Saturday 26 May 1917 – We Lost 369
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.