Monday 16 April 1917 – We Lost 837
While on exercises off Harwich at periscope depth submarine C16 (Lieutenant Harold Boase age 25) collides with the destroyer HMS Melampus sustaining damage and strikes bottom in 60-feet of water. In an effort to raise the alarm on the surface an attempt is made by Samuel Anderson to escape the submarine via a torpedo tube but he is drowned in the attempt. The crew next try to flood the entire boat and escape through the fore hatch but a fender jams in the hatch. The Captain marked out a report which is later found in a bottle near his body by the salvage team. The entire crew of 16 are lost.
Today’s losses include:
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
- A man whose twin will be killed in two weeks.
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Second Lieutenant Oswald Arthur Hodgson (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend H A Hodgeson.
- The only Lefler to be killed serving in the British military in the Great War is killed in action on the Western Front. He is Private M Lefler (Quebec Regiment).
- Gunner Herbert Brown Miller (Royal Horse Artillery) is killed at age 32. He is the son of the Reverend William Miller.
- Private Herbert Musson (Sherwood Foresters) is killed at age 26. His brother was killed last October.
- Private Walter Joy (West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action two weeks before his twin brother will meet the same fate age 21.