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Friday 27 September 1918 We Lost 3,297

Captain William Henry Hubbard (Royal Air Force) while flying at altitudes between two and fifteen hundred feet engages and silences many anti-tank guns, thereby rendering valuable service.  He at the same time completes a detailed and accurate reconnaissance of the area, locating the position of our troops. Lieutenant Gerald Anderson and Second Lieutenant Thomas Sydney Chiltern (Royal Air Force) bring down a Fokker D VII at Lambersart.

Lieutenant James Edward Maddox MM (Cheshire Regiment) is instructing a class in throwing live bombs.  One of the men after withdrawing the pin from a Mills No V Mark 1 Grenade accidentally drops the grenade in the trench and then apparently through fright falls on it.  Lieutenant Maddox with great presence of mind immediately pulls the man off the grenade seizes it and throws it over the parapet where it explodes almost immediately saving the man’s life.  For his actions Lieutenant Maddox will be awarded the Albert Medal.

  • The highest scoring ace of 22 Royal Air Force is killed in action east of Cambrai along with observer who is also an ace. Captain Samuel Frederick Henry ‘Siffy’ Thompson MC DFC (Royal Air Force) is a thirty-victory ace while his observer
  • Lieutenant Thomas Clifford John Tolman is also killed at age 21. He is an eight-victory observer ace.
  • Lieutenant Gavin Black Motherwell McMurdo (Royal Air Force) is killed at home at age 19. His two brothers will both die on service in 1919.
  • Sergeant Thomas Proctor (Royal Air Force) an observer ace with five victories is killed in action when his BF2b is shot down near Abancourt by German ace Fritz Classen.

“Sanders Keep” is a German fortification two kilometers south west of Graincourt-Les-Havrincourt between the Hermies and Havrincourt roads. Today it is stormed by the Guards regiments. Among those killed in the battle is

  • Captain William Herbert Gladstone MC (Coldstream Guards) he is the son of the Reverend Stephen Edward Gladstone Rector of Barrowby and the grandson of the late Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone.
  • Second Lieutenant Alexander Grant (Grenadier Guards) is killed at age 19. He is the son of Alexander Grant KC.

During this operation (part of Battle of Canal du Nord) Captain Cyril Hubert Frisby (Coldstream Guards) is detailed to capture a canal crossing but when the canal is reading the leading platoon comes under annihilating fire from a strong enemy post under the bridge on the far side of the canal. Captain Frisby with Lance Corporal Thomas Norman Jackson and two others climb down into the canal under intense fire and succeed in capturing the post with two machines and twelve men. They then give timely support to a company which has lost all its officers and sergeants, organizing the defences and beating off a heavy counter attack. Both men will be awarded the Victoria Cross, though Lance Corporal Jackson will be killed at age 21 during the operation.

At Flesquières, France, when his company is held up during the advance by heavy machine-gun fire, Corporal Thomas Patrick Neely VC (Lancaster Regiment) realising the seriousness of the situation, at once under point-blank fire, dashes out with two men and rushes the gun positions, disposing of the garrisons and capturing three machine-guns. Subsequently, on two occasions, he rushes concrete strong-points, killing or capturing the occupants. His actions enabled his company to advance 3,000 yards along the Hindenburg support line. For his actions today he will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross as he is killed three days later in action at Rumilly-en-Cambrésis, just south of Cambrai, France.

Today’s losses include:

  • Royal Air Force ace
    • 30-victory ace
    • 8-victory ace
    • 5-victory ace
  • A grandson of the late Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • A family that will lose five sons in the Great War
  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • A General
  • A battalion commander
  • A man son will be born next year
  • The son of the Assistant Master of Eton College
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The grandson of a member of the clergy
  • The son of His Majesties Consul Athens
  • A England International and Olympic footballer
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • A man whose son will be killed in May 1940

