Saturday 15 December 1917 We Lost 385
The steamship Formby is sunk by the German submarine U-62 twenty miles west northwest of Bardsey Island with the loss of fifteen lives including her Master. Among the dead is First Engineer John Moir killed at age 51. His son was killed when S S Stuart Prince was sunk in March of this year while serving as Fourth Engineer Officer.
Today’s losses include:
- A man whose son was killed last March
- A man whose daughter will be born next June
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
- A 6-victory ace
- One of the brothers for whom the King’s College Canterbury Gough Photographic Prize will be established
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain Hume Buckley Roderick (Welsh Guards) is killed in action at age 30. His daughter will be born on the 20th June next year.
- Lieutenant Harold Buchanan Ryley (Suffolk Regiment) is killed in Palestine at age 49. He is the son of the Reverend George Buchanan Ryley.
- Lieutenant George Henry Waldron Gough (Cheshire Regiment) is killed in Jerusalem when he is shot in the head at age 23. His brother will be killed in March 1918 and their father will establish at King’s College Canterbury the Gough Photographic Prizes in their memory.
- Sergeant James Hubert Ronald Green (Royal Air Force) is killed at age 20. He is a 6-victory ace.
- Corporal James R Sutherland (Otago Infantry) is killed in action at age 29. His brother was killed in February of this year.