Wednesday 7 March 1917 – We Lost 388


H M Trawler Vivanti (Skipper Thomas Henry Kay) founders off the coast of Fairlight Hastings. Thirteen including her skipper are lost. The fishing vessel Vulcana (Skipper Robert Walte Windeatt) is sunk by gunfire from UC-76 forty miles east southeast from Auskerry Lighthouse. Two are killed including her skipper.

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of a General
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • A Vancouver British Columbia Police Constable
  • Multiple families that will lose two son in the Great War
  • Multiple men who will lose two brothers in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major James Duff Stuart (Canadian Pioneers attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed when he and his pilot are shot down in flames over Lens. He is the son of Brigadier General James Duff Stuart.
  • Second Lieutenant Charles James Dyer (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 34. He is the first of three brothers who are killed in the War.
  • Second Lieutenant Noel William Scott Fletchder (Durham Light Infantry) is killed at age 19. He is the son of Canon W E Fletcher Rector of St Matthew’s Ipswich.
  • Corporal Hazen Winslow Hall (Western Ontario Regiment) is killed in action at age 31. He is a constable for the Vancouver Police Department.
  • Private Ernest John Fehrenbach (Welsh Guards) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed in July 1916.
  • Private Arthur Albert Mears MM (Australian Infantry) dies at age 27. His brother died of wounds less than one month previously.
  • Private George Dunster (East Kent Regiment) dies of wounds at age 38. He is the first of three brothers who lose their lives this year while on service.