Tuesday 12 February 1918 We Lost 182

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Harold Alfred Vyvyan St George Harmsworth

The cruiser HMS Roxbourgh rams and sinks the German submarine U-89 off Northern Ireland, while on escort duty.

British aircraft cross the Rhine and bomb Offenberg in Baden.

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of a Viscount
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain the Honorable Harold Alfred Vivian St. George Harmsworth MC (Irish Guards) dies at home of wounds received in action in November 1917 at age 23. He is the son of Viscount Rothermere, chief proprietor of the Daily Mail.  His brother was killed in November 1916. He was educated at Etonand Christ Church, Oxford. At Eton, where he was in Mr. Brinton’s house, he took prizes in science, history, and divinity,including the Rosebery history prize. He was a promising boxer, and won the school welterweight championship. Later, when he was at Christ Church, Oxford, he gained his blue for boxing,and represented the University against Cambridge in 1914. Hejoined the Irish Guards a few days after the outbreak ofwar, and went to the front in December 1914. Captain Harmsworth was held in affectionate esteem by the officers and men of the battalion with which he fought and fell. When, after being severely wounded in 1915 (it was his second wound), and recovering from an attack of trench fever, he was appointed to Lord French’s staff in London, his great desire was to be back in the trenches, and as soon as he was fit for active service he insisted upon resigning his Staff appointment, and returned to his battalion in the field. He went back to France for the third – and last – time in August of last year. Captain Harmsworth was awarded the Military Cross six weeks ago, when in hospital. Lord Rothermere’s second son, Lieutenant the Honorable Vere Harmsworth, R.N.V.R., was killed on 13th November 1916, while serving with the Royal Naval Division. His only surviving son is Lieutenant the Hon. Esmond Harmsworth, R.M.A.
  • Private Patrick Ward (South Lancashire Regiment) dies of tuberculosis at home at age 29. His brother will die while on service in October of this year.