Thursday 29 March 1917 – We Lost 555
Neuville-Bourjonval village is captured by the King’s Liverpool Regiment.
- Lieutenant Cuthbert Newton Hudson (Liverpool Regiment) is killed in action at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend W Hudson.
The Q-20 (also known as Bayard) is run down in the dark by S S Tainui Commanded by Lieutenant Walter Larmond Scott DSC RNR is ‘loitering’ in the English Channel, hoping to attract German U-Boats, but as the weather worsen, steers for shelter under the Isle of Wight. Under sail, she is close hauled on the port tack, steering northwest. At 20:00 she encounters a southbound convoy heading for France. She steers to pass astern of the leading escort, P-19, and ahead of the convoy. Unfortunately, the leading ship of the convoy, the Tainui, does not see the lugger in the gloom until the last minute. Uncertain of her course, the Tainui alters to port, which actually takes her into the lugger. The resulting collision cuts the Bayard in half. Fourteen men are lost, including Lieutenant Scott. The senior survivor Sub-Lieutenant Keith Morris survives by grabbing a rope trailing from the Tainui’s anchor chain.
- Lost in the collision is Engine Roome Artificer 4th Class Henry Robert Henderson Watson age 22. He is the Scout Master of the 11th Stirlinghsire Troop.
Today’s losses include:
- A Scout Master
- An Assistant Scout Master
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- The son of Baronet
- The grandson of a Baronet
- A 1912 Olympic Gold Medalist
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Major Alfred Punchard (North Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 29. He is the son of the Reverend Canon Elgood George Punchard DD Honorary Canon of Ely and Vicar of Ely St Mary’s.
- Captain Robert Egerton Loder (Royal Sussex Regiment) dies of wounds received in Palestine at age 30. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Edmund Giles and Lady Loder 2nd
- Captain Alister Graham Kirby (London Rifle Brigade Regiment) is killed in action at age 29. He is a 1912 Olympic Gold Medal winner as a Captain of the Leander Eight eight-oared shell with coxswain team.
- Second Lieutenant Ronald George Farquhar (Warwickshire Regiment) is killed in Mesopotamia in action at age 34. He is the son of the Reverend John Henry Farquhar Rector of Silvington.
- Corporal William Elliot (Cameron Highlanders) dies of pneumonia at age 25. His brother will be killed in April
- Private Thomas Hazelby (Grenadier Guards) dies of wounds on the Somme at age 25. His brother will be killed within six months.
- Private Geoffrey Grant Carter (Australian Infantry) dies at home. His brother was killed in July 1915 on Gallipoli.
- Driver James Beck (Australian Field Artillery) is killed in a railway accident. His brother was killed last May.
- Trooper Arthur Richard FitzHerbert (Wellington Mounted Rifles) dies of wounds at age 63 in Palestine. He is the grandson of the 3rd
- Private Henry Thomas Newell Pennell (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed at age 21. He is the Assistant Scout Master of the 61st South London Troop.