Thursday 9 August 1917 We Lost 740
The destroyer HMS Recruit (Lieutenant Hugh G Troup) is sunk by a mine in the North Sea. Fifty three members of the crew including Engineer Lieutenant Commander Maurice James Rogers Sharp DSO are killed. Commander Sharp is 35 and the son of Engineer Rear Admiral W Sharp.
Today’s losses include:
- The son of an Admiral
- Multiple sons of Justices of the Peace
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
- A man whose three brothers were killed together in October 1916
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant George McFarquahar Kelly-Lawson (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 20. He is the son of Dermot Owen Kelly-Lawson JP.
- Second Lieutenant Hugh Braddish Billings (Royal Flying Corps) dies of wounds as a prisoner of war shortly after being shot down near Poelcappelle at age 20. He is the son of Hugh Braddish Billings JP.
- Lance Corporal Hilary Thompson (Essex Regiment) is killed in action at age 25. His older brother was killed last February.
- Corporal Thomas Brindley MM (Cheshire Regiment) is killed at age 24. His brother will be killed in December.
- Private Edward Parker McGee (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 25. His three brothers were all killed on 12 October 1916.