Friday 1 March 1918 We Lost 294
The armed merchant cruiser HMS Calgarian is torpedoed by the German submarine U19 off Rathlin Island, Northern Ireland. The crew manages to isolate the damage but the U boat captain presses home the attack even though the cruiser is surrounded by destroyers and other ships, and torpedoes her again, and she sinks. Forty-nine men are killed including
- Engineer Sub Lieutenant Hugh Rownley Jarvis (Royal Naval Reserve) who is killed at age 28. He is one of five brothers who are killed in the Great War.
Today’s losses include:
- A family that will lose five sons in the Great War
- The son of a member of the clergy
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Second Lieutenant Lawrence Norris Gaskell (General List attached Royal Flying Corps) dies of wounds received from anti-aircraft fire on 27th February at age 19. His had been a scholar of St Paul’s School, Kensington and an Exhibitioner of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.
- Head chemist Herbert Wallace-Roberts OBE dies in Italy at age 35. He is the Head Chemist at HM Explosives Factory, Queens Ferry, Flintshire and is attached to General Savile’s Mission. He was the son of the Reverend Charles Wallace-Roberts.