Thursday 30 March 1916 – We Lost 234

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Welsford crash site

Welsford crash site

The steamship Alacrity (Master Joseph Dickinson age 43) strikes a mine and sinks south of the entrance to the Hewitt Channel, Yarmouth. Her entire crew of fourteen is lost.

Today’s losses include:

  • A General
  • The son of a General
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A victim of Max Immelmann
  • The son of a Harrow School Master
  • A man whose brother will be killed in the Great War

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Brigadier General Thomas Andrew Wight-Boycott DSO dies at home at age 44 of an illness contracted at Gallipoli. He is a South African War veteran.
  • Colonel William Raymond Inglis (Royal Fusiliers) dies on service at home at age 53. He is the son of General William Inglis.
  • Captain William Percival Griffiths (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the late Reverend J Griffiths.
  • Second Lieutenant Charles Cecil Field (Royal West Kent Regiment attached Suffolk Regiment) is killed by a sniper at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Watler St John’s in the Field.
  • Second Lieutenant Geoffrey Joseph Lightbourne Welsford (Middlesex Regiment attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed in action at age 20. He is the 13th victim of Max Immelmann. He is the son of the Harrow School Mater and a fellow of Caius College Cambridge.
  • Second Lieutenant John Winckworth Bailey (Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed at the Northolt aerodrome at age 33 when landing after attempting to intercept Zeppelins over England. He is the son of the Reverend John Bailey.
  • Private Ambrose Rossiter (East Kent Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother will die on service in 1920.