Sunday 31 October 1915 – We Lost 172
The reserve Yacht Aries (Lieutenant Commander Henry Calder RNR) strikes a mine and sinks off Leathercoat. Among those killed is her commanding officer along with Assistant Paymaster Francis Hugh Bacon who is killed at age 46. He is the son of the late Reverend James Bacon and he was the secretary of the Hants Cricket Club. He played cricket for Hampshire from 1895 until 1911 competing 75 times. Also killed is Fireman Harry Moth killed at age 27. His brother will be killed at the battle of Jutland.
Today’s losses include:
- The son of a member of the clergy
- The Secretary of the Hants Cricket Club
- A former cricket player for Hampshire
- Multiple men who will have a brother will be killed in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lance Corporal Arthur Vickers (Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed last August.
- Private John Leader (Manitoba Regiment) is killed in action at age 30. His brother will be killed in April 1917.