Tuesday 26 February 1918 We Lost 400
The hospital ship Glenart Castle (Lieutenant Commander Bernard Burt Royal Naval Reserve retired) is torpedoed by UC-56 at 03:47 en route to Brest to load wounded and sinks in about seven minutes off Lundy Island. There are only thirty-eight survivors from the 206 on board. Among the dead is her commander who is killed at age 55.
- Chaplain Frank Harrison Edinger is killed at age 33. He is the former curate of St Mary’s Church Ashford Kent and the son of the Reverend Philip Edinger former Vicar of Mersham.
- Chaplain lost is the Reverend John Joseph McIlvaine (attached Sherwood Foresters) is lost at age 39.
- Matron Katy Beaufoy (Queen Alexandria’s Imperial Military Nursing Service) drowns. She is a veteran of the South Africa war and had been on board the hospital ship Dover Castle due to illness when it was torpedoed and sunk by UB-67 in May 1917 off the coast of Bona, Algeria.
Today’s losses include:
- A Naval Chaplain
- A Military Chaplain
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- A Nursing Matron
- The grandson of a Member of Parliament
- Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
- A #RhodesScholar
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain Frederick Raymond Milholland (Yorkshire Regiment) dies of wounds received in action at age 22. He was the 1916 Jamaican Rhodes Scholar.
- Flight Lieutenant Geoffrey Moore (Royal Naval Air Service) is killed at age 23. He is the grandson of Samuel Storey former MP for Sunderland.
- Second Lieutenant Robert Cecil Doughty (Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed last August.
- Second Lieutenant Ronald William St George Cartwright (General List attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed in August 1916.
- Second Lieutenant Ernest Twiss Prescott (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds received in action at age 34. He is the son of the Reverend Peter Precott.
- Sergeant William Cowper (Highland Light Infantry) dies on service in Glasgow at age 41. His brother was killed in September 1915.
- Sergeant Louis Charles Higgins (Hussars attached Supply and Transport) dies on service in India. His two brothers will also lose their lives in the Great War.