Thursday 13 December 1917 We Lost 484

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The armed boarding cruiser Stephen Furness is sunk in the Irish Sea west of the Isle of Man by German submarine UB-64.  Six officers and 95 ranks are killed.

  • Assistant Stewart Richard Henry Buckett is among the dead. He had been awarded the DSM for his actions during the sinking of the Alcantar in February 1916.
  • Telegraphist Arthur Frederick Churchhouse is killed at age 19. His brother was killed last July.

The steamer Garthwaite (Master James Smith) is also sunk by a submarine four miles east of Whitby. Fourteen including the master are lost.

Today’s losses include:

  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A woman will die on service whose brother will be killed next March

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Herbert Mataher Spoor MC (Royal Army Medical Corps) is killed at age 45. He is the son of the Reverend Spoor.
  • Lieutenant Digby Guy Learoyd (Royal Engineers) is killed in Mesopotamia at agae 28. He is the son of the Reverend Digby Johnson Learoyd Rector of Debden.
  • Second Lieutenant Harold Wyse Allin (Shropshire Light Infantry) dies of wounds at El Arish Egypt at age 28. He is the son of the Reverend Alfred Thomas Allin.
  • Regimental Sergeant Major Walter Charles Grubby (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 35. His brother will be killed next August.
  • Chauffeuse Helen Maud Peel (Volunteer Aid Detachment British Red Cross Society) dies at home at age 22. Her brother will be killed in action the following March.