Wednesday 12 December 1917 We Lost 569

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Crewmen of HMS Partridge

HMS Partridge (Lieutenant Commander Reginald Hugh Ransome killed at age 31) is sunk by German destroyers in the North Sea while escorting a convoy of 6 merchant ships from Lerwick to Norway.  The other escort ship HMS Pellew (Lieutenant Commander J R Cavendish) escapes while all the merchant ships are sunk. Seventy-four of the crewmen are killed on HMS Partridge including

  • Lieutenant Lancelot John Barrington Walters age 22 son of the Reverend Charles Barrington Walters Rector of Sywell while Pellew suffer four fatalities before escaping.
  • Officers Steward 2nd Class William Spedding is lost at age 22. His brother was killed when HMS Hampshire struck a mine in June 1916.

Steam Trawler Amadavat (Skipper Robert Scarborough) is sunk by a mine east of the Shetlands. Her entire crew of nine is killed.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • A battery commander
  • A battalion commander
  • A military chaplain

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Adrian Charles Gordon DSO (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 26.
  • Major (Temporary Lieutenant Colonel) Percy Balfour DSO (Bedfordshire Regiment commanding 2nd/7th Worcestershire Regiment) is killed at age 42.
  • Lieutenant Horace Frost Marris MC (Royal Engineers) dies of wounds received ten days earlier at age 27. He is the son of the Reverend Charles Colquhous Marris Vicar of Habrough.
  • Chaplain David Howell Griffith dies at home. Petty Officer Harry Howling Neiass (HMS Defiance) dies at home of illness at age 31. His brother will die on service next September.
  • Corporal Walter Reginald Hart (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 26. His two brothers will be killed next year.
  • Private Edgar Biggerstaff Gibbs (Royal West Kent Regiment) dies on service in India at age 34. His brother was killed in September 1915.