Tuesday 7 March 1916 – We Lost 255

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HMS E5

The advance on Dujaila Redoubt begins at 21:30.

At 08:10 the German battle cruiser Seyditz sights the submarine E5 north of Juist Island.  The cruiser and her accompanying torpedo boats drop depth charges but fail to hit the submarine. A few hours later another German cruiser the Regensburg sights a submarine to the east, not far from a German minefield off the Western Ems. E5 fails to return from her patrol and it is believed that this is the submarine seen by the Regensburg near the minefield. Her commanding officer Lieutenant Commander Harrington Douty Edwards DSO is killed at age 30 in the sinking. He is the son of the District Medical Officer of Antigua and was educated at Cambridge from the age of nine.

The torpedo boat #11 (Lieutenant Percival Thomson Edward Jeffers) and the torpedo boat destroyer HMS Coquette (Lieutenant Vere Seymour Royal Naval Reserve) both strike mines in the North Sea and are sunk. Of her crew of thirty-five torpedo boat #11 suffers twenty-three casualties including her commanding officer who is killed at age 33, while Coquette loses one third of her crew of thirty-three including her commanding officer who is killed at 36.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons
  • A man whose son will be killed on service in two months
  • The son of a member of the clergy

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Eric Arthur Milner Lane (Manchester Regiment) is killed at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend Frederick John Lane Vicar of Humberston.
  • Lieutenant Richard Brinsley Sheridan (Dublin Fusiliers) is killed at age 26. His brother will be killed in March 1918.
  • Bombardier William Stephen Brogden (Royal Garrison Artillery) dies of pneumonia at home at age 35. His two younger brothers have been killed in action.  The first was killed in November 1914 the second in September 1915.
  • Bombardier Ellis Woodley (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 22. His brother will be killed in April 1917.
  • Rifleman Arthur Henry Faulkner (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) dies of wounds at age 20. He is the first of three brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War over the next 5 months.
  • Private William Henry Hiles (Gloucestershire Regiment) dies of illness at home at age 52. His son will be killed in just over two months on the Western Front.