Friday 31 December 1915 – We Lost 206
The Trawler Speeton (Skipper George Robert Norvell age 31 and Skipper Francis Jones) is sunk by a mine off Lowestoft killing eleven. Both Skippers on board are among the dead.
Today’s losses include:
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- A family that will lose two sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain Charles Frederick Drought (Lincolnshire Regiment) dies of pneumonia following wounds received near Ypres while going to the rescue of wounded men in the trenches on 19th December at age 24. He is the son of Canon Charles Edward Drought, Vicar of St John’s Toorak, Victoria, Australia.
- Captain Claude Lionel Garnett (Royal Garrison Artillery) dies of wounds at age 31. He is the son of Canon Garnett.
- Private Ralph Cooke Cullinan (Australian Infantry) is killed in action at age 26. His brother will be killed in August 1917.