Tuesday 26 June 1917 – We Lost 501
The Admiralty trawler Charles Astie (Skipper John Geddes) is sunk by a mine off Fanal Point, Lough Swilly. Her Skipper is among the 17 killed.
Four men of Lincolnshire Regiment are killed outright by the explosion of a booby trap in a captured German dug-out. Company Sergeant Major Wilfred Hamp MM, a 32 year old Irishman who lived in Scunthorpe, Privates Ernest Hodgkinson of Scunthorpe, Randolph Spencer of Ashby (Scunthorpe) and 18-year old Robert Herbert Pickard of Barton-upon-Humber. Lance Sergeant Oliver Gouldthorpe will be awarded a MM for entering the dugout three times after the explosion, each time bringing out a wounded man. One of the wounded men that he brings out is Company Sergeant Major Herbert Pickard who, at 51, is the oldest member of the battalion. Robert Pickard is Herbert’s son. It appears that Herbert had ‘pulled some strings’ to get Robert into the battalion. It also appears that Hamp (a pre-war friend of the senior Pickard) had been unoficially ‘charged’ with looking after Robert. Herbert who was in C Company should not have been in the dug-out when it exploded, but was no doubt paying a paternal visit. Herbert Pickard will die of his wounds in eight days.
Today’s losses include:
- A man who will die from injuries eight days after his son was killed in the same incident
- Families that will lose two, four and five sons in the Great War
- The son of a member of the clergy
- A brother of the future Premier of Saskatchewan
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain George Walter Thomas Lindsay (Royal Field Artillery attached Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed at home at age 26. His brothers will be killed in March 1918 five days apart.
- Second Lieutenant Alfred William Maughan (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 37. He is the son of the Reverend John Archibald Collingwood Maughan Vicar of Prudhoe on Tyne.
- Private Earl Elbert Gardiner (Central Ontario Regiment) one of two brothers of the future Premier of Saskatchewan is killed in action at the battle of Lens at age 23. Another brother in the same battalion will find his body.
- Private Leonard Stewart (West Yorkshire Regiment) dies at home on service at age 21. He is one of five brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.
- Private L H Webb (Essex Regiment) dies on service at home at age 19. His brother died on service at home in December 1914.