Thursday 26 November 1914 – We Lost 881
The battleship HMS Bulwark (Captain Guy Lutley Sclater) suffers an internal explosion off Sheerness, in the Thames Estuary while loading ammunition. There are only twelve survivors of a crew of 750.
Today’s casualties include:
- A Rugby International
- Captain of the West Yorks Rugby team
- Men whose fathers either died or were killed later in the war on service
- Families that will lose one or two more sons in the war
- Five young Midshipmen
- A holder of the Royal Humane Society’s Medal for Life Saving
- A man whose brother will be lost in an engagement against a Soviet submarine in 1919
- Multiple sons of Justice’s of the Peace
- A Naval Chaplain
- The brother of an Army Chaplain who will die on service
- Son of an Admiral
- Son of a Baronet
- Grandson of a General
Those lost on HMS Bulwark include:
- Captain Sclater is killed at age 46. His brother Captain Bertram Lutley Sclater (Royal Engineers) died of fever at age 31 in Zanzibar. He was an African Explorer who the Bertram’s Weaver species of bird is named after.
- Fleet Surgeon Percival Kent Nixkilled at age 45. He is the son of the late John Nix JP.
- Lieutenant Alexander Cyril Montagu is killed at age 24. His brother will die of wounds in October 1918 while serving as a Chaplain to the Royal Garrison Artillery. They are sons of Robert Acheson Cromie Montagu JP.
- Lieutenant Douglas Henry Vernon Wilsonkilled at age 29. He is the son of the late Admiral Wilson.
- Engineer Lieutenant William Andrew Woodis also killed in the explosion at age 26. He is the son of Alexander Wood JP.
- Chaplain the Reverend George Hayton Hewetsonis killed at age 37. He is the son of the Reverend John Hewetson.
- Sub Lieutenant Edward Geoffrey Gunner is killed at age 20. His older brothers will be killed later in the war.
- Five Midshipmen killed in the explosion of the HMS Bulwark include Kenneth Angus Andersonage 16. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Kenneth Anderson, the 1st Baronet KCMG and his brother will be killed in 1916.
- Midshipman Geoffrey Edward Rose Bartlett((Royal Naval Reserve). He is the son of the late Edward Bartlett, JP and dies at age 19.
- Midshipman William Ellice isage 15. He is the first of three sons of Major Edward C Ellice DSO to die in the Great War and was awarded treble blue at Osborne in Rugby, Cricket and Hockey.
- Midshipman Richard Keppel George Sutton is killed at age 16. His older brother will be killed when his submarine in sunk after an engagement with Soviet destroyers in June 1919.
- Midshipman Evelyn James Williamson is killed at age 15. His brother will be accidentally killed in the Royal Flying Corps in April 1917.
- Clerk Bernard Paul Mainprice is killed at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend William Mainprice who will lose another son at the Battle of Jutland on HMS Invincible. AB Charles Edward Smith is killed at age 19. His brother will be killed in July 1917 and his father will die serving in the Royal Defence Corps in May 1918.
- Able Seaman Albert John Freeman is killed at age 19. His brother will be killed when HMS Hampshire is sunk.
- Ordinary Seaman William Leonard Wheeler is killed at age 18. His brother will be killed in October 1917.
- Boy 1st Class Vincent Wheatley is killed at age 17. His brother will be killed next May. Private William Stillman (Royal Marine Light Infantry) is killed at age 31. His brother was killed in action last month.
- Fifteen year old Royal Marine Bugler Phillip Osborn Bullen is killed.
- Boy 1st Class Reginald Valentine Dash is killed at age 16. His father will be killed on HMS Broke at Jutland.
- Canteen Manager (Admiralty Civilian) James Cramb Kirkpatrick is killed at 45. He is a holder of the Royal Humane Society’s Medal for life saving.
- Private William Stillman (Royal Marine Light Infantry) is killed at age 31. His brother was killed in October.
- Able Seaman Samuel Harry Pratt is killed at age 29. His brother William Charles will also lose his life in the Great War.
Also lost today is
Lieutenant Eric Carr Liptrott (Jat Light Infantry) dies of wounds received five days earlier in action at age 27. He is the son of the Reverend Boulton Brander Liptrott Vicar of West Teignmuth Devon and the grandson of Lieutenant General John Liptrott. He was Captain of the West Yorks Rugby team and won a single cap at Sutten Valence and served in the Mohmand Expedition of 1908.