Saturday 31 March 1917 – We Lost 470

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Drifter Forward III

On the Western Front British forces advance northeast of St Quentin taking four villages.

On the River Diala they occupy Deli Abbas.

The hired drifter Forward III (T/Skipper James Mitchell RNR age 30) is sunk by a mine off the Shipwash.  Her crew of ten including her Skipper is lost.

An order limiting the output of beer in the United Kingdom is issued.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • Brothers killed together

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel John William Moore Morgan DSO (Assistant Director of Supply at Boulogne, Army Service Corps) is accidentally killed at age 47. He is the son of the Reverend Canon W Moore Morgan.
  • Major George Edward Savill Young (Irish Guards) dies of wounds at age 33. He is the son of the Reverend Henry Savill Young.
  • Lieutenant William Gerard Talbot Clifton (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry attached Royal Flying Corps) dies of wounds received in action at age 23. His brother will be killed in action in August 1918.
  • Second Lieutenant Frank Whaley (Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend Frank Whaley.
  • Gunner Louis Charles Fletcher (Royal Garrison Artillery) dies on service in the Balkans at age 23. His older brothers were both killed in 1915.
  • Private William Welsh Linton (Australian Infantry) is killed the same day his brother Private Thomas Linton (Australian Infantry) is killed.
  • Privates and brothers George Craigie and John Craigie (Central Ontario Regiment) are killed together. George dies at age 29 while John was 21.
  • Private George James Gordon Hill (Somerset Light Infantry) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed last September.
  • Private Philip Henry Symonds (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed at age 18. His older brother died of wounds last September.