Thursday 22 June 1916 – We Lost 345
H M Drifter Laurel Crown (Skipper John Coull, Royal Naval Reserve) is sunk by a mine west of the Orkneys while searching for bodies from the Hampshire, no doubt in the hope that Lord Kitchener’s body can be recovered, when she also became a victim of the mines. The Skipper is killed along with his crew of eight.
Today’s losses include:
- The uncle of a George Cross winner in World War II who will be murdered in captivity
- The son of a member of the clergy
- The son of a Justice of the Peace
- The grandson of a Member of Parliament and Justice of the Peace
- Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain Leonard Herbert Sweet (Hampshire Regiment attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed in action at age 23. His brother will die on service in August 1919 and they are sons of the Reverend Charles Francis Long Sweet Rector of Symondsbury.
- Lieutenant John Christopher Hebblethwaite (Royal field Artillery) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed last October.
- Second Lieutenant Trevor Allington Crosland (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed at age 19. He is the son of Thomas Pearson Crosland JP and grandson of T P Crosland MP DL.
- Second Lieutenant Arthur Chaplain Banks (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed at age 22. Sergeant Arthur Banks his nephew and namesake will be awarded the George Cross for his courage during his captivity in the Second World War while being tortured and eventually murdered during the Italian campaign.
- Private Frederick Thomas Faulkner (Royal Welsh Fusiliers) is killed. He is the middle of three brothers who will be killed over a 5 month period.
- Private Ronald William Hill (Royal Fusiliers) is killed in action at Givenchy at age 22. In his pocket is found the message, “Do not let your faith in God be shaken, I do not fear death, rather am I proud to be able to lay down my life for my Country”.