Wednesday 12 December 1917 We Lost 569
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.