Great War Lives Lost

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

Tag: Yeomanry

Monday 8 December 1918 We Lost 283

Today’s losses include:

  • A Military Chaplain and son of a member of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Chaplain Hugh James Bernard Green dies on service at age 34. He is the son of the Reverend F J Green.
  • Stoker 1st Class Benjamin Dan Black (HMS Botha, Royal Navy) dies at home at age 22. His brother died in France in the closing days of the Great War.
  • Private George Bean (Bedfordshire Yeomanry) dies at age 22. His brother died of wounds in August 1917.

Saturday 9 November 1918 We Lost 1,015

The last day of the Great War with over a thousand fatalities.

Second Lieutenant John Carlos Deremo (Royal Air Force) engages a large body of troops and transports from the air, and while doing this is heavily engaged by machine gun fire.  His rudder control is shot away and tanks pierced.  He lands about two miles on the enemy side of the lines and hides in a wooded area until dusk when he makes his way to our lines.  He brings in a most valuable report as to the enemy’s movements and intentions, part of which information has been gleaned from civilians in the vicinity of his hiding place.

Captain Frank Clifton Gorringe (Royal Air Force) locates enemy troops dug in and attacks them from fifty feet, causing numerous casualties.  He then lands close behind our infantry and informs them of the enemy’s position.

The battleship HMS Britannia is torpedoed off Cape Trafalgar by the German U boat UB-50 while on her approach to Gibraltar.  UB-50 fires three torpedoes, two of which strike the battleship causing her to sink in just over three hours after attempts by the destroyer HMS Rocksand and the sloop HMS Coreopsis to tow her to Gibraltar.  There are over fifty killed including

  • Surgeon Lieutenant Dundas Simpson Macknight (Royal Navy) killed at age 43. He is the son of the Reverend John Macknight.
  • Bugler James Peel (Royal Marine Artillery) is killed at age 15.

Today’s losses include:

  • A 15-year old Royal Marine bugler
  • The 5th Marquis of Conyngham
  • The son of a Baronet
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Victor George Henry Francis Conyngham (Irish Regiment) dies on service at home at age 35. He is the 5th Marquis of Conyngham.
  • Lance Corporal Horace Hills (Suffolk Regiment) dies of complication from wounds as a prisoner of war that he received at the Somme. He is the last of three brothers who die in service in the Great War.
  • Rifleman William Kelland Le Fleming (New Zealand Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 31. He is the son of ‘Sir’ William Hudleston Le Fleming the 9th Baronet.
  • Private John Duroe (Norfolk Yeomanry) is killed in action at age 26. His brother was killed in September 1917.
  • Private William James Ellis (Durham Light Infantry) dies of wounds received in action at age 22. His brother was killed in action in May 1915.
  • Private E W Thackray (Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry) is killed at age 29. He is the son of Reverend W W Thackray.

Tuesday 5 November 1918 We Lost 1,324

Arthur John Palliser

During strong winds, HMS Campania begins to drag anchor in the Firth of Forth.  Soon it collides with another ship anchored nearby, HMS Royal Oak, which in turn collides with HMS Glorious.  A gaping hole is torn in the port side of the Campania and it begins to sink by the stern.  Just over three hours later it sinks stern first.

Today’s losses include:

  • A 7-victory ace
  • A former member of the All Blacks Rugby Club
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • A man who had two cousins killed last year

