Friday 25 August 1916 – We Lost 626
The Armed Boarding Steamer HMS Duke of Albany (Captain Robert Lyttle survives) is sunk by a submarine twenty miles east of the Skerries in the North Sea. There are twenty-four casualties while eight-six of her crew are saved.
At Esher, Surrey Lieutenant John Neale (RNVR) is conducting certain experiments which involved the projection from a Stokes Mortar of a tube containing flare-power. An accident occurs leading to an imminent explosion of the tube before it leaves the mortar which will almost certainly result in the bursting of the mortar with loss of life to bystanders. Lieutenant Neale, in order to safeguard the lives of the working party, at once attempts to lift the tube from the mortar. It explodes while he is doing so with the result that he is severely injured, but owing to the fact that he had partly withdrawn the tube from the mortar no injury is caused to others. For his efforts Lieutenant Neale will be awarded the Albert Medal.
Today’s losses include:
- The son of a General
- Families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
- The son of a member of the clergy
- A Worcester cricketer
- Two men who will be executed one for murder one for desertion
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain John Maitland Stenhouse MC (Royal Army Medical Corps attached Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds received in action at age 38. He is the son of Major General William Stenhouse (Indian Army).
- Lieutenant Frederick William Sprott (Indian Army Reserve of Officers attached Punjabis) is killed in Mesopotamia at age 27. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Frederick & Lady Sprott.
- Second Lieutenant Maurice Frisch (Rifle Brigade) is the last of three brothers to lose their lives in the Great War when he is killed at age 22.
- Second Lieutenant Thomas Norbury Wilmot MC (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed in action at age 20 when he is struck in the stomach by shell fragments. He has two brothers who will lose their lives in 1917 and they are the sons of the late Reverend Francis Edmund William Wilmot.
- Second Lieutenant William Frederick Adam (Cameronians) is killed at age 22. His brother will be killed in two years.
- Staff Sergeant Christopher George Arthur Collier (Royal Army Ordnance Corps) is killed at Mametz two days after his 30th He played 53 cricket matches for Worcester.
- Sergeant David Scott Hogg (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 23. His brother was killed in September 1915.
- Private Angus McSween Whitelaw (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 18. He is the first of three brothers who will be killed in the Great War.
- Private John Robert Pearson (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 42. He is the first of three brothers who are killed in the Great War.
- Private Edward John Paxton (Sherwood Foresters) is killed at age 20. He is the middle of three brothers who are killed in the second half of this year.
- Private Charles Stanley Sign (London Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother will be killed in August 1918.
- Driver Benjamin De Fehr (Canadian Army Service Corps) is executed for murder at age 28. Six days earlier he picked up his rifle and fired one shot through the back of his Regimental Sergeant Major J R Scott who died instantly.
- Private Frank Hughes (Canterbury Regiment) is executed for desertion while en route to the front at age 28. He is the first New Zealander executed for desertion in the war.