Thursday 15 August 1918 We Lost 447
Two Harwick Force destroyers HMS Scott and Ulleswatere (Lieutenant Commander Edge K Boddam-Whatham) are sunk off the Dutch coast when torpedoed by German submarine UC-17. Twenty-seven crew members of the two ships are lost.
Major Arthur William Keen MC commanding officer of 40 squadron crashes near Bruay, his machine bursting into flames. He is admitted to hospital suffering from burns to his face and legs and a severe concussion. He will die on 2nd September after seventeen days of intense suffering. He is a 14-victory ace.
Today’s losses include:
- The son of the Headmaster at Rodmersham School
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain George Christopher Samuel (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds received in action at age 37. He is the son of the late Reverend George Samuel.
- Second Lieutenant and Adjutant Arthur Bowsher Ward (East Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 25. He is the son of the headmaster of Rodmersham School.
- Private Henry Palmer Cullwick (Australian Infantry) dies of wounds at home at age 20 received on 7th March 1917. He is the son of Canon Cullwick Vicar of Takapau, New Zealand.