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Brigadier General Gilbert Burrell Spencer Follett DSO MVO General Officer Commanding 3rd Guards Brigade Guards Division is killed in action at age 40.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Hugh Alexander Ross DSO (commanding 2nd Gordon Highlanders) is killed at age 38 by a shell while crossing the Piave in Italy.
  • Captain James Philip Crawford (Central Ontario Regiment) dies of wounds at age 33. He is the son of “the Honorable” Thomas Crawford.
  • Captain James Shuckburgh Carter (Grenadier Guards) is killed at age 37. His son will be born next year while his younger brother will be killed next month. They are sons of the Assistant Master of Eton College and grandsons of the Reverend Thomas Thelluson Carter.
  • Captain Francis Geoffrey Eliot MC (Royal Marines Light Infantry) is killed at age 28. He is the last of three brothers who have been killed in the war.
  • Lieutenant Francis Rowlands Harker-Thomas (Central Ontario Regiment) is killed at age 32. His brother was killed in January 1917.
  • Lieutenant Percy Baglietto Cottrell MC (Royal Fusiliers attached General Staff) dies of wounds at Salonika at age 25. He is the son of His Majesties Consul Athens.
  • Lieutenant Joseph Dines (Liverpool Regiment) is killed by machine gun fire. He is well known as the “smiling footballer” who made his international debut for England versus Wales in 1910.  He also played international matches in the Olympics and for Millwall.
  • Lieutenant Arnold Oughtres Vick (Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at Epinoy at age 29. He is the son of Richard William Vick JP.
  • Lieutenant John Cecil Butler Prince (London Regiment) is killed at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend John Henry Prince Vicar of Braunton.
  • Lieutenant Charles Wilfred Eales (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend Henry William Eales Vicar of Lewannick. Second Lieutenant Arthur Saunders Jones (Royal Air Force) is killed at age 18. His brother was killed last April and they are sons of the Reverend William Jones.
  • Second Lieutenant Howard Cross (London Regiment) is killed in action. His son will be killed in May 1940.
  • Second Lieutenant Archibald Hugh O’Farrell (Irish Guards) is killed at age 19. He is the only son of ‘Sir’ Edward O’Farrell KCB.
  • Corporal Arthur Norfield MM (Saskatchewan Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother will die on service in January 1919.
  • Corporal A George Hercock (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 21. His brother was killed in March of this year.
  • Gunner Andrew Walsh (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action one day before his brother is killed. The two official forms (B.104.82) containing the news of their deaths arrive at their parent’s home within one hour of each other.
  • Private William Munns (Sussex Regiment) dies of wounds received in action at age 24. His brother was killed in action in April 1915.
  • Rifleman Frank Woodhead Pogson (London Regiment) is killed in action at age 22. His brother was killed on the last day of March 1918.
  • Private Thomas Herbert Ingrey (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 23. His older brother was killed in October 1916.
  • Private Reginald Cecil Stephen Rogers (Royal Army Medical Corps) is killed by a shell explosion at age 27.
  • Private Arthur Henry Hammond (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother died of wounds in April of this year.
  • Private Walter Halverson (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed on the first day of the battle of the Somme.
  • Private Sydney Strike (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) is killed on Salonika at age 23. His brother died on service with the Royal Naval Division in February 1915.
  • Private Lewis Wyndham Jarvis (British Columbia Regiment) is killed at age 38. He is a veteran of the South African War and is one of five brothers who are killed in the war.
  • Driver George Fred Wheeler (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed in October 1915.
  • Private Arthur Oakley (Shropshire Light Infantry) is killed. His brother was killed last November.
  • Private Arthur Wyman (Alberta Regiment) is killed at age 26. His brother was killed in June 1916.

Monday 2 September 1918 We Lost 3,129

Hugh McIver VC

Private Francis Turbutt Earley (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) dies of wounds received the previous day in the chest at age 19.  The young journalist wrote his last letter home the afternoon that he would later be wounded on.

My Dear Father,                                                                                                                 It is a strange feeling to me but a very real one, that every letter now that I write home to you or to the little sisters may be the last that I shall write or you read.  I do not want you to think that I am depressed; indeed on the contrary, I am very cheerful. But out here, in odd moments the realization comes to me of how close death is to us. A week ago I was talking with a man, a Catholic, from Preston, who had been out here for nearly four years, untouched. He was looking forward with certainty to going on leave soon.  And now he is dead – killed in a moment during our last advance.  Well it was God.  I say this to you because I hope that you will realize, as I do, the possibility of the like happening to myself.  I feel glad myself that I can look the fact in the face without fear or misgiving.  Much as I hope to live thro’ it all for your sakes and my little sisters!  I am quite prepared to give my life as so many have done before me.

Lieutenant James Pomeroy Cavers and Lieutenant F D Travers (Royal Air Force) share a victory over an enemy aircraft on the Balkan front.

