Tuesday 23 January 1917 – We Lost 300

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HMS Simoon

HMS Simoon

The destroyer HMS Simoom (Commander Edwin Tyrell Inman killed) is torpedoed during an action with the German destroyer S90.  Her fore magazine explodes though she remains afloat until 10:40 when she is then sunk by HMS Nimrod (Commander Rafe Grenville Rowley-Conway) as she is beyond rescuing. Forty-three members of her crew of ninety are rescued.

  • Lieutenant Edward Henry FitzRoy is killed at age 23. He is the Reverend Lord Charles Edward FitzRoy and grandson of 7th Duke of Grafton.
  • Sub Lieutenant Brian Armitage Maddison (Royal Naval Reserve) is among the dead. His brother was killed in action in April last year.

Ten Royal Naval Air Service Sopwith aircraft bomb the Burbach blast furnaces near Saarbruecken.

Today’s losses include:

  • The 17th victim of the Red Baron
  • A grandson of the 7th Duke of Grafton
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • An Irish International Rugby player
  • A man whose son will be lost in March 1941 winning an Albert Medal
  • The first son to be killed flying after his father has been killed flying in history
  • Multiple families that will lose two son in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Colonel William Hallaran (Royal Army Medical Corps) dies on service in India at age 55. He is the Director of Medical Services, an Irish International Rugby player and South Africa War veteran. His son will be awarded the Albert Medal for service in March 1941 when he drowns attempting to save a stoker thrown overboard from a motor boat from HMS Springbank.
  • Lieutenant Samuel Franklyn Leslie Cody (Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 21. He is the son of Samuel Franklin Cody an aviation pioneer, and military kite and plane developer and the first civilian to be buried with honors in Aldershot’s Thorn Hill Military Cemetery. He was killed on 7 August 1913 while test flying his “hydroplane”. This is the first occurrence of two generations of the same family to be killed flying.
  • Lieutenant Kenneth Archibald Campbell (of Barcaldine) (Quebec Regiment) is killed in action at age 24. His brother will be killed next October.
  • Lieutenant Nathaniel William Stewart (Royal Scots attached Royal Flying Corps) dies of wounds received in action as a prisoner of war in Palestine at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend Alexander Stewart Minister Emeritus of Newton Stewart and was a medical student at Edinburgh University. His brother will be killed in exactly three months.
  • Second Lieutenant John Hay (Royal Flying Corps) is killed one day after his 28th birthday when he is shot down as the 17th victim of the Red Baron. He is the great great nephew of ‘Sir’ John Hay who landed in Australia in 1838. His mother will donate a bell inscribed with his name to the Carillon built in 1923 by Sydney University to commemorate the sacrifice of its students in the Great War.