Four members of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve were captured in March of this year and taken behind the German lines eventually being employed in road building Leading Seaman William Hamilton, Able Seaman Bernard Hepburn, Able Seaman William Bunting and Able Seaman William Drynan Lochhead. After being there for about a week they made their escape and after a further two days (on 23rd April 1918) they reached a deserted dug-out about 100 meters west of the St. Ledger-Henni road. There they are discovered by a German soldier. In order to keep him quiet, the four RND men murdered the German, but are discovered later by another German and recaptured. They are tried twice and executed today by the Germans. Seaman Lochhead’s brother Staff Sergeant Robert Allan Lochhead was killed in October 1916
The submarine D6 (Lieutenant Robert Thomas Norman Filkin Royal Naval Reserve age 23) is sunk by the German submarine U-73 off the west coast of Ireland. There are no survivors from the crew of twenty-five.
Today’s losses include:
- A General
- A battalion commander
- The son of Baronet
- The son of a Mayor and Alderman
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Brigadier General Alfred Forbes Lumsden DSO (General Officer Commanding 46th Brigade, 15th Division) is killed in action by shell fire in Battery valley (southwest of Feuchy, near Arras) while accompanying General Reed (General Officer Commanding 15th Division) on a tour of the trenches. General Lumsden dies at age 41.
- Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Bertram Lawson DSO (Hussars commanding 2nd/5th Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed. He is the son of the late Baronet ‘Sir’ and Lady Lawson.
- Captain Alfred James Barrow MC (Lancashire Fusiliers) dies of wounds to the thigh as a prisoner of war at age 34. He is the son Alderman Alfred Barrow the Mayor of Barrow-in-Furness.
- Second Lieutenant Thomas Henry Mawby (London Regiment) is killed in action at age 28. His brother was killed in October 1915.
- Private Sylvester Valerio (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed in action at age 35. His brother died in September 1917.
- Private Norman Henry Werner (Australian Infantry) is killed in action at age 19. His brother was killed in September 1917.
- Private Geoffrey Bury Dewhirst (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed last March.