Friday 8 January 1915 – We Lost 151
The first British naval minefield is laid off Amrun, Germany.
Today’s losses include:
- A son of the 20th Earl of Shrewsbury & Talbot
- A Member of the Victorian Order (MVO)
- An Afton Thistle football player
- A man whose brother will be killed later in the War
- A man who will have two more brothers killed in the War
- The first two casualties suffered by Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
Today’s highlighted casualty is
Temporary Captain Charles John Alton Chetwynd-Talbot MVO (Viscount Ingestre) (Royal Horse Guards) dies of pneumonia at home at age 32. He is the son of the 20th Earl of Shrewsbury & Talbot. “He was not passed fit for active service owing to varicose veins, but was appointed adjutant of the new reserve regiment of the Royal Horse Guards at Regent’s Park Barracks, where he had been serving until his death and it is greatly due to his hard work that the reserve regiment has become so efficient”.
- Private Robert Martin (Scots Guards) is killed. He played football for Afton Thistle.
- Private William Walter Ogden (Suffolk Regiment) is killed in action at age 32. His brother will be killed in February 1917.
- Private Murdo MacKay (Cameron Highlanders) is killed at age 34. He is the first of three brothers who will be killed in the war.
- Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry suffer their first casualties when Lance Corporals N Fry age 27 and Henry George Bellinger age 39 are killed by snipers.