Saturday 10 April 1915 – We lost 146

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Samuel Holt Lomax

Samuel Holt Lomax

The steamer Harpalyce (Master Frank Wawn age 62) is torpedoed without warning by the German submarine UB-4 near the North Hinder Lightship midway between Harwich and the Hook of Holland.  Harpalyce is engaged in Belgian Relief work, and is on her way from Rotterdam to Norfolk, Virginia in ballast under a safe conduct pass from the German authorities. She has large white patches on her sides with “Belgian Relief” written on them in large black lettering and is flying a large white flag similarly marked. Nonetheless she is torpedoed and the five thousand nine hundred forty ton ship goes down so quickly there is no time to get the boats away and fifteen of her crew (including the Master) of forty-four are lost.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Lieutenant General who dies of wounds received last October
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

 Today’s highlighted casualties are

  •  Lieutenant General Samuel Holt Lomax, General Officer Commanding 1st Division dies of wounds received in action at age 59. He was wounded when a shell struck the Chateau of Hooge on the 31 October 1914.
  • Private George Spencer Bishop (Army Service Corps) dies at home. His brother was killed last October.
  • Private Robert Henry George Butcher (Royal Sussex Regiment) dies at home of bronchial pneumonia at age 44. His son will be killed in October 1918 at age 19.
  • Private David Johnstone (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) dies of wounds at age 17 received ten days ago at the same his brother was killed.