The Stone Frigate 1914 & the 16 Ex Cadets Who Didn’t Make it Back from WWI

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The Stone Frigate 1914

By: E3161 Victoria Edwards (RMC 2003)

Layout by 25217 OCdt Allison Robinson

World War 1 & The Stone Frigate Connection

903-lt-harold-stratton-matthews-rmc-1911-1914903 Lt. Harold Stratton Matthews (RMC 1911-1914)�
Read about 903 Lt. Harold Stratton Matthews in the Frigate

He was killed in action June 2 1916, aged 22, while remaining at his post as forward observing officer, where he continued to the last to direct his battery in an endeavor to protect the retiring infantry and to impede the progress of the advancing enemy.

908-lt-francis-malloch-gibson-rmc-1911-1914 908 Lt. Francis Malloch Gibson (RMC 1911-1914)
Read about 908 Lt. Francis Malloch Gibson in the Frigate

He was killed in Flanders at 22 years of age on 19 August 1915.

909-lt-ian-robert-reekie-macnaughton-rmc-1911-1914909 Lt. Ian Robert Reekie MacNaughton (RMC 1911-1914)
Read about 909 Lt. Ian Robert Reekie MacNaughton in the Frigate

He was killed in action on Apr 26, 1916 and was buried in Dickebusch New Military Cemetery.

915-major-john-alexander-ross-rmc-1911-1914915 Major John Alexander Ross (RMC 1911-1914)
Read about 915 Major John Alexander Ross in the Frigate

He died on September 17, 1916 in Courcelette, France at 22 years of age, a casualty of the First World War.

917-lt-francis-fyshe-rmc-1911-1914917 Lt Francis Fyshe (RMC 1911-1914)
Read about 917 Lt Francis Fyshe in the Frigate

He died on Nov 27, 1915, a casualty of the First World War.

919-captain-edward-ashworth-whitehead-jr-rmc-1911919 Captain Edward Ashworth Whitehead Jr. (RMC 1911-1914)
Read about 919 Captain Edward Ashworth Whitehead Jr. in the Frigate

He died on Jun 3, 1916 at 22 years of age.

920-lt-lindsay-drummond-rmc-1911-1914920 Lt Lindsay Drummond (RMC 1911-1914)
Read about 920 Lt Lindsay Drummond in the Frigate

He was killed on the Western Front during the First World War on May 18, 1917.

934-major-cecil-verge-strong-rmc-1911-1914934 Major Cecil Verge Strong (RMC 1911-1914)
Read about 934 Major Cecil Verge Strong in the Frigate

He died at 23 years of age Mar 10, 1917 a casualty of the First World War.

938-lt-allan-dixon-walker-rmc-1911-1914938 Lt. Allan Dixon Walker (RMC 1911-1914)
Read about 938 Lt. Allan Dixon Walker in the Frigate

He died on June 16, 1915, a casualty of the First World War.

 

939-flight-lt-franklin-sharp-rankin-rmc-1911-1914939 Flight Lt. Franklin Sharp Rankin (RMC 1911-1914)
Read about 939 Flight Lt. Franklin Sharp Rankin in the Frigate

He died of enemy fire on October 23, 1916 while escorting a photo-reconnaissance mission flying over Bapaume. He was a casualty of the First World War at 23 years of age.

 

941-acting-major-hugh-ethelred-mccarthy-ince-rmc-1911-14941 Acting Major Hugh Ethelred McCarthy Ince (RMC 1911-1914)
Read about 941 Acting Major Hugh Ethelred McCarthy Ince in the Frigate

He was killed in action at the Somme while in command of the 53rd Battery R.F.A. Nov 4. 1916 at 23 years of age.

 

942-maj-eric-ogilvie-mcmurtry-rmc-1911-1914942 Maj Eric Ogilvie McMurtry (RMC 1911-1914)
Read about 942 Major Eric Ogilvie McMurtry in the Frigate

He was killed while flying in France on Apr 28, 1917 at 22 years of age.

UPDATE 14 NOV 2014:

“The Stone Frigate, 1914″, is an unique, published record of the College in 1914, compiled by the Class that entered RMC in 1911 with 42 Recruits. After additions from earlier Classes, and deletions from within their own number over their time at RMC, 38 Gentleman Cadets graduated on 24 June, 1914.

Of the original Class, 16 were KIA, not 12 as shown in the article above. Those missing are Nos 924 van der Smissen (after whom the Award is named), 926 Maunsell (who dropped a year), 932 Crawford and 940 Bethune (neither of whom completed the three-year program).

Yearbook of 1914:

e-Veritas readers would be wise to take a few moments to click on to the following link. It is full of gems from that time period.

The Stone Frigate 1914

2 Comments

  • Bevan Slater 8977

    June 22, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    Thanks for recognizing the 12 from RMC who did not survive WWI. We should also remember the 4 Midshipman graduates from the Royal Naval College of Canada (1st graduating class)who were killed on November 1, 1914 while surving in HMS Good Hope at the Battle of Coronel (South Pacific off the coast of Chile). The four were Victor Hatheway,Arthur Silver, William Palmer,and Malcolm Cann. I believe they may be the first Canadians to die in WWI and their names appear on the first page of the First Book of Remenberance (could someone have a look and verify this?). The library at Royal Roads was named the Coronel Library and the Naval College was moved to RMC following the 1917 Halifax explosion. An account of the Midshipmen and the Battle of Coronel is given in Geoff Bennett’s (Class of 1971) excellent book “The Pepper Trader”.

  • Victoria Edwards

    June 24, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Bryan Elson`s most recent book `First to Die: The First Canadian Navy Casualties in the First World War` is an account of four young cadets of the first class of the Royal Navy College of Canada, set up in 1911 shortly after the Canadian Navy itself was established in 1910. The men are commemorated on Page 1 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Midshipman Malcolm Cann (RCNC 1911-14), son of Hugh Bradford Cann and Augusta L. Cann, died at 18 years of age. Midshipman John V.W. Hatheway (RCNC 1911-14), son of Frederick W. and Christina Grace Hatheway, died at 19 years of age. Midshipman William Archibald Palmer (RCNC 1911-14), son of Frederick A. and Eva L. Palmer, died at 20 years of age. Midshipman Arthur Wiltshire Silver (RCNC 1911-14), son of Harold St. Clair Silver and Agnes Bee Silver, died at 20 years of age.
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