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Harman James Lindale Willink (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed at age 32. He is the son of the Reverend Arthur Willink Vicar of Nackington.
  • Captain Arthur Brownlow Denham-Cookes (London Regiment) dies at home at age 27. He is the son of the ‘Honorable’ Mrs. Denham-Cookes.
  • Captain Robert Edward Watson Semple MC (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds received in action on 22nd October at age 22. He is the son of Lieutenant Colonel ‘Sir’ David Semple and his older brother has been killed in action in 1916.
  • Lieutenant Norman Royston (Royal Air Force Kite Balloon Section) dies of pneumonia at age 19. His brother died of wounds in October 1916.
  • Lieutenant Arthur John Palliser (Australian Flying Corps) a seven-victory ace is killed in action at age 28.
  • Lieutenant James Hyslop MM (London Regiment) is killed at age 32. His brother was killed last March.
  • Corporal Edwin George Page (Warwickshire Regiment) dies at age 22. His brother was killed in August 1917.
  • Lance Corporal Arthur Frederick Huckle (Bedfordshire Yeomanry) is killed in action at age 24. His brother was killed in October 1916.
  • Corporal Edward George Page (Warwickshire Regiment) dies at age 22. His brother was killed in August 1917.
  • Private Reuben Morris (East Surrey Regiment) dies of wounds at Agra, India at age 32. He is the youngest and last of three brothers who lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Rifleman Alexander Joseph Ridland (New Zealand Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 36. He is a former member of the All Blacks Rugby Football Club.
  • Gunner James Jeffrey Huggan (Royal Garrison Artillery) dies of wounds at age 30. His two cousins were killed last year.

Sunday 3 November 1918 We Lost 1,212

George Raymond Dallas Moor VC

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • The brother of a Victoria Cross winner previously killed
  • A member of the Editorial Staff of the Oregonian
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A nurse whose brother was previously killed and is the daughter of a member of the clergy
  • A man who unknown to him his wife died yesterday and his 11-year old son and name sake will die tomorrow
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • A man whose twin was killed earlier and whose son will be killed in June 1943

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Greville Havergal Shaw (Canadian Engineers) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed in April 1917 and they are sons of the Reverend William Henry Shaw Rector of Stapleton.
  • Captain Walter Adam (Royal East Kent Yeomanry attached Machine Gun Corps) dies at home. His brother was killed in January 1916.
  • Captain Tom G M Parker (Royal Army Medical Corps) dies on service at home. His brother was killed in November 1916.
  • Lieutenant George Raymond Dallas Moor VC MC (Hampshire Regiment) dies of Spanish Influenza at Mouvaux, France at age 22. He was awarded the Victoria Cross on Gallipoli in 1915.
  • Lieutenant John McClelland Adie (Canadian Motor Machine Gun Brigade) dies of wounds at age 35. He is the last of three brothers who are killed in the Great War.
  • Nurse Margaret Carew (Voluntary Aid Detachment) dies on service at age 28. Her brother was killed in October 1914 and they are children of the Reverend Henry William Carew Vicar of Rattery.
  • Nurse Gwynedd Violet Llewellyn (Voluntary Aid Detachment) dies on service of influenza at age 19. She is the daughter of Lieutenant Colonel A OBE and Lady Llewellyn.
  • Ordinary Seaman Walter Daniel Fairbrass (Royal Navy, HMS Pembroke) dies at home at age 18. He is the third brother to die in the Great War of six who served.
  • Private George Francis Stoney (British Columbia Regiment) is killed in action at age 46. He was a member of the Editorial Staff of “The Oregonian”, of Portland, Oregon.
  • Driver Thomas Ernest Scotcher (Royal Engineers) dies in a military hospital at age 22. His brother was killed in September 1914.
  • Private David Beaumont Kester (Northamptonshire Regiment) dies on service at home at age 28. His twin brother was killed in September 1917 and his son will be killed in June 1943 at age 26.
  • Private Leon Guy Austen (Royal Army Medical Corps) dies at home at age 38. His brother died on service in India in August 1916.
  • Private Frederick Ernest Barker (Sussex Regiment) is killed at age 29. Unknown to him his wife died yesterday of pneumonia and his 11-week old son, his namesake, will die tomorrow.
  • Private Frederick William Beatham (Army Service Corps) dies on service at age 32. He is the middle of three brothers who will lose their lives this year including Robert Matthew Beatham a Victoria Cross winner who was killed last August.
  • Private William Edward Hermon (Sussex Regiment) dies of wounds at age 19. His brother was killed last August.
  • Sapper John Latimer Owen (Canadian Railway Troops) is killed at age 35. He is the son of the Reverend John Robert Blayney Owen Rector of Bradwell on Sea.
  • Driver William Smith (Royal Engineers) is killed at age 29. His brother was killed in September 1916.
  • Private George H Rolfe (Australian Army Medical Corps) dies on service at sea at age 31. His brother died of wounds in July 1916.
  • Gunner Edward Steer (South African Field Artillery) dies on service at age 19. His brother was killed in December 1917.

