Thursday 23 March 1916 – We Lost 275
H M Trawler Corona (Skipper Frank Ernest Thornton RNR) strikes a mine and sinks near South Downs Ramsgate. Her crew of thirteen is lost.
Today’s losses include:
- A member of the Knowle Rugby Football Club
- A man whose brother will be killed in World War II
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
- The son of a member of the clergy
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Major William Bates (Nova Scotia Regiment) dies of wounds received five days ago at age 36. His brother will be accidentally killed in November 1917.
- Second Lieutenant William Fairlie Lambert (Cameronians) is killed in action at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend John C Lambert and he has a brother who will be killed in April 1917.
- Lance Corporal James Gwynne (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) is killed at age 31. His brother will be killed in November.
- Lance Corporal Harold John Jenkins (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 27. He is the Captain of the Knowle Rugby Football Club.
- Private John Peel (Durham Light Infantry) dies of wounds at age 32. His son will be killed at Anzio in May 1944.
- Private Percival Harold Beake (Royal Highlanders of Canada) is killed at age 19 when he accidentally ignites a bomb and then he throws himself on it to save his comrades.