Sunday 10 January 1915 – We Lost 153
Turkish troops are reported to be advancing on the Suez Canal. Arab unrest, which has been growing in Oman for some time past, culminates on this night in an attack by some 3,000 Arab rebels against the British outpost line covering Masqat and Matrah.
Losses suffered by the King’s Royal Rifle Corps amount to almost 1/3rd of the day’s losses.
Today’s losses include:
- The grandson of a General
- A nephew of Admiral ‘Sir’ George Tryon
- A grandson of the 1st Baron Lawrence
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the War
- A Scotland Rugby International
- The 1st son lost of a family that will lose four sons
Today’s highlighted casualty is
Captain Richard Tryon (Rifle Brigade attached King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed at age 46. He is the grandson of General W A Johnson MP and the nephew of Vice Admiral ‘Sir’ George Tryon KCB who drowned in the sinking of HMS Victoria on 22nd June 1893 while commanding the Mediterranean fleet.
- Captain Francis Campbell Norbury (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed near Bethune. He was educated at Oundle and St. John’s College, Cambridge, and was a house-master at Oundle at outbreak of war. He is 32 at the time of his death.
- Lieutenant Malcolm Eyton Lawrence (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed. His brother was killed last year and they are grandsons of the 1st Baron Lawrence.
- Lieutenant Frederick Harding Turner (King’s Liverpool Regiment) is killed in action while walking to the end of a trench held by his platoon, to organize the arrangement of barbed wire entanglements. He is the younger of two sons of William and Jessie Turner. He became a great Rugby football player at forward and gained a Blue at Trinity College, Oxford and was selected fifteen times to play for Scotland being named Captain in 1913. He was also a talented cricket player. His elder brother will be killed in June of this year.
- Private A Edgar Boon (Bedfordshire Regiment) dies of wounds. His brother will be killed in October 1917.
- Private Ernest Albert Davis (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother will be killed in May 1918.
- Private Jeremiah Lonergan (Irish Guards) is killed becoming the first of four brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War, three of them this year.