Monday 15 April 1918 We Lost 1,636
The merchant man SS Pomeranian (Master Alex Maxwell) is torpedoed by UC-77 en route from London to Saint John, New Brunswick 12 miles off Portland Bill. William Bell, the second engineer is rescued one hour after the ship sinks by the patrol yacht Lorna perched on the topmost yard which is sticking out of the water where the ship sank. The master and other 53 crewmembers are lost.
Today’s losses include:
- The grandson of a General
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
- Two Military Chaplains
- A man whose father was killed as a civilian contractor at RNAS Felixstowe in July 1917
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain Gervase Mapletoft Walker (Leicestershire Regiment) is killed in action at age 21. He is the grandson of General George Warren Walker.
- Lieutenant Leslie Binney (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 31. He is the son of the Reverend J G Binney.
- Second Lieutenant William Henry Field Flowers (York and Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 26. His brother will be killed in October and they are sons of the Reverend John French Flowers Vicar of Gt Carlton.
- Chaplain Oswin Creighton (attached Royal Field Artillery) dies on active service at age 34.
- Chaplain “The Reverend” Charles Ivo Sinclair Hood (attached Royal Garrison Artillery) dies of wounds received in action at age 31. He is the first of three brothers who lose their lives as a result of the Great War.
- Private Wilfred Milner (York and Lancaster Regiment) dies of wounds received in action at age 22. His brother was killed in July 1917.
- Rifleman Bertie Edward Ogle (London Regiment) is killed at age 23. His brother died of wounds last October.
- Private Jack Bates (London Regiment) dies of wounds at age 29. His brother died at home of disease at home.
- Private Herbert Lambert (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 18. His brother was killed in November 1916.
- Private Herbert Shells (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother will be killed in exactly six months.
- Private Howard Charles Newman (Irish Fusiliers) dies of wounds at age 21. His father was killed while working as a civilian at the Royal Naval Air Station Felixstowe in July 1917.
- Private Cyril Gimblett Paramore (Devonshire Regiment) becomes the final of three brothers to be killed in the war when he dies at age 18.
- Rifleman John Nolder Howse (Rifle Brigade) dies of wounds on Salonika. His brother will die of wounds at home later this year.