Sunday 11 March 1917 – We Lost 405
Anglo-Indian troops enter Baghdad unopposed amid loud celebrations from Baghdad’s 140,000 occupants while approximately 9,000 Turkish prisoners are taken. Aside from striking a decisive propaganda blow for the Allies – the fall of Baghdad is of far less strategic than political value – its fall effectively brings to an end Turkish activity in Persia. Maude himself barely pauses to savor success at Baghdad before continuing onwards to seek the capture of the railway at Samarrah.
The Cunard steamship Folia is torpedoed by the German submarine U53 four miles east south east from Ram Head, Youghal Island, Ireland. As the ship does not sink immediately the U-boat surfaces and sinks the ship with a further torpedo and gunfire. Eleven lives are lost.
Today’s losses include:
- Two victims of the Red Baron
- A son of the 1st and Last Baron Avebury
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
- A military Chaplain
- The son of a member of the clergy
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain ‘the Honorable’ Eric Fox Pitt Lubbock MC (Army Service Corp attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed in action at age 23. He is the son of the 1st and Last Baron and Lady Avebury. His older brother will be killed in April 1918.
- Second Lieutenant Hywel Herbert Saunders Jones (West Surrey Regiment) is killed at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend John Jones Rector of Wolves Newton.
- Second Lieutenants James Smyth and Edward Byrne (Gordon Highlanders attached) age 36 are killed when their aircraft is shot down by the Red Baron.
- Chaplain Edward Francis Duncan MC (attached Indian Civil Service) dies on active service at age 32.
- Private Joseph Mathieson (Seaforth Highlanders) dies on service at home. His brother died of wounds last December.