Friday 30 March 1917 – We Lost 421
The merchant ship Harberton (Master Bathgate Dunbar) strikes a mine six miles northeast from Whitby and sinks killing her crew of fifteen including her master.
Today’s losses include:
- The son of and heir to the 1st Baron Shuttleworth and father of 2nd and 3rd Barons who will both be killed in the Second World War
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- A family that will lose two sons in the Great War
- A Victoria Cross winner
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain ‘The Honorable’ Lawrence Ughtred Kay-Shuttleworth (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 29. He is the eldest son and heir to the 1st Baron Shuttleworth. His younger brother will die within four months and his two sons, the 2nd and 3rd Barons, will both be killed in action in World War II.
- Captain George Lawden Boys-Stones MC (Hiriana Lancers Indian Army) is killed in Mesopotamia at age 29. He is the son of the Reverend George Boys-Stones Vicar of St Thomas Garstang.
- Lieutenant Regional Norman Balding (Bedfordshire Regiment attached Machine Gun Corps) is killed in Mesopotamia at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend J W Balding.
- Private James Henry Fynn VC (South Wales Borderers) is killed in Mesopotamia at age 23. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions on 9th April last year when after a night attack he was one of a small party which dug in in front of our advanced line and about 300 yards from the enemy’s trenches.