Thursday 3 December 1914 – We Lost 76
A small force from the 6th Poona Division made up of a battalion of each of the 110th Rifles and 110th Mahrattas and two companies of the Norfolk Regiment embark at Basra and sail upstream. They disembark three miles downstream and engage in a fire fight with the Turkish on shore defences and gunboats. Uncompleted trenches give the defenders little cover and gradually the British force advances towards Qurna. They are eventually stopped by a hail of bullets from the opposite bank and forced to retire to the landing point.
Brigadier General Dobell begins his advance to capture the whole of the Northern Railway and the region served by it in the Cameroons. His main column follows the railway with smaller columns on each flank to clear the country of hostile parties.
Kinfauns Castle returns from Durban S Africa with a new civilian seaplane to replace the one damaged on 22 November. Lieutenant Herbert Dennis Cutler with Commander Raymond Fitzmaurice as observer, fly over the Rufiji delta and discover Konigsberg has been moved again.
Today’s losses include:
- Captain and Adjutant Edward Raymond Lloyd (Inniskilling Fusiliers) dies of wounds at age 32. He was mentioned in Field Marshall John French’s dispatches on 8th October for gallant and distinguished service in the field. A good all round sportsman, he represented his school in the public schools boxing competition in 1899 and was a keen follower of the hounds and a frequent rider in point to point hunt steeplechase. He is the grandson of the Reverend John Harding.
- Private Edward Hugh Mowbrey Penn (Canadian Field Artillery) dies on service at age 30.He is the grandson of the Reverend William Wheeler Webb-Bowen.