Saturday 2 January 1915 – We Lost 97
The enemy retaliates for the Irish Guards trench mortar attack of the previous day by shelling the Guards in return.
HMS Fox and HMS Goliath bombard Dar-es-Salaam.
Dschang Cameroon surrenders after an artillery bombardment and before the British can mount an infantry assault. This comes as a surprise, for the Dschang fort is well built and surrounded by a stout cactus hedge. General Edmund Howard Gorges destroys the fort and returns to the railhead, ending the first British venture into the Cameroon hinterland.
Lord Kitchener in a letter to Churchill states that; “The only place that a demonstration might have some effect in stopping reinforcements going east would be the Dardanelles. Particularly if reports could be spread at the same time that Constantinople was being threatened.”
Today’s losses include:
- A man whose son will be born after he is killed and will be killed in the Second World War
- Two Brigadier Generals will lose a son today
- A family that will lose three sons
Today’s highlighted casualty is
Lieutenant Percival Hugh Trench Hoare (East Lancashire Regiment) dies of wounds during a period of heavy sniping at age 26. He attended Eton, was a motor engineer by trade and had spent time in Mexico. He married Irene at Truro on 10th October 1914. His son will be born after his death and is named after him. Major Percival Hugh Trench Hoare will be killed in Eritrea in March 1941.
- Two Brigadier Generals lose sons this day both killed on the Western Front.
- Captain James Stirling (Cameronians) is killed in action at age 30. He is the second of three sons of Brigadier General J W Stirling who will be killed in the War.
- Lieutenant Malcolm Cavagnari Norton Herbert (Gloucestershire Regiment) dies of wounds received in action on 22nd December at Givenchy at age 19. He is the son of Brigadier General L N Herbert.