Saturday 2 November 1918 We Lost 1,261

Joseph Ray MacSwiney

Today’s losses include:

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

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Joseph Ray MacSwiney (Liverpool Regiment) dies of pneumonia at age 26. His brother was killed in June 1915.
  • Captain Harry Aitken Williams (Middlesex Regiment) dies on service at home at age 33. He is the son of the Reverend H A Williams.
  • Lieutenant Preston Anthony Augustus Enright DFC (Royal Air Force) is killed service in Salonika at age 19. His brother died of wounds in May 1917.
  • Lieutenant Frederick Ryle Plummer (Royal Garrison Artillery) dies on service at age 22 becoming the third son of the Reverend Francis Bowes Plummer to lose his life in the Great War.
  • Lieutenant Donald Shand (Manitoba Regiment) dies of wounds in England. He is the middle of three brothers who will lose their lives as a result of war service.
  • Lieutenant Arthur Dixon Haslam (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend Hedley Haslam.
  • Lieutenant Eric Robert Lamb (Manchester Regiment) is killed at age 29. He is the son of the Reverend Fred Lamb.
  • Second Lieutenant Arnold Joseph Gaskell (Norfolk Yeomanry) is killed in action at age 32. He is the son of the late Reverend John Gaskell.
  • Second Lieutenant Harry Cecil Tomkinson (Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed at age 30. His brother died on service at home last month.
  • Corporal Arthur Walter Bainbridge (Machine Gun Corps) dies of wounds at age 28. His brother was killed in January of this year.
  • Private William R Sutherland (Labour Corps) dies at home. His brother died of wounds in March 1916.
  • Private Henry Thomas Barnes (Gloucestershire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 34. His brother also died of wounds in March 1916.
  • Private William Smith Copland (Black Watch) dies on service at age 19. His two brothers have previously been killed in the war.
  • Stoker George Hayward (HMS Victory, Royal Navy) dies at age 31. His brother was killed in July 1916.
  • Private Albert Waters (East Surrey Regiment) died on service in India at age 33. His brother was killed in November 1914.
  • Private Robert Matthews (Central Ontario Regiment) dies at age 29. His brother was killed in August 1916.

Saturday 28 September 1918 We Lost 1,992

During the advance to Piccadilly Farm near Wytschaete, Sergeant Louis McGuffie (King’s Own Scottish Borderers) single-handedly enters several enemy dugouts and takes many prisoners.  During subsequent operations he deals similarly with dugout after dugout forcing one officer and twenty-five other ranks to surrender. During the subsequent consolidation of the first objective he pursues and brings back several of the enemy who are slipping away and he is also instrumental in rescuing some of our own soldiers who are being led off as prisoners. Later in the day, while commanding his platoon he leads them in capturing many prisoners.  Sergeant McGuffie will be killed in less than a week during a shelling. For his actions Sergeant will be awarded the Victoria Cross

Captain G B Bailey and Lieutenant Joseph William Greig Clark (Royal Air Force) are detailed to watch and report on progress made by the 57th Division in its advance towards the Schelde Canal.  They reconnoiter the area in front of the infantry from a height of 400 feet and discover that the enemy has withdrawn to the east of the canal.  Realizing that the infantry might advance more rapidly, they drop a message on the advancing men, urging them to press on at once as they will find no opposition. The aircrew then returns to the Division Headquarters and drop a message informing them of their action. On returning to the infantry they notice that they are all advancing hurriedly towards the canal, on reaching which the infantry are able to seize the crossings.  In spite of this the enemy has been able to get into a trench line east of the canal.

