Monday 27 December 1915 – We Lost 230
Two Admiralty drifters employed as net tenders lost off Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire are lost in a winter storm. Both are attempting to enter the Haven and return to Pembroke Dock. The Ferndale (Skipper James Garden RNR in command age 39) is wrecked on St. Ann’s Head and observed by Coastguard station turning into the Haven in heavy seas. A member of the crew is washed overboard and attempts are made to rescue him, which drift close inshore, strikes rocks below the Head and quickly break up. Winds are too strong for rocket apparatus to reach the stricken ship with rescue lines and the Skipper and 8 ratings lost including brothers Deck Hand Alexander C Garden and his brother Second Hand John Alexander Garden age 33. Also the Drifter Ladysmith (Skipper John Wood age 51) is last seen this afternoon being driven by gale towards Skokholm Island, and disappearing off Milford Haven where it is believed she founders. The entire crew of nine is lost including the skipper and his son Engineman James Wood lost at age 21.
Today’s losses include:
- Two sets of brothers lost together at sea
- A father and son lost at sea
- A Chesterfield Town footballer
- A Derbyshire cricket player
- Families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Major Henry John Joseph L Monteith (Lanarkshire Yeomanry) is killed on Gallipoli at age 39. His brother was killed two months ago.
- Lieutenant Charles Neil Newcombe (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) is killed at age 24. He played football for Chesterfield Town from 1910 to 1912 and cricket for Derbyshire in 1910.
- Sapper Francis O’Brien (Royal Engineers) is killed at age 25. His brother will be killed in October 1916.
- Private Frank Worland (Suffolk Regiment) is killed in action at age 24. His two brothers will be killed on the first day of the battle of the Somme.
- Private Harold Carey (Duke of Wellington Regiment) is killed at age 27. His brother will be killed in the last week of the Great War.