Wednesday 21 March 1917 – We Lost 396
The hospital ship HMHS Arturias is torpedoed and has her stern blown off five miles south from Start Point. At the time of the attack the ship is in full hospital colors. She is beached at Bolt Head and will not serve again during the war. Thirty-five lives are lost.
The 9th Brigade arrives at Abu Jisra on this day.
Today’s losses include:
- The son of the 1st Viscount Younger
- A First Class Scotland cricket player
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
- The son of a Justice of the Peace
- A man whose son will be kill killed in the Second World War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Charles Frearson Younger (Lothian and Border Horse) is killed in action at age 31. He is the son of the 1st Viscount Younger of Leckie. He is a Scotland first class cricket player.
- Lieutenant James Fleming MC (Royal Scots) is killed at age 24. His brother was killed last July.
- Lieutenant Melville Richard Howell Agnew Allen (Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed at Martlesham at age 25. He is the only son of Richard William Allen JP. Lieutenant Allen on the outbreak of the War joined the Scottish Horse as a dispatch rider. In November 1914, he was transferred for a course of instruction in aviation as a pilot. In January 1915 he joined the Royal Flying Corps, obtained his wings in April and went to the Front in September 1915, returning home two months later for special duty in the construction of aviation engines. For seven months he had the sole charge of testing a well-known engine, the success of which was largely due to the thought and care which he devoted to it, the experience which he had gained in flying – being of great use to him. He returned to the Royal Flying Corps in September 1916, and was appointed Flying Officer to the Testing Squadron at Upavon. In December 1916, he was promoted Lieutenant, and in January of the following year moved with his Squadron to Martlesham.
- Gunner Mark Higginson (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 27. His son will be killed in the Second World War.
- Private Benjamin Miller (Royal Scots) is killed. His brother will die of wounds in September 1918.