Monday 16 August 1915 – We Lost 536
At around 20:20 the German submarine UB-4 is on the surface off Yarmouth when the Captain spots what appears to be a typical British fishing smack and steers a course to intercept her. The fishing smack is in fact the Q-ship HMS Inverlyon. The U-boat draws slowly to within thirty yards of the smack’s starboard side. The U-boat is almost stopped when the order is given to hoist the white ensign. As the white ensign goes up the shroud around the 3-pounder gun of HMS Inverlyon comes down and almost instantly the gun layer squeezes the trigger to send the first round at its target. Three shots are fired in rapid succession. The first and third hit UB4’s conning tower and are seen to burst inside. The second shell blows away the after part of the bridge structure throwing the crew on the tower into the water. The Inverlyon gets away six more shots as quickly as the gunner can reload. Once it is obvious that the submarine is sinking they ceasefire.
The 2nd Irish Guards depart Brentwood Station and, after being loaded tightly at Southampton in the Anglo-Californian and the Viper and escorted by destroyers, both ships tie up at Le Havre at midnight after the Channel crossing.
Two British submarines forced by poor sea conditions to take shelter at Ras Lick near Tripoli are fired on by Arabs under the command of a white officer.
Today’s losses include:
- A Great War Poet
- A one-time middleweight boxing champion of Canada
- A Rosslyn Park Rugby footballer
- A member of the London Rowing Club who participated at Henley
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- Brothers killed together
- A man whose son will be killed in 1940
- A man whose brother will die of war wounds in 1923
- Multiple families that will lose a second son
Today’s highlighted casualties are:
- Major Richard Scorer Molyneux Harrison (Dublin Fusiliers) is killed in action on Gallipoli at age 30. He is the only son of the late Reverend Albert Richard Harrison Vicar of Tettenhall.
- Captain George Grant Duggan (Royal Irish Fusiliers) dies of wounds received in action at age 29 on Gallipoli. He is one of the Great War Poets and also an Irish International cross-country runner. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity College, Dublin and was a member of the Dublin University Athletic Union. His son will be killed as a Surgeon Lieutenant HMS Ardent in June 1940.
- His brother Lieutenant John Rowswell Duggan (Irish Regiment) is killed in the same action at age 20.
- Lieutenant George Barrett (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed on Gallipoli at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend Benjamin Barrett.
- Second Lieutenant (Acting Adjutant) Cecil Crosley (Irish Fusiliers) is killed on Gallipoli at age 23. He is a one-time amateur middleweight boxing champion of Canada and Rosslyn Park Rugby footballer and later a member of the London Rowing Club where he represented his club in eights at Henley and other regattas.
- Sergeant Harry Cox (Rifle Brigade) dies of wounds at home in Sheffield that he received near Ypres on 6th July at age 20. His brother will be severely wounded next April and will die as a result of those wounds in 1923.
- Lance Corporal Charles Edward Dowse (Dublin Fusiliers) is killed at age 21. His brother will die of wounds the day before the Armistice is signed.
- Trooper Stuart Ralston Tennent (Wellington Mounted Rifles) dies of wounds in Alexandria at age 27. He is the son of the Reverend Edward Cowper.
- Drummer Thomas Hayes (Irish Fusiliers) is killed at 30 on Gallipoli. His brother will die of wounds he received on the 1st day of the Battle of the Somme.