Monday 28 December 1914 – We Lost 68
Eight days after the first German mine attacks on the Western Front, Major John Norton-Griffiths KCB DSO former MP and later ‘Sir’ John (King Edwards Horse) suggests using ‘clay kickers’, men formerly employed in mining the London Underground to dig mines for the Army. Major Norton-Griffiths’ son Captain Michael Norton-Griffiths will be killed while serving in the 135th Excavating Company, Royal Engineers at Dunkirk in the Second World War.
Drifting German mines in the North Sea sink 8 vessels.
The Royal Warrant (dated 1st January 1915) instituting a new decoration entitled “The Military Cross” is published in the London Gazette. The first 99 to have the award conferred on them are announced a list that includes eight who are listed as “deceased”.
Today’s losses include:
Private William Thomas Bates (Gloucestershire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 23. His brother will be killed in October 1917.