Wednesday 1 March 1916 – We Lost 215

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HMS Primula

HMS Primula

The minesweeping sloop HMS Primula is torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-35 in the Mediterranean south of Cape Matapan, Southern Greece. It takes the German four torpedoes to sink the British ship, two of which miss as the Primula attempts to ram the submarine. Three members of her crew are killed.

 Today’s losses include:

  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • A man whose brother will be killed in June1917
  • A member of the Quoit Sporting Club

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Frederick Gordon Driffield Lee (Norfolk Regiment) dies of pneumonia at age 21. His brother will be killed as a test pilot in June 1917. Both brothers are buried in Woodton (All Saint’s) Churchyard Cemetery where their father the Reverend Frederick Lee is the rector.
  • Private Arthur Thomas Everitt (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 36. He is a member of the Quoit (Sporting) Club.