Wednesday 17 April 1918 We Lost 1,292
Patrol drifters attack and sink the German submarine UB-82 in the English Channel.
Lieutenant Colonel Ronald Harcourt Sanderson (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 41. He was a Cambridge and Leander oarsman and the son of the Reverend Prebendary Edward Sanderson. He was a crew member on the British eight men’s rowing boat which won the 1908 Olympic gold medal.
Lieutenant William Hope Hodgson (Royal Field Artillery) is killed by a mortar shell at age 40. He is the son of the late Reverend Samuel Hodgson and is a silent screen writer and author. He produced a large body of work, consisting mostly of short stories and novels, spanning several overlapping genres including horror, fantastic fiction and science fiction. Early in his writing career he dedicated effort to poetry, although few of his poems were published during his lifetime. He also attracted some notice as a photographer. Born 15th November 1877 in Blackmore End, Essex Hodgson ran away to sea at the age of thirteen and eventually served in the Merchant Marine. In 1898 he was awarded the Royal Humane Society medal for saving another sailor who had fallen overboard in shark-infested waters After a bodybuilding business venture failed he decided to support himself by writing. Two of his most noted works, “The Voice in the Night” and “The Boats of the Glen Carrig”, are based on his experiences at sea, and much of his work is set aboard ships or features seafaring characters.
Today’s losses include:
- A 1908 Olympic Gold Medal winning rower
- The son of a member of the clergy
- The son of a Justice of the Peace
- A silent screen writer and author
- A holder of the Royal Humane Society Medal for Life Saving
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
- A former Naval Chaplain
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain Edward Moore Robson MC (Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 28. His brother was killed three weeks ago.
- Captain Alfred William Johnson MC (Royal Engineers) dies of wounds and gassing at age 42. He is a veteran of the South Africa War and was a partner with Hugh Drummond Allan in the surveying company Johnson and Allan of Kamloops, British Columbia. Captain Allan was killed in action in April 1917.
- Lieutenant Wynell Hastings Lloyd (Royal Engineers) is killed at age 23. His brother will die of wounds in October.
- Second Lieutenant Gerald Trueman Fielding (Royal Field Artillery) a former Royal Navy Chaplain is killed at age 34. He is the son of Major Joshua Fielding JP.
- Second Lieutenant Charles Frederick Heatly (Welsh Fusiliers attached a sniping company) is killed in action at age 23. His brother was killed in February 1915.
- Acting Sergeant Ernest Tabrett (Hampshire Regiment) is killed in action. His brother was killed in June 1915.
- Private Edward Clark (Royal Fusiliers) dies of wounds at age 17. His brother was killed in May 1915.
- Private Harold William Deller (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 19. His brother died of wounds two years before.
- Private Albert Hannaford (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) is killed at age 19. His brother will be killed in two days.
- Private Hugh Byrne (Welsh Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.