reaches his reported position within 90 minutes, but no trace can be found of him or his aircraft. He is a noted oarsman at Cambridge rowing Blue and one of the Great War Poets and dies at age 21.  He is also a 5-victory ace. His brother was killed in October 1915. On hearing of his elder brother’s death, he composed a six-verse memorial poem entitled “To My Brother”, in which he reminisces on the dawning of a day on the Ouse which had played such an important part in his late brother’s life. It commences:

This will I do when we have peace again,

Peace and return to ease my heart of pain.

Crouched in the brittle reed beds wrapped in grey,

I’ll watch the drawing of the winter’s day.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Great War Poet
  • A 5-victory ace
  • The grandson of a Sheriff
  • A gardener of the Earl of Rosebery
  • A family that will lose two sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Ralph H Jarvis MC (Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed in England at age 27. He is the grandson of the late Sheriff Jarvis of Toronto.
  • Private George Shearlaw Young (Scots Guards) is killed at Arras at age 21. He is a gardener employed by the Earl of Rosebery at Dalmeny.

Wednesday 28 November 1917 We Lost 803

Machin brothers honoured

The Cambrai offensive officially ends and the British troops are ordered to lay wire and dig in and the Germans are quick to concentrate their artillery on the new British positions. Today over 16,000 rounds are fired into Bourlon Wood.

Colonel Tafel in command of 3,500 German troops from Mahenge cut off from the main for of von Lettow-Vorbeck surrenders near Newala, British East Africa.

The Guards Division clear Fontaine Notre Dame, but are counter-attacked by two German divisions and forced back.

Today’s losses include:

  • The grandson of a General and Justice of the Peace
  • The grandson of a member of the clergy
  • A man killed on the day his grandfather is buried
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • A family that will lose four sons in the Great War
  • Two brothers killed together
  • A Birmingham Police Officer

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain (Brevet Major) Greville John Massey Bagot Chester (Scots Guards) is killed at age 52. He is fine athlete who won many running and jumping competitions. He once won a bet for 100 pounds that he could ride, run and walk a mile in under 20 minutes. He is the grandson of Lieutenant General John Chester JP.
  • Captain Robert Chichester Drummond DSO (Coldstream Guards) is killed at age 21. This is the day his grandfather the Bishop of Chichester is buried.
  • Captain William Norman Lowe (Highland Light Infantry attached South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 28. He is the son of Lieutenant Colonel T E Lowe OBE TD JP.
  • Private George Fisher (Highland Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 19. His brother died of wounds on Gallipoli in 1915.
  • Private Charles, 26, and Sergeant William Ernest Machin, 28, are killed while serving with the Lincolnshire Yeomanry in Palestine.
  • Private Jesse Hughes (Welsh Guards) is killed at age 29. He is a Birmingham Policeman and his brother also a policeman was killed in June 1916.
  • Private James McClelland (Highland Light Infantry) is killed at age 22 becoming the last of four brothers who are killed in the war.

Tuesday 27 November 1917 We Lost 1,152

Arthur Middleton Kinnaird

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

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

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

Today’s losses include:

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

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

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

Sunday 25 November 1917 We Lost 780

Temporary Lieutenant Arthur Christopher Paul Mackworth (Rifle Brigade attached MI5) dies at home at age 31.  His brother was killed in November 1914 and they are sons of ‘Sir’ Arthur William Mackworth 6th Baronet. A third brother was killed serving in the West Surrey Regiment at Ladysmith in January 1900.

Today’s losses include:

  • A son of a Baronet
  • Multiples families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • A man whose brother was killed in the South Africa War
  • The Captain of the Devon County hockey team
  • A man whose brother will be killed in the blitz in 1940 after serving in the Great War
  • A descendant of a Peninsular War veteran
  • The son of the Lancashire Constabulary

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Harry Archer DSO (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 28. He is the sometime Captain of the Devon County hockey team.
  • Gunner Frederick G Potten (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed in action. His brother Arthur Edward will serve in the Royal Garrison Artillery during the Great War and will survive.  He will then be killed in a German air raid on Folkestone on the 5th October 1940.
  • Private Edward J Sutherland (Seaforth Highlanders) dies of wounds received in action at Cambrai. His brother was killed in action in October 1916.
  • Private William Hill (Black Watch) is killed in action at age 25. His brother was killed six weeks earlier.
  • Private John K Smith (Scots Guards) is killed at age 29. His brother will be killed in October 1918.
  • Trooper John Dennis Jenkinson (Lancers) dies of wounds at age 19 at the 61st Field Ambulance. He is a direct descendant of a soldier who served in the Peninsular War and the son of the Superintendent of the Lancashire Constabulary.
  • Private Arnold L Lilley (Highland Light Infantry) is killed at age 27. His son will be killed in May 1944.

 

Tuesday 16 October 1917 We Lost 772

Today’s losses include:

  • An orchestra director
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • A family that will lose four sons in the Great Wara
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • The grandson of a General

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Alexander Lynam de Courcy Stretton MC (South Lancashire Regiment attached Nigeria Regiment) is killed in East Africa. He is the third of four brothers who are killed in the Great War.
  • Captain Arthur Gerald Brian (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) dies of wounds at age 22. His brother was killed in May 1915.
  • Lieutenant Harry James Graham Stirling Miller-Stirling (Nigeria Regiment West Africa Frontier Force) is killed in East Africa at age 31. His brother was killed seven months ago.
  • Lieutenant Armar Somerset Butler (South Lancashire Regiment attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed in Greece at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend Pierce Butler Vicar of Winterslow and nephew of Major James Arman Butler known as the Hero of Silistria. His brother was killed in the sinking of HMS Hampshire and they are grandsons of the late General the Honorable H E Butler who fought in the Peninsular War.
  • Lieutenant Percy Weyman (Lancashire Fusiliers) dies of wounds in Palestine at age 23. His brother was accidentally killed in August 1916.
  • Sergeant Albert Gage (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action. His brother was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
  • Lance Corporal David Hill (Scots Guards) dies of wounds received in action at age 19. His brother will be killed in six weeks.
  • Private John Gillard (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 37. His brother was killed in December 1915.
  • Gunner T Bert Harding (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 31. He is the Orchestra Director for the Alexandra Widnes Lancashire.
  • Private Benjamin Badger (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed in action. His brother will be killed next May.
  • Private Ernest Boyd Barrett (Royal Army Medical Corps) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed in October 1914.

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.