Lieutenant Colonel Richard Annesley West (North Irish Horse commanding 6th Tank Corps) VC DSO MC is killed at Vaulx-Vraucourt at age 40.  He is a veteran of the South Africa War. He arrives at the front line when the enemy is delivering a local counter-attack. The infantry battalion has suffered heavy officer casualties and realizing the danger if they give way, and despite the enemy being almost upon them, Colonel West rides up and down in face of certain death, encouraging the men. He is eventually riddled with bullets and killed on the spot. For his actions today and previously at Courcelles he will be awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously.

At Pronville, France, Chief Petty Officer George Henry Prowse (Drake Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) leads a small party of men against an enemy strong-point, capturing it, together with 23 prisoners and 5 machine-guns. On three other occasions he displays great heroism in dealing with difficult and dangerous situations, and at one time he dashes forward and attacks and captures two machine-gun posts, killing six of the enemy and taking 13 prisoners and two machine-guns. He is the only survivor of this gallant party, but his action enabled the battalion to push forward in comparative safety. For his actions he will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross as he will be killed in twenty-five days at age 32.

Private Hugh McIver VC MM (Royal Scots) is killed at age 28 near Courcelles ten days after performing acts that will result in him being awarded the Victoria Cross.  On 23rd August 1918 east of Courcelle-le Compte, France, he was employed as a company-runner and under heavy artillery and machine-gun fire carried messages regardless of his own safety. Single-handed he pursued an enemy scout into a machine-gun post and having killed six of the garrison, captured 20 prisoners and two machine-guns. Later he succeeded, at great personal risk, in stopping the fire of a British tank which was directed in error against our own troops.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple Victoria Cross winners
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • A Vancouver Police Department Constable
  • A 10-victory ace
  • The son of the town of Inchinman School Master
  • A Vaudeville acrobat
  • A man whose father was killed in the South Africa War
  • A young journalist

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Thomas Barker Merrick MC (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend W B Merrick.
  • Lieutenant Eric Drummond-Hay (Manitoba Regiment) is killed in action at age 20. His brother was killed less than three weeks before.
  • Lieutenant Alex Campbell-Johnston (Manitoba Regiment) is killed at age 18. He enlisted at age 15 and his brother will be killed tomorrow.
  • Lieutenant John Elliott (Manitoba Regiment) is killed in action at age 29. He was a constable for the Vancouver Police Department.
  • Lieutenant Alexander Wilson Milligan (British Columbia Regiment) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed in March of this year.
  • Lieutenant Valentine St Barbe Collins (Royal Air Force) is killed at age 24. He is a 10 victory ace.
  • Lieutenant Walton Downing Thompson (Welsh Fusiliers attached Highland Light Infantry) dies of wounds received in action one week prior at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend Frank Thompson.
  • Lieutenant Leonard Widlake Dean (New Zealand Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 26. He is the son of the Reverend Oliver Dean.
  • Second Lieutenant Ralph Frederick Talbot (Royal Air Force) is killed at age 20. His brother died of wounds in July 1915.
  • Second Lieutenant Kenneth Clark Crawford (Scots Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 35. He is the son of the School Headmaster of the town of Inchinnan.
  • Second Lieutenant Horace Walter Hill (Berkshire Regiment) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
  • CSM Andrew Aitken (Black Watch) dies of wounds at age 39. His brother died of wounds in December of last year in Palestine.
  • Private Bertram Eldridge (Sussex Regiment, Sussex Yeomanry) is killed at age 22. His brother was killed in April of this year.
  • Private P Spivey (Yorkshire and Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 25. His brother was killed last April.
  • Private Frederick Newland (London Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed serving on HMS Lion at Jutland.
  • Private Robert George Hassall (Saskatchewan Regiment) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Thomas Lionel George Hassall Rector of Rearsby.
  • Private Wilfred Tompkins (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 20. He is an acrobat on the vaudeville stage.
  • Private Alfred Clinton Totty (Manitoba Regiment0 is killed at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend Benjamin Totty of Moosehide Mission Dawson Yukon.
  • Private Harold Heathman (Irish Fusiliers) is killed at age 18. His brother was killed in September 1916.
  • Private Arthur Downs Sales (Sussex Regiment) is killed at age 19. His father was killed serving in the Inniskilling Dragoons in the South African War.
  • Private Ernest Clough (Cheshire Regiment) is killed at age 31. His brother was killed in October 1916.

