Monday 12 March 1917 – We Lost 451
The submarine E49 (Lieutenant Basil Arthur Beal commanding) is sunk when it strikes a mine off Huney Island, Shetlands that was laid by UC76 two days prior. There are no survivors among the crew of 31.
- among the casualties is Leading Signalman George Hawkes who dies at age 21. His brother will die on active service while in England serving in the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry in April 1941
The Q-Ship HMS Privet (Lieutenant Commander G G Matheson) sinks the German submarine U-85 near Start Point.
A British field hospital located on the Salonika-Monastir railway is bombed.
The King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry is heavily engaged on the Western front.
Today’s losses include:
- The Captain of the Bedford Rugby Football Club and Somerset Stragglers Cricket Club
- A Military Chaplain
- A man whose brother will die on service in April 1941
- A man whose brother will die of tuberculosis contracted on service in 1919
- A family that will lose three sons in the Great War
- The son of a member of the clergy
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Flight Sub Lieutenant Ronald Victor Knight (Royal Naval Air Service) is accidentally killed while instructing in England at age 23. He is the Captain of the Bedford Rugby Football Club and the Somerset Stragglers Cricket Club and was a rugby international reserve for England at age 19. He was studying medicine when the war broke out.
- Chaplain the Reverend Charles Benjamin Plummer (attached 61st Infantry Brigade) is killed at age 27. He is the second of three sons of the Reverend Canon Francis Bowes Plummer to be killed in the Great War.
- Private Horace Arthur Bellairs (York and Lancashire Regiment) is killed. His brother will die of tuberculosis contracted on service in 1919.