Wednesday 24 May 1916 – We Lost 278
Submarine E18 (Lieutenant Commander Robert Crosby Halahan) makes a radio report of its attack the previous day on the German destroyer V100. This is the last contact with E18 and the cause of her loss remains undetermined. It has been reported that the German decoy ship K41 is responsible for her loss. Lieutenant Commander Halahan is killed at age 31. His brother will be killed at Zeebrugge in April 1918. Also killed is Sub Lieutenant Douglas Nowell Colson RNR DSC who is killed at age 24. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for service in the action between HMS Carmania and the German Armed Merchant Cruiser Cap Trafalgar on 14th September 1914.
Today’s losses include:
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
- A family that will three sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lance Corporal Frederick Harry Benjamin Alp (Royal Fusiliers) is killed. His brother was killed on HMS Clan McNaughton in February 1915.
- Gunner Dennis Wilfred Locke (Royal Garrison Artillery) dies of wounds at age 28. His brother will die of wounds in May 1918.
- Private John Thomas Skeen (Lancashire Fusiliers) dies of wounds in Egypt. He is the first of 3 brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.