Thursday 22 August 1918 We Lost 1,603

Oswald Cawley MP

Lieutenant Frederick Stanley Gordon (Royal Air Force) achieves his fifth victory when he shoots down an LVG C over Estaires.

Lieutenant Commander Victor James Bowden-Smith (HMML #403, Royal Navy) is killed at age 31 when his ship is blown up in Runswick Bay while endeavouring to salve a German torpedo.   He is the son of the late Reverend F H Bowden-Smith.

Second Officer Alfred Buchanan Cheetham (SS Prunelle, Mercantile Marine) is killed at age 51 when his ship is sunk after being torpedoed.  He was a member of several Antarctic expeditions and served as the third officer for both the Nimrod and the 1914 to 1917 Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition.  His son William Alfred Cheetham was killed at sea when SS Adriatic disappeared in 1916.  Eleven others on the Prunelle including the master are also killed.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Member of Parliament
  • The son of Baron Cawley
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A member of multiple Antarctic expeditions
  • A man whose son was previously killed in the Great War
  • A man whose son will be killed in the Second World War
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three son in the Great War
  • A man whose brother-in-law will lead the invasion of Tunisia in the Second World War
  • A 24-victory observer ace
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • A Military Chaplain while conducting a burial service
  • A man who has three cousins killed in the Great War
  • A man whose mother was so distraught by his death that she requested his name not be included in the local memorial constructed after the war

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain ‘the Honorable’ Oswald Cawley (Shropshire and Cheshire Yeomanry) is killed in action near Merville at age 35. He is the son of the 1st Baron Cawley of Prestwich a Member of Parliament. The Captain was elected Member of Parliament for Prestwich Division in February of this year to succeed his father and has had two brother previously killed in the Great War.
  • Captain John Kenneth Samuel Page MC (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother will be killed next month.
  • Lieutenant Hedley John Goodyear MC (Central Ontario Regiment) becomes the third son of Josiah and Louisa Goodyear to be killed in the Great War. He dies at age 31 and his two brothers have been killed in 1916 and 1917.
  • Lieutenant John Algernon Wynyard Peyton (Norfolk Regiment) is killed in action at age 25. His younger brother has been killed in July of the previous year.
  • Lieutenant (Acting Captain) Ralph Dominic Gamble MC (Coldstream Guards) age 21 is killed in action while leading his company into heavy fog and taking an enemy position without the aid of the tanks allocated to support him at Moyenville. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Reginald Arthur Gamble and brother-in-law of General ‘Sir’ Kenneth Arthur Noel Anderson KCB MC commander of the First Army during Operation Torch, the Allied invasion of Tunisia.
  • Lieutenant Keith Herbert Clayton (Cambridgeshire Regiment) is killed at age 33. His son will be killed in the Second World War.
  • Lieutenant Francis Charles Plowden (Shropshire Yeomanry attached Shropshire Light Infantry) dies of wounds received in action at age 40. He is the son of Lady Plowden of Plowden Hall.
  • Lieutenant Tom Cecil Noel (Royal Air Force) is killed in action at age 20 when he and his pilot are shot down near Westroosebeke. He is a twenty-four victory observer ace.
  • Lieutenant Norman Dunlop Galbraith (Highland Light Infantry) becomes the third son of W B Galbraith JP to die in the War when he is killed at age 22.
  • Second Lieutenant M I Malton (East Kent Regiment) is killed at age 26. He is the son of the Reverend William H C Malton.
  • Second Lieutenant Percy William Moss (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 36. His brother was killed in March.
  • Second Lieutenant Percival James Flory (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed in action. He has two brothers who will die in service this year.  They are sons of the Reverend Henry William Flory Vicar of St Matthew’s Littleport.
  • Chaplain James Herbert Reginald Lendrum MC (attached Royal Lancaster Regiment) is killed by a shell with three others while conducting a burial service at age 31. He was the Curate of Apsley End from 1913 until last year.
  • Corporal L G Moore (Duke of Cornwall’s Infantry) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed in March 1917.
  • Lance Corporal Reginald Mustoe (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed in April 1915.
  • Rifleman Alfred Ernest Coomber (London Regiment) becomes the third son of George and Elizabeth Coomber to be killed in the Great War. He dies at age 40 and his two brothers have been killed in 1916 and 1917.
  • Private John Stanley (Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed at age 19. His older brother was killed in November 1914.
  • Private Ernest A Pettingale (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed at age 18. His brother was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
  • Private Stephen Lucas (Cambridgeshire Regiment) is killed at age 25. His mother is so distraught by his death she requests that his name not be included in the local memorial constructed after the war.
  • Private Edward John Avery (Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed in March of this year.
  • Private Thomas Abbotts (North Staffordshire Regiment) dies at home at age 24. His brother was killed in action while serving in the same regiment in July 1915.
  • Private Sidney Francis Hatch (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 21. He has three cousins who will be killed in action.
  • Private Sydney George Bowden (Sherwood Foresters) is killed at age 21. His brother died of wounds in February 1917.
  • Private Charles Edward Kennedy (Essex Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in December 1914.
  • Private Charles Jackson MM (Royal Fusiliers) is killed. He is the middle of three brothers who lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Private Louis Brereton Jones (Middlesex Regiment) is killed at age 25. His brother will be killed tomorrow.

