Sunday 6 December 1914 – We Lost 97
Long distance shelling of Dunkirk by the Germans begins.
Reinforcements for the force moving on Qurna arrive at dawn bringing the force to five battalions with some mountain guns. In the meantime the Turks have crossed the Tigris River and are now prepared to fight on the same side as the advancing British. The Turks in Qurna are fired on by Royal Navy vessels on the Euphrates. An Indian Army sepoy manages to swim the Tigris and take a line across and additional men drag a hawser across. A ferry is moored to the line and British and Indian troops begin to cross the river encircling Qurna.
Today’s losses include:
- Great grandson of the poet William Wordsworth
- Two families that will lose another son later in the war
- Multiple examples of sons of clergy
Today’s casualty of the day is
Captain Alexander Gerald Wordsworth (Middlesex Regiment) is killed at age 34. He is the son the Reverend John Wordsworth Vicar of Allhollows Cumberland and great grandson of the Poet William Wordsworth. He served in the South African War.
- Major Francis Martin Appleton(South Lancashire Regiment) dies at home at age 50. He is the son of the Reverend Richard Appleton Rector of South Weston and had served in the South African War.
- Temporary Captain Arthur Reginald Loveband (West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 26. He is the son of the Reverend Matthew Thomas Loveband Vicar of Burrington North Devon and nephew of Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Loveland CMG (commanding 2nd Dublin Fusiliers) who will be killed in May 1915. His brother will be killed March 1918 serving in the Australian Light Infantry.
- Private Edgar Shearman (Norfolk Regiment) is killed at age 32. His brother will be killed in May 1917.