Sunday 28 April 1918 We Lost 731

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Liner Oronsa

Lieutenant Commander Alexander Nevile Lubbock (Royal Navy, HMS Donegal) drowns while serving as commodore of the convoy while he was employed on the liner Oronsa, when she is torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine.  He is the son of ‘Sir’ Nevile Lubbokc KCMG, grandson of ‘Sir’ John Herschel Baronet and 34-years old and one of three killed in the attack. Other vessels sunk today include the trawler Emley which strikes a mine and sinks with the loss of eight killed and the steamships Elba and Upcerne both sunk by submarines with ten and 16 killed respectively.

Today’s losses include:

  • The grandson of a Baronet
  • The former of the ADC to the Governor General of Natal
  • A son of a member of the clergy
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Alexander Murray MacGregor Bell (Royal Scots Fusiliers) dies of wounds in London received at Ypres on 19th February at age 37. From May 1904 to May 1905 he was Aide-de-Camp to the Governor of Natal and was Superintendent Gymnasia Scottish Command from February 1913 to November 1914.
  • Lieutenant Harold Grant-Dalton MC (Hood Battalion, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) dies of wounds as a prisoner of war received in action on 24th March at age 28. He is the son of the late Reverend Colin Grant-Dalton, Rector of Wincanton, Somerset.
  • Private Joseph Colley (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 31. His brother was killed in May 1917.
  • Private James Coleman (Machine Gun Corps) dies of wounds at age 27. His brother was killed in July 1917.
  • Private Thomas Westwood (York & Lancashire Regiment) dies of wounds. His brother was killed last November.
  • Private Edgar Reginald Hodder (Somerset Light Infantry) is killed at age 22. His brother will be killed next September.
  • Private Basil H Hertslet (238th Canadian Forestry Infantry) dies on service at home at age 45. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Cecil Hertslet KCB.