Saturday 3 August 1918 We Lost 420

Violet Alice Lambton Long OBE

S S Warilda, an ambulance transport, is torpedoed and sunk between Le Havre and Southampton, and one hundred nine patients and seven of the crew are killed or drowned. Killed in the sinking

  • Captain Reginald Lightbrown Bolton (Manchester Regiment) who played for his country Rugby team and was a social worker prior to joining the army.
  • Deputy Chief Controller Violet Alice Lambton Long OBE (Queen Mary Auxiliary Army Corps) when after ensuring all 11 of her charges are safely in lifeboats she attempts to escape the sinking ship herself only to become entangled in ropes and crushed against the side of the ship.

Lieutenant (Temporary Captain) Frederick Warrington Gillett (Royal Air Force) shoots down the first of twelve enemy aircraft he will destroy by the end of the war.

A large-scale Allied intervention begins at Vladivostok.

Today’s losses include:

  • A member of Queen Mary’s Auxiliary Army Corps
  • An England Rugby International
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain David Maxwell MC (Black Watch) dies of wounds received in action two days prior at age 28. His brother was killed on Gallipoli in October 1915.
  • Captain Henry George Westmorland Wood DSO (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed at age 29. His brother was killed in September 1915.
  • Private George Moncrieff (Gordon Highlanders) is killed by a shell splinter at age 20. His brother was killed on the first day of the battle of the Somme.

Friday 14 June 1918 We Lost 339

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of a General
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major Harold Lake Compton Turner (Gurkha Rifles) dies of heat stroke in India at age 45. He is the elder son of the late Major General S (RE, Inspector General of Military Works).
  • Second Lieutenant (Temporary Lieutenant) (Machine Gun Corps attached Royal Air Force) Cyril Thomas Lovell is killed in a flying accident at age 22. He is the only son of Samuel Marchant Lovell JP.
  • Private Harry Carter (Bedfordshire Regiment) dies of wounds received in action at age 27. His brother was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
  • Private Robert W Hewitt (Cheshire Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in May 1915.

Wednesday 8 May 1918 We Lost 816

Edward Budd

While on a line patrol, Captain Eldon Abraham Burn (Royal Air Force) has his machine badly damaged by anti-aircraft fire, both upper longerons being completely severed.  Despite this he flies on for another hour and completes the patrol.  A flight of six SE5a’s from 74th Squadron is pounced upon by ten Fokker Tri-planes east of Zillebeke.  Three of the British aircraft are shot down, two of the pilots being killed.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • A family that will lose four sons in the Great War
  • A military Chaplain
  • The son of a Naval Chaplain
  • An 8-victory ace
  • A man whose brother will be killed in the Second World War
  • A man whose son will be killed in the Second World War
  • The brother of a Victoria Cross winner
  • The son of the 5th Lord Clamorrris

