Monday 21 May 1917 – We Lost 593
The Imperial War Graves Commission is created to oversee the care of graves of all members of the Imperial Forces who “died from wounds inflicted, accident occurring or disease contracted, while on active service whether sea or land”.
Merchant ship S S Jupiter (Master John Symonds Penwill) is sunk while sailing in ballast from Dieppe to Manchester by submarine UB-40 fifteen miles west of Beachy Head. Nineteen are killed including the master.
Today’s losses include:
- A Naval Chaplain
- The son of a member of the clergy
- The grandson of a member of the clergy
- The brother of a Rhodes scholar who died of wounds in October 1916
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Skipper Robert Edward George (HM Trawler Senator, Royal Naval Reserve) dies at sea at age 60. He had been awarded a medal by King Haagon of Norway, for life saving at sea.
- Chaplain the Reverend Algernon Henry George Creed (Royal Navy HMS Orvieto) dies of blood poisoning at home at age 52. He is the son of the Reverend Henry Keyworth Creed and he served in the South African War.
- Second Lieutenant George James Rankine Brown (Black Watch) dies of gunshot wounds to the chest in Mesopotamia at age 23. His brother died of wounds last month and they are grandsons of the Very Reverend Doctor John Rankine.
- Gunner Rees John Davies (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds at age 21. His brother died in January 1916.
- Acting Bombardier Spencer Howard McCleave (Canadian Garrison Artillery) is killed in action at age 21. His brother, a Rhodes Scholar, died of wounds in October 1916.
- Private Arthur George Mullins (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 21. His brother will die on service in July.
- Private Percy A Gardner (London Regiment) is killed in action. His brother a Royal Air Force will be killed in September 1918.