The camouflage covering one of the howitzers of “D” Battery 312th Brigade Royal Field Artillery catches fire. Captain Henry Burrows Gallimore, Second Lieutenant Geoffrey Hardy, Gunner John Boyd, Sergeant J H Jenkins, Driver John Kemplay, Sergeant E J H Knight, Corporal Bertram Jowett Pepper, Gunner H Stott and Gunner N Vaughan are all killed as they are attempting to extinguish the flames before they reach the ammunition which they fail to accomplish.
HMHS Dover Castle, with six hundred thirty-two patients, is torpedoed fifty miles north from Bona. HMS Camelon comes to her aid and takes off the majority of the crew and the wounded. The Captain with a volunteer crew stays on board believing the ship might be saved but the U-Boat returns for a second attack and sinks the ship. HMHS Karapara takes two hundred seventy of her patients to Gibraltar. Seven crewmen are killed.
Today’s losses include:
- The son of a Justice of the Peace
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Second Lieutenant William Aloysius Stuart (Highland Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 28. He is the son of John Stuart JP.
- Lance Corporal David W Matheson (Gordon Highlanders) is killed. His brother will be killed in the last 30 days of the Great War.
- Gunner Joe Millard (Heavy Artillery) is swimming in a river behind the lines when he develops a cramp and he drowns at age 26. His 17 year old brother was killed in November of last year.