Sunday 26 May 1918 We Lost 510

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Thomas Frederick Le Mesurier DSC

The steamer Thames (Master W A McPhail) is torpedoed and sunk six miles from Seaham Harbour. Four of her crew are killed including her master.

S S Kyarra two days after sailing from Tilbury for Devonport, Plymouth towards the western end on the Channel where she is to embark with civilian passengers and full general cargo is attacked and fatally wounded by UB-57 near Swanage and sent to the bottom. Six lives are lost.

  • Lamps Henry Watterson (S S Princess Royal) is killed at age 53 when his ship is sunk by a submarine. His nephew was killed earlier this month while also serving in the merchant marine.
  • Also lost on the Princess Royal are father Cood John William France age 48 and his son Assistant Stewart Harry France age 17.

Lieutenant Commander Paul Thomond Gape Methuen (HMS Hercules, Royal Navy) dies of illness at home at age 31. He is the son of the Reverend Paul Edward O’Bryen Methuen.


Today’s losses include:

  • Families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
  • A man whose nephew was recently killed
  • A father and son killed together
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • A 7-victory ace
  • An actor
  • The father of the man called the ‘first corporate electronic systems analyst’

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Thomas Frederick LeMesurier DSC (Royal Air Force) is killed at age 21. He is a seven victory ace.
  • Lieutenant Frank Wilfred Butt is killed at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend Arthur Butt Rector of Rodmarton.
  • Second Lieutenant Harold Augustus Boyd Oliver (Irish Guards attached Guards Machine Gun Regiment) dies of wounds at age 34. He is an actor and the son of the Reverend George William Oliver.
  • Lance Corporal Henry Jack Triesman (West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 26. He is the father of Davaid Triesman Caminer OBE who has been called the world’s “first corporate electronic systems analyst”. He served in the Second World War losing a leg in March 1943 at the Battle of Mareth while serving in the Green Howards in Tunisia.
  • Lance Corporal Frank Hartley MM (Royal Engineers) is killed. His brother was killed in August 1917.
  • Private Abram Dale (Essex Regiment) is killed at age 24 becoming the oldest and last of three brothers who are killed in the Great War.