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Francis Ingleby Harrison (Royal West Kent Regiment attached Royal Air Force) is killed when his HP 0/100 is shot down over Bruges Docks at age 35. He is the son of the Reverend John James Harrison Chaplain and Royal Navy Instructor.
  • Captain Roderick McDonald (Royal Air Force) an 8-victory ace is killed at age 24.
  • Captain Edward Budd (Irish Guards) MC is killed in action at age 24. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Cecil L Budd, KBE.
  • Lieutenant Herbert Frederic Miles (Australian Infantry) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend Frederic James Miles DSO OBE.
  • Chaplain 4th Class the Reverend Alexander Allen (attached New Zealand Rifle Brigade) is killed in action at age 34.
  • Lieutenant Arthur Burrell Thorne (Royal Air Force) is killed in a flying accident at age 23. His brother will be killed in action on 2nd March 1942.
  • Second Lieutenant the Honorable Richard Gerald Ava Bingham (Royal Air Force) is killed at age 22. He is the youngest son of the late John George Barry Bingham 5th Lord Clamorris and his brother was awarded the Victoria Cross at Jutland.
  • Second Lieutenant Myer Joseph Levine (Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed in an airplane collision at home at age 18. His brother died on service in England almost one year ago and the brothers are buried in the same local cemetery.
  • Sergeant Delacy C Berrington (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 30. His brother died of wounds in March 1916.
  • Corporal Henry Wallace Impey (Suffolk Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
  • Private Reginald Thornton (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 19. His brother was killed in August 1915.
  • Private Samuel George Nash (Royal Army Medical Corps) is killed in action. His brother will be killed in August 1918.
  • Private Henry Miller (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 27. His brother was killed when HMS Abourkir was sunk in September 1914.
  • Private Nathan Zimmerman (Yorkshire Regiment) is killed. He is one of four brothers who will be killed in the Great War.
  • Private William McKendrick (Labour Corps) dies of wounds. His brother was killed last year.
  • Private Leslie Strudwick Elphick (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed at age 18. His brother will be killed in August and they are sons of the Reverend James Studwick Elphick Vicar of St Mark’s Forest Gate.
  • Private Samuel Melling (Central Ontario Regiment) is killed at age 38. His son will be killed in October 1944.

Wednesday 24 April 1918 We Lost 1,695

Nursing Sister Agnes Florien Forneri (Canadian Army Medical Service) dies in England at age 39 of a peptic ulcer. Her brother was killed in March 1917 and they are children of the Reverend Canon Richard Sykes Forneri Rector of St Luke’s Kingston, Ontario.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Bradford City FC player
  • A Nursing Sister
  • Multiple families that will lose two children in the Great War
  • A battalion commander
  • The son of a former Aide de Camp to General Henderson
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The brother of a Great War diarist
  • A man whose son will be killed in November 1943

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Grey Latham DSO MC (commanding 2nd Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 46. He is the son of William Latham KC.
  • Captain John Patrick Francis Kennedy (Rifle Brigade) is killed in action at age 26. He is the son of ‘Sir’ John Kennedy KCMG of His Majesties Diplomatic Service and had served as Aide de Camp to General Sir Bruce Hamilton.
  • Captain Learo Aylmer Henry Hackett MC (Irish Rifles) is killed. Captain Norman Ansley Magor DSC (Royal Air Force) is killed in air combat over England at age 27. His brother was killed in air combat on the Western Front two days ago.
  • Captain Henry Harris Jago MC (Devonshire Regiment) is killed in action. His brother has been killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
  • Lieutenant Francis Sinclair Burt (Machine Gun Corps AIF) is killed in action. He is the son of the ‘Honorable’ Septimus KC and is 32 years of age.
  • Second Lieutenant John Webb Bocking (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry attached London Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother will be killed in August and they are sons of the Reverend John Child Bocking Vicar of Gnosall.
  • Sergeant Frederick Charles Chandler (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 21. His two younger brothers will lose their lives in the Great War, the first in 1916 the second six days ago.
  • Corporal Ernest Bartholomew MM (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed in action at age 24. His brother Percy was killed on 21st March
  • Lance Corporal George Henry Hainsworth (East Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 24. His brother will die of wounds in November.
  • Gunner Robert Torrance (Royal Field Artillery) is killed when the hospital he is in is hit by enemy shelling. He is a famous Bradford City center halfback, whose smash up tactics did a great deal to help with the Football Association English Cup for the Valley Parade Club when they met Newcastle United in the replayed final at Old Trafford in 1911.  He played for the Bradford City and the Kirkintilloch Harp Football Clubs.
  • Private Joseph Swinburn (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 37. His brother was killed last December.
  • Private Christian Munro (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed in July last year and a third brother will have his diaries published after the war as Diaries of a stretcher-bearer 1916-18.
  • Private John Edgar Garner (Leicestershire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 26. His brother was killed last month.
  • Bombardier Hary Pether Burton (Australian Field Artillery) is killed at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend Alfred Burton Rector of Swan West Australia.
  • Private Geoffrey William Edward Greatorex (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Theophilius Greatorex Rector of Guildford Western Australia.
  • Private Edgar Woodman (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 31. His son will lose his life in November 1943 serving in the military.
  • Private Henry Fletcher Gallaher (Australian Infantry) is killed in action. His brothers were killed in June 1916 and October 1917.
  • Private Joseph Kitching (Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed at age 25. His brother died of wounds as a prisoner of war in November 1917.
  • Private Harold Edward Harrison (West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 19. His step-brother was killed last October.