Lieutenant Robert Allan Caldwell dives down to 400 feet over Catteniers – then seven to eight miles over the line which he observes to be congested with lorries, guns and limbers.  Flying the streets he drops four bombs separately, each with great affect. He then fires 350 rounds in all at assemblies of troops near Catteniers and on roads westwards. Seeing our troops advancing and skirmishing west of Noyelles, he five times attacks the enemy holding the bridgehead at Noyelles from 100 feet, greatly encouraging our New Zealand troops who are engaged and assisting them to discover the line held by the enemy.

Lieutenant Archie Buchanan (Royal Air Force) in an engagement with fifteen Fokker biplanes, owing to engine trouble is compelled to remain under his flight; he nevertheless accounts for two enemy machines, attacking one under its tail, causing it to crash, and driving another down out of control. Captain Allan Hepburn and Lieutenant Marshall shoot down a Fokker V II near Leuze-Ath.

A German air raid on an allied aerodrome just outside Boulogne scores a direct hit on a dormitory killing 85 men.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Battalion commander
  • A Cambridge football blue
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A son of the late Deputy Inspector General of Police in Jamaica
  • A man killed one day after the 18th anniversary of the day his brother was killed in front of him in the South Africa War
  • A man whose father was killed in the South Africa War
  • The son of Writer to the Signet
  • The brother of a man who was awarded a posthumous Albert Medal for his action last year during the Halifax Explosion
  • A Military Chaplain
  • A former child actor

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Charles James Townshend Stewart DSO (commanding Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry) is killed at age 44.
  • Major William James Gordon Burns DSO (Canadian Field Artillery) is killed by a shell splinter while on a recon at age 28. He is the son of the Reverend Robert N Burns. The James Burns award is presented annually to a student with overall A standing in a Second Year which included 3.0 Science courses at the University of Toronto.
  • Major Denis St George Knox Boswell (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) dies of influenza in Greece at age 24. He is a former Cambridge Football Blue.
  • Major Percival Thomas Priestley (Royal Army Medical Corps) is killed on Salonika at age 30. He is the son of the Reverend Thomas Priestley Vicar of Albrighton.
  • Captain Francis Dobree McCrea (Royal Canadian Regiment) is killed at age 23. He is the son of J McCrea, late Deputy Inspector General of Police, Jamaica.
  • Captain Richard Crawshay Bailey Partridge MC (Shropshire Light Infantry) is killed in action near Havrincourt Wood at age 42. Ironically, one day short of the eighteenth anniversary of the death in action of his brother during a skirmish with the Boers in the South African War in the presence of his brother.
  • Lieutenant John Prosser (Black Watch) is killed at age 29. He is the son of ‘Sir’ John Prosser Writer to the Signet Edinburgh.
  • Lieutenant Wesley Williams Irvine (Manitoba Regiment) is killed at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend S O Irvine.
  • Lieutenant John Noble (Cameron Highlanders attached Machine Gun Corps) is killed in action at age 30. He is a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Science at Glasgow University.
  • Lieutenant George Harvey Rochester MC (Central Ontario Regiment) is killed in action at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend W M Rochester DD.
  • Lieutenant Guy Triggs (Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry) dies on service at home at age 29. His brother was killed in the Halifax explosion of December last year performing acts that won him the Albert Medal.
  • Second Lieutenant Henry Augustine Buckmaster (North Lancashire Regiment) is killed in action at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Charles John Buckmaster Vicar of Hindley.
  • Second Lieutenant Denis Godfrey Eagar (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed in May 1915 and they are sons of Captain Edward Boaz Eagar who was killed on 23rd November 1899 at Belmont South Africa.
  • Chaplain William Henry Tomkins attached South Staffordshire Regiment is killed.
  • Private John Walsh (Scots Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 21 one day after his brother has been killed.
  • Private David John Stanley Hixson (Cheshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 19. His brother was killed in March 1915.
  • Private Francis Haraold Van Schepdael (Alberta Regiment) is killed in action at age 28. His brother was killed in April 1915.
  • Private Albert Arthur Taylor (East Kent Regiment) dies of wounds received near Peronne at age 19. His brother was killed in June 1916.
  • Private Oswald Gilbert Darling (Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry) is killed at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend Charles B Darling.
  • Private John Nicholls (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 36. He is the last of three brothers who are killed in the Great War.
  • Private John Herbert Carr (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 33. His brother was killed last December.
  • Private Herbert Smith Peters (Alberta Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother was killed in June 1916.
  • Private Maurice Pollack (Dorset Yeomanry) dies of wounds in Damascus at age 33. He is an accomplished child actor, best known for his performance at Little Lord Fauntleroy in which he first appeared at the Grand Birmingham. His biography will be written by Peter Farrar.

