Tuesday 18 December 1917 We Lost 312
The steamship S S Coningbeg (Master Joseph Lumley) is torpedoed and sunk in the Irish Sea killing all 15 on board. Her master dies at age 56.
Today’s losses include:
- A government economic botanist
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
- The son of a member of the clergy
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant James Hubert Steer (South African Field Artillery) is killed in Palestine at age 21. His brother will die on service just before the Armistice next year.
- Lieutenant Edward John Woodhouse (Indian Army Reserve of Officers attached King George’s Own Central India Horse) is killed in action at age 33. He had been an economic botanist to the Government of Bihar-Orissa and Principal of Sabour Agricultural College.
- Second Lieutenant Frederick Godfrey Flower (General List attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 23. He is the fourth son of the Reverend Frederick William Flower who lost another son in September 1916. After spending several years in Montreal, he volunteered for general service in 1915 with a Canadian Siege Battery, proceeding to France in the following year. He subsequently obtained a commission in the Royal Flying Corps as pilot.
- Sergeant Horace Roy Stiff (Royal Field Artillery) dies of rheumatic fever at age 23. His brother was killed earlier this year.
- Private Maurice Arthur Hill MM (Somerset Light Infantry) is killed at age 21. His brother will be killed in April 1918.