Friday 19 November 1915 – We Lost 209
When mine sweeping in the vicinity of the wreck of the Anglia the trawler Falmouth III strikes a mine and sinks on top of the hospital ship. She is struck just before the bridge and the explosion blows the ship in half. Seven of her crew members are lost. Lieutenant H Beedle who is conducting the sweeping operations goes down with the ship but comes up and is rescued.
Today’s losses include:
- A football goaltender for the Holbrook Swifts and Mitford
- An early member of the Boy Scout movement
- The author of “With a B-P Scout in Gallipoli: a Record of the Belton Bulldogs”
- A man whose brother-in-law will also be killed in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain Robert Sebag-Montefiore (Royal East Kent Yeomanry) is killed in action. His brother-in-law will also be killed in the Great War.
- Second Lieutenant Edmund Yerbury Priestman (York and Lancaster Regiment) is killed in action at age 26. He was an early member of the Boy Scout movement and the Scoutmaster of the 16th (Westbourne) Sheffield Boy Scouts. His letters were published in 1916 under the title “With a B-P Scout in Gallipoli: a Record of the Belton Bulldogs”.
- Private George Marsh (Sherwood Foresters) is killed in action. He played football goal tender for the Holbrook Swifts and Mitford.