Sunday 3 January 1915 – We Lost 90
Perhaps the first organized trench raid by a British Army unit is carried out by Lieutenant Frank Crowther Roberts and twenty-five men of the Worcestershire Regiment tonight. At 20:45 they are sent over the top to clear out a new German trench which has been dug only about 50 meters from their own lines. The German’s are caught by surprise and the trench is cleared after a short fight. Two of the Worcesters are killed one being Private Albert Davies age 23, who has two brothers-in-law who will be killed later in the war. Lieutenant Roberts will be awarded the Distinguished Service Order while three men – Sergeant H Edwards, Lance Corporal G Darby and Private H Evans will be all awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for their efforts.
HMAS Australia arrives at the Falkland Islands en route to England to become Flagship of a Cruiser Squadron.
Today’s losses include:
- Private Harry Ridges (Devonshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 23. His brother will be killed in September 1916.
- Sergeant Instructor Robert Kerr (Lancashire Fusiliers) dies at home. His brother will die of wounds in April 1916.