Monday 22 April 1918 We Lost 1,001

The steamship SS Luis is struck by a torpedo in the stokehold three and a half miles south east from St Catherine’s.  The engine room becomes full of escaping steam and the second engineer Robert Coulson and the fourth engineer are seriously scalded.  Instead of making for safety Mr. Coulson in spite of his injuries carries the fourth engineer, who is in a helpless condition, up the engine room ladders to the top platform, out of immediate danger of steam and the inrush of water and he then collapses exhausted.  The chief engineer who had run to the engine room from the bridge assists both men out of the engine room and with help manages to get them into a life boat.  The ship will sink and after being landed both injured engineers are taken to a hospital where they will succumb to their injuries, Mr. Coulson in ten days.  For his actions Mr. Coulson will be posthumously awarded the Albert Medal.

Today’s losses include:

  • An Albert Medal winner
  • A battalion commander
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The son-in-law of a member of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • A family that will lose four sons in the Great War
  • An Australian Rugby footballer
  • The former Captain of cricket, football and hockey teams at Queen’s College Cambridge

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Francis Arthur William Armitage (West Yorkshire Regiment commanding 1st Hampshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 34. He is the son in law of the Reverend C R Day CMG Assistant Chaplain General of the BEF.
  • Major Frank Northey Harston MC (East Lancashire Regiment) is killed in action at age 27. He is the son of HM Inspector of Factories.
  • Captain George Gordon Miln (Cheshire Regiment) is killed in action. His brother will be killed next month.
  • Captain John Eric Trevor-Jones MC (Rifle Brigade) is killed in action at age 20. His older brother was killed in action on the first day of the battle of the Somme.
  • Captain Jervoise Purefoy Causton (Hampshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend Canon Francis Jervoise Causton Master of St Goss.
  • Captain Clarence Wallach MC (Australian Infantry) is killed in action at age 28. He was an Australian Rugby football player and his brother was killed in May 1916.
  • Captain Gerald Atkinson Magr (Royal Air Force) is killed over Moreuil Wood at age 21. His brother will be killed in two days in air combat over England.
  • Lieutenant Herbert Cyril Ramsay (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 27. He is the son of the Reverend W B Ramsay.
  • Lieutenant Lestock Handley Adams (Rifle Brigade) is killed in action at Pacant Wood at age 30. He is the son of the Reverend Henry Frederick Spencer Adams Vicar of Holy Trinity Redhall and had captained the cricket, football and hockey teams at Queen’s College, Cambridge.
  • Second Lieutenant Sidney Emlyn Jenkins Welsh Fusiliers) is killed at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend Rhys Jenkins.
  • Second Lieutenant Lewis Laugharne Morgan MC (Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed as an instructor in England at age 24. He lost a leg in 1917 and rejoined in March 1918. His cousin was killed in Palestine last month.
  • Second Lieutenant Ernest Cecil Watson Deacon (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry attached Royal Air Force) is killed in action at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend Ernest Deacon.
  • Private Benjamin George Hambling (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 22. His brother was killed one month ago.
  • Private John William Wilton (Tank Corps) dies of wounds received in action at age 19. His brother died on service in July 1917.
  • Private Francis Barnett Barlow (Durham Light Infantry) dies of wounds at age 20 eighteen days after the death of his second brother in action. A fourth brother will die of a result of his war service in 1919.

Wednesday 17 April 1918 We Lost 1,292

William Hope Hodgson

Patrol drifters attack and sink the German submarine UB-82 in the English Channel.

Lieutenant Colonel Ronald Harcourt Sanderson (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 41.  He was a Cambridge and Leander oarsman and the son of the Reverend Prebendary Edward Sanderson.  He was a crew member on the British eight men’s rowing boat which won the 1908 Olympic gold medal.

