Sunday 11 November 1917 We Lost 572
The monitor M15 (Lieutenant Commander Maurice B Leslie) and the destroyer HMS Staunch (Lieutenant Commander Edmond A B Stanley) are torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-38 off Gaza while supporting Allenby’s army. M15 is hit on the port bow which causes a cordite fire and the ship sinks in three minutes with a loss of 26. The casualties on the Staunch are 8 killed including
- Petty Officer Stoker Walter Albury Bridger killed at age 30. His brother died of wounds received on HMS Glasgow at the Battle of the Falklands.
Flight Commander Joseph S T Fall (Royal Naval Air Service) successfully engages three enemy machines.
Near an advanced dressing station in France a lunatic soldier escapes from his escort and runs away along a trench. Private James Collins (Royal Army Medical Corps) runs after him and when he gets near him the soldier threatens to throw a bomb at him. Collins moves closer to the man who then pulls the pin from the bomb and lets it fall to the ground. In attempting to save the patient and the other soldiers who are nearby, Private Collins puts his foot on the bomb which explodes killing the patient and severely injuring Collins. The two other soldiers are not injured. For this act Private Collins will be awarded the Albert Medal.
HM trawler Thuringia (Skipper Albert William Thornham age 46) is sunk by a torpedo off Youghal in St George’s Channel. Fourteen of her crew are killed including her skipper and Deck Hand Ernest Jenkins (Royal Navy) who is killed at age 24. He has two brothers and brother-in-law who will also be killed in the Great War.
Today’s losses include:
- A Military Chaplain
- A 13-victory ace
- The subject of the book “Two Soldier Brothers”
- The son of a Justice of the Peace
- Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
Today’s highlighted casualties include
- Lieutenant Walter Bertram Wood MC (Royal Flying Corps) is killed in a flying accident at home at age 19. The thirteen-victory ace and his brother are the subjects of John Ford Bygott’s book, “Two Soldier Brothers”.
- Captain John Albert Revill (Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 21. He is the son of John James Revill JP.
- Captain Cyril Knox Barrow Mogg (British Columbia Regiment) is killed at age 30. He is the son of the Reverend Canon Mogg Vicar of Bishop’s Cannings who lost another son in August l916.
- Chaplain Henry Kingsley Finch (Canadian Forces) dies on service.
- Trooper Reginald William Onyett (Suffolk Yeomanry) dies of wounds in Egypt at age 21. His brother will be killed in October 1918.
- Private John Arthur Murton Shore (Western Ontario Regiment) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend Arthur Shore Rector of Iderton Ontario.