Monday 8 October 1917 We Lost 864
The steamer Richard De Larrinaga (Master George James Bonner) is torpedoed and sunk by U-57 fifteen miles southeast of Ballycottin Island while travelling in ballast. Her master is among the thirty-five casualties. The steamer Greldon (Master D H Jones) is torpedoed and sunk seven miles east northeast of the North Arklow Light Vessel St George Channel by U-96. Her master is among the twenty-eight killed.
Today’s losses include:
- A battalion commander
- A man whose son will be killed in the Second World War
- A Marylebone Cricketer
- The son of the former Captain of the English National Cricket Team
- Multiple families that will two sons in the Great War
- The son of a member of the clergy
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Colonel Sidney George Smith (commanding 7th Hampshire Regiment) is killed at age 51 in Mesopotamia.
- Captain Francis Mourilyan Butler (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at Passchendaele at age 41. His only son Francis will be killed in 1940 serving in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve at age 25.
- Lieutenant Allan Ivo Steel (Coldstream Guards) is killed at age. He played one first class cricket match for MCC and one for Middlesex in 1912. His brother will drown when washed overboard en-route to take command of HMS Munster in April 1918. They are sons of Allan Gibson Steel KC Recorder of Oldham and former English National Cricket Captain in 1886.
- Second Lieutenant Eustace Blackborne Ritson (Machine Gun Corps) is killed at age 34. He is the son of the Reverend William Ritson.
- Private Frank Crawley (Essex Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother was killed in May.
- Stoker 1st Class Ernest George Watson (HMS Marshall Ney) dies on service at home at age 25. His brother was killed in the explosion of HMS Vanguard in July.
- Private James Pennycuick (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 22. His brother was killed last April. Driver Horace Ward (Royal Field Artillery) is killed. His brother will be killed ten days before the Armistice next year.
- Private Edwin Edward Bunyan (Australian Infantry) is killed in action at age 26. His brother died of wounds earlier in the year and a cousin was killed five days earlier.
- Private Robert James Gamble (Australian Infantry) is killed in action at age 34 four days after his brother met the same fate