Tuesday 27 February 1917 – We Lost 690

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Cunard Liner Laconia

Cunard Liner Laconia

The Cunard liner Laconia is torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U50 six miles north west by west of Fastnet at 22:30.  Twelve crew members and passengers are lost, including three American citizens.  A patrol boat and a minesweeper, possibly HMS Laburnum, rescue the survivors.  The hired trawler Evadner is sunk by a mine off Owers Light Vessel.

  • Her captain Skipper John Barron Royal Naval Reserve is killed at gae 25.
  • Also lost is seaman James Dick (RNR) who is killed at age 21. His brother will be killed in April 1918.

Werner Voss achieves victories number 10 and 11 when his shoots down a BE2b of 8 squadron and a BE2c of 12 squadron.

  • Second Lieutenant Edwin Albert Pope age 27
  • and his observer Hubert Alfred Johnson age 23 (London Regiment) are the pilot and observer of the 8 squadron aircraft.
  • Captain John McArthur age 22 (Berkshire Regiment) and his observer
  • Private James Whiteford age 19 (Machine Gun Corps) are killed later that day at St Catherine on the western outskirts of Arras.

One of the auxiliary stop valves in HMS Sandhurst accidentally bursts and the boiler room immediately becomes fills with dense steam. In spite of the danger of burning and suffocation from steam, and of the fact that it is impossible to draw fires or at once to lift the safety valves, which renders the possibility of a second and even worse accident highly probable, Artificer Engineer Edmund John Pysden, Royal Navy makes several gallant attempts to enter the stokehold, and succeeds in bringing out two men who are lying insensible on the stokehold plates, and helps to bring out others. Several of the survivors would undoubtedly have lost their lives but for the rescues effected by this man and others. Mr. Pysden also eventually succeeds in opening the safety valve, which relieves the immediate danger of a further accident. Although he had a wet rag tied over his mouth, he swallowed a considerable quantity of live steam, and was partially incapacitated by its effects. Notwithstanding the gallant efforts of Mr. Pysden and other members of the ship’s company, seven men lose their lives owing to the accident and five are seriously injured.  For his efforts he will be awarded the Albert Medal.

A British military camp at Salonika is attacked from the air.  There are 376 casualties.

Today’s losses include:

  • A woman whose father died on service last year
  • A man whose brother was also killed in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Civilian Armorel Kitty Trevelyan (Army Service Corps Canteens) dies on service at age 19. Her father died on service serving in the Army Service Corps last year.