Monday 22 April 1918 We Lost 1,001
The steamship SS Luis is struck by a torpedo in the stokehold three and a half miles south east from St Catherine’s. The engine room becomes full of escaping steam and the second engineer Robert Coulson and the fourth engineer are seriously scalded. Instead of making for safety Mr. Coulson in spite of his injuries carries the fourth engineer, who is in a helpless condition, up the engine room ladders to the top platform, out of immediate danger of steam and the inrush of water and he then collapses exhausted. The chief engineer who had run to the engine room from the bridge assists both men out of the engine room and with help manages to get them into a life boat. The ship will sink and after being landed both injured engineers are taken to a hospital where they will succumb to their injuries, Mr. Coulson in ten days. For his actions Mr. Coulson will be posthumously awarded the Albert Medal.
Today’s losses include:
- An Albert Medal winner
- A battalion commander
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- The son-in-law of a member of the clergy
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
- A family that will lose four sons in the Great War
- An Australian Rugby footballer
- The former Captain of cricket, football and hockey teams at Queen’s College Cambridge
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Colonel Francis Arthur William Armitage (West Yorkshire Regiment commanding 1st Hampshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 34. He is the son in law of the Reverend C R Day CMG Assistant Chaplain General of the BEF.
- Major Frank Northey Harston MC (East Lancashire Regiment) is killed in action at age 27. He is the son of HM Inspector of Factories.
- Captain George Gordon Miln (Cheshire Regiment) is killed in action. His brother will be killed next month.
- Captain John Eric Trevor-Jones MC (Rifle Brigade) is killed in action at age 20. His older brother was killed in action on the first day of the battle of the Somme.
- Captain Jervoise Purefoy Causton (Hampshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend Canon Francis Jervoise Causton Master of St Goss.
- Captain Clarence Wallach MC (Australian Infantry) is killed in action at age 28. He was an Australian Rugby football player and his brother was killed in May 1916.
- Captain Gerald Atkinson Magr (Royal Air Force) is killed over Moreuil Wood at age 21. His brother will be killed in two days in air combat over England.
- Lieutenant Herbert Cyril Ramsay (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 27. He is the son of the Reverend W B Ramsay.
- Lieutenant Lestock Handley Adams (Rifle Brigade) is killed in action at Pacant Wood at age 30. He is the son of the Reverend Henry Frederick Spencer Adams Vicar of Holy Trinity Redhall and had captained the cricket, football and hockey teams at Queen’s College, Cambridge.
- Second Lieutenant Sidney Emlyn Jenkins Welsh Fusiliers) is killed at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend Rhys Jenkins.
- Second Lieutenant Lewis Laugharne Morgan MC (Royal Air Force) is accidentally killed as an instructor in England at age 24. He lost a leg in 1917 and rejoined in March 1918. His cousin was killed in Palestine last month.
- Second Lieutenant Ernest Cecil Watson Deacon (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry attached Royal Air Force) is killed in action at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend Ernest Deacon.
- Private Benjamin George Hambling (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 22. His brother was killed one month ago.
- Private John William Wilton (Tank Corps) dies of wounds received in action at age 19. His brother died on service in July 1917.
- Private Francis Barnett Barlow (Durham Light Infantry) dies of wounds at age 20 eighteen days after the death of his second brother in action. A fourth brother will die of a result of his war service in 1919.