Saturday 21 September 1918 We Lost 1,401

Three days earlier at Rossnoy, near Lempire Lance-Corporal Allan Leonard Lewis (Northamptonshire Regiment) is in command of a section on the right of an attacking line, held up by intense machine-gun fire. He sees that two guns are enfilading the line and crawls forward alone, successfully bombs the guns and by rifle fire makes the whole team surrender. Today he rushes his company through the enemy barrage, but is killed while getting his men under cover from heavy machine-gun fire. For his efforts on both days he will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross. He is killed at age 23.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • The son of an Admiral
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • The son of the first lady Mayor of Margate

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Edward Walter Bethell (West Surrey Regiment) is killed in action at age 26. His younger brother has been killed in the Battle of Jutland and they are sons of Admiral ‘the Honorable’ ‘Sir’ Alexander E Bethell.
  • Captain Arthur Edward Adderley Buller (Norfolk Regiment) is killed in action at age 35 in Palestine. He is the son of the late Reverend R W Buller and has a brother who will be killed in August 1918.
  • Captain John Tristram Yarde MC (Bedfordshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 24. He was the Head of Bedford School and Captain of Boats and rowed for Christ College, Cambridge.
  • Captain Charles Eric Hatfield MC (East and West Kent Yeomanry) is killed at age 31. He is the son of first lady Mayor of Margate.
  • Second Lieutenant Harold Viggars Bright (Sherwood Foresters) is killed. His brother was killed in June 1917.
  • Second Lieutenant John Savage Larken (East Kent Regiment) is killed at age 33. His brother was killed in November 1916.
  • Private A Carmichael (Cameron Highlanders) is killed. His brother was killed in November 1916.
  • Private George Henry Frazer (Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed at age 31. His younger brother was killed in August 1917.
  • Private John James John (Welsh Regiment) dies of wounds at age 25. His brother was killed in August 1918.
  • Private George Neville Hearson (Devonshire Regiment) dies at home at age 24. His brother was killed in March of this year.

Sunday 8 September 1918 We Lost 598

At dawn the village of Epehy is attacked in the pouring rain by the 9th Royal Fusiliers. Among those killed by the enemy machine guns is Private Thomas Stephen Austin killed at age 19.  His brother died of wounds in January 1916.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The grandson of a member of the clergy
  • A family that will lose two sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain A E E Roebuck (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed in action at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend Alfred Roebuck.
  • Lieutenant George Keith Elliott (Royal Welsh Fusiliers attached Welsh Horse Yeomanry) is killed in action at age 20. He had been a Science Scholar of University College, Oxford and is the grandson of the Reverend Robert Cowan.
  • Lieutenant William Margetson Heald (Royal Army Medical Corps) dies of wounds at age 24 received 23rd August when a shell struck his aid post near Bray. He is the son of the Reverend Charles William Heald Rector of Chale.

 

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.