Lieutenant William Hope Hodgson (Royal Field Artillery) is killed by a mortar shell at age 40.  He is the son of the late Reverend Samuel Hodgson and is a silent screen writer and author. He produced a large body of work, consisting mostly of short stories and novels, spanning several overlapping genres including horror, fantastic fiction and science fiction. Early in his writing career he dedicated effort to poetry, although few of his poems were published during his lifetime. He also attracted some notice as a photographer. Born 15th November 1877 in Blackmore End, Essex Hodgson ran away to sea at the age of thirteen and eventually served in the Merchant Marine. In 1898 he was awarded the Royal Humane Society medal for saving another sailor who had fallen overboard in shark-infested waters After a bodybuilding business venture failed he decided to support himself by writing. Two of his most noted works, The Voice in the Night and “The Boats of the Glen Carrig”, are based on his experiences at sea, and much of his work is set aboard ships or features seafaring characters.

Today’s losses include:

  • A 1908 Olympic Gold Medal winning rower
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • A silent screen writer and author
  • A holder of the Royal Humane Society Medal for Life Saving
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • A former Naval Chaplain

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Edward Moore Robson MC (Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed three weeks ago.
  • Captain Alfred William Johnson MC (Royal Engineers) dies of wounds and gassing at age 42. He is a veteran of the South Africa War and was a partner with Hugh Drummond Allan in the surveying company Johnson and Allan of Kamloops, British Columbia. Captain Allan was killed in action in April 1917.
  • Lieutenant Wynell Hastings Lloyd (Royal Engineers) is killed at age 23. His brother will die of wounds in October.
  • Second Lieutenant Gerald Trueman Fielding (Royal Field Artillery) a former Royal Navy Chaplain is killed at age 34. He is the son of Major Joshua Fielding JP.
  • Second Lieutenant Charles Frederick Heatly (Welsh Fusiliers attached a sniping company) is killed in action at age 23. His brother was killed in February 1915.
  • Acting Sergeant Ernest Tabrett (Hampshire Regiment) is killed in action. His brother was killed in June 1915.
  • Private Edward Clark (Royal Fusiliers) dies of wounds at age 17. His brother was killed in May 1915.
  • Private Harold William Deller (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 19. His brother died of wounds two years before.
  • Private Albert Hannaford (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) is killed at age 19. His brother will be killed in two days.
  • Private Hugh Byrne (Welsh Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

Tuesday 16 April 1918 We Lost 1,485

Bouverie Walter St John MIldmay

Today’s losses include:

  • A Baronet in commander of an Armoured Car Battery
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A Military Chaplain
  • A Count of the Holy Roman Empire

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major ‘Sir’ John Christopher Willoughby DSO (Commanding 1st Armoured Motor Battery, Army Service Corps formerly Royal Horse Guards) the 5th Baronet dies at home at age 59. He has previously served in the Egyptian Campaign (1882), the Nile Expedition (1884) and the South African War.
  • Lieutenant John Munro MC (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed at age 28. His brother will die at home on service next January.
  • Second Lieutenant Gordon Penry Williams (Liverpool Regiment attached Intelligence Staff GHQ) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Edward Osborne Williams.
  • Second Lieutenant Bouverie Walter St John Mildmay (General List attached Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed on service at age 19. He is the only son of the Reverend Arundell Glaxtonbury St John Mildmay and a Count of the Holy Roman Empire by inheritance and the last of the line of the Hazelgrove Mildmays.
  • Chaplain the Reverend John William Alcock Eyre-Powell (attached 27th Labour Group Headquarters) is killed at age 31.
  • Second Lieutenant Richard Philip Nason (South Notts Hussars) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Richard Muriel Nason.
  • Chaplain John William Alcock Eyre Powell (attached Labour Corps) is killed at age 32.
  • Corporal Allen Evershed (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 36. He is the first of three brothers who are all killed this year.
  • Lance Corporal William Archibald Dutnall (Sussex Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed in May 1917.
  • Private Frank Allgood (North Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed last July.
  • Private Horace William Armstrong (Sherwood Foresters) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in March 1916.
  • Private Francis James Buckley (Australian Infantry) is killed. His brother was killed twelve days ago.
  • Private John Nield (Cheshire Regiment) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
  • Private David Merson (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 27. His brother was killed in August 1916.
  • Private Joseph Beard (Cheshire Regiment) dies of injuries as a prisoner of war after attacking a sentry at age 34. He was taken prisoner on 24th August 1914 and is the last of three brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.