Tuesday 25 April 1916 – We Lost 388
In an effort to support the Easter Rebellion German ships bombard Lowestoft and Yarmouth until they are chased away by the Royal Navy.
The submarine E22 (Lieutenant Reginald Thomas Dimsdale) is struck by a torpedo just after 11:50 fired by the German submarine UB-18 while on the surface sending her immediately to the bottom. Of the crew of 33 only two survive to be picked up by UB-18 and taken as prisoners of war. The German submarine will be lost off Zeebrugge possibly when it becomes caught in explosive nets laid by HM Drifter Gleaner of the Sea and HMS Afridi. Her commanding officer is the son of Charles Dimsdale, 7th Baron of the Russian Empire and his brother was killed in May 1915.
The Kings Liverpool Regiment is hit with heavy enemy shelling and rifle grenades. Lieutenant William Murray Hutchison MC is wounded and will die of those wounds in two days.
Today’s losses include:
- A Brigadier General
- A Scottish International footballer
- A son of the 7th Baron of the Russian Empire
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Brigadier General (Irish Command & General Staff) Richard Menteith Greenfield CB dies on service at home.
- Captain John Ian Edgar Ross (Liverpool Regiment) dies of wounds received in action at age 23. He was a keen football player, playing for Liverpool and Lancashire and was a reserve for the Scottish XV.
- Captain Thomas Mewburn Chetwoode Lloyd (Hampshire Regiment) is killed. His brother was killed in February of this year.
- Lieutenant Warren Colclough Pemberton (Canadian Pioneers attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 20. His brother will be killed in August 1917.
- Second Lieutenant Aubrey Herbert Bower Webster (Northamptonshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 27. He is the son the Reverend J Webster.
- Lance Corporal Harold Keith de Warrenne Harvey (Australian Infantry) is killed in action. His brother Second Lieutenant Ralph de Warrene Harvey (Dorsetshsire Regiment) will die of wounds in June of this year.
- Private Colin Arthur Maddison (Royal Canadian Regiment) is killed in action at age 23. His brother will die on active service in January of next year.
- Private Herbert George Mayes (Essex Regiment) dies of wounds at home at age 35. His brother will be killed serving in the Essex Regiment in April 1917.
- Private Ernest Henry Huntington (Australian Infantry) dies of illness. He is the son of the Reverend H E Huntington of Malvern College.