Sunday 24 June 1917 – We Lost 501
H M Paddle minesweeper Redcar is sunk by a mine off the French coast near the Spindle Buoy. Seven of her crew are killed and while rescuing survivors the minesweeper Kempton also strikes a mine and sinks with the loss of four lives. Deck Hand William J Munning (Redcar RNR) will die tomorrow in Dunkirk of wounds received in the sinking. His brother will be killed serving in the Royal Garrison Artillery next year. Also aiding in the rescue efforts is the destroyer HMS Tartar who is damaged when she strikes a mine killing forty-eight. Among the dead is Signaller Leonard Horace Litchfield whose brother was killed in April 1915.
Flight Lieutenant Raymond Collishaw (Royal Naval Air Service) engages four enemy scouts, driving one down in a spin and another with two of its planes shot away. This machine is later seen crashing.
With six other machines Flight Commander John Edward Sharman attacks 15 Albatross Scouts. After a combat at close range he will destroy one of these, its right plane and tail plane falling off. Within a month Commander Sharman will be dead.
Today’s losses include:
- The Master at King’s School Canterbury
- The son-in-law of Lady C Fitzgerald
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Oscar William Campbell (Royal Engineers) dies of wounds received today at age 39. He is the son-in-law of Lady C FitzGerald.
- Second Lieutenant Rupert Edward Everitt (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 41. He is the Assistant Master at te Haugh Packawood Warwickshire and Clifton College and later Master at King’s School Canterbury.
- Private Seymour Augustus Chambers (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed at age 26. His brother will die of pneumonia in November 1918.