Monday 20 August 1917 We Lost 600
The submarine E47 (Lieutenant Edward Cambridge Carre) fails to return from a North Sea patrol. Among the fatalities:
- Lieutenant Colin Fraser Creswell killed at age 22. He is the son of Rear Admiral ‘Sir’ William Rooke Cresswell who will lose another son in November 1917.
- Able Seaman Henry Bentley is killed at age 20. His brother will be killed in October in the collision of HMS Begonia.
Skipper Charles Arthur Garnish (HM Trawler Kirland RNR) is mined and sunk off Fugla Skerry Papastour Shetlands killed her crew of eleven. Her Skipper dies at age 47.
The Q-ship HMS Acton sinks the German submarine UC-72 in the Bay of Biscay.
Flight Lieutenant William Melville Alexander (Royal Naval Air Service), while returning from a patrol, observes three enemy scouts. These he pursues until they turn to fight. One of the scouts he shoots down completely out of control the remaining two dive away.
Today’s losses include:
- A man killed at a casualty clearing station during an air raid while awaiting court martial for shooting off his own finger
- Multiple families that will lose two, three and four sons in the Great War
- The son of an Admiral
- The brother of a Victoria Cross winner
- The Captain of the 1911 FA Cup winning Bradford City FC who scored the only goal in a replay after the initial scoreless tie
- Multiple men whose sons will be killed in the Second World War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain William Johnstone Knox MC (Australian Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 30. He is the son of the Honorable William Knox.
- Captain John Cecil Foster MC (Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed at Suvla Bay in August 1915.
- Lieutenant Harry Kemp Sewell (Royal Field Artillery) the Deputy Coroner for West Kent is killed at age 32. His brothers were killed in November 1916 and August 1918 who is a Victoria Cross winner.
- Sergeant James Hamilton Speirs MM (Cameron Highlanders) is killed at age 31. He was the captain of the Bradford City Football Club which won the FA title in 1911 scoring the only goal in the replay after a scoreless initial game. He played a total of 226 matches for Maryhill, Rangers, Clyde and Leeds City in addition to Bradford City and earned one cap playing for Scotland. He also played for the Rangers Football Club.
- Lance Corporal John McAulay Munn (Cameron Highlanders) is killed at age 32 becoming the fourth brother of five to lose their lives in the Great War.
- Lance Corporal Edward Charles Church (Welsh Regiment) is killed in action at age 20. His brother was killed in January 1915.
- Private Martin Finnerty (Cheshire Regiment) dies of wounds received in action at St Julien at age 24. His brothers William and Thomas will also lose their lives in the Great War.
- Private Mark Dockwray-Smith (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 30. His son will be killed in the Second World War.
- Gunner Reginald Cary Lloyd (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 25. His son will be killed in the Second World War.
- Private John E Crellin (Lancaster Regiment) is killed when German aircraft drop bombs on 61st Casualty Clearing Station where he is a patient. On 19th July while he was cleaning his rifle he shot off the middle finger of his left hand. In the mean time court martial papers were being prepared.