Thursday 27 June 1918 We Lost 597
The Hospital Ship Llandovery Castle (Captain E A Sylvester) assigned to the Canadian Naval Medical Service is sunk by the German submarine U-86 returning to Europe after delivering wounded and sick Canadians to their home. A torpedo strikes her amidships on the port side and the damage is so extensive that the ship sinks in about ten minutes. There is no panic on board the sinking ship and Captain Sylvester is the last man to leave her. At least three lifeboats get away clear of the sinking ship. Of the entire ship’s company of two hundred fifty-eight only twenty-four survive; and of these only six, one officer and five other ranks, are from the ninety-seven in the medical personnel. The lost includes the entire complement of nursing sisters, a total of fourteen. The attack is made with utter savagery; even the escaping lifeboats are pursued and sunk. Among those killed is
- Chaplain the Reverend Donald George MacPhail (attached British Columbia Regiment) who dies at age 55.
- Trimmer George Broadbent at age 35. He has two brothers who have been previously killed in the Great War, the first in April 1917 the second in January of this year.
- Corporal Neville Raymond Stevenson Carater (Canadian Army Medical Corps) is among the dead at age 37. He is the grandson of the late Reverend W A Carter.
- Private William Frederick Cates (Canadian Army Medical Corps) is lost at age 30. He is the last of three brothers who lose their lives in the Great War, the first being Second Lieutenant George Edward Cates VC.
Among the nursing sisters killed are
- Margaret Marjorie Fraser, daughter of the late Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia,
- Minnie Katherine Gallaher, daughter of the late Reverend John Gallaher,
- Rena Maud McLean daughter of Senator John McLean of Prince Edward Island. All three were serving in the Canadian Army Medical Corps.
Lieutenant (Temporary Captain) Frederick Ives Lord (Royal Air Force) single-handed attacks and destroys a Fokker biplane. On his return journey he observes one of our formations engaged with a number of Pfalz scouts. Joining in the combat he shoots one down to the ground. A full day’s work is done by reconnaissance, artillery and photographic machines, and by British observation balloons. There is an increase in hostile activity in the air. Twenty German aircraft are reported destroyed and nine others driven down out of control. Bombing is carried out vigorously behind the German lines, and twenty-one tons of bombs are dropped during a twenty-four hour period on railway junctions and other targets.
Today’s losses include:
- A Military Chaplain
- The daughter of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia
- Multiple sons and a daughter of members of the clergy
- The grandson of a member of the clergy
- The daughter of a Prince of Edward Island Senator
- Multiple families that will lose two and three sons in the Great War
- The brother of a posthumous Victoria Cross winner
- The son of a Justice of the Peace
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain Cyril De Lacy White (Welsh Regiment) is killed in action at age 36. He is the son of the late Reverend F de Lacy White.
- Captain Arthur Richard Routledge (Army Veterinary Corps) dies at home at age 44. He is the son of James Routledge JP.
- Lieutenant Leonard Foster Jamieson (Royal Army Medical Corps attached Royal Field Artillery) accidentally drowns in Alexandria while bathing at age 34. He is the son of the Reverend W H Jamieson.
- Lieutenant Evan Nicholas Ross (Black Watch) is killed in action in Palestine at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend John Ross.
- Second Lieutenant Leo Cuthbert May (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 25. His brother will be killed in September.