Wednesday 25 November 1914 – We Lost 98
Sixteen members of the Hearts of Midlothian Football Club join the 16th Royal Scots becoming the only team in the history of British football to enlist en masse in the armed forces. Within days of the team signing up approximately 400 Hearts shareholders and 1,350 ticket holders follow suit.
Lieutenant Frank Alexander De Pass VC (34th Prince Albert Victor’s Own Poona Horse, Indian Army) is killed in action one day after performing the acts that will win him the Victoria Cross. Today he is attempting to capture the sap that he occupied the previous day after the enemy has reoccupied it. He dies at age 27. An inscription on his headstone is from a sonnet by his Rugby school fellow Rupert Brooke, “Loved Gone proudly friended”.
The submarine D2 (Lieutenant Commander Clement Gordon Wakefield Head age 29) is lost when she strikes a mine off Great Yarmouth. Lieutenant Commander Frederick Lewis Coplestone is among those lost at age 29. He is the son of F Coplestone CBE JP. Lieutenant Francis Eckley Oakeley is killed at age 23. He is the son of the late Reverend James Oakeley Vicar of Holy Trinity Hereford. He is an England Rugby International playing half scrum in the last International contest before the war began a 16 – 15 victory over Scotland. He is also considered a brilliant fencer. Leading Seaman Charles Henry Dawe is killed at age 29. His brother will die of wounds in April 1917. Five crewmen are rescued by the trawler Faithful.
Lost on the submarine D2
- Son of a Justice of the Peace
- Son of a member of the clergy
- An England Rugby International
- A brilliant fencer
- A man whose brother will die of wounds in April 1917