Saturday 5 May 1917 – We Lost 930
The Cunard steamship Feltria (Master Walter George Price) is torpedoed by the German submarine UC-48 eight miles south east of Mine Head, Waterford. The ship sinks with a loss of forty-five lives including the Master who drowns at age 34. The fleet sweeping sloop Lavender (Lieutenant Commander Thomas Stephen Leurs Dorman( DSO is torpedoed and sunk by UC-75 in St George’s Channel. Twenty-two including her commander are killed. His brother was killed in May 1915.
The steamship Harmattan (Master Henry Farquharson) is sunk by a mine seven miles north of Cape Rose Algeria killing her crew of 36 including her Master.
Today’s losses include:
- Families that will lose two, three and four sons in the Great War
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- A Bristol City goal keeper
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Second Lieutenant Hughie Lodwick Maldwyn Ellis (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed in action. He is the son of the Reverend Evan Lodwick Ellis Rector of Ysceifiog.
- Second Lieutenant Alfred Peel (Berkshire Regiment) is killed at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend J Edward Peel.
- Chief Petty Officer George Robert S Wannell (HMS Lavender) dies on service at home at age 42. His brother was killed last October.
- Lance Corporal Thomas Ware MM (Cameronians) dies in Egypt at age 32. He made 58 appearances as goal keeper for Bristol City.
- Lance Corporal T E Barlow (Manchester Regiment) is killed at age 21 during an enemy bombardment. His brother was killed in July 1915.
- Private Cecil John Elrington (Australian Infantry) is killed in action at age 30. His younger brother was killed in action three weeks earlier.
- Private Ernest William Hullyer (Suffolk Regiment) dies of wounds at age 21 two days after his brother was killed in action.
- Gunner William Warrington (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 21. His brother will be killed in October 1918.
- Private Guy Tyrwhitt Floyd (Saskatchewan Regiment) is killed at age 41. He is the son of the Reverend George Floyd Rector of Frilsham.
- Private Edwin Pelham Spencer (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Edward John Spencer Archdeacon of Young New South Wales.
- Private R T Davidson (British Columbia Regiment) is killed at age 26. He is the third of four brothers who are killed in the Great War.
- Private Joseph Percy Long (Cheshire Regiment attached Trench Mortar Battery) dies on service at age 28. He is the last three brothers who lose their lives in the Great War.