Sunday 8 November 1914 – We Lost 328
A convoy that HMAS Sydney, HMAS Melbourne and the Japanese warship Ibuki are escorting is getting into waters where the chief danger is from the vigorous SMS Emden. The German light cruiser has sunk or captured twenty-five allied steamers and two warships, raided Penang, and shelled the oil tanks at Madras. The Australian and New Zealand convoy has learned to sail without lights. The big staff ship Orvieto, still sometimes twinkles “like a hotel” when, on this night, the convoy approaches the solitary Cocos Islands, keeping fifty miles to the east in case Emden is near.
Today’s losses include:
- A grandson of two Generals
- A grandson of the 12th Baron Petre
- Multiple families that will lose two and three sons
- A man whose brother was killed in the South African War
Today’s highlighted casualty is
Captain Hugh Mortimer Travers (Munster Fusiliers) is killed at age 41. He is the grandson of General ‘Sir’ Robert Travers and Major General ‘Sir’ Henry Marion Durand. He served in the South African War and is engaged to the daughter of Surgeon General ‘Sir’ William Taylor.
- Captain Frederick Cleave Strickland Dunlop(Manchester Regiment) is killed at age 36. He has four brothers who will serve in the Great War two of whom will be killed in action, one in October of this year the other in September of next.
- Lieutenant Lionel Douglas Waud (East Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 19. He is the nephew of Baron de la Borie de la Batut and great nephew of Count Marie.
- Lieutenant Wilfred Stanislaus Stapleton-Bretherton(Royal Fusiliers) is killed. He is the son of ‘the Honorable’ Mrs. Isabella Stapleton-Bretherton who lost another son in the South African War in January 1902 and the grandson of the 12th Baron Petre.
- Lieutenant Francis Algernon Monckton(Scots Guards) is killed at age 24. His younger brother will be killed next January serving in the same regiment.
- Sergeant William Thomas Challen(North Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 23. His brother will be killed in July 1916 at age 18 serving in his brother’s regiment.
- Corporal Herbert Stocker (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 24. His brother will be killed in July 1917.
- Private John Thomas Boyle (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed at age 26. He is the middle of three brothers who are killed in a nine month period.
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