Wednesday 16 May 1917 – We Lost 717

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Peter Johnstone

The steamship Highland Corrie is torpedoed and sunk by UB-40 in the English Channel.

  • Temporary Surgeon Archibald McKerrow Russell (HMS Macedonia) is killed while in transit.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Celtic Football Club player
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great Wr
  • The son of a General
  • A Royal Humane Society Bronze Medal for life saving winner

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Hastings F Shakespear (HMS Wildfire) dies at home at age 49. He is the son of General Shakespear and had been awarded the Royal Humane Society Bronze Medal for life saving. He served in the Ashanti Expedition 1901 and the South Africa War.
  • Second Lieutenant Martin Dunn (Black Watch) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed in March 1915.
  • Acting Corporal Wallace Samuel Ford (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother died of wounds in April 1915.
  • Private Peter Johnstone (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed in action at Arras at age 26.  He is a player for the Celtic Football Club having played in the 1914 Cup Final in which Celtic defeated Hibernian 4 to 1.  He played two hundred twenty-three games for Celtic and was featured prominently in the six league titles the club achieved.
  • Private John Sinclair (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed in action at age 34. His brother was killed in action in June 1916.
  • Private Richard Harper (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed. His brother will be killed in March 1918.
  • Private Eric John Lipscomb (Australian Infantry) is killed by shell fire at age 23 less than a month after his brother was also killed by shell fire.
  • Private James Fordyce (Gordon Highlanders) is killed in action. His brother will be killed next April.