Monday 16 April 1917 – We Lost 837

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Oswald Arthur Hodgson

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.