Sunday 13 December 1914 – We Lost 51
Lieutenant Norman Douglas Holbrook (Royal Navy) is awarded the Victoria Cross for conspicuous bravery. When in command of Sub B11 he enters the Dardanelles and notwithstanding the very difficult current, dives his vessel under five rows of mines and torpedoes the Turkish battleship Messudiyeh which is guarding the minefield in Sari Sigla Bay, opposite Chanak. From a distance of 800 yards Lieutenant Holbrook fires one 18 inch torpedo which hit its forty year old target, which in turn rolls over and sinks in ten minutes. Lieutenant Holbrook succeeds in bringing the B11, which has been especially fitted with mine guards safely back although assailed by gunfire and torpedo boats having been submerged on one occasion for nine hours. His son will be killed in 1945 in Italy serving in the Royal Horse Artillery.
Today’s noted casualty is
Major Basil Kenrick Wing Bacon (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed at age 42. He is a veteran of the South African War and the son of Captain Kenrick Verulam Bacon JP.