Monday 8 May 1916 – We Lost 264
The Cunard liner Cymric is torpedoed three times by the German submarine U-20 at 16:00 one hundred forty miles from Fastnet. The ship sinks in the early hours of the following morning. Five members of the crew are killed while the rest are saved.
ANZAC troops enter the front line in France.
Today’s losses include:
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Gerald Evelyn Shuldham Sewart (Durham Light Infantry) is killed at age 22. He is the only son of the Reverend Anthony Wilkinson Sewart Rector of Brignall.
- Lieutenant Ernest Edward Brown (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend Albert Edward Brown Vicar of Alstonefield who will lose another son in July 1916.
- Private John Miller (Seaforth Highlanders attached Army Service Corps) dies in an accident at home at age 21. His brother will be killed in October 1918.